CCCX #1 Race Reports

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  • 02-14-2010
    schnapmaster
    CCCX #1 Race Reports
    Wow! We got lucky today and had perfect conditions at Fort Ord. Great course and good times. I saw more hardtail 29ers than ever! Perfect bike for this area, though Alex from Rock Lobster was tearing it up on his CX bike!
    Read my report here:
    http://summitcallup.ning.com/profile...ccx-1-fort-ord
  • 02-14-2010
    Zen_Turtle
    I think I made my point today...
    ... there's a need for a Beginner SS class. ;)
    Ouch! that was a painful and humbling experience.
    First race SS in Cat 2: I saw the field disappear in front of me in no time.
    Finished 9th out of 11 few seconds behind 8th.
    Even so I'm pretty happy with my time at 1:41 for the almost 20 miles, mere 10 min behind JL :p , and probably not to far from my times last year.
    This course was fast and perfect for SS and by the 2nd lap I was really enjoying the berms and quick flowy sections. Fun!
    Sunny day and great company to complete the picture.
    Just a few shots:

    Alex explaining to JL how the hell he's soo fast.


    Becky on the Podium (hope your neck is ok)


    Medals are pretty...


    Wade, medal and beer


    ZT
  • 02-14-2010
    JL de Jong
    Nice write-up and congrats with winning the pro race.

    It was indeed perfect condition. It was fun to be racing again. It had been too long.
    Good to see many MTBR friends there. Alex finished second in cat 2 M 19-35. Well done!
    It was good to see Tick racing again, even though he dropped out after 3 laps.
    Marco was having fun on his single speed and didn't appear to be disappointed I passed him in the second lap already.
    Now I understand why Aaron wanted to race beginner. Even I was faster than him going through the berms section.

    The cat 2 M 45-54 group had 21 contenders. I finished 7th, just 5 seconds out of 6th (Mike Urbina, the Team Wrong Way guy, I was racing against the whole race, passed me inside in one of the last turns.) and 20 seconds out of 5th. If only I had started a bit faster and gotten onto that single track in second or third place, I might have won my first medal.

    Oh well, in two weeks I'll try again. This time with new tires (Kenda block eights) and more pressure in my fork.
  • 02-14-2010
    Menso
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    and more pressure in my fork.

    You do know that your fancy Reba WORLD CUP CARBON has a lockout? It even has a lever mounted up on your handlebars for old-man-inflexibility convenience.
  • 02-15-2010
    The Law
    So, JL didn't break any PR's?

    The race was fun--a great way to spend Vday. Alex and team kept me company for my last lap talking about tires behind me... And then Alex had to pass me because I was too slow for his warm up lap.

    I raced beginner, thinking that the collarbone break out-of-shape factor would make that a good place for me but think I'll race sport next time. Get my arse whooped but it will be good.

    Beautiful day!
  • 02-15-2010
    Okie Dokie
    3rd in 35-44 Sport.

    Stayed with eventual winner for most of first lap. Him pulling away a bit on climbs and I catching up on flats and descents, However when I started to get numbness around my lips I figured I better back off and hope he slowed down later. He didnt.

    Was trying to motivate self to go faster when guy who got second passed me. I just couldnt get up the gumption to chase him (my big mistake).

    After that just motored along with a single speeder motivating each other until the end.

    All in all a fun race...though i was a bit tired coming into it. Average HR was 182 which I was not to happy with :( Wont make next one but hopefully the one after that.
  • 02-15-2010
    jms
    Congrats.
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Okie Dokie
    3rd in 35-44 Sport. All in all a fun race..

    Congratulations Eric.
  • 02-15-2010
    slocaus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Okie Dokie
    3rd in 35-44 Sport.

    However when I started to get numbness around my lips

    That's the pizza, I'm tellin' ya! ;)

    Congrats.
  • 02-15-2010
    sirkrameroy
    What a beautiful day for a race. Nice to see so many people out there.

    My race went quite well, although I do feel a bit sore this morning. At the end of lap one myself and one other rider had pretty much ditched everyone from our age category and were busy reeling in the huge group of juniors who started a minute ahead of us.

    Unfortunately for me, I could tell right away the other rider was stronger than me, especially on the climbs. If he hadn't crashed in the berms on lap 3 it wouldn't even have been close, but as it was I got 2nd place, trailing by only about 15 seconds.

    Hope to see you all again in 2 weeks!
  • 02-15-2010
    worthy_4242
    i had a blast, thanks for the photo MARCO, i was a little disappointed with my DFL in the cydlesdale class. But I also took 1st place too. That is the great thing about only one fat guy showing up to the race. Hopefully we will have more in the future. I did enjoy doing my parade laps.

    Thank you to all the put this great race on.
  • 02-15-2010
    fc
    Congrats sirkrameroy! Menso's dad has now earned the title of Menso's dad. :thumbsup: Where's that video again?

    fc
  • 02-15-2010
    NoBalance
    Yeah, totally sweet race!

