Tuesday, March 31, 2009

2009 CCCX XC #4 Results

2009cccx4.pngOnce again our friendly correspondent Dusty Downs has the scoop on last weekend's CCCX XC #4:
Greg Heinz (Joselyns/Brunham Coaching) and Mary Ellen-Ash (Sugar CRM) claimed top honors this past weekend at the CCCX XC #4 race held at Toro Park near Monterey. The Toro Park course features a steady climb of 2.5 miles with nearly 1000 feet elevation gained, followed by a ripping descent back down to the start-finish area. Recent trail work by course builder Keith DeFiebre (GT Dirt Coalition) made the route extremely fun to ride with the additions of berms, easy flowing rollers where riders can catch some air, and overall general trail maintenance. Over 180 riders tackled the challenging course. There was also a brand new section of single track trail used near the start finish making Toro Park one of the more scenic courses in Nor-Cal. In the end Heinz and Ellen Ash were strongest on the day. Heinz had to hold off hard charging former World Champion Rob Anderson(Team Specialized Racing), and Chad DeHerra(Willow Glen Bikes) who were 2nd and 3rd in the Pro/Semi Pro Division. While Mary Ellen-Ash outkicked Sharon Hill(Murray/Renaissance) for the win by a mere six seconds at the line. Carolina Villafane(Buy-cell.com) was third in the Women's Pro/Expert Division.

Here is a list of all the race winners on the day, the next CCCX race is this coming Saturday April 4 in Monterey:
PRO/SEMI-PRO Greg Heinz Joselyn's/Burnham Coachin
EXPERT 18 & under Matt Dion Pleasanton
EXPERT 19-34 Nico Cerna VOS Racing
EXPERT 35-44 John Pattullo CCCX
EXPERT 45-54 Tim Sawyer Bicycle Trip/Team Symantec
EXPERT 60+ Larry Broberg Team Bicycle Trip
PRO/EXPERT SINGLE SPEED Erik Ebberoth Ebben Bikes
SPORT 18 & under Alex Wild EVOMO/ Trailhead
SPORT MEN 19-34 Joseph Brody Beaver Racing
SPORT MEN 35-44 Shane Flynn Hwy 68 Hillbillies
SPORT MEN 45-55 Jim Werle Sterling Sports Group
SPORT MEN 55+ Joseph Crabtree Forest Hill Bike Shop
SPORT SINGLE SPEED Jason McDonald Specialized
CLYDESDALE Daymon Prewitt Me
SPORT WOMEN 34 & under Megan Zemny Team Roaring Mouse
SPORT WOMEN 45+ Henrietta Stern Hot Flash Chicks
JUNIOR MEN 14-18 Nick Casaccia Family Cycling Center
BEGINNING MEN 19-34 Jett Chandler Salinas
BEGINNING MEN 35-44 Colin Gilbert Cavanaugh Color/ Watsonville
BEGINNING MEN 45-54 Mark Knutson BSA Racing / SCCCC
BEGINNING MEN 55+ Rick Ortenblad Santa Cruz
JUNIOR MEN 13 & under Sagee Moyal Summit Bicycles
BEGINNING WOMEN 19+ Brianne Spiersch Joselyns
JUNIOR WOMEN 18 & under Rainee Chandler Salinas High Cowboys

Full results can be found here at

Monday, March 30, 2009

First Reports from Boggs IV

Although the results won't be posted for a day or two, the first race reports are starting to trickle in from this weekend's Boggs IV. First from the race organizers at Bike Monkey:
I want to thank all of the racers who came to Boggs again to celebrate what is essentially Bike Monkey’s 4 year anniversary. We had several hundred participants this year, and once again reached our cap. Next year registration will open at midnight on January 1st and close at the same cap. If you didn’t get on our mailing list then you need to e-mail cheryl@bikemonkey.net and make sure you do or you might miss out on being able to sign up for next year’s race. That would be a shame!
Other race reports and photos:I'll post a link to the results when I see them.

U.S. Cup featured on Speed Television’s Super Bikes

Strange, but I'll watch it:
Make sure to set your Tivo for Tuesday March 31st at 9pm Eastern Standard Time to Speed Televisions show “Super Bikes” where U.S. Cup spokesman Jason Britton features his segment on the opening round of the U.S. Cup Mountain bike series For those of you who didn’t attend the opening round of the Kenda Cup West opener at Bonelli Park, you won’t want to miss this action packed segment.
Via MTB Race News

Friday, March 27, 2009

MTB Racing This Weekend: March 28 & 29, 2009

There's a bit of racing going on in NorCal this weekend:
  • Saturday: It's sold out, but Boggs IV is going in the North Bay this weekend. 8 Hours, but if you haven't registered you are out of luck.
  • Also Saturday, if you can't get in to the Boggs extravagazea, you might bring out your gravity rig, for the third Sand Hill Spring Gravity. This weekend is Mountain Cross / 4x.
  • Sunday, is the fourth CCCX XC race. Same fast people, similar course at Fort Ord new course at Toro Park (where the CCCX DH is held).
  • No reason not to go race this weekend, it's beautiful in NorCal this weekend.

