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. 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/
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.
Central Coast Cyclocross took us to a new venue for the 3rd race of the 2012 series. This course sits on the California State University at Monterey Bay campus. It has familiar features since it’s a short distance from the Fort Ord course. But this course brings with it piles and piles of sand.
Watch portions of the Men’s Single-speed A race suffer around the course. Ok, watch me suffer as others hammer away from me. And I apologize for the first few shots that are angled downward. Screwed up the new camera mount and didn’t notice until partially into the lap. Argh.
Ok, well yes this is a race report… Wasn’t meant to be one. But I was sitting at Cole coffee sipping my nicely done cappuccino when I spotted two CX bikes. They were the bikes of Team Jortz. I asked about what ride they were planning on doing. ’Ride? No, we’re off to CCCX to race. Aren’t you?’ they said. ’Nope. I’m a little fried from too much work and too little riding this week’ I replied. So off they went leaving little ‘ole loser me to drown my guilt in my coffee. As I sat there my mind began to spin and I recalled that my buddy Phil had called Friday to ask about car pooling to the race. So I called with thoughts that he would already be on the road. It wouldn’t hurt to call. But he answers and he’s just getting in his car to head to the race. ’Let’s go race!’ he says. I waffle a moment then decide what the heck! A quick walk home to gather things and figure out the state of my singlespeed cx bike. The state is 2 flat tires, 1 of which is tubeless and the other tubed, no pedals, and a dirty chain. Argh. Ok, I start running around finding pedals, looking for sealant, and getting the bike running. Phil arrives just as both tires are filled and, knock on wood, holding air. Find the pedals and attach them. Then Phil begins loading my other gear as I make final adjustments. And then we are off to the races!
We arrive at Fort Ord in Monterey with plenty of time to prep and warmup. I take the bike out and spin around the course a few times. Oops, over geared for the long (cx long) sandy hill. Oh well, will have to suffer that one. The women’s race starts and watch for a moment then head over to the road and spin some more. It’s soon time for the Elite and SS A men’s race. I grab the GoPro, attach it using my new chest mount, then roll up to the starting line. Tweeeet!!! Off we go, heading up the hill. It’s tricky since there’s only one good line. Lots of jostling for position then settling into the conga line. From the top it’s fast rolling single track and double track back down to the starting area. Pace is rocket fast as usual. I hang on at the back but over several laps begin to drop back a little by little. I feel good technically, hit the corners well, bunny hop the log barrier, but am slow on the dismounts/mounts at the three barriers. But the hill is where I lose most of my time. Better gearing would have saved me there, maybe a 19 or 20 rather than the 18. Around 2 laps to go I am caught by the Elite leader. Then soon after a few more Elites. On the last lap the lead SS race catches me. New guy that’s extremely strong. A couple more SS racers catch me but no more.
I roll into the finish last (woohoo!) in the SS field at 9 laps with a time of 1:10’44″. The SS winner was the new guy Kurt who had a time of 10 laps 1:09’19″. Second place, always fast Cesar, was 9 laps 1.03’08″. Afterwards I warm down and note that I’m not that beat up from the race. My legs feel good. Wish I had placed better, but considering how crappy my ride/training/etc week was and racing last minute, I feel good about how I rode technically and how my body felt during and after.
This was the first cyclocross race I’ve filmed using the chest mount. Different perspective that I haven’t decided if I like or not.
Watch the Singlespeed A and B categories spin around Spring Lake Regional Park for the second race of the 2011 Santa Rosa Cup Cyclocross series. This course was built for speed but with a mix of technical to keep everyone honest.
The footage begins with the A racers blasting off on the first lap. Then 3/4 way through it transitions to the third lap and the B leaders charging back up towards the start/finish.
Real fun course, great event, and something to look forward to for next season.