    Showing up at 8am in the morning, boy was it cold! Foggy and a brisk, chilly wind had me regretting that I'd forgotten my knee warmers. I did a 1/4 lap warm-up and already had freezing toes and a snot-fest.

    As expected, once the race started, the whole cold thing went away. I found myself probably in 15th place 1/4 of the way through the first lap but knew I was riding at the rate I wanted to. Started to feel annoyed that I'd done so well last week at the TBF race but was being mercilessly humiliated today.

    Fortunately that all changed starting with the second lap. I was able to pass people throughout the race, sometimes 3-4 at a time on the short paved section. Found the energy to stand and pound all short hills and passed enough people to surprisingly come in 4th of I think 17.

    Looking back its obvious my experience in racing the last couple years helped me manage my performance on the course better than the real beginners. That being said, Sport category is still a half season away IMHO.

    Nice seeing all the old faces again ... too bad I forgot to bring my camera! Thanks for the beer Wade ... saved the day!

    Might check out the SB Racing event at Harvey Bear this Saturday, but not sure about Sunday. MTB Challenge course is sweet but the Dirty Gears course at Fort Ord is also appealing.
  • 02-15-2010
    JL de Jong
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Menso
    You do know that your fancy Reba WORLD CUP CARBON has a lockout? It even has a lever mounted up on your handlebars for old-man-inflexibility convenience.

    I have a Reba World Cup Carbon fork? Wow, that's quite a hand me down. Thank you.
    I know about the lock-out lever, but hardly ever use it. Only when climbing Monte Bello Road and maybe it's good on some long fire road climb (think Downieville XC), but not at Fort Ord.

    I think I need a Carbon seat post as well. Do you have one laying around?
  • 02-15-2010
    rj2
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Zen_Turtle
    ... there's a need for a Beginner SS class. ;)
    Ouch! that was a painful and humbling experience.
    First race SS in Cat 2: I saw the field disappear in front of me in no time.
    Finished 9th out of 11 few seconds behind 8th.
    Even so I'm pretty happy with my time at 1:42 for the almost 20 miles, mere 10 min behind JL :p , and probably not to far from my times last year.
    This course was fast and perfect for SS and by the 2nd lap I was really enjoying the berms and quick flowy sections. Fun!
    Sunny day and great company to complete the picture.ZT

    I'm sorry, top 10 means you stay at Sport. Besides, everyone knows that there's no such thing as a beginner singlespeeder. Unless you're 5. :p
  • 02-15-2010
    Okie Dokie
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by worthy_4242
    i had a blast, thanks for the photo MARCO, i was a little disappointed with my DFL in the cydlesdale class. But I also took 1st place too. That is the great thing about only one fat guy showing up to the race. Hopefully we will have more in the future. I did enjoy doing my parade laps.

    Thank you to all the put this great race on.


    I dont know why you didnt join us 35-44 guys at the start. I tried to get you to!
  • 02-15-2010
    NoBalance
    So anyway, who is this guy? I remember seeing the MTBR jersey at the beginning of the first lap but never again after that.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/youngsl...7623318469843/

    The top two in 35-44 beginner were some guy from Left Coast Cyclery and someone pimped out in a nice Hammer kit.
  • 02-15-2010
    Okie Dokie
    How did you find these photos NoBalance?
  • 02-15-2010
    NoBalance
    Found them from a Facebook friend who was tagged by Steve Anderson, who happened to have a link to his Flickr account on his Facebook profile.

    Yeah, I am professional stalker, bro!

    Oh yeah, here are some results ...
    http://www.cccxcycling.com/2010xcrace1results.html
  • 02-15-2010
    d-bug
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    I had a good time. Did better than expected with 5th out of 12.

    Took a few pics of the Sport race.
    Giving the look in the first 100 yards...
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    sirkrameroy with a weird look, and rox following.
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    Zen_Turtle
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    rox
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    3 more to go dude...
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    mtnbecky
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  • 02-15-2010
    rensho
    Dan, is that a Carbon Sworks 29er HT? Wow.
  • 02-15-2010
    JL de Jong
  • 02-15-2010
    d-bug
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rensho
    Dan, is that a Carbon Sworks 29er HT? Wow.

    Looks like it. I was busy snapping pics and picking off ticks. Didn't really pay too much attention.
    I took the shot because of the jersey, figuring it was one of bikerbert's dudes. From what I gather it's worthy_4242.
  • 02-16-2010
    The Law
    My interpretation of the look on Alex's face:
    "I got this in the bag."
  • 02-16-2010
    sirkrameroy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by The Law
    My interpretation of the look on Alex's face:
    "I got this in the bag."

