Thursday, August 27, 2009

Weeknight Racing Results

Some of the weeknight racing results are posted:I don't see the last Howarth Dirt Crit results ...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

2009 Summit Shorty Summer Series

shortylogo.jpgUgghh ... here's another series I missed, even after they reminded me .... Tonight is the 3rd to last (tertultimate ?) race in Summit Bicycle's Summit Shorty Summer Series:
The Summit Shorty is back in 2009 for more short course XC racing! Due to popular demand, we will do a spring and a summer series this year. The racing happens Tuesday evenings atop the hill at McInnis Park. The spring race series ran for six Tuesday evenings, beginning May 5th. The Summer Series races are 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 9/1 and 9/8.

Registration opens at 5:00 PM on race day and the race is $10 per person, per race. Each class is limited to 35 riders.
Again, the race is TONIGHT (Tuesday, August 25th).

Kirkwood Summer Series

Untitled.pngI completely missed this Kirkwood race series (they already had one a week or so ago), but the final is coming up on Labor Day weekend:
Join us this summer for five (ed: okay, only two left) fantastic mountain biking events! We began the race season on Saturday August 1st with the Kirkwood Nine-to-Five Endurance Race. Take part in our Friday Night X-C Races or Saturday Super-D events on August 14th and 15th and September 4th and 5th.

Friday Night X-C races begin at 5pm and will run until we're finished. Join us post-race for an after party and awards in Bub's. Registration is just $10.

The hottest thing on the race circuit this year, Super-D is a combination of cross country and downhill racing. Big bikes aren't required - you can run the full course on a cross country bike if you so choose. Races begin at 4pm, registration is just $10 for pass holders or $40 includes a lift ticket.
Via Kirkwood MTB website.

Monday, August 24, 2009

2009 12 Hours of Humboldt Results

Results for Saturday's 12 Hours of Humboldt have been posted over at Team Bigfoot's website. Congratulations to Mark Osborn and Chris Horton who both recorded 13 laps (although I think Chris won on time), and Elizabeth Crocker, who recorded the most solo female laps.

There's a thread on MTBR with pictures and a race report at Tri-Sports Racing.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

VeloNews Launches

VeloNews has launched a MTB oriented site:
Competitor Group, Inc. (ed: the people who recently bought VeloNews) has launched an online publication focused on the mountain bike lifestyle at aims to be the first and last word on all flavors of mountain biking,” said Jamie Bate, the site’s new editor. “It’s not a narrow take on one discipline or another, but an entertaining and informative site that all ages and styles will want to check out daily. We’re not about copping attitudes. We’re about sharing the experience.” will also leverage the editorial and technical resources of VeloNews and with respected names such as Lennard Zinn, Matt Pacocha and Zack Vestal contributing to the content package.
Via Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Friday, August 21, 2009

John Fisher DH Finals/Party

Sunday is the finals of the John Fisher DH Series and there's going to be a party:
We will be running a 2 race format with an combined time. We will be using 2 courses, the first of two run will start on the Express Trail course. The 2nd course and run take place next to Kamook Staging area, Starting on Martin crossing over to Powerline down to 41. Our shuttle will be running starting @ 9:00am. First racer will start at Express @ 12:00 noon. After all riders are done with the Express run all riders will take a run on Martin/Powerline to complet our two runs. Best of two combined times will be our winner.
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We have a great raffle set up, riders that have raced at the series will get one ticket per race attended. Tickets will be on sale starting @ $5.00 for one ticket, 5 for $10.00, 10 for $20.00. Raffle will take place after the awards.

This series has been set up to help our friend John Fisher get a much needed Handicap Van, I want to thank everyone that has come out to race and helped us help John, Thank you and please come out the Finals to help us reach our goal and get John and his twins a Van. Thank you all again and see you all this weekend at the John Fisher Benefit DH Summer Sizzle Race Series. There will be a After/party, BBQ, RedBull Drinks/Beer following race, so come out have some fun with John and the rest of us, Grogg's Irish Pub has donated a keg of Sierra Nevada Beer for Sunday's after party, racers get Free Beer.....
The John Fisher DH series is held in Miami Creek OHV Park near Oakhurst, CA. More information at the Sick Promotions website.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

RACE REPORT: 2009 PCRS Fall Flash #1

After a summer mostly full of knee problems, I returned to racing tonight at the local weeknight series, Prairie City. It was a perfect night for racing -- the 100F temperatures never materialized. We used the standard northward course of about 3 miles in distance and 200 feet of climbing.

