Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sierra Point weekend races

 Saturday was the epic night race at Sierra point-this usually marks the mid-point of the season and is a race where traditionally the team has had some great victories over the last 6-7 years. This night was no exception as Max Judelson captured the men's A race in an exciting sprint and Caroline Dezendorf got the win in the women's A race. With David Kalcic getting 3rd in the junior race and Benoit Dubuisson getting 4th in the single speed-B race along with Campbell Steers getting 3rd in the women's A race there were plenty of podiums for the team.
With David and Frank Kalcic manning the BBQ the tradition of food and drink trackside was in full force. Nobody left the team tent without getting something good. This was pretty much an all-day event and some folks camped to race the next morning.
 Other placings on the day were good as well-we had some pretty bad luck in the men's A race but all riders finished, even if it meant running the last half a lap which was the case with Brendan Lehman-he led the first lap and was always in the top-10 until a mechanical in the last lap made for a long run and a 37th place finish. Alex work had a dramatic crash on the last lap that also took him out of the top-10 to finish 17th. Kaitlin Waterman had to start on the 5th row but managed to claw his way up to 22nd at the finish . Eric Brown had to start in the back and with a heavy crash finished 42nd. Dean Poshard starting in the back finished in 50th.
 In the Women's A race Kelly Chang was rolling in the top-10 until a flat tire and brake trouble caused her to have to do a bike change. She did hang onto 15th with Mary Ellen Ash coming in just ahead at 13th .
 In the men's B race Javier Valencia started in the back of the 70+ field and rode all the way up to 32nd-remarkable considering all the traffic. In the 35 A race Ken Dick rode strong to a 13th place with Zac Stanley finishing at 30th. In the 45 B race Craig Ball led the team coming in at 17th with Frank Kalcic coming in 20th and Michael Schaller at 33rd. In the 55 plus Rick Ortenblad cracked the top-10 coming in 9th while I dragged myself in at 14th.
 After the race there was the team party-or something like that, basically a small fire with some battered and tired bike racers around it trying to stay warm. All in all, the showing for the team was excellent-carrying on the tradition of a really strong presence at this , arguably the biggest and best event of the Nor-Cal season.
The next morning the racing continued-this time with a stripped down version of the team as most of the folks had gone home. Max Judson won again, even more convincingly with a breakaway in the las lap. All others improved on their placings with Mary Ellen Ash getting 7th in the women's A race, Benoit Bubuisson 3rd in the single speed B race , Kailin Waterman getting 14th in the mens A race and Ken Dick getting 11th in the men's 35 A race.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Surf City Halloween race Harbor High

 Large companies make the bulk of bicycles out on the road and in racing there are few venues for handbuilt bikes. Cyclocross used to be the domain of specialty built custom bikes but the big companies got the idea that cyclocross is the growth sport and an opportunity for a new market. This is a great thing for the majority of racers as the production bikes are easier to come by and in some cases more affordable. What this does is make it difficult for a small builder to keep viable in the sport-small builders have to offer something better and with the Chinese produced light carbon CX bikes becoming the norm it is difficult to say that the custom bike made from steel, aluminum or titanium is better. I just let the racers tell me what is good and what isn't about my bikes and hope that I have a better idea and a more immediate way to respond to requests.
 We have some really great talent on this team and they provide not only great results but valuable feedback for me. There are many reasons to have a team-sell bikes , help support the sport , create a group of like minded folks that can all go out and have a good time and realize goals in their life. The reason I value is that fielding a team allows me to try to build better bikes-everyone including me can benefit from that.
 Now to the race report. As the results are not posted yet on the internet this will be as complete of a report as I can do based on what I saw today.  The first podium of the team on the day that I was told of was Benoit Dubuisson placing 5th in the single speed B race. I did get to see the women's elite race and Caroline Dezendorf continued her great season with a second place. Campbell Steers nearly made the podium in 6th and Kelly Chang rode to 12th.
 In the men's A race we had a full squad but most of the crew had to start from the back. This made for a difficult race for some-Matthew Tracy Cooke came to grief at some point early in the race and had to run a long ways to get on a borrowed bike while his race bike was repaired. Ian Stowe wound up steadly picking off riders eventually finishing 10th. Alex Work was nearly as successful riding up to the top-15. Another unfortunate was Brendan Lehman, riding strong early only to flat and have two bike changes but still he powered to finish just in front of Work.  Max Judelson showed some serious speed riding from the back all the way up to 4th place and a podium spot. The one rider with the good start was Justin Abbott who rode at the front aggressively and finished 3rd.
 In the single speed A race Kailin Waterman had a great race and finished 3rd against the largest and best single speed A field of the season so far.
 There were other team riders at the event, David Crum , Detlef Adam, Michael Schaller and Frank Kalcic in the 45 B race as well as Tim Watson in the 45 A race and Javier Valencia in the open B race. These placings will be up soon on the Surf City CX site, along with Single speed A rider Scott Junker. I hope that's everyone ! All in all, a good showing on the day -a very competetive day at that.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

