Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tres De Mayo Scheduled For This Sunday

Okay, I am way late on this, but better late than never:
Howarth Park is about to get a season opener to the Short Track Season this coming Sunday, May 3rd ... Devin Masterson’s high school senior project– Tres De Mayo Short Track.
To be held at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa, CA, this event will benefit the NorCal MTB High School League and is being organized by a local student (Devin Masterson) as his high school senior project.

You can preregister by emailing Devin at

Things were never this cool when I was still in school.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

2009 Lemurian Results

As most of you might have noticed, I've been gone for a few days ... my company got acquired last week and life has been a bit chaotic. However, it looks like it going back to normal (for a bit) ... so I'll start digging all the new MTB races and results out of my email:lemurian.jpg
Results have been posted for this year's Shasta Lemurian at

Race reports (including pitcures) are posted at MTBR

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Official 2009 Sea Otter Classic Results & Roundup

1A864361-1282-4100-B7B5-552805017909.jpgMost of the official results and photos for this year's Sea Otter have been posted:Here is a roundup of reports from around the web:More roundup tomorrow when I am less tired.

2009 Sea Otter Sunday

Final day ahead:
It's mostly Pro's today, but there is still downclass dual slalom going on.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sea Otter News (Update 1)

1A864361-1282-4100-B7B5-552805017909.jpgSince I am riding today, here are just a whole dump of links and tidbits of Sea Otter news:Oh, and last but not least, Northstar is at Sea Otter: "We will have a season pass special going. Buy your regularly priced $229 season pass for $209! April 16-19. See you there."

2009 Sea Otter Saturday

If you survived last night, I hope you're getting up early for XC racing:
There is also DH, dual slalom and Pro short track on tap.

Friday, April 17, 2009

2009 Sea Otter Friday

Racing begins in earnest today down in Monterey:
Super D finals at noon, dual slalom qualifying and finals all day and beginner (cat 3) and Jr XC race at 1pm.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sea Otter Opens Today

Today is the first day of the 2009 Sea Otter Classic down in Monterey, CA. On tap for this afternoon:
The is basically a practice day for the gravity events, except for Pro Slalom qualifying at 2pm.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

SF Bike Expo Returns in November 2009

sfbikeexpo.pngRideSFO is bringing back the SF Bike Expo to the Cow Palace near San Francisco this November 21st.

You can read about last year's SF Bike Expo in the archives (1, 2, 3).

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

12 Hours of Kirkwood Coming ?

I hadn't posted anything about this because I didn't want to jinx it, but Team Bigfoot may add a 12 Hour race at Kirkwood (near Lake Tahoe) to their 2009 endurance schedule:
We're working with the mountain bike program director at Kirkwood and with our sponsors to introduce this new-for-2009 event. We'll be able to announce the date and details by late March.
Via 12 Hours of Kirkwood. So late March has come and gone, but I am sure we'll see something soon.

Monday, April 13, 2009

2009 CCCX DH #3 Results

2009cccx3dh.jpg2009 CCCX Downhill Race #3 Results have been posted. As always, Rick R has a full set of photos chronicling the event (the photo at right is courtesy of his site).

With the Sea Otter coming up this week, it looks like the race was overflowing with Pro talent. The top 10 Pro/Semi-Pro finishers were:
  1. Mark Weir WTB/Fox
  2. Jimmy Amaral Point One Racing
  3. John Hauer Team X-Fusion/Intense
  4. Ian Massey Stone Racing/WTB
  5. Keith Morelan Rala Jala Minnske
  6. Keith DeFiebre GT Coalition/Calabazas
  7. Ben Cruz WTB
  8. Kenney Burt WTB/Jamis
  9. Matthew Cipes Specialized/Thunder Bringers
  10. Alain Lanusse Specialized
The ladies were also well represented with Leana Gerrard (X-Fusion/Monovie Cannondale) taking the pro win.

Next race in the CCCX Downhill series is May 3rd.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

2009 Sea Otter Online Registration Closing !

1A864361-1282-4100-B7B5-552805017909.jpgSince I know that this sneaked up on me, I thought I would post something here to make sure it didn't bite anyone else:
On-line registration closes at 12 midnight PST Sunday April 12, 2009 (tonight!)
If you don't register online, there is a $20 late / onsite registration fee. Click the link above to register.

The Sea Otter Classic starts this Thursday at Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey, CA.

Short Track Returns To US Cup

us-cup-logo.pngThe Short Track pro races have returned to select stops on the US Cup circuit:
Short track, the fast and furious format of cross-country mountain bike racing, is coming back to the top end of American mountain bike racing.