Results and picture are already posted .

I won't go into my race (let's just say I was happy with how I rode but I need to go a bit easier on my tires to actually finish...) but I did take some quick video:

Next race in the series in Wednesday, August 26th near Folsom, CA.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Weeknight Racing This Week

For those of you missing your racing fix from a light weekend, it's weeknight racing time:
If you miss out on the mid-week fun, don't worry. We'll have a preview of the big weekend ahead of us tomorrow.

Bidwell Bump Returns for 2009

bidwell_superd.jpegOops, I got this last week and forgot to post it.
Chico State is finally hosting a race! There will be 4 events:XC, SD, ST, and or course DH! They will be held at two venues for optimum riding! The XC race will be in Bidwell Park and so will the Super D! And the DH and Short track (Collegiate Only) will be held in Oroville (a neighboring town) 30 minutes south of Chico.
Via Chico State Cycling Home.

The races will be held on September 26 & 27th but no word on costliness yet. I've split these into two events on the calendar: DH/ST and SD/XC since they are so far apart.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Everyone Stacks

It's nice to know that everyone (even world champs) who races MTBs has that moment ...

Cycling Videos on CyclingDirt

Geoff Kabush stacking (although one could make a case for a yard sale with the impressive downhill trajectory of his ride) on the way to winning the XCT at Windham.

Monday, August 17, 2009

2009 Parkfield Classic

parkfield_withlogos_online.pngThe dates for this year's Parkfield Classic have surfaced:
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen Present the 20th Parkfield Classic on October 3rd and 4th, 2009

Closing in on twenty years, the 2009 Parkfield Classic will be one to remember. Great courses, great people, and fun times await those who make the journey to the “earthquake capital of the world” for this year's addition.

Who/What/When/Where: The Parkfield Classic is presented by the Cal Poly SLO Wheelmen and includes a weekend of XC, DS, ST, and DH racing, along with camping and all around good time. This year's addition takes place on the weekend of October 3rd and 4th, with gates opening on Friday the 2nd at 4pm. The event is held on the V6 Ranch in Parkfield, California, located roughly between Paso Robles and Kettlemen City. For additional information about the race keep your eye on the soon to be updated All proceeds benefit the Cal Poly Wheelmen, a non-profit collegiate mountain biking club.
  • Cross Country (Saturday Morning): Parkfield has just the right brew for you. We are one of the last few races that won’t send you out for loop after loop of the same course. All courses come with our own flavor: flowy single track, big lung busting fire road climbs and long, screaming fast descents. ALL NORBA/USAC XC Racers get a BBQ ticket included with their race. Distances: Cat 3: 9 miles, Cat 2: 15 miles, Pro/Cat 1: 24 miles.
  • Dual Slalom (Saturday Afternoon):A new course this year with separate tracks for each racer makes for intense competition all the way down the hill. Built up rollers and additional berms make this year’s course the best one yet. 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.
  • Short Track (Sunday Morning):Fast paced and action packed XC racing that is as fun to watch as it is to race. Laps will be around a modified course from last year. Bring your lungs and your passing gears — we’re putting in more room for longer, harder drag races. NORBA/USAC racers will race with corresponding collegiate category due to time constraints.
  • Downhill (Sunday Morning/Afternoon): When we brew downhill, we use nothing but heaps of fresh single-track. We enrich the flavor with flowing turns, high speed G-outs, and exciting drops. For those preferring something stouter, we’ve got some harder and bolder lines, but always allow the option for smoother ones for the first timers. Single Run format. Bypass options are given for most obstacles. Pro/Cat 1 course different than Cat 2/3 course. Riders are encouraged to wear protective gear as necessary. All riders must ride within safe limits!
Read all the details over on

Thanks to race co-director Menso de Jong for the heads up.

