Monday, October 26, 2009

2009 TBF 50 Miler Results

370D0A17-6EE9-4C74-85D9-7DE857E4F27A.jpgPhotos and results are up for yesterday's inaugural TBF Racing 50 Miler:Congrats to top mens finishers Clint Claassen (1), Nate Byrom (2) and Greg Anderson (3). Dawn Infurna-Bean was the first womens finisher.

2009 Fall CCCX DH #1 Results

1082C7DA-1989-4391-98D4-5DD6BBE8445D.jpgThe results for this weekend's CCCX DH opener have been posted. Congratulations to Ian Massey (Stone Racing WTB) and Annemarie Hennes (Family Cycling Center) and Kiran MacKinnon (CCCX) who were the fastest Man, Woman and Junior (respectively).

Nate Philips blog has some photos from the race.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

NorCal MTB Racing This Weekend: Oct 24 - 25, 2009

Sorry about the lack of updates this week, I've been laid out with the H1N1 (or is it just the flu ? how do I know the difference ? should I care ?) since Monday morning. As I still don't feel that well, I'll keep it short and sweet:
  • CCCX Fall DH #1 (Near Monterey on Saturday): consistently one of the best attended series in Northern California, this is the kickoff for the fall 2009 series. The course is described as "It is going to be a super fast course for the CCCX Fall/Winter DH Series opener. Speeds will be extremely high as recent rains have helped improve the traction on most of the trails. There will be some tricky turns added and some break check spots where tire traction will be tested. This course has some screaming fast spots in it where gravity takes over and it feels like your riding at freeway speed. Plus some slow sections of trail where line choice and rider control will dictate who is best. Most of all it is going to be fun!" Peruse the archives for extensive pics and past race results.
  • DAWN OF THE SHRED!!! (Yreka, CA/Mt Shasta, CA on Saturday): I've read the website for this three times and I am still not sure exactly what all is going on here. But I think you will have a good time. I looks like there may be bacon involved.
  • TBF 50-Mile MTB Challenge (Granite Bay near Sacramento on Sunday): TBF Racing (organizers of the early season XC races) branches out with the looong course race to close out there 2009 schedule.
  • BASP CX #2 (CX race in San Mateo, CA on Sunday): A cyclocross race in the Bay Area at Coyote Point.
  • Homegrown Cyclocross #1 (Woodward Park in Fresno on Sunday): More CX, Central Valley style. They have the best flyer of the week and a sweet deal for the willing.
Stay well.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

CycleFest to Support NorCal HS MTB

58F91077-EFFA-4D7A-A3A8-78F2BF32C619.jpgNorCal HS MTB will hold their annual fundraiser next month:
The Bay Area’s cycling social event of the season, the NorCal League’s CycleFest 2009 will feature the CEO of Slipstream Sports, Jonathan Vaughters, as its special guest at its main annual fundraiser, a three-day gathering, November 6-8 in Mill Valley.

Also on show at the CycleFest dinner will be a vintage poster show displaying European poster art with a cycling theme. Elizabeth Norris of Vintage European Posters ( will be displaying a portion of her collection of original posters from as early as 1890.

The CycleFest 2009 schedule is as follows:
Friday, November 6th: Cocktail reception with Jonathan Vaughters in Mill Valley
Saturday, November 7th: Benefit dinner, silent auction and vintage poster show, hosted by Jonathan Vaughters at the Mill Valley Community Center
Sunday, November 8th: Scenic road ride in Marin countryside with Jonathan Vaughters.

Proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction go to supporting the Northern California High School Mountain Bike League, so be sure to purchase one for your friend/spouse/partner too! Regular tickets are $150.00, and Patron tickets, which include an intimate cocktail hour with Vaughters, are $195.00. All tickets are available online at

2010 SSWC Date

I believe that this website says that next year's SingleSpeed World Championship will be held on October 22nd, 2010 in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

2009 Collegiate MTB Nationals

7A5624B0-2607-4EE2-BA92-9930EFF57765.jpgI don't usually fully cover the college MTB racing scene, but the US Championships are being held just up the road from me at Northstar this weekend (and I know a lot of college racers read the site):
Collegiate riders from around the nation are getting ready to converge on the Northstar at Tahoe resort near Truckee, Calif. to race for national titles at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, the second national championship event of the 2009/2010 collegiate cycling season.

The event, slated for October 16-18, is being hosted by the University of Nevada at Reno and will award a total of twenty-two national titles, including the overall team omniums in Divisions I and II. Fort Lewis College and Appalachian State University will look to defend the coveted team crowns they earned a year ago in Banner Elk, N.C.

In addition to all the racing on tap, the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship Banquet will take place on Saturday night at the Mid-Mountain Lodge. The banquet will feature guest speaker Katerina Nash, a graduate of the University of Nevada at Reno, and will also provide a great opportunity for riders to meet USA Cycling’s new High School and Collegiate Program Manager, Jeffrey Hansen.
Via USA Cycling.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

SRAM To Sponsor Sea Otter

1A864361-1282-4100-B7B5-552805017909.jpgGood news:
SRAM has signed a four-year agreement to be the presenting sponsor of the Sea Otter Classic.