    Join IMBA Happy Hour at the Sea Otter Classic

    imba-california.jpgJust starting to check in with various parties and events that will be going on during this year's Sea Otter Classic:
    RSVP for an IMBA Happy Hour and Film Premier of Freedom Riders:

    Saturday April 18, 7-9 pm in the Embassy Suites Monterey Bay-Seaside

    RSVP today for the IMBA California Benefit Party, featuring beer from New Belgium Brewery, yummy appetizers, and the premier of Freedom Riders, a new film by KGB Productions. Tickets to the event are only $10 at the door (cash only) with all proceeds going to support the important work of IMBA California.
    Via the IMBA website.

    Thursday, March 26, 2009

    2009 Selection Process Announced for Team USA

    Think you have what it takes to join the USA Cycling team for the 2009 World Championships ? Read on for the qualifications:
    Look like room for one more between Gee, Steve and Sam? Before you can make it to the big show at the 2009 World Championships, though, you need to qualify for the team. Here are USA Cycling's newly released guidelines on how you can compete in Canberra, Australia.
    See the full details at Decline Magazine or download the entire USA Cycling selection guidelines at USA Cycling.

    Wednesday, March 25, 2009

    Boggs IV Preview

    event_boggs.jpgThis weekend is the annual Boggs (the fourth to be exact) and the organizers have some wise words to participants:
    It snowed last night in Boggs Demonstration State Forest–a couple inches. It’s chilly outside, and it’s snowing even today, periodically. But that’s all about to change. By Saturday the temperature in Cobb, CA are supposed to reach 70 degrees. In the meantime I want to share some words to the wise.
    See the whole article at Bike Monkey Magazine.

    Tuesday, March 24, 2009

    FOX Racing Shox 2010

    Sick Lines details our favorite NorCal suspension company's products for 2010:

    See inside for a peak at some of the FOX Racing Shox 2010 products.  We thought we’d show some select parts to get everyone some details on what to expect for the coming season.

    See the full article on Fox Racing Shox 2010 product line at Sick Lines.

    Monday, March 23, 2009

    2009 Lake Sonoma Series #1 Results

    event_lakesonoma.jpgResults from the first Lake Sonoma Series race of 2009 have been posted.

    Congrats to Jim Hewitt who won the Pro Men's, Jordy Cortes who took the Single Speed title and Victoria Yoham who the Ladies Experts honors.

    There are a few photos up on Flickr from the race.

    2009 CCCX DH#2 Results

    cccx_dh_2_weir.jpgThis weekend brought the second CCCX Downhill race and our own Dusty Downs was there:
    Over 200 Downhill racers ventured to Toro Park for race #2 of the Central Coast Downhill Series on Sunday. A steady rain on Saturday night turned a dry course, into a perfectly watered down track that became grippy with great traction for most of the day. However, high winds in some of the fire road sections hit riders directly head-on making for aerodynamics and power output a premium for a fast time.

    Mark Weir (WTB/Fox) produced the fastest time of the day. Weir delivered a blistering run, manhandling the course to the tune of a 3.33'98''. 2nd overall fastest was Colorado Springs resident and X-Fusion/Intense sponsored Ryan Condrashoff at 3.35'21''. Condrashoff's team mate John Hauer (Team X-Fusion/Intense) was 3rd fastest with a time of 3.36'53''.

    Keith DeFiebre (GT Dirt Coalition/Calabazas Cyclery) was the Single Speed Division winner. Scott Seery (Team Wrong Way) topped the Hardtail Division. While Aaron Crozier of San Jose was the Clydesdale Division winner.

    Fastest overall Woman on the day was Rosie Bernhard ( Another Bike Shop) with a time of 4.32'56''. Bernhard was followed by fast riding Heather McFadden (Chico) at 4.36'01''. While 3rd quickest female on the day was hard charging Kelly Moore (50/50 DH Race Team) riding to a time of 4.38'80''.

    The top Junior rider was Alex Amaral (Fox Racing Shox/Point One Racing) who bombed down the hill with a time of 3.49'31''.