Friday, August 14, 2009

2009 12Hrs of Humboldt Update

MadeInTheShade.jpgA quick update about next weekend's 12 Hours of Humboldt up in Arcata:
With temperatures throughout California reaching into the 90s and beyond, many endurance racers are looking forward to visiting Arcata for the 12 Hours of Humboldt, August 22, as a means of getting in some good racing while also escaping the sweltering heat-wave. The average August daily temperature in this corner of the north coast is in the high 60s! Factor in a course that almost entirely under the shade of giant redwood trees and it’s no wonder that most of the riders in this popular event come from out of the area.

The main venue is in Arcata’s Redwood Park. The pit area will be on the upper lawn where riders and teams will be able to put up tents, awnings, etc. Riders with children will be pleased to know that there’s a playground adjacent to the start/finish/transition The course will run through the Arcata Community Forest using a variety of trails. The 8-mile course is a fun mix of fireroad and flowing singletrakc, boasting 1400’ of elevation gain per lap. Mountain bike endurance hero Tinker Juarez has called the course “One of the best I’ve ridden.”

The event is not just for elite riders. Along with the elite solo riders there will also be relay teams of 2, 3 or 4 riders competing in several different categories based on age and rider ability.
Check out all the details at Team Bigfoot.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

2009 ASC MTB Elevation Classic Moved

The 2009 ASC MTB Elevation Classic has been moved back from this coming weekend to Sunday, September 20th. Registration is still over at BikeReg.

2009 Lake Oroville 24-Hours of Gold

B70BDB75-0BBF-4BA4-B23D-5A6F2C870348.jpgThe Lake Oroville Bicyclist Organization has announced this year's edition of their 24 hour race:
24 Hours of Gold '09
Nov. 14 & 15.
Free camping Nov. 13 & 14
Loafer Creek Group Campsites
Oroville, California

The mother lode of 24-hour mountain bike racing.

We offer exquisite trails surrounding a state of the art campground.

The seven and one half mile singletrack course twist and turns, climbs and drops through oaks and chaparral.

The Loafer Creek Group Camps are six secluded sites; each site has room for 25 persons with tent sites, BBQ grills, sink and counter. Some/limited RV parking available.
Entry fee includes camping both Friday and Saturday nights.
More information at Lake Oroville 24-Hours of Gold.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

2010 Bike Previews

bikerumor-logo-300x25.gifIf you are like me, you are probably thinking about how you could up your ride to close out this year or possibly to start next years. And naturally your choice of steed probably comes to mind first (at least for me). So if you are thinking about getting a new ride, hop over to Bike Rumor to check out the 2010 Bike Preview so you can see what is coming down the pike. They detail most of the major bike and component manufactures.

Had I not just jumped on the 29er wagon with my SuperFly, I'd be all over this carbon fiber Air 9.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

2009 Clikapudi Nine To Five Cancelled

Bad news ...
One of the biggest challenges for putting on an event is getting the permits. Unfortunately the permit for the Clikapudi Six to Midnight at Shasta Lake is STILL in process. So with less than a month before the scheduled date of Sept. 5 I gotta pull the plug.

The USFS staff says that the permit is likely to be approved, so when we get that (eventually) we'll apply it to a 2010 date.
Via Forums

2009 Kirkwood 9-5 Results

The Kirkwood Nine to Five results have been posted over at Team Bigfoot. Congrats to Dezmin Wilder, who clocked 12 solo laps on the challenging course.

Team Bigfoot's next race is the 12 Hours of Humboldt in Arcata, CA on August 22nd.

Monday, August 10, 2009

2009 Howell Mountain Results

I haven't seen any race reports or photos (besides MTBR), but the results are posted.

Congrats to Brian Astell who bested Menso De Jong by just under 3 minutes in the Open Pro Male (2:12:58).

Sunday, August 09, 2009

2009 Caspar Classic

Details for this year's Caspar Classic up in Mendocino County have surfaced:
Mendocino Coast Cyclists are proud to host the Caspar Classic Mountain Bike Race to be held Sunday, September 6th 2009 on Labor Day weekend.

The course is the same as last year, a 7-mile loop with 500ft of climbing, about 1/3 dirt road, 1/3 double-track trail, and 1/3 single-track trail.

