• 01-22-2013
    Froride1
    HEADS UP, CCCX XC race 1 date change. ROLLCALL
    A fellow Quadzillian just noticed the CCCX XC race 1 has moved to this Saturday 1/26 and not Sunday 1/27 as previously scheduled. About Us
  • 01-22-2013
    pmarshall
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Froride1 View Post
    A fellow Quadzillian just noticed the CCCX XC race 1 has moved to this Saturday 1/26 and not Sunday 1/27 as previously scheduled. About Us

    Well that just sucks! I am going to have to skip this race as I will be preparing pancakes for 17 girls sleeping over at my house that Friday night! These are 8-9 year olds, not a harem! Was planning on trying to race my first Cat 1 and getting destroyed properly! This is just CCCX and unfortunately it happens. Hope all the rest f you can make it. I will be there in spirit!
  • 01-22-2013
    paulney
    This sucks. Will have to skip this one then.
  • 01-22-2013
    NoBalance
    So is this the roll-call thread?

    Yeah I'll be there. Going to let everyone start off real quick and then gradually catch you all one by one with a demoralizing "on your left", on route to finishing 2nd to last once again.

    Still riding the ol Niner air9 carbon but the CCCX trails really kinda beat you up on a hardtail.

    35-44 Sport
  • 01-22-2013
    Dion
    Yeah, I'm a little ticked at the last minute schedule change. I was really prepped for that day. Oh, well. Come as you are.

    35-44 Cat3
  • 01-22-2013
    Froride1
    Unfortunately, this is the way CCCX is. Last year was a wild ride of last minute changes. I got in the habit of checking the website almost daily through the season and daily in the days leading up to a race. Always check the date and location as both can and do change. On the upside, if you are racing the whole series they throw out a couple races for the series standings. Last year three races got tossed so missing a race isn't the end of the world.

    Clydesdale Cat 2
  • 01-22-2013
    gxglass
    Won't be able to make this one (bike issues) but looking forward to racing 35-44 cat 2 again.

    By the way, did anybody get the green jersey in the mail from the last race of last season? Still waiting for mine (sport single speed).
  • 01-22-2013
    d-bug
    Sweet!!!!
    Now I can do this AND Demo trailwork.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NoBalance View Post
    So is this the roll-call thread?

    Yeah I'll be there. Going to let everyone start off real quick and then gradually catch you all one by one with a demoralizing "on your left", on route to finishing 2nd to last once again.

    Still riding the ol Niner air9 carbon but the CCCX trails really kinda beat you up on a hardtail.

    35-44 Sport

    Second to last huh? I'm going to do my best, which isn't much, to keep you from passing me. You have DFL in your future!
  • 01-22-2013
    Axe
    Ugh... just after I have negotiated Sunday off. Well, no go for me then...
  • 01-22-2013
    Moto'n'PushBiker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by d-bug View Post
    Sweet!!!!
    Now I can do this AND Demo trailwork.

    no, I think both demo trailwork and CCCX are on the 1/26. I was considering trying a race, but I'm no shape to race anyways :)

    CCCX schedule
    Trailworkers.com schedule
  • 01-22-2013
    MTB Dad
    Thx for posting would have not noticed...till there hahaha
  • 01-22-2013
    crclark27
    Would have been there had it been on Sunday, unfortunately can't make it Saturday. Good luck everyone! Hopefully see you at the next one.
  • 01-22-2013
    grumblingcrustacean
    They are optimizing for snowjnky...

    I'll contemplate going since the wife is busy, but a late night Friday makes getting to Ord at such early hours (even 11!) less appealing :)
  • 01-22-2013
    Leopold Porkstacker
    Thanks for the update. I’ll still be there. Kind of throws off my training ride schedule for this week, as I had planned on riding Wednesday and doing a mini-ride on Friday. Guess I’ll have to settle for just Wednesday.
  • 01-22-2013
    gxglass
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Thanks for the update. I’ll still be there. Kind of throws off my training ride schedule for this week, as I had planned on riding Wednesday and doing a mini-ride on Friday. Guess I’ll have to settle for just Wednesday.

    Do your Friday ride - just go easy. For a Saturday race I think hard on Wednesday, easy/off on Thursday, and on Friday, medium short (60-90 min) mostly easy with a few short (under a minute) hard efforts is the way to go.
  • 01-22-2013
    d-bug
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Moto'n'PushBiker View Post
    no, I think both demo trailwork and CCCX are on the 1/26. I was considering trying a race, but I'm no shape to race anyways :)

    CCCX schedule
    Trailworkers.com schedule

    ****. I was certain trailwork was on 27th. NOW I have a dilemma.
  • 01-22-2013
    Rumpfy
    F. Date change outs me too. :(
  • 01-23-2013
    Dion
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gxglass View Post
    Do your Friday ride - just go easy. For a Saturday race I think hard on Wednesday, easy/off on Thursday, and on Friday, medium short (60-90 min) mostly easy with a few short (under a minute) hard efforts is the way to go.