    The next CCCX DH event will be held one week before the Sea Otter Classic on April 11.

    All Division Winners:
    PRO/SEMI PRO Mark Weir (WTB/Fox)
    EXPERT WOMEN Rosie Bernhard (Another Bike Shop)
    SINGLE SPEED Keith DeFiebre (GT Dirt Coalition/Calbazas)
    HARDTAIL Scott Seery (Team Wrong Way)
    CLYDESDALE Aaron Crozier (San Jose)
    EXPERT MEN 19-34 Marshall Eames (WTB/Santa Cruz/ Fox Shox)
    EXPERT MEN 35-44 Andrew Reams (Concord)
    EXPERT MEN 45-54 Patrick Tidd (Hank & frank Bikes/Point One)
    SPORT 19-34 Van Geslani (Team Possibilities)
    SPORT 35-44 Tyler Mollring (Hwy 68 Hillbillies)
    SPORT MEN 45-54 Mark Aley (BTU(Berkeley Trailors Union))
    BEGINNER MEN 19-34 Kenny Boyd (Salinas)
    BEGINNER MEN 35-44 Richard Long (Hwy 68 Hillbillies)
    BEGINNER MEN 45-54 Jeff Vandamme (SCCCC)
    MEN'S 55+ Michael Kauert (Mr. E's Racing)
    SPORT WOMEN Heather McFadden (CHICO)
    BEGINNING WOMEN Kelly Johnson (Chainsmoke)
    JR. EXPERT Alex Amaral (Fox Racing Shox/Point One Racing)
    JR. BOYS 16-18 Kiran Mackinnon (Aromas)
    JR. BOYS 14-15 Mark Berweger (Santa Cruz)
    JR. 13 & under Drew Rausch (Carmel Bicycle-Blue Whale Racing)
    NO CHAIN T Asprey (Watta Bike)
    PIXIE Kyle Krueger (Larkspur)

    Full results can be found here- http://cccx.org/dh/2009/race2/dhrace2.shtml, Decline Magazine has a race report and Rick R has photos posted.

    Sunday, March 22, 2009

    2009 Grasshopper Adventure Series

    GAS09_Pstr.jpgThis is another post that has sat in my INBOX for far too long ... The famed Grasshopper Adventure Series has stepped up this year and gone from not-so-casual ride to a full race with USA Cycling backing. In it's 11th year, based out of Occidental in Western Sonoma County this race series covers both road and mountain courses. The first race was February 28th (MTB/cross) and the top five results are:
    1. Geoff Kabush
    2. Max Plaxton, ST
    3. Barry Wicks
    4. Kris Sneddon
    5. Aren Timmel
    Races are $10 + USA Cycling license (1 day licenses available). The next race is April 11th, a long loop at Lake Sonoma and is always epic.

    Friday, March 20, 2009

    NorCal MTB Racing This Weekend: March 21 - 22, 2009

    Two races in NorCal this weekend:
    • Saturday is the first Lake Sonoma Series race of the year. This year's XC race series has a few changes (like a cap of 150 riders per race), but promises the same level of competition. Full details at BikeMonkey.

    • Sunday is the second CCCX DH. Here's the course preview: "It has been very dry recently at Toro Park, and with rain in the forecast Saturday night the dirt could be perfect for racing on Sunday. The course starts out on a fast gradual fire road which spits riders into a tight-twisting single track. There has been trail work done on the berms in the turns, and this will make for some railing speeds in trail transition areas. Then there is a drop off section which leads to a power check riser where pedaling force is tested. Next are some drop in portions of the trail where breaking and line choice come into play. This is followed by a tight single track leading to a high speed fire road section. Which is then followed by more single track and more fire road sections leading to a high speed finish. This course tests a riders turning, breaking and power output over 4 minutes of fun riding Toro Park trails."
    If you can't make either of these, you might want to check out the Big Sandy Pre-ride on Saturday. It'll be on the same trails starting at 8:45 AM.

    Thursday, March 19, 2009

    2009 Cool MTB Race Results

    Race results for last weekend's Cool MTB Race have been posted.

    Photos are posted at several places:There is also a race report at the Xtreme Outfitters blog.

    2009 Northstar MTB Park Schedule

    538399E3-70AA-4C47-9D63-A485A16ECD49.jpgNorthstar at Tahoe has posted their 2009 MTB Park schedule:
    June 11th – June 28th: Open Friday Thru Sunday
    July 2nd – September 7th: Open Thursday thru Sunday
    September 11th – October 18th: Open Friday thru Sunday (Mondays-Thursdays: No Lift Operations)

    Season Pass = $229
    Daily Lift Ticket = $39
    More details at 2009 Northstar Operating Schedule - Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking.

