Austin Gooder

“The only easy day was yesterday.”

Austin Gooder 

Hometown: Novato, California

Category: Cat 1 MTB Cat 5 Road

Specialties: Race brains and focus, romping trails

Hobbies: Racing Strava, Drumming, wrenching

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Austin Gooder is a junior at Marin Catholic College Prep in Marin County at the base of Mt. Tamalpais. He is a student who focuses on leadership in the community alongside his normal school schedule. On top of normal school curriculum he has been studying music in symphonic band as a drummer and has contributed to the new drum line which performs during football season.

On a more sports related topic, Austin is no stranger to “different” sports. He was never that into main stream sports as a young kid. He started skiing at age 3 and moved to snowboarding at age 12 and has enjoyed that ever since. Austin views himself as a big mountain backcountry guy who loves floating through pow. He has also been climbing since he was 6 going to the gyms with his dad. Austin has been a certified scuba diver since he was 12 but diving since he was 8. Austin enjoys backpacking, mountaineering, running, surfing, swimming and much more. Austin has been a varsity runner since he was a freshman being the first freshman in his class to earn his letterman. Proudly Austin has taken each year to new heights and this past season added the title of Captain.

Outside of School Austin works at Summit Bikes in San Rafael part time which helps to fund his addiction that is biking. On top of all this Austin has till September 22, 2012 to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. This is a major goal for him not only for personal achievement but also to keep the Eagles coursing through his family tree. A high peg Austin has set for himself is joining the Navy after College or going to the Naval Academy. He realizes that this is not easy but the goal for Austin is to volunteer for Navy SEALs and try his hand at the rigorous training that defines those powerful elite men.

Back to the most important thing: Bikes! Austin has been riding bikes since he was young and always enjoyed it. His first mountain rides were at China Camp in Marin and around trails by his house. He started to take riding more seriously in 6th grade when his 2 good friends got him into it. Racing began in 8th grade with Downhill at Sea Otter and Live Wire Classic at Northstar-at-Tahoe. As a freshman he raced NorCal for Marin Catholic and has continued to do so. He raced JV as sophomore and now as a junior Austin will be racing Varsity and is the Captain of the team. Outside of high school racing, Austin has made the jump to Cat 1 mountain bike racing in Cross country and Enduro Cat 2 in downhill. Austin will also be adding road bike racing to his list so it’s a Cat 5 license for this newb.

Austin had this to say about the coming season,” 2012 is gonna bring new challenges, new races, new bikes, new friends and new rivalries! I am stoked for each and every one. I will be focusing on XC for the beginning of the season and then transition to Enduro racing in the summer and fall. My goal is to always put forth my 110% effort so I can honestly come across the line without any regrets. Racing Cat 1 will be hard so racing myself instead of a position is gonna be a major change for me that will bring on new experiences. My motto: The only Easy Day was Yesterday! Meaning it’s game on 100% of waking hours whether it be school, racing, training, scouting or working. I welcome every challenge with a hand shake and hope to send it back from where it came asking for more. COME AT ME 2012!”


2010 Results
Central Coast Invitational Cross Country Frosh 8th
Granite Bay Invitational Cross Country Frosh 6th
Central Coast Invitational – Sequel Cross Country Frosh 5th
Grass Valley – State Champs Cross Country Frosh 7th
Tamarancho Dirt Classic Cross Country Cat 3 1st
USAC National Champs Cross Country Cat 3 6th
Live Wire Classic Downhill Cat 3 4th
Sea Otter Downhill Cat 3 6th
Summit Bike Shorty Series Short Track Cat 3 6th overall
2011 Results
Granite Bay Prologue Cross Country JV 1st
Granite Bay Challenge Cross Country JV 3rd
East Garrison Cross Country JV 3rd
Laguna Seca Cross Country JV 9th
Boggs Mountain Classic Cross Country JV 32nd
Los Olivos – State Champs Cross Country jv 13th
Summit Bike Shorty Series Short Track Cat 2 4th overall
Napa Skyline Cross Country Cat 2 4th
USAC National Champs Cross Country Cat 2 19th
White Hill Drake Challenge Short Track Cat 1 1st
2012 Results
Granite Bay Challenge Cross Country Varsity 17th

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Chris Belnap – Xterra Dream Crusher


After a great result at the Tahoe City Xterra placing second in his age group and 6th overall, the NRL Team decided to talk to Chris Belnap.  As one of the few triathletes on the team he has a huge influence on all athletes.  Chris has been a competitive cyclist for eight years, but this year only marks his second as a triathlete. When asked about why he started competing in triathlons, he answered “Triathlons seemed like a new and exciting challenge after bike racing for several years. I had a decent running foundation, which I would do semi-regularly in my training routines. In 2011 I took up swimming as another way to mix up off-season workouts, and as I got better I realized I had all the base training for a triathlon.”


He had told us he plans on racing the Santa Barbara Triathlon later this month.  The NRL Team is very proud of Chris and we are excited to see what the future will bring him!

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