    Yeah, I did easy/interval bursts yesterday. Today off or easy (depending how I feel), tomorrow - easy, Friday - short with some bursts at the beginning, then spin the rest of the ride.

    This is the most geeky I've ever been for race prep - I even lost 15lbs with diet.
  • 01-23-2013
    NoBalance
    Good tips Gideon. Still finding it difficult to get riding time in after work but last night I got a couple short hill intervals in at Coyote Hills, mimicking the type of short climbs at CCCX.

    Looks like rain today but tomorrow going to try and replicate that and then take Friday off.

    Still have some pain on the right side from a crash during the TBF race!
  • 01-23-2013
    BPSarge
    Considering I was dumass and headed down last Sunday for the race! ;(

    I should be able to make it!

    P.s at least it wasn't busy and 70 out!
  • 01-23-2013
    DCTILLER
    cccx
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by scfreak View Post
    Considering I was dumass and headed down last Sunday for the race! ;(

    I should be able to make it!

    P.s at least it wasn't busy and 70 out!

    hmmmmmmmmmmm.
  • 01-23-2013
    BPSarge
    You should go DCTiller! :)
  • 01-24-2013
    DCTILLER
    Thinking about it.
  • 01-25-2013
    Menso
    JL and I will be there
  • 01-25-2013
    Dion
    Looks like all the dates are changed to Saturday. This will probably be the only CCCX race I enter - which makes me second guess if I should even go tomorrow.
  • 01-25-2013
    Froride1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Looks like all the dates are changed to Saturday. This will probably be the only CCCX race I enter - which makes me second guess if I should even go tomorrow.

    DUDE, come out and race tomorrow. You have been training and planning for it. I think you'll be glad you did. Once you are out on course racing, you'll remember why you wanted to do it in the first place. Dani and I been looking forward to cheering for you. :band:

    As for the rest of the series, this is the first date change and probably not the last. Keep and eye on the website and if a race is moved to a Sunday, do it!
  • 01-25-2013
    Dion
    Thanks for the encouragement, Ken. :)

    I have a serious problem with mental burnout because I spin so many plates at one time. Not so much with bike stuff... but more work stuff which is non-stop 7 days a week. I have worked every day since the 14th (including weekends), getting home at 9-10pm every night, but starting with my communications with headquarters at 7am - I will not have a day off until Feb 2nd, not including tomorrow. My last total free weekend was Jan 5th and 6th. All my training rides have been during my "lunch" - then it's off to see clients, coming home at 10PM.

    Thing about my job is that I am essentially running my own business... so it's a lifestyle and competitive with my fellow agents. I think this is how I get burned out so bad. It's escalating because I am pretty far behind in production for my month and the pressure is creeping with one week to make my entire month's quota.

    With my heart not in it - I am wondering how effective I will be tomorrow. Last time I felt like this, I walked away after one race lap.

    EDIT: Well, just got back from a primer ride and felt dialed. Guess I'm a go for tomorrow.
  • 01-25-2013
    Leopold Porkstacker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Menso View Post
    JL and I will be there

    Will be nice to see you two again! :thumbsup:
  • 01-25-2013
    jmallory
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Thanks for the encouragement, Ken. :)

    I have a serious problem with mental burnout because I spin so many plates at one time. Not so much with bike stuff... but more work stuff which is non-stop 7 days a week. I have worked every day since the 14th (including weekends), getting home at 9-10pm every night, but starting with my communications with headquarters at 7am - I will not have a day off until Feb 2nd, not including tomorrow. My last total free weekend was Jan 5th and 6th. All my training rides have been during my "lunch" - then it's off to see clients, coming home at 10PM.

    Thing about my job is that I am essentially running my own business... so it's a lifestyle and competitive with my fellow agents. I think this is how I get burned out so bad. It's escalating because I am pretty far behind in production for my month and the pressure is creeping with one week to make my entire month's quota.

    With my heart not in it - I am wondering how effective I will be tomorrow. Last time I felt like this, I walked away after one race lap.

    EDIT: Well, just got back from a primer ride and felt dialed. Guess I'm a go for tomorrow.

    Sounds like its time for a career change!
  • 01-25-2013
    DCTILLER
    looks like the weather will be sweet.
  • 01-25-2013
    JL de Jong
    Menso and I will be there.
  • 01-26-2013
    paulney
    Well, looks like I was able to shift things around, so I'll be there after all.
  • 01-26-2013
    paulney
    Well, that was interesting. Someone crashed into me at the start if the very first loop and knocked my wheel out :( I put it back the best I could, and had to ride with a heavily rubbing rear brake for 3 loops.

