Saturday, December 30, 2006

Southridge Announces Winter SoCal Series

I don't usually stoop post many events from SoCal, since I was raised better than that it's such a long drive, but seeing as we have a drought of early winter racing, I thought I would mention this: Southridge U.S.A. has announced their winter 2007 MTB racing schedule:
  • Jan 13 & 14
  • Jan 27 & 28
  • Feb 10 & 11
  • Feb 24 & 25
  • Mar 10 & 11
  • Mar 24 & 25 (Finals)
The schedule calls for Saturday cross country (XC) and mountain cross (MTX or 4X) with downhill (DH) on Sunday. I believe that all of these are held at Southridge Park in Fontana, CA (NORBA #2 is held there). Course previews and results are usually hosted over at GeoLadders.

BTW I'm just kidding about the SoCal hate. Kinda.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Garmin Finally Gives Love To Mac

Mac owners who have (not so) quietly been waiting for Garmin to make good on their promise of a compatible Training Center (for their Garmin Edge 305HR+ GPS) can now rejoice:
Good news for Mac users who also use the Forerunner or Edge. Garmin Training Center is now compatible with Mac! If you'll be at Macworld next week, make sure you stop by our booth to pick up a free Training Center software CD. If you're not planning to be in San Francisco, visit our website in late January and you'll be able to download the software for free.
Maybe. If it doesn't slip again. Really. From the Garmin blog.

Lance Cancels on Leadville

And just as soon as it was on, it appears to be off:
One of the hottest match-ups for the coming year -- Lance Armstrong vs. Floyd Landis at the Leadville 100 -- has apparently fizzled out.

Armstrong announced at The Paceline website that he will not be racing in the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race on Aug. 11, 2007, as previously indicated due to a "scheduling conflict."

Thanks to Biking Bis and Trust But Verify for the gossip update.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

"Between The Tape" Trailer Posted

"Between The Tape", a film documenting the 2006 World Cup Downhill series, has posted their initial trailer. Check out the world's top downhill athletes race across five continents and 15 countries. And the trailer's damn good too. The DVD is scheduled for release in March 2007.

Thanks to Sicklines for the heads up.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Registration Open for 2007 Coolest 24

They've update the site for this year's Coolest 24 Hour “Race Against Cancer”. This 24 hour endurance XC race will be held in Cool, CA (east of Sacramento near Auburn) on the Olmstead Loop trail (same as the Cool MTB race course). Held between noon on Saturday, May 5th and the following noon on Sunday May 6th, teams (or solo riders) will compete to complete the most number of laps (per 24 Hours of Andrenalin rules).

Registration is limited to 500 teams and 300 solo riders. Last year's event raised $30,000; This is the only 100% Non-Profit 24-Hour Mountain Bike Race in America. This event will also serve as the West Coast Intercollegiate 24-Hour Championships.

Event: The Coolest 24
Dates: May 5th - 6th, 2007
Location: Cool, CA [ Directions ]
Competition: MA (Endurance)
Cost: $115/ solo male rider, $105/solo female rider, varies for 2,3,4 &5 person teams
License: none
Those people looking for a team can check out the Yahoo! message board setup for this event. Check out the archives for coverage of last year's event.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

New HubTV Episode

HubTV (our bay area on again, off again multimedia extreme web sports site) has posted their third episode to their website. This episode focuses on the 2006 Sea Otter: dual slalom, mountain cross and dirt jump (parts I and IV). There is also a section on Alps Freeriding (part III). Check out all four parts over at HubTV.

The whole four parts are worth it just for the interview with Mr. CCCX, Keith DeFiebre (Part I about 1/3 through). And having the video set to Rise Against didn't hurt.

2007 Racing Calendar Updated

I've taken the time to update the 2007 NorCal MTB Racing calendar with all most of the newly announced events. I have it hosted over at Google Calendars so that you can download or subscribe to it in your calendar software. Just like last year, I will keep this updated throughout the year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

New Hella Greasy Trailer Posted

Allout Productions, filmers of the "Hella Greasy"fame, have released the trailer for their upcoming East Bay epic "Allout Grease." Check out the quicktime version of the trailer here (those of you that are quicktime deprived can view the lower quality version at YouTube). They have really stepped up the production values on this release - it looks stunning even in the trailer. Expect to see the DVD sometime in early 2007. Thanks to the RideSFO guys for pointing this out.

Monday, December 18, 2006

RACE REPORT: CCCX DH #5 (Series Finale)

Keith has posted the initial results for CCCX DH #5. Final full series results have also been posted. There are only a few photographs on the CCCX site, but I did manage to track down some GPS tracks of the course:
It looks mostly like the CCCX DH #1 course -- just about 1.65 miles with 875' of descent. Congratulations to the following series winners:
  • Semi-Pro/Pro Men: Jimmy Amaral (Fox Racing Shox)
  • Hardtail Men: Keith DeFiebre (Bay Bikes/Calabazas Cyclery)
  • Junior Boys Expert: Roger Evans
  • Expert Men (19-34): Cole Rasmussen (Specialized), Andrew Mince (Gamut USA/Scotts Valley Cycle) TIED at 218pts
  • Expert Men (35-44): Keith DeFiebre (Bay Bikes/Calabazas Cyclery)
  • Single Speed: Shawn Siebe (Trailhead Cyclery)
  • Expert Women: Heather Yates (Footloose Sports)
  • Junior Boys (-13): Andrew Bolton
  • Junior Boys (14-16): Kenny Evans, Forest Belluzzi (WTB/Santa Cruz/Fox Shox) TIED at 215 pts.
  • Junior Boys (16-18): Sam Hutson
  • Sports Men (19-34): Scott Orehek (Fox Racing Shox)
  • Sport Men (35-44): Ford Young (Trailhead Cyclery)
  • Sport Men (45+): Joe Fabris (Trailhead Cyclery)
  • Beginner Men (19-34): Joshua Lister
  • Beginner Men (35-44): Timothy Fortenot (Specialized/Easton/LGBRC)
  • Beginner Women: Letitia Davis
CCCX Downhill starts the 2007 season on March 11th.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Boggs II Dates Announced

Last year's Bogg For Africa 8 Hour XC event has been rechristened Boggs II and scheduled for Saturday, March 31st, 2007. It remains an 8 Hour solo or team relay event held in the Boggs State Demonstration Forest near Cobb, CA. The course terrain map can be found here.