The ShoAir-Specialized US Cup, the new 13-race series of cross-country mountain bike races nationwide, will feature three stand-alone short track events this year. The races will be held at the April 19 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California; the August 16 Yankee Clipper at Windham Mountain, New York; and the September 26 U.S. Cup finals in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The three-race series will be called the Triple Crown Short Track presented by Escape Adventures.

The US Cup received the resources to offer the three races from and The latter is an eco-friendly cycling and multisport tourism outfitter.
Via VeloNews .

Saturday, April 11, 2009

So No Mas Moves To Metric 100

event_sonomas.jpgThe folks at BikeMonkey have changed the inaugural So No Mas 100 from miles to kilometers:
For those of you who have registered for the So No Mas race this coming May 16th I’m alerting you to a fairly major change in the format of this event: We are reducing the distance to a strictly 100K race, and completely removing the 100 mile event.
Via Bike Monkey Magazine

Crank Bros Visit

Great article about one of my favorite MTB parts supplier, Crank Brothers:
A common design theme seems to pervade at Crankbrothers, whether it’s product, packaging or even the company’s product development offices in Southern California.

Crankbrothers comfortably fills a medium sized building three blocks from the water in downtown Laguna Beach. Inside, the workspace has modern European and open feel to it.

Step out the front door and you are presented two choices: Turn right to surf or left and take a short spin to access trails that require serious skill and big bikes to ride. These trails are the stomping ground of the Laguna Rads, a notorious group of mountain bikers, many of whom shaped the original ethics of the sport and continue to uphold them today.
Via VeloNews

Friday, April 10, 2009

CCCX DH #3 Preview

2009dh25.pngOkay, Monday's post might have been a false alarm ... I was certainly not well yet. But I am now. Promise.

This Easter weekend has only one race on the schedule: CCCX DH #3 near Monterey, CA. Here's the preview of Saturday's race:
For race #3 there will be three people at the registration tables checking riders in on race day. This will make registration quicker for everyone. At the start line there will be 2 people organizing the starting order based on the sign in sheet for start times at registration. Please do not try and start earlier then your selected start time. Riders doing multiple divisions should go to front of the line so they can post multiple runs on the day without running late. The starter will have a list of the riders who signed up for more then one division.

The course for race #3 will be somewhat similar to race #1. It will be super fast at the start with the highest speeds of the course in the first 1 minute of the race. The recent rains combined with hours of trail work have made the race route extremely fast, with all the trails in great shape. The race route will have fire roads, single track, tight and open corners, and off camber sections to challenge each rider. The speeds will be high, yet there will also be some slow turns where riders need to practice break checking and work on tire traction in the corners. The times will be around 3 minutes plus- for this test of skill, ability and fitness.
While it's raining outside now, tomorrow's forecast is nothing but sunshine. Make sure to take advantage of it to get your last bit of training before next week's Sea Otter Classic.

Monday, April 06, 2009

2009 Big Sandy Results

Sorry for the blackout ... been deathly sick AND traveling for the past few days. I'll try and clear the backlog today and tonight if the Nyquil doesn't put me back to sleep.

Last weekend's second annual Big Sandy Race got some love from the mainstream media:
Steve Ray of Fresno outpedaled the field at Saturday's Big Sandy mountain bike race, covering the hilly 23-mile course in 2 hours, 1 minute, 58 seconds.
John Parson of Palmdale placed second in the men's pro/expert division in 2:04.23.
"I knew John would close the gap on every climb, so I had to make the downhills count," said the 34-year-old Ray. "Plus, I've been riding this trail half my life. That kind of helps, too."

Clovis' Kristi Eastin, a Fresno State classics professor who used to be a pro mountain bike and road racer, won the women's pro/expert division in 2:35:55, followed by Amber Finch of Truckee in 2:36.51.
Read the whole story at the

Full results are posted up at USA Cycling but the main site has the photo links .

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Boggs IV Results

event_boggs.jpgResults for last weekend's Boggs IV are posted:
They’re posted folks. The Boggs IV results are final. I got your changes via e-mail and made the appropriate adjustments. If we missed anything just let us know. You can view the results on the Boggs event page.
Congrats to Dezmin Wilder, Yuri Hauswald, Dawn Infurna-Bean and Linda Eckhart who won the Men's Pro, Men's Singlespeed, Women's Singlespeed and Women's Pro events, respectively.

2009 Prairie City Race Series Starts Tonight

pcrs.pngFor those of you in the Sacto area, the weeknight XC Prairie City Race Series starts tonight near Folsom. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a victim of it's own success:
NOTICE: Online registration for the first race IS NOW CLOSED. We have reached our field limit for the first race. THERE WILL BE 20 WALK UP REGISTRATION SPOTS AVAILABLE (By lottery @ 5:50pm). Sorry but if you did not pre-register you are not guaranteed a race spot at the first race.
There are also season passes available.

You can find several years of race reports, pictures and details about the PCRS in the archives.