Monday, October 01, 2018

'Cross Reno

There's not much in the way of UCI racing on the west coast but there is 'Cross Reno- formerly 'Cross-Vegas, connected with the re-located Interbike trade show. The show is smaller and the fields at this C1 event were not large but the spectators were out in the thousands as the main events happened after dark under the lights.
 Earlier in the day we did have two junior girls that both made the podium. Kennedy Cortopassi won the junior 10-14 group and Ciara Wing got 2nd in the 15-18 race.
 We had two riders in the single speed race with Ian Stowe just missing the podium in 6th and Chris Seymour returning from his honeymoon finishing on the lead lap in 23rd.
 The women's elite field was world class with riders from Europe and Canada. Caroline Nolan rode to an impressive 8th place and well up in the UCI points. Campbell Steers overcame some pre-race tire issues to finish on the lead lap in 23rd.

The men's race was also filled with some of the best riders in the sport. Max Judelson made the top-20 finishing 19th with some strong riding late in the race. Under 23 rider Noah Hayes rode his first C1 event and came in 30th with Brendan Lehman 31st fighting an oncoming cold. Aaron Bradford having to work the trade show was probably not anywhere near his best but still rode to 39th . Dean Poshard broke a pedal in the first lap and was forced to withdraw. With 5 out of 7 of our elite riders finishing on the lead lap there was a reason to be happy , along with the junior podiums. Not bad for a small team from Nor-Cal.


On a clear morning at Manzanita park the conditions were just about perfect for a CX race. With a couple of other events happening that weekend there were bound to be some smaller fields and opportunities for riders at all levels to move up on the series. First as always were the juniors with some opting to race among the adults.

In the boy's 10-14 Henry Sanderson  was 3rd with 9 year old Kai Yee coming in 5th. Nate Vahlberg raced to 2nd in the boy's 15-18. Grace Kredo-Brown rode unopposed to the win in the girls 15-18 getting the first win of the day for the team.
13 year old Dan English decided to ride the open B category and came in 4th out of a large field of adults.
John Vahlberg was our only master's B rider and he rode to 16th on the 45B field, possibly the largest group of the day. The master's A race saw a few of our riders and once again, Greg Foy showed his dominance in the 55+ group with an emphatic win. In the 60+ race I came in 5th with Montana Resident Hal Stanley coming in 7th.

The next win would come from Kathleen Bortolussi with a storming ride that saw her passing many of the women starting ahead of her in the A,B and C groups.
Ivy Young got 3rd in the women's A race riding with her arm in a brace and sprained fingers.
 The men's A race was not much of a challenge for Max Judelson as he easily rode away from the field. The early action featured Alex Work who led the race for the first lap and nearly held on for second if not for a crash on a loose dirt section of one of the baseball diamonds. He still held onto 3rd. Eric Brown lost a brake pad right at the start and had to return to re-install it. Even with the delay he managed to work his way back up to 11th passing a few riders in the process.

The men's A team sporting the new 100% sponsor sunglasses and the 2018 Voler kits. Next stop, Sacramento !

Monday, September 24, 2018


This was a longer course than the previous week and most would say that it was tougher. Since this was the first race on the junior calendar the course had a huge turnout from our team.

In the 9:00 AM races the C men had Manny Offonso, jr. in 5th.
In the jr. boy's 15-18 race we had a mob:
Ethan Waterhouse took the win, Ethan Karp 2nd, Nate Vahlberg 3rd, Alaska Grant 7th and Pete Vahlberg 8th.
In the girl's 10-14 Genevieve Keefe got 3rd
In the girl's 15-18  Ella Phillips got the win
 In the 10:00 am B race we had no shortage of riders,
Dan English got 5th, Matt Miller got 11th, Charles Rausch 14th, Brian Kalcic 15th.
In the master's 45 B race we had John Vahlberg at 7th, Michael Schaller at 16th and Frank Kalcic at 17th.
Here's Hans Van Housen in the men's A race
As the day got longer the wind really started blowing and was a factor on the course.
In the 11:00 races we had four riders.
In the 35 A race Ben Dodge scored an impressive 4th
In the 45 A race Greg Foy rode to 11th riding a category younger.
In the 55 A race Detlef Adam rode to 8th
In the 60 A race I managed 7th
 Dodgeball in the men's A race

Dean Poshard after a flat and a bike change in the A race
 Alex Work making up time late in the A race
Eric Brown holding down 12th in the A race

Later in the day it was time for the women's events.
In the women's B race we had lanie Goldberg in 5th and Alexis de Zubria in 7th
In the women's 45+ race Kathleen Bortolussi got 4th
In the women's A race Sarah Jordan rode to 4th.

We had five riders in the men's A race even with some notable absences.
Alex Work led our team finishing 7th, Eric Brown followed at 12th, Hans Van Housen at 14th, Ben Dodge in his second race of the day came in 15th and Dean Poshard came in 17th.

Friday, September 21, 2018

CCCX III Manzanita park

A near perfect day greeted the racers at Manzanita park last weekend. Many of the team were not present but we still had a respectable showing. This was also the first race where the new kits would be in effect. From now on we will be flying the new design complete with some new images, new sponsors and design features. This might be the best kit ever.
First riders to go off were the juniors and they had a very good day.
In the boy's 10-14 Mac Tomkins got 3rd with Cullen Keefe following in 4th.
In the boys 15-18 Nate Vahlberg got 2nd with  Ethan Waterhouse coming in 4th.
 Next to race were the B open .
Kyle Taylor had a great race coming in 6th with Matt Miller close at 8th. Junior Dan English came in 15th.
 Next to race were the masters A category.
In the 55+ race Greg Foy took the win convincingly. Craig Ball followed in 6th with Detlef Adam close in 7th.
In the 60+ I managed to get 5th
 Next to go were all the women's categories.Only three of our women's team were there but they both made the podium with Kathleen Bortolussi winning the 45 + and Ivy Young getting 5th in the A race.
Mary Maroon did well to finish 2nd in the single speed A race where she was the only female .