Last year's event, also organized by Bike Monkey, drew over 80 participants and raised more than $6,000 in pledges. This year, they want to double the number of participants and are setting a rider cap at 200.
Event: Boggs II
Dates: March 31st, 2007
Location: Boggs State Demo Forest (Cobb, CA) [ MAP ]
Competition: Endurance XC (8 hour)
Cost: $45/person (includes shirt and dinner)
Registration: online at bike monekey
License: NORBA XC
Check out last year's action in the archives.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

CCCX DH #5 Preview

A preview for the CCCX DH #5 (season final) has been posted:
The course has been selected and the route will be a mixture of races #1 and #3, with some new sections added to challenge NorCal's DH racers. This final event of the series will determine who are the Division Champions as all races count toward the final point total ... This event will take place rain or shine. Toro Park gates will open at 8:00 a.m. on race day. Please note that the park closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday ... Series Champions will receive a custom Hot Shoppe DH Winners Jersey, the custom made CCCX Series plaques are the highest quality available and are 16X19 in size, 2006 CCCX DH T-shirts, and other prizes from sponsors will be presented to top finishers in the series.
This is the last race on the 2006 NorCal calendar so get out there.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Red Bull Downhill Metro

Some cool urban downhill footage, courtesy of BikeHugger, from the Red Bull Mexico City event. I recommend watching the Reuters version of the video, since it doesn't have any music -- just the natural sound.

As you can gather from the video, Brian Lopes is not a happy camper.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


The results from the second Central California Off-Road Cyclist Short Track race have been posted. Congratulations to:
Mens Beginner (5 laps): Brandon Howard
Mens Sport (5 laps): Nikoaus Dejong
Mens Expert (7 laps): Keith Defiebre (LaPierre)
Contrary to rumors, I don't see any evidence of Lance Armstrong racing here.

UCI Angel Fire Stop Moving ?

Decline Magazine is reporting that the lone American stop on the UCI MTB circuit is in limbo:
Angelfire resort representatives have now confirmed that the scheduled World Cup triple will not take place this upcoming season.
Check out the news here.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

2007 Cool MTB Race Scheduled

A slight change from the previous rumor on the Cool MTB Race dates: Auburn Bike Works, the organizer of the race, has announced that the 15th Cool Mountain Bike Race is set for March 11th, 2007 (not March 10th as previously rumored).

As last year, t
he race will cover approximately 10 miles of fire roads (85%) and singletrack (15%) on the Olmstead Loop in Cool, CA (six miles south of Auburn, CA). Begineers will do one lap, sport two laps and expert/pro will do three laps. Singlespeed, Clydedales, tandems and expert women will do two laps. As the promoters warn, "the course will be muddy." Or snowy. Be warned.

The ride is capped at 425 riders. Awards will be given three deep and the expert/pro purse starts at $200. Race registration starts at 8 AM (you can also check-in the day before at Auburn Bike Works) and the pre-race meeting commences at 10:30 AM. Awards and prize raffles will be held immediately after the race.

See coverage of last year's event in the archives.
Event: Cool Mountain Bike Race
Dates: March 11th, 2007
Location: Cool, CA [ Map ]
Competition: XC
Cost: TBD (last year was $40)
Registration: (via paypal)
License: None

Sierra Freeriding

Not to be outdone by I Hate Bikes expose of the Coastside Freeriding scene, dhReno has posted the link to a pretty well written article on Sierra Freeriding. The article covers the scene from both the riders and forest service point of view, along with some commentary from the IMBA.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Lance To Race Leadville 100

Bicycle Retailer is reporting that Lance Armstrong is going to enter this year's Leadville Trail 100 MTB endurance race. The article quotes Lance as saying “It’s a mountain bike race in August held in Colorado called the Leadville 100. It’s about an eight to nine hour mountain bike race, mostly on single track that very few people do and even fewer finish.

This year's Leadville 100 has not been scheduled. Last year's was held August 12th, 2006. Here is a race report from the 2005 event.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Pacifica Coastside Freeriding

So this isn't really isn't anything mtb racing related, but it is a slow racing week (unless you headed down to Fresno) and I used to live out here:
Pacifica, CA Downhill
I also really like the I Hate Bikes site and have been dying to work it into my site.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

ROADTRIP: 2007 12 Hours of Temecula series

The 12 Hours of Temecula endurance mountain bike series has announced their 2007 race schedule. This three race series debuted this year, becoming a stable on the SoCal endurance scene. This coming year's races will be held on:
RACE #1 - January 20th , 2007
RACE #2 – June 16th , 2007
RACE #3 – November 17th , 2007
All three of the races will be held from 9 AM to 9 PM at Vail Lake Resort near Temecula, CA [MAP]. The course for each of these races can be viewed at GeoLadders.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

2007 Bigfoot Schedule Rumors

A few rumors from the MTBR boards about Team Bigfoot's upcoming 2007 mountain bike race schedule:
The 12 Hours of Weaverville endurance race will be Saturday, May 26, and we're thinking of adding "Gravity Daze," a DOWNHILL on Sunday and a SUPER-D on Monday. Both gravity events would be run on the same long courses that we use for the LaGrange Fall Classic.

We're working on a couple of new events and should be able to announce our '07 sched by Jan. 1. We'll definitely have the Bigfoot Classic (XC, DH, Super-D, Short-Track XC), Whiskeytown (XC & possibly Short-Track), LaGrange (XC, DH, Super-D) and at least one more and possibly two more dates with XC and DH and possibly Super-D.
These are probably a little more than rumors since the promoter is posting them, but I'll make sure and post the full details when I see it finalized. To see coverage of this past year's Team Bigfoot races, check the archives.

One of my New Year's resolutions will be to get up north for more of these races.

Monday, November 27, 2006

USA Cycling Announces 2007 AMBC Calendar

USA Cycling has announced the 2007 American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) race calendar. This year, there will be 30ish events, but not a single race in NorCal. Which is pretty much like last year. I'll update this with the events, when I get some time.

ROADTRIP: Trans-Iowa III Registration Open

Jeff Kerkove has announced the opening of registration for the third annual Trans Iowa: "The Trans-Iowa Mountain Bike Race is a non-stop, self-supported, solo competition along the gravel roads of rural Iowa." This year's event will take place on April 28 - 29, 2007, starting and finishing in Decorah, Iowa [ MAP ]. Along the way, racers will cover about 300 miles. Check out the details over at and get your entry ready -- registration deadline is December 15th.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Simulating The 2006 Downieville DH

Decline Magazine has posted a dot race of this year's Downieville Classic downhill. Watch Mark Weir (1st place), Jason Moeschler (2nd place), Ariel Lindsley (3rd place), Henry O'Donnel (6th place), Kirk Desmond (13th place) and Olivier Bock (23rd place) race against each other on your screen. They also have links to each of their GPS logs.