Racer groups will be,
  • Beginning racers 1-loop/7 miles/500ft climb
  • Intermediate racers 2-loops/14 miles/1000ft climb
  • Advanced racers 3-loops/21 miles/1500ft climb
Groups for woman, single speeders and others may also be formed.

Race fee is $25.
Via Mendocino Coast Cyclists.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

2009 CCCX XC Series Champs

I completely missed this due to my vacation in early July, but I wanted to make sure and get this up for everyone that competed in this year's CCCX XC racing.

CATEGORY Series Champion Team / Sponsor
PRO/SEMI-PRO Greg Heinz Joselyn's/Burnham Coaching
PRO/EXPERT WOMEN Jamie Stamps Another Bike Shop
EXPERT 18 & under Bryon Duke Salinas H.S. Cowboy Racing
EXPERT 19-34 Brian Butler Joselyn's/Burnham Racing
EXPERT 35-44 Alexander Rouch Joselyns
EXPERT 45-54 Tim Sawyer Bicycle Trip/Team Symantec
EXPERT MEN 60+ Jeffrey Linder Plus 3
EXPERT WOMEN 35+ Sabine Dukes Velo Bella
SPORT 18 & under Scott Kolofer Salinas
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 Vincent Kurtis Brown Hwy 68 Hillbillies
CLYDESDALE Daymon Prewitt Me
SPORT WOMEN 34 & under Megan Zemny Team Roaring Mouse
SPORT WOMEN 35-44 Heather Stallion Info Vista
SPORT WOMEN 45+ Henrietta Stern Hot Flash Chicks
JUNIOR MEN 14-18 Nick Casaccia Family Cycling Center
BEGINNING MEN 19-34 Seth Leidy Berkeley
BEGINNING MEN 35-44 Peter Howarth San Jose Bicycle Club/ Sugar CRM
BEGINNING MEN 45-54 Mark Knutson BSA Racing / SCCCC
BEGINNING MEN 55+ Rick Ortenblad Harbor High School
JUNIOR MEN 13 & under Sagee Moyal Summit Bicycles
BEGINNING WOMEN 19+ Brianne Spiersch Joselyns
JUNIOR WOMEN 18 & under Emily Cerna Salinas High Cowboys

Congratulations to all the winners. Oh, and CX racing starts on September 20th.

Friday, August 07, 2009

2009 Prairie City Fall Flash Opens Registration

My favorite (and hometown) weeknight race series has opened registration for their fall edition:
The Fall FLASH Series is unsponsored and supported entirely by YOU!

A little lower key but the same great racing as our regular Series. The courses are a little shorter due to limited sunlight hours and we add a Cyclocross class. Please check HERE for all the details.

If you need to register you can save $10 and valuable time (your's and ours!) on race day so please pre-register by going to THIS page.
People that raced in the Spring series don't have to reregister (You can check the 2009 racer list HERE).

The Prairie City Race Series is held in the Prairie City OHV near Folsom, CA (east of Sacto). It is a short XC course (4-5 mile laps) and will run on August 19th, 26th, September 2nd, 9th and 16th.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

NorCal MTB Racing This Weekend: Aug 6 - 9

It's another big and diverse weekend for racing in NorCal:
Stock up this weekend, the schedule is a bit thin next weekend.

SSWC09 Schedule Posted

The folks behind this year's SingleSpeed World Championship (Durango, CO) have posted the schedule (PDF) for this year's shenanigans festivities.

Here is a highly abridged version:
Wednesday September 16th
  • 5-6:00pm Group ride from Durango Rec Center
  • 8:00pm Post Ride BeerBQ at Seanʼs House
  • 10:00pm Live Music at Derail Saloon
Thursday September 17th
  • 9:00am Group ride from Fort Lewis College clock tower
  • 6:00pm Group ride from Durango Cyclery
Friday September 18th
  • 10:00-4pm Registration at Buckley Park
  • 5:00-8pm New Belgium Brewing Black Tie BBQ at The Smiley Building
  • 7:00-10pm New Blegium Brewing 1x1 Film Festival and preliminary hosting comp
Saturday September 19th
  • 7:00-10:00am registration & rock and roll out at Durango Cyclery
  • 11:00am SSWC09 Race
  • 6:00pm Race Awards/Dinner at Ska
Make sure to check back with the main site for updates.