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009

    Help Charity, Help Your Racing at Lake Sonoma Series

    Sorry, this has been sitting in my INBOX for a few days now ... The March 21st Lake Sonoma Series is teaming with Bicycles for Humanity and will be giving away free entry to anyone who comes to race and brings a mountain bike with 26" wheels as their entry contribution -- and they even still get the burger and beer at the end!
    Bicycles for Humanity will send its’ first shipment of bikes from Sonoma County to Namibia, Africa on March Saturday March 7th. USED MOUNTAIN BIKES ARE NEEDED! This grass-roots project will send 350 used mountain bikes to Gobabis, Namibia, Africa. In Gobabis, healthcare workers are currently unable treat all of their homecare patients because their only transportation is on foot. A bike changes that. Purchasing a new or used bike is out of reach for most Namibians, about 5 months wages. With your help, this community will be transformed and lives will change. The shipping container will be used as a bike workshop in this rural community which will provide a transportation infrastructure for healthcare workers and provide jobs for the local community. YOUR USED BIKE CAN CHANGE A LIFE! This is a unique opportunity to make a huge impact in the world. There are millions of unused bikes in the U.S. and many thousands here in Sonoma County. If you have a used mountain bike to donate, be sure to drop it off at one of the locations below or email santa_rosa@bicycles-for-humanity.org for more information. Give you OLD bike a NEW life!
    Props to the BikeMonkey folks for this ...

    Monday, March 16, 2009

    2009 CCCX XC #3 Results

    2009cc13.jpgResults are up for yesterday's CCCX XC #3:
    Full Results
    9am Race - Beginner
    11am Race - Sport
    1pm Race - Expert/Pro
    Race 3 Photos by Scott Mosher have been posted also.

    Congratulations to race winners:
    PRO/SEMI-PRO Menso DeJong Santa Cruz Bicycles (PICTURED AT RIGHT)
    EXPERT 19-34 Nico Cerna VOS Racing
    EXPERT 35-44 Alexander Rouch Joselyns
    EXPERT 45-54 Tim Sawyer Bicycle Trip/Team Symantec
    EXPERT 60+ Jeffrey Linder Plus 3 Network.com
    PRO/EXPERT SINGLE SPEED Erik Ebberoth Ebben Bikes
    PRO/EXPERT WOMEN Sharon Hill Murray/Rennaisance
    SPORT 18 & under Scott Kolofer Salinas
    SPORT MEN 19-34 Jonathan Schantz Santa Cruz
    SPORT MEN 35-44 Angus Nesbitt Los Altos
    SPORT MEN 45-55 Jim Werle Sterling Sports Group
    SPORT MEN 55+ Joseph Crabtree Forest Hill Bike Shop
    SPORT SINGLE SPEED Denis Goeury Peninsula Velo
    CLYDESDALE Matthew Walters Team Wrong Way
    SPORT WOMEN 34 & under Stacy Schoeder Family Cycling Center
    SPORT WOMEN 35-44 Elke MacGregor Palo Alto
    SPORT WOMEN 45+ Henrietta Stern Hot Flash Chicks
    JUNIOR MEN 14-18 Nick Casaccia Famiily Cycling
    BEGINNING MEN 19-34 Robert Fitzroy SLO
    BEGINNING MEN 35-44 Peter Howarth San Jose Bicycle Club
    BEGINNING MEN 45-54 Mark Knutson BSA Racing / SCCCC
    JUNIOR MEN 13 & under Sagee Moyal Los Gatos
    BEGINNING WOMEN 19+ Brianne Spiersch Joselyns
    JUNIOR WOMEN 18 & under Emily Cerna Cowboy Racing

    Sunday, March 15, 2009

    2009 Sand Hill Spring Gravity #2 Results

    Results for yesterday's Sand Hill Spring Gravity #2 (Dual Slalom) have been posted. Congrats to:
    Pro Men: George Stephenson III (Yeti)
    Pro Women: Lisa Myklak (Black Market/Fox)

    Photos have been posted at A Finished Product.

    2009 Northstar at Tahoe Summer DH, Super D and XC Series

    538399E3-70AA-4C47-9D63-A485A16ECD49.jpgThe folks from Northstar at Tahoe kicked down all the details on all their summer MTB racing series and it's going to be full season up in Tahoe: the DH and XC series are back along with a new Super D series (The dates used in this post are the newest dates, as of 3/14/09).