Thanks to the Motionbased Blog for the heads up.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

ROADTRIP: 2007 Firestone Walker has announced the 2007 Firestone Walker MTB Classic for April 27 - 29th, 2007 in Los Olivos, California [ MAP ]. This race offers cross country (XC), marathon (5 laps of the XC course, around 75 miles) and downhill (DH) events. The events run the entire weekend, with a variety of non-biking activities also.

In the past, I haven't covered races this far south (i.e. just north Santa Barbara) but it seems like a lot of people headed down for this race last year.

UPDATE: This is now a NORBA event.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

24 Hrs of Adrenalin Announces 2007 Races

The folks over at 24 Hrs of Andrenalin have posted their 2007 race schedule. It looks like they will have two events are Laguna Seca in Monterey this year:

Hurkey Creek Park #1 Idyllwild, SoCal04/28/2007
Laguna Seca #1 Monterey, CA
Canmore Nordic Centre Canmore, Canada
Laguna Seca #2 Monterey, CA 09/01/2007
Hurkey Creek Park #2 - Idyllwild, SoCal 09/22/2007
Georgia International Horse Park Conyers, GA

The website is its usual mess and there doesn't appear to be details for the new races, but I am sure that they'll update it -- eventually. The 2007 championship venue and dates will be announced on December 15th, 2006.


The results for the first Central California Off-Road Cyclists short track XC race has been posted. Congratulations to:
Men's Beginner: Dusty Glass
Junior Girls: Katrina Howard
Men's Sport: Russ Freeman
Men's Expert: Keith DeFiebre
Photos from the race are supposed to be posted, but I only see CX pictures.

RACE REPORT: Sand Hill Fall #4 (Finals)

After a rainout the previous weekend, the final race in the Sand Hill Fall series were held last Saturday. Congratulations to the winner of this dual slalom event:
15 and Under: Cody Stegmiller (Danville), Hue Joss Bikes
14-23 B-Class: Chase Andrada (Benicia)
16-18: Tim Mangini (Benicia)
Vet Sport: Dave Kranich (Scott's Valley)
Vet Expert: Ryan Stayshal (Los Gatos)
Pro/Semi-Pro: George Stephenson III (El Dorado Hills) Northern Lights/Kenda/Bicycles Plus
As usual, and A Finished Product have all the action photos from the event.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Single Speed World Championship 2007

After the hootenany that was SSWC 2006 in Stockholm last year, the circus has moved on to Scotland for 2007. Although no dates are posted, expect hope for it in August. Strangely, Scotland will also be hosting the 2007 UCI MTB World Championships in September at Fort Williams.

Photo is of the 2003 and 2004 SS Male World Champs. Photo taken by Wendy Gasson. Courtesy of Wikipedia. Her main website is

UPDATE (09/03/07): Go here for results for the 2007 SSWC (Singlespeed World Championships) in Scotland.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

2007 Downieville Classic Dates

Rumor has it that the 2007 Downieville Classic will be held on July 13 - 15, 2007. As this is the only weekend in July that isn't a NORBA or USA Cycling event, it makes a lot of sense. I'll keep an eye out for the official announcement.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Boggs 8 Hour XC Returns for 2007 has announced that Bogg For Africa, an 8 hour XC event to raise money for AIDS relief in Africa, will return in 2007. While the final date hasn't been set, it appears that it will be sometime in March 2007.

Last year's event information can be viewed in the archives.

Friday, November 17, 2006

2007 Howell Mountain Challenge

The 2007 Howell Mountain Challenge has also been announced. The event, organized by the same people that bring us the Napa Valley Dirt Classic, is billed as a "10 mile circuit, hilly, smooth to medium-rough trails, service roads, double track and single track, lots of trees.... fun course." It is also located in Angwin, CA and will operate under NORBA rules.

This XC race will consist of multiple laps, depending on your racing category. Beginners will do one lap, Sport will two laps and Expert/Pros will do three laps.

You can see last year's course map, elevation plot and race report in the archives.
Event: Howell Mountain Challenge
Dates: August 12th, 2007 (10:30 AM)
Location: Angwin, CA (Near Calistoga, CA)
Competition: XC
Cost: $30 ($35 after Aug 6th)
Registration: TBD (probably
License: NORBA

2007 Napa Valley Dirt Classic

The Napa Valley Dirt Classic has been scheduled for 2007. The XC event is a "22 mile circuit, hilly, smooth to medium-rough trails, service roads, double track and single track, lots of trees.... fun course" and will be held at 10:30 AM on April 22nd, 2007 in Angwin, CA (near Calistoga, CA in Napa). The race entry fee is $30 until April 14th, then $35 afterwards. This is a NORBA event and licenses will be required (one day NORBA licenses are available).

Last year's race was won by Aren Timmel, who edged out Jason Moeschler by less than a minute. You can check out all of last year's Napa Valley Dirt Classic race coverage in the archives.
Event: Napa Valley Dirt Classic
Dates: April 22nd, 2007
Location: Angwin, CA
Competition: XC
Cost: $30 ($35 after 4/14/2006)
License: NORBA
Registration: not yet open

Thursday, November 16, 2006

CCCX Announces 2007 DH Series

As a companion to the previous 2007 CCCX XC series schedule, the Central Coast CycloCross people have also announced their 2007 downhill (DH) season (and they haven't even finished this season yet!). Still rounding out it's first season, the CCCX DH has quickly emerged as the most popular NorCal MTB gravity series. Here are the new dates:
  • Race #1 : Sunday March 11, 2007
  • Race #2 : Sunday April 1, 2007
  • Race #3 : Sunday April 28, 2007
  • Race #4 : Sunday June 24, 2007
  • Race #5 : Sunday July 1, 2007
Awesome. I thought we were going to end up with a real lull in the gravity schedule next year, but with this, the Reno Super D series and the CHDH series, I think next year is going to be a huge gravity season.

CCCX Announces 2007 XC Series

Wow. It's been a big week for the 2007 NorCal MTB calendar. First the Cool races and Sea Otter, now the CCCX cross country and downhill MTB series. I've separated the two announcement (XC and DH) so that people can find exactly what they want. Here are the XC races for 2007:
  • Race #1 : Sunday February 11, 2007
  • Race #2 : Sunday February 18, 2007
  • Race #3 : Saturday March 3, 2007
  • Race #4 : Saturday March 10, 2007
  • Race #5 : Saturday March 31, 2007
  • Race #6 : Saturday April 27, 2007
  • Race #7 : Sunday June 10, 2007
  • Race #8 : Saturday June 23, 2007
  • Race #9 [FINALS]: Saturday June 30, 2007
For those of you who haven't been down to Monterey for these races, start training now. When I went down for CCCX XC #2 last season, I got dropped in the first half mile. They're also some of the most popular, rowdier (more cowbell!) and well organized races in NorCal. Check out the archives for more info on last season's races.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

2007 Cool MTB Race

According to the Auburn Endurance Capital events calendar, the Cool MTB race will be held on March 10th, 2007 in Cool, CA. No news of this on the official website, but you can check out last year's shenningans in the archives.

