Final race of the 2012 Santa Rosa Cup Cyclocross series. Mother nature decided to join in on the fun and brought with her rain and cold temperatures. The new venue, Window Oak Winery, handled it well and provided a fun rolling course. Although the infamous Sonoma mud and grass sucked the energy faster than the wine being sipped by the spectators.
Watch the single-speed A men suffer on the 1st of several laps. Definitely a tough course with only one gear. But it was fun.
Last race of the 2012 Surf City Cyclocross series. Signed up for the single-speed race and got myself whooped. Steam must be running out after two days of racing. Still, it was a fun, sloppy course with some very tricky sections. And three evil slick run-ups that were the nails on the coffin for me.
Final event of the 2012 Bay Area Super Prestige Series. Jumped in for a second race after suffering in the singlespeed category. This time I chased the Masters 45+ A field around. With more than a single gear this course is far nicer on the legs. Plus the sun was out drying things up and the sandy beach section packed up and was rideable. Fun times.
Final event of the 2012 Bay Area Super Prestige Series. Here’s the singlespeed A men’s category doing battle on this tough course. The combination of long flat sections and a few short steep climbs makes it tricky to pick the right gearing. Too easy and spin out in the flats. Too hard and choke on the hills. Oh, and the previous rains created a few soft sections which added to the suffering. Ah the joys of racing!
Watch the singlespeed A men on the start and first lap of the 4th race of the Bay Area Super Prestige Series.
The event was to be held at Golden Gate Park but a last minute decision forced a switch over to Candlestick Park. Luckily the weather helped out and dumped a lot of rain in the days before the event. This softened the ground, brought out the green, and made for an enjoyable course.
Second race of the 2012 Santa Rosa Cup CX Series and with it mud and rain! The rare NorCal wet weather timed itself perfectly for the day’s event. Earlier racers were losing derailleurs left and right. Then the sun fought its way through the clouds and the course dried up a bit. But by the last race it was cold wind, clouds, and rain that forced their way back in.
More info here: http://www.bikemonkey.net/events/srcupcx/
Note: Captured this with my new GoPro Hero3 set to 720/60, Protune enabled, and color temp 5500K. And the colors came out crap This is even after spending time attempting to color correct. Something is definitely wrong with the camera or their encoding because the colors are way off. Just note the blue tint on the number plates during the run-up. Then look at the fringing between the sky and the trees. Not happy at all.
This was the first race of the Santa Rosa Cup CX Series. Watch the singlespeed A men trail the Elite men on the Place To Play Park race course. The conditions were hot, dry, and dusty. Luckily the wind held back and made the long flat stretches a bit easier.