    Actually, I think it was more like "This is going to hurt!!" :)
  • 02-16-2010
    Big Daddio
    I went to CCCX
    and all I got was a medal and poison oak :madman:
  • 02-16-2010
    rox
    i think i got the PO too.

    thanks for the great pics dan. I think ill be joining you in beginner next time
  • 02-16-2010
    d-bug
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rox
    i think i got the PO too.

    thanks for the great pics dan. I think ill be joining you in beginner next time

    hmmm, I was thinking of going to Sport just so I could get in more miles.
    I saw you were DNF, what happened?
  • 02-16-2010
    GrayBeard Pirate
    Ticks and PO at Ord. Ugh! I have already gotten the ticks from there, but no PO....yet.
  • 02-16-2010
    singletracktourist
    Funny to hear all the Bay Area City Slickers gettin in the PO and not realizing it. Damn, read your Outdoor Field Guide your wife/partner put in your stocking over the holidays. You are a mountain biker now, there are dangerous things out there.
  • 02-16-2010
    rox
    usually during a race you are concentrating on a lot of things, and what kind of branches are sticking out on the side of the trail just isnt one of them.
  • 02-16-2010
    GrayBeard Pirate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rox
    usually during a race you are concentrating on a lot of things, and what kind of branches are sticking out on the side of the trail just isnt one of them.

    As much as I go plowing through shrubbery in Ft. Ord, I am surprised that I haven't come down with a bad case of Poison Oak.

    Actually, I've never had PO, but as a kid I was always wrapped up with nasty cases of Poison Ivy (on the East Coast). It's a whole different bunch of crap that I have too look out for on the West Coast...Poison Oak..Mountain Lions...Coyotes...Mountain Lions...hippies...Mountain Lions.
  • 02-16-2010
    d-bug
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rox
    usually during a race you are concentrating on a lot of things, and what kind of branches are sticking out on the side of the trail just isnt one of them.

    Yeah, I don't recall ever even thinking about PO during the race, despite having gotten in many times from that area. Now I have it on my arms and legs.
  • 02-16-2010
    SLOboy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Okie Dokie
    3rd in 35-44 Sport.

    Stayed with eventual winner for most of first lap. Him pulling away a bit on climbs and I catching up on flats and descents, However when I started to get numbness around my lips I figured I better back off and hope he slowed down later. He didnt.

    Was trying to motivate self to go faster when guy who got second passed me. I just couldnt get up the gumption to chase him (my big mistake).

    After that just motored along with a single speeder motivating each other until the end.

    All in all a fun race...though i was a bit tired coming into it. Average HR was 182 which I was not to happy with :( Wont make next one but hopefully the one after that.

    Congrats Eric, way to go in the race and it was good seeing you out at trailwerks on superbowl sunday.
  • 02-16-2010
    Big Daddio
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by singletracktourist
    Funny to hear all the Bay Area City Slickers gettin in the PO and not realizing it. Damn, read your Outdoor Field Guide your wife/partner put in your stocking over the holidays. You are a mountain biker now, there are dangerous things out there.

    Spoken like a true Fred. Next time I'll slow down and look for the Oak or maybe you can come out of the backwoods and show it to me
  • 02-16-2010
    iRoNeTiK
    I had a fun day! I won beginner series last year so I moved up to Sport 19-34 and expected to be dead last but I ended up 6th out of 12, 6 minutes behind the leader at 1 hour 33 minutes.

    Great trail conditions and weather! Finished the day in Santa Cruz eating at Kiantis with the girlfriend for Valentine's Day. So everyone was happy by end of the day. I got to race and gf got to eat for free :)

    See you guys in 2 weeks.
  • 02-17-2010
    steve.anderson
    Nice stalking NoBalance.
  • 02-17-2010
    JMac47
    Nice job Jim!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by schnapmaster
    Wow! We got lucky today and had perfect conditions at Fort Ord. Great course and good times. I saw more hardtail 29ers than ever! Perfect bike for this area, though Alex from Rock Lobster was tearing it up on his CX bike!
    Read my report here:
    http://summitcallup.ning.com/profile...ccx-1-fort-ord

    :thumbsup: When do the summer crits get under way??
  • 02-17-2010
    fc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dan51
    Yeah, I don't recall ever even thinking about PO during the race, despite having gotten in many times from that area. Now I have it on my arms and legs.

    He, he... as BigDaddio succinctly put it... It's a dammmm race!

    This is a constant and serious problem at cccx as the racing line always goes though those fresh oak shoots.

    You guys treat your oak seriously now. Do not scratch and go to the doctor if it's in your bloodstream and popping up everywhere. The early season oak is always potent.

    fc
  • 02-17-2010
    mellowyellowCJ7
    Sorry I missed this, but then again, I haven't been riding, so my first sport race is going to hurt. lol Good job Eric! 3rd in sport. Very cool. I hope to see you all again this year. - pete