UPDATE (12/06/06): The date is actually one day later. It will be held on MARCH 11th, 2007. See the full story here.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

2007 Sea Otter Classic Website Live

After months of preparation, the 2007 Sea Otter Classic website is up and operational.

I am still going through the site, but it looks like a lot of changes for 2007. New events (adventure racing ?), new sponsors (SRAM appears to have replaced Shimano this year), new rules. It looks like they have a basic XC course map up and a bit of the scheduling also. Registration is open too.

More on this as I sift through the site. Full coverage of last year's Otter in the archives.

2007 Coolest 24 Hour Race

The 2007 version of "The Coolest 24Hr Race Against Cancer" (aka the Coolest 24 or Cool 24) has been scheduled for May 5th & 6th, 2007. Held in Cool, CA (near Auburn, outside Sacramento) on the Olmstead Loop, last year's inaugural event was a huge success.

2007 Sea Otter Slopestyle

Probably stung by the growing popularity of Whistler's Crankworx, the Sea Otter may be holding a slopestyle competition:
Sea Otter Organizers are in serious talks with sponsors and media partners to bring a Slopestyle competition to Sea Otter Classic in 2007.

"We're still ironing out the details at this point and hope to make an 'official' announcement in a couple weeks," says Sea Otter's Director of Athlete Services, Jeff Frost.
Details as they become available.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

2007 Sea Otter Camping Registration Open

Registration is now open for this year's Sea Otter onsite camping spots. While the main site will not open for business until later this week, camping reservations have been opened for early registration. Judging by the look of the car/tent sites, about 60% of the spaces have been reserved by mid-day today. These car/tent sites are $240/3 nights or $320/4 nights. If you are looking to stay onsite this year, you should scoot over there and get a site before they're gone.

Sand Hill Finals Rained Out

Yesterday's Sand Hill DS finals have been rained out and rescheduled for next week:
The rained out dual slalom race from today will be made up next Saturday, November 18, same time, same place. is predicting no rain for that part of the week.
I've changed the schedule to accommodate it.

Friday, November 10, 2006

2007 CCCX XC Kickoff ?

Rumors on MTBR say that the 2007 CCCX cross country (XC) races will begin "the first weekend of February." That's the same weekend that the TBF MTB Challenge races start near Sacto.

New Date for CCCX DH #5

The date for the final CCCX downhill of the season has been moved back one day to Sunday, December 17th, 2006.

MotionBased Deal

For those of you who are using Garmin Edge 205/305 GPS cycling computers and like the Google Earth topos that I post on this site, you might want to take advantage of's holiday promotion. Basically, they are giving you 2 years of service for the price of 1 year. The offer is valid through the end of the year. Check it out.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


The results have been posted for the fourth CCCX Downhill event. RickR's photos have been posted at Smugmug.

The course ended up being far longer than the previous races with 1600'+ drop over 3.26 miles. True to the scouting reports, it started at the top of the park, winding it's way down to the parking lot over a few parts of previous courses:
The elevation looks very consistent:
Congratulations to the winners (who are also NorCal SuperD Champs):
  • Pro-Semi Pro: Curtis Beavers(WTB-Santa Cruz)
  • Expert Men 19-34: Shawn Siebe(Trail Head Cyclery)
  • Expert Men 35-44: Keith DeFiebre(Calabazas Cycles- Bay Bikes-Ritchey-WTB)
  • Junior Expert: Miles Payton(Another Bike Shop/Gamut USA/Fox)
  • Expert Women: Lainey Aldridge(Utopia Optics)
  • Hardtail Men: Keith DeFiebre(Calabazas Cycles-Bay Bikes-Ritchey-WTB)
  • Single Speed: Shawn Siebe(Trail Head Cyclery)
  • 45 + Open Men: Joe Fabris(Trail Head Cyclery)
  • Junior 13 & Under: Grant Dettmer(Team Proper/Ride SFO)
  • Junior 14-16: Forest Belluzzi(WTB/Santa Cruz/Fox Shox)
  • Junior 16-18: Sam Hutson- Capitola
  • Sport Men 19-34: John Guio(Pico Performance/Utopia/Fiberwise)
  • Sport Men 35-44: Anthony Trujillo(Fox Racing Shox)
  • Beg Men 19-34: Brad Wilcox- S.L.O.
  • Beg Men 35-44: Daniel Abernathy- Santa Cruz
  • Beg Women: Crystal Theesfeld- Santa Rosa
The final race in the CCCX series is December 16th.

UPDATE (11/09/06): Curtis Beavers (Pro/Semi-Pro winner) posted his race report over at the COMMUNITY.

Friday, November 03, 2006

USA Cycling Plans New National MTB Race Calendar

Interesting news out of USA Cycling. Apparently they are actually going to create a clear racing series of MTB events. Let's hope the calendar has better proof reading than their press release:
Beginning with the 2007 competitive cycling season, USA Cycling is introducing a new mountain bike calendar designed to recognize and support top-level regional, national and international events through a season-long calendar similar to the National Racing Calendar model that is currently utilized in road cycling. The new USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Calendar is specifically designed to provide a more open access opportunity for those top-level events that have, for one reason or another, not participated in the traditional “NORBA National Series” model.
So the interesting bits are actually deeper in the release. Interesting bit one:
All events added to the calendar must meet pro prize purse requirements specific to each calendar tier set by either the UCI or USA Cycling.
Hmmm . . . prize money ? At national events ? Really. Interesting bit two is:
Please note that the “National Mountain Bike Series” (NMBS), which has not been a property of USA Cycling for three years, will continue to operate under the independent ownership and organization of Team Big Bear and Blue Wolf Productions and fit within the framework of the USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Calendar.
Wow, that is one huge step away from NORBA. In the past two years, NORBA was really the entire MTB National events (although AMBC held some good smaller events) and USA Cycling made it seem like they sponsored it. Of course, USA Cycling is also the organization staged this year's US MTB Nationals so I would take anything they say with a grain of salt.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

First Date For 2007 CHDH Series Announced

The folks over at RideSFO have announced the first date for the 2007 Corral Hollow Downhill Series:
It can only get better from here ... we have a date for our 1st race for the 2007 CHDH Series. This will be the 1st of 3 races. More details and dates to come! See pics from last year's CHDH in the new rideSFO gallery...1st race date lands on Earth Day!
And the date is April 22, 2007. Check out more information about last year's CHDH coverage in the archives.