    Still was a lot of fun :)
  • 01-26-2013
    BPSarge
    First xc race on a SS HT29 was a experience! Hated the first lap then liked the second lap better and by the 3rd and 4th lap I was having fun :) weird feeling of not having gears for the downhill sections but still a good time. Cat 2 3rd out of 5:)

    Some good people on the trails today!
  • 01-27-2013
    NoBalance
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    Great race. A bit longer and more climbing than I expected from "4 laps" only.
    Had an easy first lap and then really started to feel good on laps 2 and 3, but blew up at some point and lost about a minute or two on the final lap. Got passed by both DeJongs, damnit! haha

    Last place as usual but not that far behind! :)
    Hope to meet some more people next time ... look for this fool below!

    Attachment 756267
  • 01-27-2013
    ask
    SS racers out there - How is the CCCX Ft Ord course?

    I'm thinking about getting in a few CCCX XC races this year on my SS. I'm pretty much a XC racing noob. I've raced Sea Otter SS... how does the climbing, terrain, gearing compare?
  • 01-27-2013
    pmarshall
    Adam- it is perfect for SS!!! I haven't done it but been behind several SS'ers and they do really well. Come out to the next one so we can both be humiliated! Next is Feb 16. That date might also be subject to change but around that date anyway.:madman:
  • 01-27-2013
    gxglass
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ask View Post
    SS racers out there - How is the CCCX Ft Ord course?

    Super SS friendly. Lots of short little punchy climbs and tight corners to accelerate out of. The longest climb is something like 100 feet of vertical ascent, so it's just a minute or two and you can really put in a hard effort. There is one short flat road section and one somewhat straight downhill section (which sometimes is run in the uphill direction, in which case it's a non-issue) where you would typically get spun out, but the total amount of time on those is probably not more than a minute or two per lap.

    Normally I ride on the peninsula between Gap and Skeggs. IMHO none of that stuff is nearly as SS friendly as the Ft Ord cccx course. Even Arastradero (my usual before-work spot) is steeper. To be honest, the Ft Ord course is more fun to ride SS on than anything on the peninsula.
  • 01-27-2013
    Leopold Porkstacker
    Photos (or it didn’t happen!):
    Dion:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/turdfarmer/8421880619/" title="Untitled by Jickmady Kulkarnisteakbacon, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8051/8421880619_719cb06a89_b.jpg" width="1024" height="765" alt="Untitled"></a>
    AussieBob:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/turdfarmer/8422976620/" title="Untitled by Jickmady Kulkarnisteakbacon, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8494/8422976620_4e85a2ab68_b.jpg" width="1024" height="765" alt="Untitled"></a>
    Omer and Dion:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/turdfarmer/8421880055/" title="Untitled by Jickmady Kulkarnisteakbacon, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8476/8421880055_d2248f441a_b.jpg" width="1024" height="765" alt="Untitled"></a>
    D1PHAM (3rd place podium):
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/turdfarmer/8422977092/" title="Untitled by Jickmady Kulkarnisteakbacon, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8050/8422977092_9b29f4c13e_b.jpg" width="1024" height="765" alt="Untitled"></a>
    Me:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/turdfarmer/8422977508/" title="Untitled by Jickmady Kulkarnisteakbacon, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8334/8422977508_6be22a7152_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="Untitled"></a>
    JL:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/turdfarmer/8421881613/" title="Untitled by Jickmady Kulkarnisteakbacon, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8217/8421881613_8f42212c6c_b.jpg" width="1024" height="765" alt="Untitled"></a>
    FroRide:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/turdfarmer/8422978052/" title="Untitled by Jickmady Kulkarnisteakbacon, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8353/8422978052_a9d48ae596_b.jpg" width="1024" height="765" alt="Untitled"></a>
    Menso:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/turdfarmer/8422978764/" title="Untitled by Jickmady Kulkarnisteakbacon, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8183/8422978764_3282b5204c_b.jpg" width="1024" height="765" alt="Untitled"></a>
    SirKrameroy and Mboldt:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/turdfarmer/8422979004/" title="Untitled by Jickmady Kulkarnisteakbacon, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8236/8422979004_ef63b25da0_b.jpg" width="1024" height="765" alt="Untitled"></a>
  • 01-27-2013
    Leopold Porkstacker
    Familiar faces in photos from the CCCX website:
  • 01-28-2013
    Froride1
    4 Attachment(s)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by paulney View Post
    Well, that was interesting. Someone crashed into me at the start if the very first loop and knocked my wheel out :( I put it back the best I could, and had to ride with a heavily rubbing rear brake for 3 loops.