Last race of the day was the men's A category. We had a large group in that race with four entrants. Flat tires and other factors would make it a tough outing but there were some great moments.
Alex Work had his best race so far finishing just off the podium in 6th.
Brendan Lehman and Max McFadden had great starts riding at the front early in the race but a flat took Brendan out of contention and he finished 14th. Max had an injury and had to pit so he wound up 21st.
Hans Van Housen rode a steady race to finish 15th with Eric Brown close at 17th.

Sunday, September 09, 2018


Not the first race of the season but the first one where the team showed up in numbers. It is still very early in the season but this day showed that there's a lot of depth and talent in this years edition of the team.
Early in the day the Juniors were in the action :
Boy's 10-14    Mac Tomkins 4th
Boy's 15-18   Korbin Tomkin 1, Peter Vahlberg 2, Ethan Waterhouse 3, Nate Vahlberg 4, Alaska Grant 7th, Lucas Binder 8th.

In the open B category: Dan English 7th, Kyle Taylor 8th.

In the master men 55+   :  Greg Foy 2nd.

Men's A race:  Max Judeslon 2, Brendan Lehman 5, Alex Work 8, Noah Hayes 14, Eric Brown 18, Dean Poshard 19.

Next week is Manzanita Park- hopefully the rest of the team will be there to represent. With racers spread all over the bay area and some in other states it is difficult to have most of the team in one place but there will be a few dates in the calendar when it will happen.

# 1 will be our home race, the Surf City cyclocross presented by team Voler Rock Lobster on Oct. 28th at the Cal Fire camp on Empire grade. More about this race soon.
# 2 will be the Nor-Cal districts T.B.A.
# 3 will be the nationals in Louisville, Ky. in December. This will be the return of the nationals to the earlier format, a full month ahead of last few years former date in January. This will mean that in 2018 we will have two national CX races- possibly a first ever.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

What a way to start a season !

It is barely September but in Virginia the first UCI weekend kicked off with the Go Cross in Roanoke. Our sole participant in the event was Caroline Nolan who got in the points both days with 5th on Saturday and 4th on Sunday, only 26 seconds off the winning time. This is Caroline's best start to a season ever and could be a sign of big things ahead. With racers in China, California and Virginia , this small team has a pretty big presence on the world CX circuit. More race reports to come as CCCX # 1 was Saturday and the two race UCI series in China is ongoing.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Team Rock Lobster Junior Cyclocross Development Fundraiser

The Deserter - Classic Tee - Native Green
The Deserter - Boxy Tee - Native Green
 Hi Everybody

We at Team Rock Lobster believe that getting involved in cycling at a young age can lead to many health, psychological, and social benefits. To that end Campbell Steers  and Carter Chappell of Team Rock Lobster in collaboration with Iris Alonzo the Co-Founder of Everbody.World have designed a shirt to help fund the Team Rock Lobster Juniors CX Development squadThe proceeds from this project will be the seed money to start building a fleet of fully Made in the USA loaner bikes for our Juniors to use during the coming Cyclocross seasons.
What What?! 


This limited run of shirts comes in a Native Green Made from 100% recycled cotton (the first of its kind!), this t-shirt has a more relaxed design, but can be worn by all

Learn more about the Trash Tee here.

So, what we are saying here is that you can

*Support Local Grassroots Youth Cycling
*Support sustainable manufacturing practices in the garment industry
*Stay warm
*And Look really, really, good while doing all the above!

Normally, Trash Tee's cost $25 with nothing printed on them, out of the kindness of their sustainable hearts everybody. World has allowed us great pricing so that we can sell printed shirts for $30 + shipping!  

100% of the proceeds of every single shirt go directly to fund the 2018 Rock Lobster Juniors - CX DEVO squad. Things this money will be used for:

*Equipment (bikes, tires, jerseys, etc.)
*Race Entry & Travel Costs
*Training Camps and Skills Clinics

The shirt comes in two fits:

The Classic Trash Tee (M & F)Made from 100% recycled cotton (the first of its kind!), this t-shirt has a more masculine design, but can be worn by all. We opted for a classic cut and erred on the side of easy when it came to fit.
The recycled fabric is 18/1 recycled cotton jersey which means the yarn is thicker than most tees out there, with a soft-yet-coarse texture. We garment washed each t-shirt after it was sewn so its vintage-soft, preshrunk and ready to wear
Women: Also, made from 100% recycled cotton, this t-shirt is designed to have a looser fitThe neck is wide, almost boat neck-y, the sleeves are cropped and flare slightly from the arm, and the body is straight, hitting at around the hip depending on your height.
 Campbell Steers, Ben Dodge, & Carter Chappell
Team Rock Lobster CX
(Voler/Clif/HRS/Rock Lobster)
NOTE: Check out the fit on the boxy, it's a little fashion forwardBUT give it a shot! Iris of Everybody.World recommends it. The Boxy Tee is the way to go!

The Deserter - Classic Tee - Native Green
The Deserter - Boxy Tee - Native Green