New update on this weekend's CCCX DH #4 race:
The Super "D" course is 4 miles long and it drops an amazing 1800 vertical feet. The top section is pure fire road with speeds reaching freeway limit. The trail gets very steep near the bottom of the upper portion so have your hands on the breaks! There is a tight turn waiting for you, leading to some more fire road sections. Then the trail joins the single-track route used in Race #2. This single-track continues for 2 miles toward the same finish as Race #2. This Super "D" time trial course is going to be a true test of strength and riding ability. The times will be considerably longer then any race in the series as will the hike to the start! Please allow 1 hour to make it to the start of your selected start time ... This 1800 foot plunge will test, fitness, skill, nerves, and strength. NorCal Champions will be crowned in all divisions and series points will be awarded to all finishers. This route starts at one of the highest points in Toro Park, the route is fun and challenging, and this is a chance to test yourself on one of the longest DH races in Northern California.
Good luck.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


The good folks up at OBRA (Oregon Bicycle Racing Association) has released their tentative 2007 race schedule. While I won't bore you with the entire schedule, I will point out that two races that we covered this year:
Both of these are held at Mount Ashland, within shouting distance of the Oregon / California border. Okay, I may be lying there, but it's relatively close if you've already driven 5 hours North.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Here is the latest scoop about this weekend's CCCX DH #4:

November 5th is Race #4 and it will be the NorCal Super-D Championship. This will be a[n] incredible 4 mile run with 1700 feet descended. This 4 mile course will have literally no uphill sections and is a special treat for NorCal DH racers. More info on this race track coming ... Race #4 also holds the distinction as the Northern California Super D Championships. With category winners receiving an additional prize as well as CCCX series medals.

If I see any updates, I'll post them.

Monday, October 30, 2006


The results from the second Central California Off-Road Cyclists Time Trial race has been posted. Congratulations to Steven Ray (Steven's Bicycles), who posted the overall best time of 09:38, and to CCCX DH promoter Keith DeFiebre (Ritchey/Calabasas Bikes), who won the Open Wheel category.

Photos from the event have been posted here.

Friday, October 27, 2006

2006 Peavine MTB Race

Apparently I have been focusing a little too much on 2007 race announcements because it appears that I missed this weekend's Peavine MTB Race being presented by the University of Nevada Cycling team. Luckily, the vigilant folks over at dhReno have all the details on this XC, DH, Short Track and SuperD extravaganza.

Granny Gear Announces 2007 Series Schedule

Granny Gear Production has announced their 2007 24 Hour National Point Series. The dates and locations are:
Registration is already open for the entire race series.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

CCORC Update

This weekend marks the second CCORC Time Trial race in Fresno and I have gotten some more information on the series:
  • Costs are as follows: Juniors $15, Begineers & Sports $20, Experts $25
  • The Time Trial courses are 3.2 miles long while the upcoming Short Track courses are .71 miles in length
CCORC #2 is this Sunday (10/29) in Woodward Park [ MAP ].

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

RACE RESULTS: 2006 Lagrange Fall Classic

TeamBigfoot has posted the 2006 Lagrange Fall Classic XC, DH and SuperD races results.

In the downhill event, congratulations to Scott Feller, who won the Pro DH contest with a best of two run time of 07:32, and Crystal Tunnell, who won the Pro Women's DH crown. Vic has posted a picture of the downhill course at the bottom of this page.

On the XC side, congrats go out to Steve Tetrick, who topped the Expert Men, and Jennifer Durkin, who won the Sport Women.

UPDATE (10/28/06): has a nice table of the DH results.
UPDATE (10/29/06): dhReno has posted their report with photos.

Full 2007 UCI MTB Race Calendar

Here is the full (but probably still tentative) UCI MTB race schedule for 2007:

UCI World Cup MA #1March 17-18Gran Canaria (Spain)
UCI World Cup XC #1April 21-22Houffalize (Belguim) or Madrid (Spain)*
UCI World Cup DH/4X #1May 12-13Vigo (Spain)
UCI World Cup XC #2May 26-27Offenburg (Germany)
UCI World Cup XC #3/DH/4X #2June 9-10Champéry (Switzerland)
UCI World Cup XC #4/DH/4X #3June 23-24Mont-Sainte-Anne (Canda)
UCI World Cup XC #5/DH/4X #4June 30-July 1Angel Fire Resort (USA)
UCI World Cup MA #2July 7-8Dolomiti Superbike (Italy)
UCI World Cup DH/4X #5July 7-8Schladming (Austria)
UCI World Cup MA #3August 25Lillehammer (Norway)
UCI World Cup XC/DH/4X #6September 15-16Maribor (SI)
UCI World Cup MA #4October 12Fréjus (France)

In the table, XCO or XC stands for cross country, MA stands for Marathon, 4X is the UCI term for mountain cross (MTX) and DHI is downhill. It appears that there are only two North America events planned this year.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

2007 NMBS San Jose Stop Cancelled ?

Although there is no announcement or press release, the 2007 NMBS #3 stop in San Jose has disappeared from the latest 2007 NORBA Nationals calendar (PDF link).

I've emailed the City of San Jose (who was sponsoring the San Jose Cycling Festival) and NORBA to find out the full story.

UPDATE (12/09/06): Yes, this has been canceled. It appears to have been moved back to 2008.

Monday, October 23, 2006

ROADTRIP: 24 Hours of Chamberlin Ranch II

This weekend marks the final 24 hour race of the season in California. But there's a bit of a drive involved . . . RideSB will be running the 24 Hours of Chamerlin Ranch II on October 28-29, 2006 near Santa Barabara, CA. Laps are approximately 15 miles over a course described as "[it] consists of double track farming roads, single track, short descents, some steep descents, ONE REALLY STEEP DESCENT THAT REQUIRES CAUTION, no climbs longer than a few minutes, & a few dry creek crossings." The race is relay format for teams of 2 – 10, and a straight-through, round the clock race for solo racers.
Event: 24 hr of Chamberlin Ranch II
Dates: October 28 & 29, 2006
Location: Los Olivos, CA
Competition: MA
Cost: $110 - $600 (depending on team size and entry date)
Registration: SportsBaseOnline
License: NORBA

Sunday, October 22, 2006

RACE REPORT: Sand Hill Fall #3

Some photos have been posted for this weekend's Sand Hill Fall #3 Mountain Cross (MTX) race.
The results have been posted on the P&R Sports page. Congratulations to winners Forest Belluzi (15-), Shon Stark (16-18), Jordan McDonald (Mixed Sport) and Brandon Meadows (Sacramento, Pro/Semi-Pro).

