Thursday, May 31, 2007


The results for the 8th Prairie City Race Series have been posted. The photos are also up. All several hundred of them.

The course appears to have been a standard one: 3 miles and 400 ft of climbing per lap.


Team Bigfoot has posted the results for last weekend's Gravity Day. Congratulations to Rick Olson, who won the downhill MTB competition, and Scott Fellers, who took the Cytomax Super D.

The 12 hours of Weaverville results should be up on Friday or Saturday (computer glitch).

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

ROADTRIP: Angel Fire DH Video

In addition to their kick-ass photos, Litter Magazine has posted some video from last weekend's NORBA DH competition at Angel Fire.

ROADTRIP: NORBA Angel Fire Results

The results from this weekend's NORBA racing at Chile Challenge in Angel Fire, New Mexico have been posted. Litter Magazine has the full coverage (pics, audio, wow) and the full set of results can be found here.

The Pro Men's Downhill Results were:
1 JARED RANDO Ainlie Giant MTB Team 4:45.33
2 DAVID KLAASSENVANOORSCHOT Riverside CA ODI/ Southridge/ Utopi 4:50.00
3 AMIEL CAVARLIER Unanderra Giant MTB Team 4:50.42
4 COLE BANGERT Twin Lakes CO Morewood Factory Tea 4:55.60
5 CAMERON COLE Hamilton New Zealand Team Maxxis 4:55.68

Top NorCal DHers were Ryan Condrashoff (Pleasant Hill at #18) and Evan Turpen (Aptos at #20).

On the Pro Women DH side, NorCal had some more luck with Joanna Peterson (I believe it's Peterson not Patterson from Folsom) making the top 5:
1 MELISSA BUHL Chandler AZ KHS Bicycles 5:37.50
2 LISA MYKLAK Boulder CO 5:49.70
3 ABIGAIL HIPPELY Boulder CO Maverick 5:49.80
4 JOANNA PATTERSON Folsom CA Brodie Bikes USA 5:49.88
5 DARIAN HARVEY Durango CO Durango Rough Riders 6:01.25

Other than the DH competition, many of the Pros skipped Angel Fire for either the US Open or the World Cup races.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Yeti Video Podcast

For those of you who say their is nothing to watch on TV, check out Yeti's video podcast. They cover each of the major events they enter in full HD format, released almost weekly. You can also download the videos to your computer or iPod. If you prefer to have them delivered to you, you can subscribe to it with iTunes or your favorite podcast applications here.

They also have some wicked wallpapers for your computer desktop.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Tips on Downieville

A great top 10 list of tips for your Downieville race from the folks at dhRENO:
Top 10 Tips for Riding The Downieville Downhill
I think #7 is the most important.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Sonoma Series #2 Update

An update from the promoters of the Lake Sonoma Series:
Bike Monkey's Sonoma Series #2 will be here in less than 4 days, and the weather is heating up.

We've requested a water truck at Liberty Glen Campground to keep everyone smiling. I will be heading out tonight and tomorrow to prep, and the course will be marked Friday mid-day for those wanting to check it out before the race.

Buy in is $20 - the cheapest race in town. Last month many of you asked about a cyclocross category. You're all nuts just like me. So CX it is - Bring your hammers!
Looks like fun.

Monday, May 21, 2007


Results from the fourth CCCX downhill race have been posted. Congratulations to Ross McMahon (TrailHead Cyclerey) who bested Curtis Beavers (WTB/Specialized) for the Pro/Semi-Pro win.

Strangely, I haven't seen any photos for this race. Rick has posted photos over at SmugMug.

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Final results from the sixth CCCX XC race have been posted. Congratulations to Barry Wicks (KONA) and Beverly Chaney (Roaring Mouse Cycles) who won the mens and womens Pro races. Photos are also up. And the course maps are here:

Friday, May 18, 2007

CCCX DH #4 Update

Some updates from the CCCX folks:

CCCX DH COURSE #4 Profile- The DH route for race #4 has been selected and it looks to be a fun course where speed and turning ability will dictate who is fastest. The course descends approximately 1000 feet in 2 miles and speeds will be extremely high. The course will also feature many turn sections and small drops that will make it fun and challenging for all levels of riders.

Also please note the the CCCX DH series is adding one new date to the 2007 schedule. The new date is Sunday June 3 and the series will now be 7 races in total. With the new race added on June 3rd, there will now be TWO throw out races out of the first SIX races, plus the mandatory score from the final race of the series.

I'll update the schedule.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

RACE RESULTS: Friends of Tamarancho

Final results have been posted for last weekend's Friends of Tamarancho XC race. Congratulations to Mark Weir, who took the Expert Mens title.
The course appeared to be 5 mile loop with about 900' of climbing.

RACE REPORT: 2007 Rainbow Ridge

Finally uncovered the results from the first leg of the Nevada Cup race Jetway Chevrolet Rainbow Ridge Challenge. Congrats to Kyle Dixon (Bicycle Warehouse) and Zephanie Blasi (Kenda/X-Fusion/Titus) for the wins in the Pro division.

Sea Otter Moves Dates For 2008

According to a press release from their PR people, the Sea Otter Classic will move the 2008 races back into May:
Organizers for the Sea Otter Classic, a Celebration of Sport, announced today the event dates for the 18th annual event would be May 1- 4, 2008. At a recent strategic planning meeting, the event's directors considered several factors in determining the move into early May. Key factors included the probability of better weather conditions and the likely schedules of national and international racing and event calendars for 2008.