The 2009 Singlespeed World Championships will be held in Durango, Colorado from September 16th - 20th.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

2010 UCI World Cup Finals Come to America

While this is East coast based, it is a great thing that World Cup (UCI) racing is coming back to America for the first time in several year:
Windham Mountain, New York, becomes the first mainland USA venue since 1992 to host the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup finals, when a multi-discipline event, including cross country, downhill and four cross will conclude the 2010 series, August 28-29.

The last time a world cup mountain bike event took place in the USA was 2005, when the series visited Angel Fire resort in New Mexico. In 1996, the finals venue was Honolulu, Hawaii, and in 1992 the finals venue for the cross country was Vail, Colorado.

The Windham Mountain world cup finals are expected to attract most, if not all, of the top contenders in the world, since only one week later the world championships take place at Mont-Sainte-Anne, near Quebec City.

The challenging mountain bike courses in north eastern USA, combined with the compact convenience of the resort accommodations, made this area an annual favorite of riders on the world cup circuit back in the glory days of the 1990s.
You can find more information about Windham Mountain's resort at

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

2009 ASC MTB Elevation Classic

This is late add to the schedule, but it appears that the Auburn Ski Club (what?) is holding a mountain bike race on August 15th at Soda Springs as a fund raiser. You can check out the scant details over at BikeReg: 8 -16 miles XC race for $20.

I'll check into it and post more details. If you are already heading up to Tahoe for that weekend, you could do Northstar XC on Thursday night, this on Saturday and Sky Tavern on Sunday. Just saying.

2009 Sky Tavern

I listed this back in May, but hadn't posted details on this because I couldn't find them on the Reno Wheelmen revamped website. However, it turns out they were just hiding from me (PDF):
High in the Tahoe Sierras, this course is a technical 6 mile loop at the Sky Tavern ski area (near Mount Rose). The trail starts off with a steep fire road climb up to some tight, winding single track that finishes with a fast open descent. The trail will be the same as in years past. XC Racing Race entry fee is $25.00 for Adults and $15.00 for juniors. Cash Prize to top 5 Men and top 3 women.
From what I can tell, it appears that this is only an XC event this year (unlike previous XC/DH events).

Monday, August 03, 2009

Mid Summer MTB at Harvey Bear Results

Results have been posted for Sunday's Mid Summer MTB Race at Harvey Bear (They are a little tricky to find -- hit the "results" tab on this page).

It looks like they had a big turnout (no doubt aided by the unseasonably cool weather) for the event -- but no pictures or race reports yet.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

TBF Racing Fri Night Series II Winners

Although I haven't seen the winners for last the last race of the second Friday Night Series yet, TBF Racing has posted the overall series winners on their website. Congrats to :
Junior Male Wyatt Morin
Junior Female Avery Morin
Novice Male 20-29 Tim Pendergrast
Novice Male 30-39 Andrew Mujica
Novice Male 40-49 Darold Cooper
Novice Female 20-29 Meghan Veiga
Novice Female 30-39 Monika Idzkaoska
Novice Female 40-49 Silke Schulz
Novice Female 50-59 Jane Conrad
Single Speed Male Open Danny Perez
Single Speed Male Masters Kevin Denison
Sport Male 19-under Josh Evans
Sport Male 20-29 Adam Ferreira
Sport Male 30-39 Anthony Launey
Sport Male 40-49 Darryl Moxley
Sport Male 50-59 Tom Snyder
Sport Female 30-39 Erin Upchurch
Sport Female 40-49 Valerie Alexander
Sport Female 50-59 Lynn Yelland
Expert Male 19-under Kyle Luther
Expert Male 20-29 Matthew Obregon
Expert Male 30-39 Kirk Edgerton
Expert Male 40-49 Marty Cunningham
Expert Male 50-59 Christopher Holmes
Expert Female 40-49 Kimberly Alvarez
Via TBF Racing: Fri Night Series II Race Results