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Wow. It's raining gravity series announcements here at NorCal MTB Racing.

Rumor has it that the Corral Hollow Downhill will expand into a full fledged DH series for 2007. The CHDH is the successor to the Groovy Gravity Games and held in Carnegie SVRA near Livermore, CA. You can review our coverage of the 2006 CHDH in the archives.

I'll post more information as it becomes available.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

2007 Shasta Lemurian Scheduled

The 2007 edition of the Shasta Lemurian cross country (XC) race has been scheduled for Saturday, April 28th, 2007. Held in Whiskeytown Lake National Recreation Area, the Lemurian is the traditional kickoff to the "Way NorCal" racing season. Check out our coverage of the 2006 Lemurian here.

NWD7 Bay Area Video Premier Party

I hate bikes, rideSFO and Jon G Productions will present the Bay Area Premier of Freeride Production's latest film, NWD 7, Flying High Again at the Darkroom at Club Six [ Downtown SF Map ] on Friday, October 20, 2006.

Cost is $5 presale, $8 at the door. Doors open at 7 PM. Admission will include a raffle ticket for free swag. This is a 21 & over event. For those under 21, an all ages encore showing will be held Monday Oct 23 at 7 PM at Blake's in Berkeley, more details to come

Monday, October 16, 2006

2006 Lagrange Classic

Team Bigfoot presents their last MTB race festival of the season, The Lagrange Fall Clasic, on October 20 - 22, 2006 in Weaverville, CA [ MAP ]. The race is billed as "Come join us for a full weekend of racing, including a Super-D, Cross-country and Downhill on the awesome trails of the Weaver Basin Trail System, some of the bestest singletrack ever! Part of the proceeds will be donated to the WBTS to be used for maintaining and building even more trails. Our venue is the local high school, with paved parking, real bathrooms AND they open up the shower rooms so racers can get hot showers and not have to drive home stinky and grimey….unless they want to."

The events are:
  • Super D (Friday): The course uses some of the upper 2/3 of the Downhill course, then veers onto a 3-mile section of the famed flume trails of our cross-country course for a total of 6+ miles.
  • XC (Saturday): The Beginner cross-county course is 16 miles of singletrack and fireroad with about 2000' of climbing. The Sport/Expert/Pro Course is about 21 miles and includes the famous LaGrange Ditch singletrack.
  • DH (Sunday): The Downhill course is about 4 miles and has over 2400'' of altitude drop. We run shuttles from the High School. Course will be open for practice on Saturday after the XC. On Sunday, practice shuttles begin at 9am.
Team Bigfoot consistently puts on some of the best NorCal races, so come out to support them.
Event: Lagrange Fall Classic
Dates: October 20, 21 & 22, 2006
Location: Weaverville, CA (Just west of Redding, CA)
Competition: XC, SD, DH
Cost: $20/SuperD, $30/DH, $30/XC (discounts for Jr and multi-events)
Registration: onsite or
License: none


The folks over at CCORC certainly have their act together. Race results have already been posted for Saturday's time trial. Heck, they even have pictures of the whole event posted.

Congratulations to divisional winners Keith DeFiebre (Ritchey/Calabasas Bikes), Melinda Webster, Ronny Kier (CVC), Lars Mommer (Tri-Sport Bicycles), John Didier, Daniel Felix (Herb Bauer Bicycling), David Stone (Team BFD) and Steven Becker. Keith and Melinda won the open divisions for Men and Women respectively.

If anyone has a race report or course description on this, please mail it over (norcalmtbracing AT gmail DOT com). I'm interested to hear about this series.

RACE RESULTS: 2006 Whiskeytown 9 - 5

Team Bigfoot has posted the results for the last race on the Bigfoot Endurance schedule, the Whiskeytown 9 to 5. Race results are posted here.

Team Bigfoot has also posted the final results for the overall Solo Bigfoot Cup. Congratulations to:
  • Tom Watson (Men Beginner)
  • Justin Farmer (Men Sport)
  • Brian Sevall (Men Expert)
  • Eric Carter (Men Pro)
  • Ty Skordahl (Men Jr)
  • Dave Reynolds (Masters 40+)
  • Dennis McKenney (Masters 50+)
  • Ross Mulyneux (Masters 60+)
  • Pam DeBruin (Women Beginner)
  • Mary Allan (Women Sport)
  • Linda Eckert (Women Expert / Pro)
  • Charlie Higgins (Clydesdales)
  • Dan Henderson (Singlespeed)

RACE RESULTS: Sand Hill Fall #2

I haven't seen any results for the 2nd Sand Hill MTX race this weekend, but there are two sets of photos posted:I'll post results when I see them (probably Wednesday or so). Race results are posted. Congrats to Chris Flores (Mongoose Tribe) of Durham for winning the Pro/Semi-Pro competition.

Friday, October 13, 2006

More Details on CCORC Races

The Folks over at NCNCA CX have posted some more details about the CCORC races in Fresno. While the article focuses on the cylocross racing, there is also information on the time trails (this weekend) and short track MTB competitons.

CCCX DH Point Standings (Race 3)

The point standings after three races in the CCCX Downhill Series have been posted.

In the Pro/Semi-Pro category, Jimmy Amaral (Fox Racing Shox) leads Ian Massey (WTB/Fox) by five points while in Women Experts Heather Yates (Footloose Sports) leads Sarah Sherratt (Cannondale) by six points.

VeloSwap San Francisco

The 4th Annual San Francisco VeloSwap will be held on Saturday, November 18th, 2006 in San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center at 7th & Brannan [ MAP ] from 9 am until 4 pm. VeloSwap claims to be the "world's largest consumer bicycle and sports expo." In addition to the sale-o-rama, there will also be some seminars on training and two showings of ROAM.

Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Cool 24Hr of Moab Blog

Just saw this being highlighted on today and thought I would share:
Check out the Google Earthlings blog! 5 Google folks (plus their dog Sparky) are participating in 24 Hours of Moab the weekend of Oct14-15, and are using their beta blog to document the whole thing.
Nice to see that people at Google are actually using their technology like it is intended.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

MTB GPS Computers

As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, I use a Garmin Edge 305HR GPS Monitor and to record my training rides and races. In six short months, it has completely changed how I look at my riding. Being able to breakdown every ride by elevation, distance and heartrate has allowed me to identify my weakpoints and focus my training. And until now, I hadn't seen any competition to it on the market. However, there is a post today on about the MotionLingo ADEO GPS. Although it appears to lack a display and heartrate monitor, it does seem to do most of the other Edge functions. And it is only USD$149.