CCCX Toro Park

With other races happening the same day the turnout for this challenging race was pretty small. Even though the numbers weren't there the competition was fierce in all classes. Our limited number of team riders made a pretty big impact on the day starting with Benoit Bubuisson getting 2nd in the single speed B race. In the mens 45 B race Michael Schaller rode to 12th and David Crum finished 18th.
 The next races were the mens master A and open age groups. In the 55+ Greg Foy , hobbled by a trained hamstring still finished 4th with Rick Ortenblad making the podium in 5th. In the new 60+ category I finally had some company-I managed 2nd while Hal Stanley finished in 3rd.
In the elite races we only had two riders in the men, none in the women's race. Our two racers were Brendan Lehman who rode at the front for the first few laps and held on for a podium spot in 5th. Matthew Tracy Cooke was in the front group when he lost his chain and had a lengthy delay dislodging the chain from the cranks. In spite of losing a lot of minutes and finding himself in last he was able to get up to speed and pass enough riders to get to 10th place. Without the mechanical I am pretty sure he would have been in the top-5. The consistent riding of Brendan Lehman , Benoit Dubuisson and others on the team will most likely result in high overall placings at the end of the series-a series that the team has always show well in.

Monday, September 28, 2015

CCCX III Manzanita park

 There have been many days in the history of this team where we brought about 3/4 of the team and at least 3/4 of them wound up on the podium. First of the day was David Kalcic racing the open C class instead of his 14-16 age group. He came in second. Next was Benoit Dubuisson getting second in the single speed B class adding to his two other podium spots in the series. Tim Watson rode strongly to third in the mens 45+ A race. Alexis De Zubria rode to third in the womens B race and Michelle Perez rode to third in the women's 45+ race. Greg Foy rode to third in the men's 55+ race , his fourth podium in as many races.
 In the Elite races the performance was even more dominant with Justin Abbott taking the win ( his first A win ever ) and 41 year old Alex Work coming in second. Rounding out the podium was Brendan Lehman riding a strong race finishing fifth. Ian Stowe came in eighth with a solid ride.The Womens Elite race was a similar story as Caroline Dezendorf rode an aggressive race for the win with Campbell Steers coming in third with a strong performance.
Other riders on the team had decent rides with Ben Dodge coming in tenth in the mens 35 A race, Rick Ortenblad 7th in the men's 55+, Frank Kalcic in twelfth in the men's 45 B race followed by Davind Crum in 18th, Detlef Adam in 22nd and Michael Schaller in 23rd.  Javier Valencia rode to 12th in the men's B field, one of the largest of the day.
 Ian Stowe in action riding well in spite of an earlier fall.
 Michael Schaller starting his race.
 Newcomer David Crum starting in the 45 B race.
 Campbell  Steers in full flight during the women's A race .
 Caroline on the front line starting a lead that she would not relinquish.
 The 45 A podium with Tim Watson.
The 55 + podium with Greg Foy.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