"In response to requests and recommendations from our athletes, fans, and sponsors, we have decided to host the Sea Otter Classic on May 1-4, 2008," said Frank Yohannan, president and CEO of the Sea Otter Classic, Inc. "We look forward to seeing all our supporters at the 18th Annual Sea Otter Classic."
This should certainly scramble next year's schedule, but at least they decided it early.

UPDATE: They moved the dates back to the usual mid April dates.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Cool 24 Hour Race Results Posted

The Coolest 24 Hour Race results (PDF) have been posted -- but let me summarise the results here (the PDF download is 92 pages). In the 24 hour Men's Solo competition, the results were:
  1. Brian Sevall (25 laps)
  2. Yuri Hauswald (22)
  3. Norman Field (19)
  4. Karl Etzel (18)
  5. Suart Daniels (13)
On the ladies side, the top 24 Solo places were:
  1. Jennifer Ratay (18 laps)
  2. Mary Allan (17)
  3. Terri Wahlberg (16)
  4. Patricia Struve (16, 0:46:27 back)
Most laps in the entire race (team or solo) went to the Cal Poly Wheelmen "A Squad" with 27 laps.

Friday, May 11, 2007


Prairie City Racing Series has posted the results and photos (set 1 and set 2) from this week's race. We even have a video:

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

RACE RESULTS: Pine Nut Cracker

Final results from last weekend's Pine Nut Cracker have been posted over on the Alta Alpina website. This was the second leg of the Nevada Cup. Congratulations to Peter Graf (Team Ritchey) who edged out Rob Anderson (AMD/Discovery Channel) for the Pro Men's win. Marian Jamison (Reno Wheelmen) took home the Women's Pro honors.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

RACE REPORT: NMBS #3 (Fontucky)

The National Mountain Bike Series rolled south to SoCal this week and set up shop in Fontana. Most of the results are just starting to trickle in but some of the major outlets have some coverage:I'll post more as it gets posted.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

(Semi) Live Cool 24 Coverage

The good folks over at are posting audio updates from the Cool 24 hour race via hipcast on their site. This is the latest one from 8 PM, but they seem to be posting every 4 hours or so.

There is also some photos over here and here.

Thursday, May 03, 2007


Prairie City Race Series #5 (Spring) was held last night on the dry but cool course near Folsom. Photos have been posted, but still awaiting results. It looks like they were expecting rain/mud and made a flatter course that usual.
UPDATE: Results have been posted.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Full NMBS #2 Firestone Results Posted

The full set of results for last weekend's Firestone Santa Ynez Valley Mountain Bike Classic / NMBS #2 have been posted here. Congrats to top NorCal finishers:
  • Joanna Peterson (Folsom, CA) who won the Women's Pro DH
  • Rachel Lloyd (Fairfax, CA), winner of Women's Pro Super D
  • Barry Wicks (Santa Cruz, CA) 3rd place in Men's Pro XC
  • Evan Turpen (Aptos, CA) who finished 4th in the Pro DH
  • Katerina Nash (Truckee, CA) who finished 4th in the Women's Pro XC
  • Eric Ransom (Pleasanton, CA) 6th in Men's Pro Super D
In addition to the results, some video has surfaced on YouTube of the XC race:

Team Motionbased has also filed their race report from the weekend. Downhill News has an incredible writeup on the DH races.

Folsom MTB Park Opens

It looks like the MTB skills park in Folsom, CA is now in operation:
Join the City of Folsom Trails Division to help build the new Mountain Bike Skills Course at Cummings Family Park. This new course has several exciting features for bikers of all skill levels including: Elevated Trails, a Pump Track, Rhythm Trails and a Wall Ride. This project was funded through a generous $10,000 grant from REI.

More than 100 volunteers helped erect the course, which is one of only a few in Northern California. The first phase includes all the elevated structures, including beginner, intermediate and advanced elevated trails and a 15-foot high wall ride. A jump course was constructed for use by riders of all skill levels.

“One of our volunteers was Folsom High School student Robert Cline, who constructed a 10-inch wide, 75-foot long elevated trail for his Senior Project,” said Jim Konopka, Senior Trails Planner for the City. “This is a very popular element of the skills course that will be used by many mountain bikers in the coming years.” The course layout was a coordinated effort between the City of Folsom, the International Mountain Biking Association and several local mountain bike riders.
The Mountain Bike Skills Course is in Cummings Family Park, located at 1775 Creekside Dr. in Folsom, CA. There is a $2 fee to use the new course, which is open on Mondays from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., Fridays from 2 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. Beginning June 2, summer hours will be 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Holiday hours (May 28, July 4 and Sept. 3) will be 1 to 8 p.m. All users must wear bike helmets. For additional information, call 817-2767.

I went by this on Saturday afternoon and it looks pretty nice.

New Shimano XT Revealed

I don't usually spend much time talking about parts here on the blog but since Shimano XT is so popular among the racing set, I thought I should at least link to changes: Shimano's New Deore XT Groupset Revealed! [Singletrack Magazine UK]. Looks to be available in Europe this Summer.