    Downhill Series (DH)

    Over 20 divisions for men, women and juniors, beginner through open class. Top three in each division receive awards. Cash prize to men’s and women’s open classes and Northstar Resort mountain bike tickets will be raffled off at each event! Raffle and awards are scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. on the Verizon Wireless Music Stage at the Skating Rink.
    • Sunday, June 21 (All classes: upper to middle Karpiel. Expert / Pro: lower Dogbone (slabs), to bottom of Karpiel (vietnam), to stadium jump finish. Sport / Beginner: lower Phodogg, to stadium jump finish.)
    • Sunday, July 26 (All classes: Gypsy)
    • Sunday, August 9 (Expert / Pro: Dogbone, top to bottom, to stadium jump finish. Sport / Beginner: upper Karpiel, to Speed Control, to Phodogg, to staduim jump finish.)
    • Sunday, September 20 (All classes: Boondocks, top to bottom.)
    • Sunday, October 4 (3rd Annual Live Wire Classic)
    Registration is $30 ($40 for open class) and will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. in the Village at Northstar ™ Season Pass & Tickets Office the morning of the event. Racer lift tickets are $30 (must have proof of registration). Lifts open to competitors at 9:00 a.m. and the first race begins at 12:00 p.m. Format will be a 1 run race. USA Cycling license is not required. Helmets are required.

    Super D Series (NEW)

    Super D is best described as a downhill cross country race.
    • Saturday, July 25
    • Saturday, August 8
    • Saturday, September 19
    Northstars Super D races will begin at 3:30 at the Top of either the Tahoe Zephyr or Vista Express Chair lifts and finish in the village. Super D is a hybrid event combining aspects of the disciplines of Cross Country and Downhill racing. These courses are typically not as technical in nature as Downhill races; testing both a rider’s endurance and bike handing skills. Most competitors will choose a 4-6 inch travel trail bike to compete on. This is a great event a lot of people can enjoy. There isn't a whole lot of climbing so you don't have to be in great shape, although it doesn't hurt, and you don't need a full downhill bike to make it down.

    Cross-Country Bike Races (XC)

    Try your luck in this fun, recreational mountain bike race for all ages and abilities. Courses are suitable for beginners through experts. Awards are given out at the conclusion of the series based on cumulative points. A generous raffle is held each week. Helmets are required.
    • Thursday, July 2
    • Thursday, July 9
    • Thursday, July 16
    • Thursday, July 23
    • Thursday, July 30
    • Thursday, August 6
    • Thursday, August 13
    The race fee $15 per racer or $70 for the seven race series. Registration is 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. with the race time at 6:00 p.m. sharp. Stop by Big Wave Burritos & Wraps after the race for the awards raffle and Thursday Local Racer's Food & Drink Special.

    Saturday, March 14, 2009

    2009 Sand Hills Spring Gravity #1 Results

    Sorry we are a bit late on this, but results from last weekend's Sand Hill Spring Gravity #1 have been posted.

    GT Dirt Coalition Team Adds NorCal Racers

    GT Zaskar.jpgFor 2009, GT Bicycles has started a grass roots dirt endurance race team featuring riders who not only ride fast, but also work to make a difference in their community promoting the positive aspects of MTB and Cycling in general. Entitled the GT Dirt Coalition Team, 40 riders from all over the United States were selected from hundreds of applications to join this elite group of Mountain Bike racers.

    Northern California is represented with five racers on the GT Dirt Coalition. Southern California placed two riders on the team. Colorado placed the most riders on the Coalition with six.

    Other states represented are, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut, Utah, North Carolina, Arizona, Ohio, Nevada, Florida, Maine, New York, Missouri, Idaho, Texas, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

    Representing Northern California on the GT Dirt Coalition Team are:
    • Keith DeFiebre (Prunedale)
    • Dean Meyer (Covelo)
    • Chris Horton (Sacramento)
    • Joel Batty (Truckee)
    • John Royson (Albany)
    Each GT Dirt Coalition rider receives a 2009 Carbon ZASKAR or MARATHON XC bike. Multiple racing kits, GT easy up tent, GT clothing, and other selected goods from GT. Complete sponsorship package is over $5000 per rider.

    For more info on GT and their 2009 products check out their web page at http://www.gtbicycles.com/usa/eng/home.

