Man with local roots chosen to test and debut Mammoth Mountain bike course
Nile Rivas, a Susanville native, gets air as he tests a new course at the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park prior to the park opening to the public June 21. Rivas, along with two other mountain bike riders, were featured in a video debuting Mammoth Mountain’s new mountain bike courses. Rivas grew up in Susanville where he first began riding his bike on mountain terrain. Photo submitted
Aug. 14 — When Mammoth Mountain was ready to debut the new additions to its mountain bike park, the crew knew just the man to help them test the course and present it to the public. Nile Rivas, 27, was the perfect man for the job.
Rivas grew up in Susanville where he first began going on adventurous bike rides on mountain terrain before moving to Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Mammoth Mountain added the Gondi and Discovery Zone to its mountain bike park on June 21 and needed some expert riders to test the course and film a video prior to the park opening to the public. In the time he has lived in Mammoth Lakes, Rivas has worked for Mammoth Mountain off and on, getting to know the managers and employees there, which is how the manager of the new mountain bike park knew he had the qualifications they were looking for.
Rivas, along with two other mountain bike riders, Brian Enciso and Blake Petritz, rode the new course while being filmed for a video that debuted on Mammoth Mountain’s YouTube channel the day the new course opened to the public. Since then, the video of Rivas and his fellow riders has received been viewed more than 2,000 times.
“It was a test run just to see if everything went OK,” Rivas said.
After the riders gave the park managers their feedback and stamp of approval, the new courses were opened for the public to enjoy.
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park now features more than 80 miles of scenic cross-country track and thrilling downhill rides. The park offers terrain suitable for all experience levels. According to its website, the bike park is the largest in the West.
Rivas says he began seriously mountain bike riding with a full suspension bike about six years ago when he got invited to join trail building crews in Mammoth. However, he remembers his early mountain biking experiences in Lassen County, where he pushed himself to the limit on the local terrain.
“I stared riding in Susanville … that’s really where it all began,” Rivas said.
He now rides at Mammoth Mountain five days a week, taking full advantage of a bus that shuttles him from his front yard to the bike park.
After hearing about the new Southside Trail in Susanville and the work of local trail-building crews, Rivas said he is looking forward to visiting Lassen County and trying out the new trails.
For more information on the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, visit mammothmountain.com/Mountain/SummerActivities/BikePark. To see the Mammoth Mountain video featuring Rivas and his fellow riders, visit youtube.com/watch?v=aUUZE5cCw48&feature=youtube_gdata_player.
Lassen Community College hosts volleyball camps
Lassen Community College put on a volleyball camp for seventh and eighth grade players Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4. The campers got to learn the fundamentals of the game and practice their skills in the Lassen Community College gym. Photo by Maddie Musante
Aug. 13 — Seventh and eighth grade volleyball players got to learn the fundamentals of the game and hone their skills during Lassen Community College’s youth volleyball camp Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4.
The two-day camp was organized and run by Lassen Community College’s new head volleyball coach, Amy Williamson and an assistant.
The seventh and eighth grade campers got to practice and play in the Lassen Community College gym alongside the Lady Cougars volleyball team, which began practicing for the upcoming season Aug. 1.
According to Williamson, the camp focused on skill development and covered all the basic skills used in the game of volleyball.
Two more half-day volleyball camps were held at Lassen Community on Sunday, Aug. 11 for ninth and tenth and 11th and 12th grade players who wanted to prepare for Lassen High School volleyball tryouts, which will take place today, Tuesday, Aug. 13 through Thursday, Aug. 15. The tryout preparation camps covered basic volleyball skills, but were mainly an opportunity for the players to compete in scrimmages and get ready for team tryouts.
Lassen High School field hockey holding tryouts this week
Aug. 12 — Lassen High School field hockey is holding tryouts today, Monday, Aug. 12 through Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Lassen High School girl’s gym. Freshman and junior varsity tryouts being at 3:15 p.m. and varsity tryouts begin at 5 p.m.
Athletes wishing to participate in tryouts must have a sports physical.
If you are new to field hockey, an incoming freshman or would like to know more, call coach Reesa at 310-1696.
British youth soccer camp comes to Susanville
Campers play a game called Big, Unfriendly Giant during soccer camp Tuesday, July 31. In the game, the coach acts as a big, unfriendly giant who is sleeping. The children must sneak past him and retrieve “treasure” (soccer balls) without making any noise. If they wake the giant, he will chase them and try to take away the soccer balls. The popular game helps teach children how to dribble and walk with the ball. Photo by Maddie Musante
Aug. 8 — More than 20 Lassen County children participated in a Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp on Monday, July 29 through Friday, Aug. 2. The camp was held at Riverside Park in Susanville and children participated in mini-soccer, first kicks, half-day and full-day soccer camps, depending on their age.
Coaches were from Great Britain and focused on teaching the children the fundamental techniques of soccer through fun games, skill-building activities and match play.
According to Charlie Corsby, a coach at the camp, the younger children enjoy skill-building games the most, whereas the older groups usually love scrimmaging.
“With the little ones I always find the most favorite game is one we call Big, Unfriendly Giant. All the kids have a soccer ball and they go toward the cave of the big, unfriendly giant who has treasure and he pretends to be asleep. If you’re noisy and he wakes up, he turns around and you have to stop with your ball and keep it under control, and the kids are learning just to dribble and walk with the ball … and the aim is that they get close to the giant and he’ll chase them back if they move,” Corsby said.
Each day the campers got to practice foot skills, participate in technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages and a daily tournament referred to as the World Cup. They also did at least an hour of core skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, heading and tackling each day.
Campers ranged from ages 3 to 14 and many are participants in Lassen Youth Soccer.
The camp’s coaches, who will be coaching in the United States for about three months, said they enjoyed visiting Susanville and that the locals were friendly and accommodating.
“Everyone’s been really nice, really welcoming,” Corsby said.
For more information on Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps, visit challengersports.com.
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