If someone has one, please forward a review. Otherwise, I will wait for the folks at to finish their testing.

RACE REPORT: Sand Hill Fall #1

dhReno has a race report on the first dual slalom race of the Sand Hill fall series.

Still waiting on the official results to be posted. Race results have been posted. Congrats to:
  • 15 and Under: Matt Verelley (Mill Valley)
  • 16-18 Olympic: Tim Mangini (Benicia)
  • 19-29 Sport: Rich Regio (Walnut Creek)
  • Vet Sport: John Kresich (Clayton)- DH Reno
  • Pro/Semi-Pro (and Fast Time for the day): George Stephenson III (El Dorado Hills) - Northern Lights

Monday, October 09, 2006


The results for race #3 in the CCCX downhill series are posted. In addition, there are some photos organized by starting time here. And more photos here.

It looks like the course was very close to CCCX DH #1 except they took the left at the big "Y":
And it was slightly steeper with a little rise at the end:

Sunday, October 08, 2006

CCORC Time Trial and Short Track Races

The Central California Off-Road Cyclists have announced two MTB racing series for the Fresno area. One series will be a short track XC and the other will be a time trial series. Both racing series will be held in Woodward Park [ MAP ] during the late Fall and Winter.
The Short Track series will be held on:
11/19/06: Tri-Sport MTB ST #1
12/02/06: Tri-Sport MTB ST#2
01/28/07: Tri-Sport MTB ST #3

The Time Trial series will be held on:
10/14/06: Herb Bauer MTB TT #1
10/29/06: Herb Bauer MTB TT#2
01/27/06: Herb Bauer MTB TT #3
I don't have any details about the courses or costs, but I will update you when I received them.

Friday, October 06, 2006

RACE RESULTS: 2006 Parkfield Classic

The good folks over at Cal Poly Wheelmen have posted the 2006 Parkfield Classic results:
Photos are being hosted over at Downhill News Gallery.

TBF Racing Announces 2007 Schedule

TBF Racing, who organizes a number of mountain bike and triathlon races in the Sacramento area, has announced their 2007 schedule. There are a variety of fat tire events from "normal" mountain bike races to duathlons (2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run) to Nissan Xtrerra triathlons (.5 mile swim, 14 mile mtn bike, 3 mile run). Below is the current schedule (just mountain bike involved events):

02/03/07 Chanoko Mountain Bike Duathlon #1
Register Online
02/04/07 MTB Challenge #1
Register Online
02/24/07 Chanoko Mountain Bike Duathlon #2
Register Online
02/25/07 MTB Challenge #2
Register Online
03/17/07 Chanoko Mountain Bike Duathlon #3
Register Online
03/18/07 MTB Challenge #3
Register Online
04/01/07 REAL MTB Triathlon (Nissan XTERRA Points Series Race)
Register Online

The duathlons are $45 until race day when they rise to $55, while the mountain bike races are $40 (rising to $50 on race day). The Xterra event is $75 until race day when it becomes $85.

All of the races listed above will be held at Granite Beach within Folsom Lake State Recreation Area in Granite Bay, California. Granite Bay is just east of Sacramento near Folsom and Roseville.

The TBF Races are the usual kick-off to the NorCal MTB racing season. I competed in a few of these last winter and they are very well run events.

Thursday, October 05, 2006


The folks over at the CCCX DH have updated their site with some information about the course for CCCX DH #3 this weekend:
The course has been set for race #3 and it looks to be fast, furious and fun for all racers who attend. The DH route will use portions of the same trail used for race #1 but will have a more direct line to the finish and times will be faster. The speeds will also be much higher in some sections and the riser section toward the top of the course will be hit with a faster line for more speed into the rise. Near the end of the course will be some add on trails that will challenge suspension, breaking and turning ability ... Parking will be in the same area as the past two races, and the hike to the start will be the same steep trail used for race #1. Also for race #3 and future races, the starter will call out names and times of the starting order! So the start time you sign up for at registration will be used at the start, and your name and # will be called 5 minutes before your scheduled time to get racers in proper starting order.

Bogg Mountain Metal Madness

The UC Davis Cycling team is bringing a their annual Bogg Mountain Metal Madness to Bogg Mountain [ MAP ] this weekend (October 7 & 8, 2006). There will be three events: cross country (XC), Super D (SD) and Short Track (STXC):
  • XC (Saturday): The thirteen mile loop gains 2000 ft in elevation over multiple switchback climbs and descents, almost entirely composed of tight singletrack. Here's the XC course. The trail surface is pine needles over hard pack with some pretty rocky sections. Look forward to even more singletrack this year.
  • Super D (Sunday): This will be a mass start with a le mans style uphill climb on foot of about 100 meters. Here is the Super D course map. Downhill singletrack, doubletrack and fire road sections. Windy and rocky but not too technical. A course appropriate for short-travel suspension or hardtails. Point-to-point, the few mile group ride to the top of the course leaves shortly after registration closes. Shuttle not available.
  • STXC (Sunday): This half mile course laps around the campground foreasy spectating. A long fire road section for passing precedes a short technical climb followed by a loose descent. Single track completes the loop for a well-rounded course of varying terrain.
This sounds like a great event.
Event: Bogg Mountain Metal Madness [ PDF Flyer ]
Dates: October 7 & 8, 2006
Location: Bogg Mountain Demonstration Forest (near Cobb, CA)
Competition: XC, SD, STCX
Cost: For collegiate riders: $15 for the Cross Country, $15 for one Sunday event or $20 for both. For NORBA riders: $20 per race.
Registration: onsite
License: NORBA

Technical Difficulties

Sorry about the lack of posts over the last week. Since I migrated this blog over to Blogger Beta, I've been having a few technincal difficulties. I think they are resolved now, so expect a pile of posts over the next day or so.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

INTERBIKE 2006: Day 1 Roundup

If you are here in NorCal (slaving away at your day job) instead of lollygagging around Las Vegas test riding all the new bikes at Interbike 2006, here is a round up of day 1 from around the Internet:
Looks like a lot of 29ers coming next year.

Holiday Clif Bar Flavors

Off topic ... but just barely. Just in time for the holidays, Clif Bar has introduced three new seasonal energy bar flavors.

I got a few of the Carmel Apple Cobbler and Iced Gingerbread bars, but passed on the Spiced Pumpkin Pie. Happy to report that the Carmel Apple Cobbler bars are delicious.

Monday, September 25, 2006

RACE REPORT: 2006 Whiskeytown Classic

I haven't seen any actual race reports or results yet, but it looks like some photos are up.

