Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rock Lobster cup II a success !

Photo by Paul Schraub

I would like to thank all the participants and racers who really made it into a day to remember. Also, I would like to thank the groups that helped us make this dream come true:
Calif. State Parks
Laguna st. neighborhood association
Jim Gentes
The Ortiz family
Brendan Lehman
Sarah Jordan
The Kalcic family
Jeff Clark
Rod Hernandez
Kailin Waterman
Bob Landry
Greg Foy
Random guy from Truckee
Alex Work
Brent Harris
Team HRS/Clif/Rock Lobster
Scott Junker
Clif bar
Garrett Kautz
Campbell Steers
David Millett
Holly Sadoff

And all the other people who worked hard the whole weekend to get this set up-running right and dismantled so that the park was cleaner than we found it.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Rock Lobster cup II Lighthouse Field, Santa Cruz

 You have to get up pretty early in the morning to be the first one at the course. At daybreak folks were repairing the overnight damage to the course-there was almost none. Seems like the homeless campers were respectful of our event and did not try to dismantle an entire days work constructing the course. There has never been a bicycle event of any kind at this iconic location , even though it has been on the minds of cyclocrossers for over 40 years.

Brendan Lehman summoned up his best course-architect instincts and crafted  what might be one of the bumpiest and most difficult cyclocross courses of the season-even without any hills or sand. Nearly all the folks who raced at the event said that it was a very fun course , even with the relentless pounding of the uneven, choppy ground.

One person who seemed to thrive on the challenging track was Emmett Tuttle who at 15 years old finished 3rd in the men's A race.

Tour De France veteran Laurens Ten Dam riding for Giant/Alpecin finished his first CX race with a smile !

 David Kalcic finished well in the A men's race as his brother Brian did well in the earlier junior race. Father Frank provided special event-labeled wine for prizes at the race.

Yes, there was a Radavist sighting-John even got onto the course and raced the 35A men's event.
There were a ton of team bikes all over the course. We were well represented in riders and bikes . With few exceptions the race was viewed with very positive feedback-maybe our music was a little loud-we can tone that down in the future-assuming that we get the chance to do this again.

 Notable people in the long history of local cyclocross were in good supply-David Gill kitted up in the first year team kit from 2004 and did his laps. Huge win of the day has to be Campbell Steers ride in the women's A race. After team mate Caroline Dezendorf dramatically crashed out of the race it was up to Campbell to take over as the point rider for the team. She rode away from the field with some log hopping skills . Mei Yan won her race in the women's B race convincingly. I hope to have the rest of the race stats soon. Thanks to Frank Kalcic, Clif Bar, Giro Design, Garrett Kautz, S.C. Mountain Brewery and all the team sponsors and personnel that made this all come together. We made history-and history has a habit of repeating.
The Le Mans style start of the men's A race -music from Jimi Hendrix-riders from everywhere.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rock Lobster cup II

Yes, lightning strikes again. We will host a CX race this Saturday at Lighthouse field, Santa Cruz. This sold-out event within sight of the ocean will start at 9:00 am and finish around 3:30. If you didn't get an entry, come down anyway and join the party. This will be the very first cycling event at this location and hopefully not the last. The parks dept., MBOSC and team Voler/Clif/HRS/Rock Lobster along with sponsors Clif Bar and Strawfoot in co-operation with the Laguna st. neighborhood association formed a group to create this event. The race was limited to 250 entries and is a benefit for the parks, MBOSC and the Rock Lobster elite team. Nobody thought that this would be possible......come down Saturday and see what craziness we will bring to the west side of Santa Cruz.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Some of the team went to the Grinduro

 Land of 100's of tents. This is where the start of the Griduro would be.
 This is how we roll-bikes in a tree and tunes on cassettes. -Winning.