    Here is a list of the entire GT Dirt Coalition Team: Adam Cohen (Fort Washington, PA), Adam St. Germain (Burlington, VT), Arthur "Art" Roti (Granby, CT), Bob Saffell (Salt Lake City UT), Brad Wilhelm (Elyria OH), Brian De Groodt (Ladera Ranch CA), Bryan Brusick (San Pedro CA), Cary Wenger (Orrville OH), Chris Horton (Sacramento CA), Christopher Danz (Chapel Hill NC), Colby Moeller (Tucson AZ), Dan Porter (Fort Collins CO), Daniel Kindregan (Englewood CO), Dave Walker (Fairview Park OH), Dean Meyer (Covelo CA), Don Morehouse (Reno NV), Eric Latimer (North Port FL), Harold Green (Hatfield MA), Heather Rizzi (Niskayuna NY), Ivan Anderholm (Hermiston OR), Jay Stothman (St Louis MO), Jerry Long (Moscow ID), Jim Thomas (San Antonio TX), Joe Burtoni (Durango CO), Joel Baty (Truckee CA), John Royson (Albany CA), Jonathan Schottler (Columbia MO), Katherine "Kathy" Evans (Concord NH), Keith Defriebre (Prunedale CA), Laura Johnson (Golden CO), Lee Unwin (Madison WI), Marty Caviano (Longmont CO), Mike Belfonti (Slatington PA), Mike Daubenspeck (North Conway NH), Peter DeSantis (Candia, NH), Ryan Amirault (Denver CO), Ryan Krayer (North Freedom WI), Timothy Hotchkiss (Forreston IL), Will Verbarg (Saint Louis , MO) and Willie Rivera (San Antonio, TX)

    Friday, March 13, 2009

    MTB Racing This Weekend: March 14 & 15, 2009

    Another big weekend of racing in NorCal:
    • Saturday is the second Sand Hill Spring Gravity race in the East Bay. This weekend it is Dual Slalom instead of Mountaincross.
    • Sunday is the annual Cool MTB Race near Auburn, CA. The Cool race is held on the Olmstead Loop, renowned for muddy (if not snowy) conditions.
    • Sunday is also the third CCCX XC race near Seaside, CA. Head honcho of the CCCX race, Keith DeFiebre, describe this weekend's race as "The CCCX XC race will be a 5 mile lap featuring a few new sections of trail in Ft Ord never used before for a MTB race. The race route features multiple climbs and lots of fun riding single track that is in perfect condition after last weeks rain. Spring time really is the best time to race Mountain Bikes in this area of Ft Ord as the flowers are starting to bloom, the grass is green, and the trails are smooth and fast, making for some beautiful scenery and fun racing."
    Hope everyone takes advantage of the extra daylight to get out and race (or at least ride) this weekend.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009

    TBF Crowns 2009 MTB Challenge Series Winners

    370D0A17-6EE9-4C74-85D9-7DE857E4F27A.jpgTBF Racing has posted the names of this year's MTB Challenge Series Champions:
    Junior Male Neilson Powless
    Junior Female Avery Morin
    Novice Male 19-under Matthew Decker
    Novice Male 20-29 Kenneth Nelson
    Novice Male 30-39 Eric Mork
    Novice Male 40-49 Steve Foreman
    Novice Male 50-59 Donald Staniszewski
    Novice Male 60+ George Palma
    Novice Female 19-under Kayla Bruce
    Novice Female 20-29 Tina Kukharets
    Novice Female 30-39 Gypsy Tippett
    Novice Female 40-49 Debbie Hawley
    Novice Female 50-59 Lynn Yelland
    Single Speed Female Open Jillian Kollman
    Single Speed Female Masters Yvette Crockell
    Single Speed Male Open Galen Shumaker
    Single Speed Male Masters Michael Mann
    Sport Male 19-under Alex Wild
    Sport Male 20-29 Antonio Miranda
    Sport Male 30-39 Joshua Tonnissen
    Sport Male 40-49 Shemp Howard
    Sport Male 50-59 Paul Falvey
    Sport Female 30-39 Kimberly Alvarez
    Sport Female 40-49 Kristi Morin
    Sport Female 50-59 Suzanne Swimley
    Expert Male 20-29 Clint Claassen
    Expert Male 30-39 Chris Schulze
    Expert Male 40-49 Keith Defeibre
    Expert Male 50-59 Christopher Holmes
    Expert Female 19-under Shayna Powless
    Expert Female 30-39 Jeanie Van Voris
    Expert Female 40-49 Chris Patterson
    Expert Female 50-59 Patty Jo Struve
    Pro Male Kyle Stock
    Sorry for the delay in this, having some technical challenges.