The course looked almost exactly as planned:

With a steep climb and descent on each lap (over 28 miles):

UPDATE (09/26): Results are posted.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Sand Hill Fall Series Update

The folks at P&R Sports (the owners of Sand Hill Racing) have added a date to their fall racing series:
We've added another Mountain-X race to our Fall Series to make four races total instead of three. (Added date is Oct 14.) We have a new sponsor for the November 11th final, Gravity Addix. They have donated a cash purse of $100, matched by us, SandHillRacing, for a total of $200 to be divided between the Women's Class and the 15 and Under Class (note: a minimum of 8 racers per class is required or the cash will roll over to another class). There will be a work day on the dual slalom course next Saturday, September 30. Feel free to come help (if only to pull weeds, no skill required!).
This should be a good series.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

CX ROUNDUP: SEPT 16 - 27, 2006

This is the first in a weekly series of results, updates and previews of Northern California cyclocross (CX) races. Although there are many websites that focus on local series, I wanted to aggregate those results for the more casual MTB rider loking for some off-season racing.

Last weekend saw the kickoff of the Sac CX series at Folsom Rodeo and the second installment of Dfl's Urban Outlaw Cyclo-cross-dress series. I raced the Folsom Rodeo race (since its only a few miles from my house) and found a great race series. It appears to be organized by the same people behind the PCRS MTB series with some of the same racers. The course was a 1 mile loop with 4 barriers and 2 run ups. The racers ran a variety of bikes, from hardtail MTBs (about 1/3) to redline conquests and higher end Ridleys and Lightspeeds.
It began with a Le Mans style start, then hammering for 30 ("C" class) to 1 hour ("A" class). I was slow in the run (bad knees) and had a hell of a time picking my way through the pack. I eventually made it to the mid pack before the bell lap (last lap) to finish 14th. Photos have been posted here and the results are here.

Not to be outdone, the dfL Urban Outlaw races have posted their photos here.

This week's races:
Good riding.

Friday, September 22, 2006

2007 UCI World Cup MTX/DH Schedule has brought us the tentative 2007 4X/DH/MTX UCI World Cup event schedule:
  • UCI World Cup #1 May 12-13 Vigo (ESP)
  • UCI World Cup #2 June 9-10 Champéry (SUI)
  • UCI World Cup #3 June 23-24 Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)
  • UCI World Cup #4 June 30-July 1 Angel Fire Resort (USA)
  • UCI World Cup #5 July 7-8 Europe Schladming (AUT)
  • UCI World Cup #6 September 15-16 Europe Maribor (SLO)
No NorCal events (shocker), but at least their is one here in the Western US (Angel Fire resort in New Mexico).

Thursday, September 21, 2006


Last night was the final Prairie City Race Series event of the season (Fall Flash #4). Photos are posted here and series final results are here. Congratulations to series winners:
  • Josh Carling (Expert Men 34-)
  • Dave Hackett (Expert Men 35+)
  • Renee Ridgley - Velo Bella (Expert Women)
  • Kirk Ridgley (Sport Men 34-)
  • Dean Bailey (Sport Men 35+)
  • Jeanie VanVoris (Sport Women)
  • Cathey Tedesco (Beginner Women)
  • Steven Larsen (Beginner Men 34-)
  • Ron Faulk (Beginner Men 35+)
  • Jeremy Ferguson - Sharp Bikes (CX 34-)
  • John Kretschmann (CX 35+)
  • Troy Groves - Xtreme Outfitters (SS 34-)
  • Jeff Barker - Folsom Breakouts (SS 35+)

RACE REPORT: 2006 Bidwell Bump

The good folks over at dhReno have posted their race report for last weekend's Bidwell Bump.

If I stumble across the official results, I post them here. XC results are posted here.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

CCCX DH Series Standings

The series standings (after two races) for the CCCX Downhill (DH) series have been posted.

Sweet, I am still in 4th place in my division.

RACE REPORT: Billy Cross #11 (6 Hr Team)

I don't often write about the Billy Cross Racing Series, mainly due to the fact that they don't post their results online, but I saw a really good race report and thought it might be of interest:

MorganFletcher wrote a great race report for the Billy Cross #11, a 6 hour team XC relay race:
The race was really low-key, grass-roots. The course was tricky, lots of twisty narrow singletrack on wrinkly terrain - very up-and-down, through creekbeds, blind corners transitioning from flat to steep, that sort of thing.
He also posted his Motionbased track for this satellite map:
Read the entire race report over at MTBR.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Canada's ExpoCycle 2006

It's the start of the cycling trade show season here in North America and The Biking Hub has all the goods on Canada's ExpoCycle 2006. Highlights of their coverage include the new SRAM road grouppos, Crank Bros pedals (previewed here) and Scott's carbon all mountain Spark. Head on over to see the details.

Interbike, the top U.S. tradeshow, runs from September 25 - 29 in Las Vegas, NV.

2006 Parkfield Classic

So this is a little stretch to be called NorCal (I usually draw the southern border just below Fresno and Salinas) but I got an email and they are running a duel slalom competition...

The CalPoly Wheelmen are presenting the 2006 Parkfield Classic Mountain Bike Race on September 30th and October 1st. The race, held just north of San Luis Obispo in Parkfield, CA, features a full two days of racings:
  • Cross Country (XC): One of the only point to point races still around. This course has it all: narrow single track, big lung busting fire road climbs and long screaming descents. Distances: Beginner: 9 miles, Sport: 15 miles, Pro/Expert: 24 miles
  • Duel Slalom (DS): Two courses merge into one for an exciting head to head race on our improved dual slalom course with big berms and jumps. One qualifying run. The 16 fastest qualifiers in each category will go head to head in single elimination rounds. Fastest qualifier in each race gets lane choice. This picture is worth coming all by itself.
  • Downhill (DH): Single Run format. Our downhill course is 100% single track and features tight turns, high speed G-outs, and exciting drops. New this year rock gardens will challenge your skills while taking you through the trees. Bypasses are given for most obstacles. Expert and Sport courses are different.
  • Short Track Cross Country (STXC): Fast paced XC racing on a specator friendly short course.
Here's the schedule:
  • Friday: registration opens onsite and camping
  • Saturday: XC racing in the morning, DS racing in the afternoon
  • Sunday: DH in the morning and STXC in the afternoon
This is one of the last full MTB races of the season.
Event: Parkfield Classic
Dates: September 30th - October 1, 2006
Location: Parkfield, CA [ MAP ]. Parkfield is about 2 hours south of San Jose.
Competition: XC, STXC, DS, DH
Cost: $40 (discounts for multiple events and collegiate racers)
Registration: race day onsite
License: NORBA