SRAM's industry leadership and broad reach across all aspects of cycling make it the perfect company for presenting sponsorship of Sea Otter. The partnership guarantees continued growth of the event as it prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

"SRAM has been a sponsor and supporter of the Sea Otter Classic since 1995. Much of the success Sea Otter has enjoyed is directly attributable to their generosity," said Frank Yohannan, president of the Sea Otter Classic. "With SRAM's support, we'll continue to present one of the world's premiere cycling events and, more importantly, to introduce a new generation of young people to the wonderful sport of cycling. We look forward to many years of hosting the Sea Otter Classic... Powered by SRAM!"
Via Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Monday, October 12, 2009

2010 Global Biorhythm Events

Close on the heels of this season's "Leave No Trace" series ender (this weekend's Knickerbocker 50mi/8hr), preliminary dates and races for next year's series have been announced:
2010 Global Biorhythm Events Schedule
  • May 1-2: Coolest 8 & 24 Hour Race Against Cancer (Cool, CA) **
  • June 6: Cool Mountain Bike Race (Cool, CA) **
  • June 19: Oak Tree Super Deeee (Auburn, CA)
  • July 18: Boggs 8 & 24 Hour (Cobb, CA) **
  • July 31: Sugarpine Mountain Bike Race (Foresthill, CA) **
  • August 14: Oak Tree Super Deeee II (Auburn, CA)
  • August 21: Boggs Mountain Bash (Cobb, CA) **
  • September 4-6: Tahoe Sierra 100 (Ice Lakes Lodge, Soda Springs, CA).
    Three day stage race OPTION. Racers have the option of doing just the 100, or the three day stage race. Solo racers doing all three days. Or teams of two doing all three stages both racers doing the three stages. Or teams of three with each racer doing one stage each.) **
(**) 2010 Leave No Trace Series races
Via Global Biorhythm Events.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Kernville Fat Tire Fest Next Weekend

Just a heads up for those of you looking for a non-racing MTB weekend/roadtrip to close out the season:
18th Annual Kernville Fat Tire Festival
October 16-18, 2009

Kernville is where it's at for our 18th annual Kernville Fat Tire Festival staged over three days, October 16, 17 and 18, 2009. Come join us for one, two or three days of total immersion in biking activities for all riding abilities. Bring your riding club or come to meet other riding enthusiasts, just like you.

The town of Kernville (MAP) uses the Sequoia National Forest for a playground, come play with us!
Check out the full details at Mountain River website.

Sand Hill Ranch Sold

Sad new out of the Bay Area:
Tom Anderson had his gate person announce last week to all of the riders that he has sold the ranch. It is in Escrow, which is an in-between phase until the new owner takes over. Until that time, we are still running as usual.
Obviously, the ranch has been on the market for a while but still quite a loss to the Bay Area gravity community.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

2009 Parkfield Classic Results

Results from last weekend's Parkfield Classic have been posted:
Well, another Parkfield has come and passed, and what a Parkfield it was! A big thanks to everyone who came out and helped make our 20th annual possible.
You can also see some pics here.

Friday, October 09, 2009

NorCal MTB Racing This Weekend: Oct 10 - 11, 2009

It's a "quality over quantity" weekend for racing:If you're not racing, you should think about heading up to the Marin Biketoberfest, which marries two of the finest things in life on Saturday.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

2009 CCCX Fall DH Series Announced

1082C7DA-1989-4391-98D4-5DD6BBE8445D.jpgThe CCCX downhill racing series is returning from the summer hiatus with a vengeance for this winter. Here is the fall/winter DH schedule:All races will be held in Toro Park (near Monterey, CA) and will cost $25 for juniors and $35 for women or men.

You can find more information about this series in the archive.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Race For Tara III Coming This Weekend

I just got word that everything is a "go" for this race, even with the low temperatures up in Truckee:
This weekend, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort will serve as host to the 3rd Annual 'Race for Tara,' a benefit DH race weekend to raise funds for the Tara Llanes Road to Recovery Fund and the Christopher Reeve Foundation to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

This year's event will kick-off with race practice on Saturday, October 10 and a party at sundown in the Village at Northstar™ featuring a DJ, video screening, raffle and beer for participants 21+. The race will begin at 11 a.m. sharp on Sunday, October 11 with sport and beginner, 4-wheel, and professional and expert divisions competing on a four mile long course featuring a 1,800 foot descent that begins at Northstar® Resort's summit and ends at mid-mountain (see this page for the complete course for each category).

Donations to participate in the race are $35 for beginner, sport and expert divisions, and $40 for semi-pro and pro classes. In addition, Northstar Resort will offer discounted lift tickets for $25 to registered riders on both Saturday and Sunday of the event weekend. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division, and GIANT Bicycles is sponsoring a $2,500 Pro prize purse.

Among the Pro racers who are expected to compete are US National Short Track Champion Adam Craig and his Giant MTB teammates Carl Decker and Jared Rando, Former US National Downhill Champion Cody Warren, and a possible guest appearance by local rider and multiple X-Games gold medalist Shaun Palmer. The event will conclude Sunday with a huge raffle that at previous 'Race for Tara' events has been the highlight of the race weekend.
Obviously, this is a great race and Northstar has taken it up a notch with the Saturday night party (see here for details). I'll be heading up to help support the cause.

Friday, October 02, 2009

NorCal MTB Racing This Weekend: Oct 3 -4, 2009

Racing is starting to wind down for the year, so for this weekend's calendar I am opening it up nationwide. In case, you are looking for a serious roadtrip:

10/03/09: Whiskeytown 9-5 / 24 (NorCal, near Redding)
10/03/09: Parkfield Classic (Central CA, near nothing [ed: kidding])
10/03/09: Road Apple Rally (NM)
10/03/09: Bryan Texas Utilities Power Pedal (TX)
10/03/09: Fall Tilt in Telluride (CO)
10/03/09: SoCal Fat Tire Epic 50 (SoCal)
10/04/09: Northstar DH (Live Wire Classic) (Truckee, CA)
10/04/09: Wolf River Rendezvous (WI)
10/04/09: Leaf Blower (NJ)
10/04/09: North Texas XC #3 Rowlett Creek (TX)
10/04/09: BASP CX #1 (Bay Area Cyclocross)