    2009 MTB Challenge #3 Results

    A report from the MTB Challenge Finals from Dusty Downs:
    Perfect racing conditions greeted nearly 250 racers who contested the TBF Mountain Bike Challenge series final this past Sunday in Folsom. The TBF series uses a very challenging 6 mile course of mostly single track trails near the Granite Bay portion of Folsom Lake. The course is a true favorite of Nor-Cal MTB racers, as it is made up of 90% single track trails that are extremely fun to race on. This race was the final event of the 3 race MTB Challenge Series which made for very competitive racing in all divisions as series champions were crowned at the end of the day.
    The top 5 fastest men were:
    1. Nate Byrom 1:41:45 Pro
    2. Cody Kaiser 1:41:46 19 & Under Expert
    3. Chris Schulze 1:42:49 30-39 Expert
    4. Keith DeFiebre 1:45:16 40-49 Expert
    5. Clint Claassen 1:45:23 20-29 Expert

    The top 3 fastest females were:
    1. Shayna Powless 2:05:16 19 & Under Expert
    2. Christine Weir 2:08:38 19 & Under Expert
    3. Meiling Yee 2:11:59 40-49 Expert

    Race day division winners:

    Junior Female - Avery Morin
    Junior Male- Neilson Powless
    First Timer Female- Katie Zumpano
    First Timer Male - Andy Litsas
    Novice Female 19 and Under- Megan Marshall
    Novice Female 20 - 29- Tina Kukharets
    Novice Female 30 - 39- Gypsy Tippett
    Novice Female 40 - 49- Joni Quam
    Novice Female 50 - 59- Lynn Yelland
    Novice Male 19 and Under- Patrick Herringshaw
    Novice Male 20 - 29- Kenneth Nelson
    Novice Male 30 - 39- Erik Mork
    Novice Male 40 - 49- Ed Wallack
    Novice Male 50-59- Rick McLure
    Novice Male 60 +- George Palma
    Sport Female 19 and Under- Victoria Yohan
    Sport Female 20 - 29 - Angel Garbarino
    Sport Female 30 - 39 - Kimberly Alvarez
    Sport Female 40 - 49 - Linda Lindsay
    Sport Female 50 - 59 - Suzanne Swimley
    Sport Male 19 and Under - Max Houtzager
    Sport Male 20 - 29- Antonio Miranda
    Sport Male 30 - 39- Joshua Tonnissen
    Sport Male 40 - 49- Pat Beckley
    Sport Male 50 - 59 - Paul Falvey
    Sport Male 60 + - Joseph Pritchard
    Single Speed Female Open - Kim Passafiume
    Single Speed Female Masters - Yvette Crockell
    Single Speed Male Open - Galen Shumaker
    Single Speed Male Masters - Marty Cunningham
    Expert Female 19 and Under- Shayna Powless
    Expert Female 30 - 39 - Jeanie Van Voris
    Expert Female 40 - 49 - Meiling Yee
    Expert Female 50 - 59 - Patty Jo Struve
    Expert Male 19 and Under - Cody Kaiser
    Expert Male 20 - 29 - Clint Claassen
    Expert Male 30 - 39 - Chris Schulze
    Expert Male 40 - 49- Keith DeFiebre
    Expert Male 50 - 59 - Christopher Holmes
    Pro Male- Nate Byrom

    Full overall results, divisional results and photos are posted.

    Sunday, March 08, 2009

    2009 Buck Ridge Results

    Results have been posted from today's Buck Ridge Race.

    Congrats to John Parsons (Men's Experts), Patrick O’Rourke (Men's Sport 30-39), Chris DuBurg (Sport Masters), Lora Sasser (Sport Female > 30), Kelly Brings (Sport Female 19-29), Griffin Stone (Sport Junior), Briana Mommer (Female Jr.), Terry Gaylord (Beginner Male), Jonna Hooker (Beginner Female) and Cameron Sasser (Beginner Jr.)

    Friday, March 06, 2009

    NorCal MTB Racing This Weekend: March 7 - 8, 2009

    It's the first full weekend of multiple races throughout the region this weekend:
    • 03/07/09 (Saturday): Sand Hill Spring Gravity (4X): As we talked about yesterday, this race is a goer. This is the first race in the series and it will be a Mountaincross/4X race. It'll set you back $35 (plus $5 if you haven't renewed your USA Cycling license) and racing starts at 11 AM in Brentwood (East Bay).
    • 03/07/09 (Saturday): Chanoko Mountain Bike Duathlon #3 (MTB Duathlon): The Chaoko MTB Duathlon is the lesser known sibling of TBF's MTB Challenge races. Similar course, but your MTB racing will be bookended with running (one run before, one after). Probably fun ... if you like being off your bike. It starts at 9AM at Folsom Lake near Sacramento.
    • 03/08/09 (Sunday): MTB Challenge #3 (XC): This is the last race in the 2009 MTB Challenge series, which we have covered at length. I'll try and have a trail preview (after this week's monsoons) later today or tomorrow.
    • 03/08/09 (Sunday): Buck Ridge Race 2009 (XC): Sick Promotions has brought back the Buck RIdge Race for 2009. It'll start at 11 AM outside Fresno.
    It looks like the weather is going to be great this weekend, so make sure and get out to support your local race scene.