CCCX I Ft. Ord

The conditions were very hot and dry at the season opener for the CCCX series on Sept. 6th. Many of our team were out of town and not able to be there but the riders who showed up represented in a big way. We didn't have to wait long for the first win: Benoit Dubuisson besting the rest in the single speed B race. In the 45 B race we had three riders, Detlef Adam at 18th , Michael Schaller at 21st, and newcomer David Crum at 21st after a lengthy wheel change.
 Later on in the mens 35 A race Ben Dodge showed some early season form and got 5th and a podium spot, his second of the season. Tim Watson had a good first race of the season coming in 7th in the large 45 A field.
 In the 55 + race Greg Foy showed again that he is ready to animate the race from the front and got 2nd. Rick Ortenblad followed at 8th place getting his first taste of CX since January.
 The second win of the day was in the women's A race. Caroline Dezendorf showed that she is ready to make life tough in Nor Cal for all the other women a racers. She led wire to wire and won by a healthy margin. Campbell Steers came in 3rd in one of here best performances ever at CCCX.
 The mens A race was dominated by a couple of other teams but our riders handled the course pretty well and were pretty much all in a row at the end of the race. Ian Stowe overcame a sore back and neck from a crash the week before to come in 8th with a strong ride. New team member Justin Abbott was the only rider that day to jump the barriers and did so with ease, coming in at 9th. Behind Justin was Ben Dodge racing his second race of the day at 10th. Last but not least was Brendan Lehman , delayed by a shoe problem he rode single speed in the elite race to 11th , even after two bike changes.
 In the end it was a really good start to the season and signs of a song lineup sure to shake up the standings in No-Cal. Big thanks go out to Voler, Clif, HRS, Enve, Knog, Paul Components, Chris King, Greg Foy construction, Go Westy, and all of our supporters. Big thanks to Bonny Doon airport, LLC for hosting our race on August 29th.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Rock Lobster cup race

The Rock Lobster cup fundraiser for the elite team was a huge success. Prize sponsors Clif bar, Knog, Sheila Moon, Ritchey design, Road magazine, WD-40 Bike, Pro-Gold, Strawfoot and Totally Tubular gave us the best prize list of any Nor-Cal CX event. 320 riders registered and the fields were top quality. Races ran a bit longer and folks got a real taste of that early season Bonny Doon dust. The team had some stellar results even with lots of key riders choosing to work the event instead of racing. Here's the results for the riders who participated:

Men's A race.
2nd. Max Judelson, 6th, Alex Work, 8th Andrew Juiliano. 29th Justin Abbott. 33rd  Dean Poshard.
Women's A race: Caroline Dezendorf  2nd, Campbell Steers 5th  Kelly Chang 6th.
Single Speed A race:  Brendan Lehman  4th, Eric Nelson 12th, Ian Stowe 13th, Simon Vickers 14th.
Junior 17-18   David Kalcic 1st.
Women's B race: Alexis De Zubria  5th.
Single speed B race : Benoit Dubuisson 3rd.
Men's 35 A race: Ben Dodge 5th, Ken Dick 8th, Zac Stanley 17th.
Men's 45 B race: Craig Ball 3rd, Frank Kalcic 27th.
Men's 55+: Greg Foy 1st, Mark Michel 4th.
Men's 65+ Hal Stanley 1st.

Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers that made the race happen and a big thanks to Bonny Doon Airport, LLC for hosting the event and Jeff Clark for bringing the course furniture and setting up and running the timing.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The team is putting on a race

This pre-season contest will be on a piece of land that has never seen a bike race of any kind. Check it out-you'll get the privilege of being at a first ever event and bear witness to a crazy CX party.
Prizes provided by: Cluf Bar, Knog, Strawfoot, WD-40 Bike, Pro-Gold and others. You can register on -look for 'Rock Lobster cup' or you can register on site with cash or check.