Bay Area based cyclocross squad representing Fresh Air Bicycles in San Francisco and Hunter Cycles from the mountains of Santa Cruz County. Besides our title sponsors, we are fortunate enough to have the support of some fantastic folks: San Francisco based companies like De La Paz Coffee Roasters and Una Pizza Napoletana, in addition to Thunderbird Energetica & EpicBar, Vans, Pacenti, Sim-Works and Paul Components.

See you in the dirt.

 

Saturday was the 5th and final race in the new Norcal CX series in San Jose. Going into the race I was in 2nd place overall in the B’s and with this race being worth double points, there was a chance I could take it.
The course was fantastic- sand, climbs, grassy circle of doom, and a technical tree section. They did a great job of using everything that the park had and even flooded the back section to create a giant mud puddle. Stoked! 
Tom and I both got front row call ups for the race and gave each other pep talks beforehand (Thanks buddy!). A SuperPro rider on a mountain bike jumped off the start and I got behind him in 2nd. He was jamming through the initial long grass section, the pavement, and to the first climb around the stairs.
We got to the top and he seemed to slow down, so I went around him and took the lead before the first sand section. The field was stacked with some really strong riders and I knew I had to beat Dave from Mudfoot since he was 1st in the overall standings, so I hit the gas hard!
The course suited my riding style and I was having a blast finally getting to ride through some mud in a race. My Hunter bike and Paul MiniMotos were not phased by the mud or sand! It couldn’t have run better. The Pacenti wheels with WTB Crosswolf tubeless tires performed flawlessly again as well. Such a good set up!
I was able to hold onto the lead through the race and am very happy to have crossed the finish line in first! See ya later B’s, it’s been fun. Heading to the A’s for good now.
They tallied the overall points and Dave from Mudfood ended up on top. He raced strong all year and I’m stoked to finish 2nd in the overall behind him!
As always, great vibes from my teammates and cx buddies at the race. Cross rules!
-Brad

Saturday was the 5th and final race in the new Norcal CX series in San Jose. Going into the race I was in 2nd place overall in the B’s and with this race being worth double points, there was a chance I could take it.

The course was fantastic- sand, climbs, grassy circle of doom, and a technical tree section. They did a great job of using everything that the park had and even flooded the back section to create a giant mud puddle. Stoked! 

Tom and I both got front row call ups for the race and gave each other pep talks beforehand (Thanks buddy!). A SuperPro rider on a mountain bike jumped off the start and I got behind him in 2nd. He was jamming through the initial long grass section, the pavement, and to the first climb around the stairs.

We got to the top and he seemed to slow down, so I went around him and took the lead before the first sand section. The field was stacked with some really strong riders and I knew I had to beat Dave from Mudfoot since he was 1st in the overall standings, so I hit the gas hard!

The course suited my riding style and I was having a blast finally getting to ride through some mud in a race. My Hunter bike and Paul MiniMotos were not phased by the mud or sand! It couldn’t have run better. The Pacenti wheels with WTB Crosswolf tubeless tires performed flawlessly again as well. Such a good set up!

I was able to hold onto the lead through the race and am very happy to have crossed the finish line in first! See ya later B’s, it’s been fun. Heading to the A’s for good now.

They tallied the overall points and Dave from Mudfood ended up on top. He raced strong all year and I’m stoked to finish 2nd in the overall behind him!

As always, great vibes from my teammates and cx buddies at the race. Cross rules!

-Brad

Double Race Weekend: Sierra Point & Kitten of Vallejo

It’s been a long time since I’ve raced twice in one weekend, but it’s hard to pass up the opportunity when both races are relatively close to home.

The Sierra Point night race is not only one of the funnest races of the year, it’s also only a twenty-minute drive from San Francisco. The course is wide, mostly flat, bone dry, and not much of a technical challenge. However, there are a couple things that can make it tricky:

- It’s night (duh) and very dusty (duh), which makes the course details difficult to see. Not the end of the world, but it is much better to get a pre-ride in while it is still light out so you can feel out the good lines before darkness covers them up. But even if you do pre-ride the course…

- …small mistakes can add up to lots of lost time. Overshooting turns, getting caught on a dirty line, and bad gear selection can easily cost you a few placings by the end if they happen often enough. Death by a thousand cuts.

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photo by JDR, thanks dude!

This was the first race of the year where I was got a good starting position and was actually able to capitalize on it. The first couple rows on the grid were reserved for call-ups, with the rest filled according to when you registered, and I ended up in the third row (I always pre-reg weeks in advance because I am paranoid.) This put me ahead of most of the traffic before the race even started, and I was able to cling on to the front(ish) group on the first few laps before things strung out and it became a drag race to the finish. The course was fun, the crowd was great, and all four teammates in the race were riding strong.

The Kitten of Vallejo was the following afternoon. This course was completely different from Sierra Point, with lots of elevation, power-sucking grass, and some particularly evil off-camber switchbacks that went up the side of a sandy hill. The field was small but motivated, and it took a few laps before my legs showed up again after the previous night’s thrashing. Murphy was also kind enough to tack on a few extra laps for us since we were the last race of the day. The Bs don’t usually get this kind of treat at other races, and I appreciate the opportunity to squeeze out a little more racing for my money. I’m definitely looking forward to what the SuperPro crew has in store for their series finale.

- Nick

Stafford Lake Cross

Day well spent in Novato with Heather, Brad, Nick, Daryl, and Jon. The course was very essentially the same as last years except the pool of filth was swapped for a section of maze inspired hay bales. If I explained it any further it would sound ridiculous, which it was, but the crowd loved it. It invited possible carnage and showmanship. The crowd roared. Needless to say it was dusty and bumpy. I had a great start thanks to a second row call up and a few days practicing exactly how to polish my start with pedal positioning and gear selection. I made it to the stairs well before the main group and missed out on the pile up from funneling riders into the stairs. Then it was a matter of not blowing up on the incredibly long gravel road and flat grassy sections. I ran 26PSI front and 27PSI rear in tubular Fangos. Bottomed out one or twice on a dip in the gravel road but the course was rock and curb free. The traction at that pressure was amazing. I could hear and see riders going down left and right but the combo of those tires and the Paul Mini Moto brakes was perfect. This is the first race this year where the dust was an issue with the drivetrain. It sucked up every bit of Rock and Roll lube and shifting was a little cranky on the last lap.  Overall great race on a very fast course. Next week BASP night race on Saturday and Vallejo NorcalCX race on Sunday. Should be interesting.

Tom