    Thursday, March 05, 2009

    Sand Hill Spring Gravity Opener Update

    Stay tuned about this weekend's Sand Hill Spring Gravity opener:
    (If it's raining, call the hotline) The March 7 race is 50-50% on running or not. The decision will be made by this afternoon at 4 pm (Thursday). There is a 30% chance of showers by noon, then after that we need to see how quickly it has all dried out.
    Via Sand Hill Racing.

    UPDATE: All systems go:
    YES on the Mountain Bike race this Saturday (3/7/09). All race details are at www.sandhillracing.com. Click onto the Bicycle Races page...Track is in great shape. A few soft spots in the parking lot....

    Date Change for Lake Sonoma #2

    logosmall.jpgJust a heads up that there is a slight change in the Lake Sonoma Series schedule:
    As promoters we often burry our heads, and sometimes so much we forget to see what’s going on around us. Jim Northey of Global Biorhythm Events is going to produce Boggs first ever 24 hour event on the 20th of June, and I intend on participating. So with that said I gotta let you all know I goofed up and had our June Lake Sonoma Series race scheduled on the same day… The change is: Lake Sonoma Series is June 13th, 1 week before Boggs 24 hour. Make a note of it!
    Via Bike Monkey.

    I've already updated the schedule in the right hand column.

    Wednesday, March 04, 2009

    NorCal MTB HS Welcomes Shimano as Sponsor

    From the ever efficient NorCal MTB High School League PR machine:
    With the racing season only days away, Shimano has come forward to back the programs of the Northern California High School MTB Racing League and the Southern California Interscholastic Cycling League, in a new sponsorship deal that will see Shimano have a presence at the League events and in League literature.

    The Shimano sponsorship comprises both cash and product contributions to support the League’s continued innovation in the realm of race production. The League’s sophisticated race results and team scoring program (Developed by volunteer Francis Chapman), which includes features such as on the fly Wi-Fi broadcast and automatic team scoring, will be named “Results cranked out by Shimano” to honor their support. In addition, product support will allow the League’s volunteer mechanic, Lincoln Linsmith, to provide neutral support at the (NorCal) races.

    Tuesday, March 03, 2009

    Iron Horse Bikes "goes Bust"

    sunday_wc_0.jpgThe recession has claimed the first victim in the MTB industry:
    The forums have been buzzing all day with rumours about the demise of mountain bike brand Iron Horse. We spoke to UK brand manager Martin Astley to get the truth.

    He told us that Iron Horse's parent company has gone bust, but assured us that the brand looks set to be sold to a new owner.

    Martin insisted that, contrary to internet gossip, warranties would be honoured and people with Iron Horse bikes would still be able to get replacement parts.

    He told us: "The truth is that World Wide Cycle Supply, the company that owns the Iron Horse brand, along with K2, Columbia Sportswear and Jeep Bikes, has gone bust. K2, Columbia and Jeep have been sold to a new company formed by Worldwide employees called East Coast Cycle Supply.

    "The Iron Horse brand will be sold to somebody – the deal is being done at the moment – so although people are saying Iron Horse has 'gone under' that's not the case at all. Iron Horse will continue, it'll just have a different owner. We don't know who it is yet, but we should know next week."
    Via Buyer Sought For Iron Horse As Parent Company "goes Bust" - BikeRadar

    Monday, March 02, 2009

    2009 CCCX Downhill Opener Results

    Race results from Sunday's CCCX DH opener have been posted:
    CCCX DH #1 Results
    Congrats to Ian Massey (Stone Racing/WTB) nipped Jimmy Amaral (Point One Racing) by 26/100th of a second, Brian Zimmerman who won the Hardtail honors and Kathy Pruitt (Jamis Bikes) who posted top Women's time.

    UPDATE: Rick R's photos have also been posted.

    Sunday, March 01, 2009

    2009 CCCX XC #2 Results

    2009_cccx_xc_2.jpgResults have been posted for Saturday's CCCX XC #2:Photos have been posted by Rick Rasmussen at his site.

    Congrats to Men's Pro/Semi-Pro winner Greg Heinz (Joselyn's/Burnham Coaching), Men's Pro/Semi-Pro winner Singlespeed Erik Ebberoth (Ebben Bikes) and top Women's Expert finisher Carrie Edwards (Team Roaring Mouse).