    Still was a lot of fun :)

    Glad you soldiered on. That was a tough race for most everyone. It was a long course, I was toast by the last lap.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by scfreak View Post
    First xc race on a SS HT29 was a experience! Hated the first lap then liked the second lap better and by the 3rd and 4th lap I was having fun :) weird feeling of not having gears for the downhill sections but still a good time. Cat 2 3rd out of 5:)

    Some good people on the trails today!

    Nice job on the 3rd. We rode together for parts of the race, I think you passed me for good on the last lap. I'm the big Quadzilla rider.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NoBalance View Post
    Great race. A bit longer and more climbing than I expected from "4 laps" only.
    Had an easy first lap and then really started to feel good on laps 2 and 3, but blew up at some point and lost about a minute or two on the final lap. Got passed by both DeJongs, damnit! haha

    Last place as usual but not that far behind! :)
    Hope to meet some more people next time ... look for this fool below!

    I hear you. I made it to lap 2 before Menso passed me and the last lap before JL passed me. I did win my class, Clydesdales, but only 2 riders in the class. I'd have been second to last in my age group.

    A few pics from yesterday shot by my wife Danielle.

    Attachment 756635
    Don't know the rider but a nice shot. She is getting the hang of shooting with a DSLR.

    Attachment 756636
    King Leopold of the Porkstacking the 1st, thats his hand on the left, telling me to get the h$ll out of the way when he catches me.

    Attachment 756637
    Busted, my wife telling LP to be nice when passing.

    Attachment 756638
    Me
  • 01-28-2013
    NoBalance
    Nice job Froride! I finally caught up to you on the final lap I think and said "god luck" going by. You're fast enough to join the non-clydes category, for sure!
  • 01-28-2013
    Froride1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NoBalance View Post
    Nice job Froride! I finally caught up to you on the final lap I think and said "god luck" going by. You're fast enough to join the non-clydes category, for sure!

    Thanks, I remember you passing, even with tunnel vision from fatigue. To race Clydesdale or Cat 2 45-54 was my dilemma. Race Clyde and risk having no one to race or Cat 2 45-54 and get smoked. I guess I chickened out a bit and went Clydesdale. I hope a few more Clydes show up for the next race. I've made big progress over the last year and I expect (hope) it continues. I'd like to be mid-pack in Cat 2 45-54.
  • 01-28-2013
    BPSarge
    1 Attachment(s)
    Froride 1 nice job on your race! Thanks for the push:) I remember asking if you needed to get by during the first lap as I was feeling like I needed to let people with gears get by my so not to hold them up on the flats and downs (need to adjust to spinning out;)
    Found out a couple things on my first Xc race on a SS..

    1- spinning out is part of SS
    2- climbing in traffic on narrow spots means get off and run;)
    3- climbing in traffic on wide spots means passing 3 to 4 people and handing it back to them on flats and downs!
    4- thinking on the first lap I should've brought my Tallboy;)
    5- thinking on the last lap racing SS is a blast!
    6- CCCX races are a blast and the people are really cool;)

    Looking forward to Feb!

    froride I believe your behind me in the pic?Attachment 756784
  • 01-28-2013
    Froride1
    Yes, thats me back there.
  • 01-29-2013
    twowheelmotion
    Cat 3 men 35+ age group ran a 1:14... That's... Umm... Fast.

    Cat 2 35+ winner ran a 1:38..?

    It's the same course for both classes right?
  • 01-29-2013
    paulney
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post
    Cat 3 men 35+ age group ran a 1:14... That's... Umm... Fast.

    Cat 2 35+ winner ran a 1:38..?

    It's the same course for both classes right?

    Cat2 does 1 more lap (+5 miles). So, that's hella fast.
  • 01-29-2013
    Leopold Porkstacker
    My first time out racing (Cat3 35-44) I managed to clinch 1st place with a 6 minute lead (Napa Valley Dirt Classic 2011). Since my friends were heckling me with the ’ol, “dude, you’re a sandbagger” comments, I immediately upgraded to Cat2, where instantly I observed it was a tougher crowd—took me several races to get anywhere near the podium, and on the occasions I did it was because (according to someone who knows who he is!) “all the good Cat2 guys were riding Downieville that day”. :rolleyes:
  • 01-29-2013
    twowheelmotion
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by paulney View Post
    Cat2 does 1 more lap (+5 miles). So, that's hella fast.

    Ahh. I see. CCCX website showed both 2's and 3's racing 4 laps. Obviously a typo.

    Good luck in the points race to all ya'll!

    TWM