Round 4 of the Shimano Southridge USA Winter Series Downhill – Fontana, CA

Team KHS DH riders dominate dry and windy conditions!


IRVINE, Calif. (February 23, 2013) – Regardless of the conditions it’s Team KHS/Shimano riders Kevin Aiello and Logan Binggeli who continue to dominate the top two spots in the hotly contested Pro Men’s Downhill. The hero dirt of the last two events is a distant memory as todays downhill was classic dry Fontana conditions with wind gusts likely up to 50 mph! The relatively short challenging course will make riders pay dearly for mistakes and in these conditions it’s very hard not to make mistakes which makes it all the more impressive at the consistency Team KHS/Shimano has shown.


Anneke Beerten showing the Fontana crowd how it is done!

Speaking of consistency one cannot not forget about Southridge USA Pro Waylon Smith who race after race finds himself on the Fontana podium in both DH and Super D. Waylon finished 3rd in the DH and won the Super D the day before. Coming in 4th was 19 year old World Cup rider Kyle Sanger from Ontario Canada. Rounding out the podium was One Ghost rider Art Babcock who is also planning a world cup schedule for 2013.


Babcock = fully pinned mode = getting ready for World Cup racing!

5th place Art Babcock gettin’ a bit rowdy….

One Ghost Industries Art Babcock getting a bit rowdy in his DH race run ….

… here is the remnants of his line!

… here is the remnants of his line!



Winner Kevin Aiello and his commanding lead as he rails in perfect form!



The other KHS racer, Mr. Binggeli on his way to the 2nd step on the podium.


McKenna Merten proves racers come in all shapes and sizes, this pint size girl finished 6th with her Shimano Zee equipped race bike.


McKenna Merten sporting the Evil Knievel #1 on her back!


More girls!  One Ghost Industries Summer Hull finished with a strong 3rd place!  Good podium kid!

Aside from the impressive rides of Team KHS there were a few other classes making some serious noise. Team Southridge USA Vet Pro rider Joe Picchiottino crushed his field with a time of 2:06.12 that would have actually been good for 4th in the Pro Men category! Another class that is turning heads is the Jr. Ex class that once again had extremely close competitive times. In fact the top two Jason Schroeder and McKay Vezina were so fast that their times of 2:05.43 and 2:05.60 were both faster than the pro men’s 4th place!


Cole Picchiottino, crushing every line with his Zee equipped carbon Trek.


Who are these Line Crushers?  None other than Logan Binggeli and Kevin Aiello


McKay Vezina claimed the 2nd podium spot this weekend with some awesome riding.


Dylan Unger showing his Monster style on his way to 5th.  The Monster Energy team member is making a name for himself – FAST!


Luana Oliveira making Black Market Bikes proud as she wins yet ANOTHER race!

The pro women’s winner Luana Oliveira put in an incredible time of 2:16.92 which was more than 10 seconds faster than second place rider Anneke Beerten who is a 4X World Champion.

The next race is March 10. Shimano is excited to offer neutral support at each Winter Series event. This is the 6th year in a row that Shimano has supported the popular grass roots style events out at Southridge Park in Fontana. Race promoter Donny Jackson continues to offer the Shimano kid’s races on Saturday which is usually around 11:30 on Saturdays after the XC and before the Super D event.


Kristian Kaekul puttin’ er down in Jr EX


Kyle Sanger with a solid 4th.


Just because your age says your over 59, doesn’t mean you can’t race and feel like a kid. David Buckell showing age is only a number!


Charlie Harrison 3rd in Jr EX.

The infamous FONTANA WALL!  Littered with graffiti and hecklers, the wall is a place you will never forget!  This is where racers are made.  Not because it is steep, technical or even scary.  It ’s because it takes demanding fitness to stand up and pedal, pedal like a mad man (or woman).  After you have just spent the first two plus minutes  pushing the limits on the steep, technical, scary stuff – you now need to find the drive to stand up and pedal the long and enduring wall.Fontana-wall FB-rider-wall Cheering-on-the-wall



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About WingNutt

Rider, Racer, Owner of A long history in racing and riding, from BMX and freestyle to Downhill, Dual Slalom, 4X and even some Road races spans nearly 25 years. Spent some time working in bike shops. I love to ride my bike.


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