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.