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.

 

Truckee Bike Park CX!

Leah and I made the drive up to Truckee with our better halves in tow to check out the Sagebrush CX scene in the Reno/Tahoe area. 

It was a refreshing 35 degrees at 7:30am on Sunday before the race, but warmed up to about 60 by the time we started at 10:30. This was my first race in the new kit and my first time ever wearing a skinsuit. I gotta say it, skinsuits rule! So comfortable and you feel super fly. I’m going to call it now, in 50 years we’re going to be wearing them as our daily attire. I digress…

The course went through the BMX track! In warm ups, Leah and I cruised it a couple times and I channeled the skills I learned at the Bonny Dune Pump Track course at the Hunter Compound. There were banked turns, pump bumps, and real deal table tops! It was awesome. I made a mental note to try to not get too rad during the race, because we all know how that would turn out. There was one climb in the dirt, some long grass sections, sketch single track descent with a 180 hairpin turn at the bottom, and a long stair run up on the course too. 

Since this was a USAC race, I raced at my current Cat 4 Level in hopes of getting some points to move up. I was in the right place at the right time and somehow ended up on the front row of the start grid and figured I should take advantage of that. At the sound of the whistle I went for it and took the hole shot around the first corner and into the BMX area. I knew that would be important since there were a couple points early on in the course where it would bottleneck. I held the lead through the track and into the first climb where I opened up to try to put a gap on the field.

At this point, I realize I’m in the lead and started to get a little nervous. I washed out in a loose turn and while I picked myself up, I took a deep breath and said, “stay cool dude, you got this!” I got back on and was able to hold the lead down the next section. The rest of the race went really smoothly, I had a blast riding the BMX section each time (see video below), and felt pretty strong even in the altitude. I finished first and now only need 2 more points to move to cat 3. I want to try to do some of the bigger races later this year and next year, so having a higher ranking will be help me do that.

Shout out to Leah for finishing 5th in a really strong Women’s field! She rode the BMX track like a champ and used her shredder skills on the descents to fight off her competitors. 

-Brad

Race Report! Vallejo Cougar

Strong start in the A’s this race. After one lap, i’m switchin it up with Chas (TCB) and one turn behind local hero Cam Falconer. Not much changes second lap, except that the heats starting to get to me. Andrew (Vive La Tarte) comes around me looking strong. I want to follow him, but don’t. I know he’s gunning for more places. I keep telling myself to sit in and hold on, but know its bad when i’m not sweating much. A quick quench in the feed zone starts lap 3. I’m grateful for my good friend Geoff (Chica Sexy), but the water seems ineffective and my eyes go into stars after two run ups in a row. Sure enough, I low side into some broken asphault through a loose hairpin. My ears are ringing as Kell (Broakland) checks to see if i’m okay. I limp off the course and sit for a minute. Another rider crashes in the same corner. He gets right back up, but I call it quits…

I get patched up at the medical tent and Geoff convinces me to race again. 30 minutes later, I’m front row at the B’s start. I try to start strong, but knee pains drop me back mid pack. I’m gaining places slowly, but loose a couple to chain drops. In the end, I squeezed in a top 10 spot, and happy I didn’t leave with a DNF. Learned alot this race, like carry a bottle when its 100 degrees out! Also, i think i need some pre-race sugar, i.e. Gu / blocks. Here’s a couple photos by Ted K. of our badass team members out there on the course.

Results

A Men: 27th /29 (DNF)

B Men: 9th /44

by K. NG

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 Header (extra long) Report!

This was my first double header weekend and I think I was equal parts nervous and excited about it going into it Saturday morning.

Sierra Point at night is the most fun race all year because you’re under the lights and there are 10x more people there cheering/heckling. The course was really fast and dusty with a small mud patch and another small sand patch. Nick described the course best (see below!).

I got a 2nd row call up in the B’s based on the last BASP race result and it made all the difference. It was pretty intimidating to look back at the 80+ person field behind me…Got a good jump off the line and tried to hang with the lead group as best I could. 

The first half of the race was spent chasing the chase group. I was able to make contact and slowly move past riders 1 at a time. The Hunter bike was doing it’s job, huntin dudes down! (bad joke?) Back to it, I ended up being about 20-30 seconds behind a rider in a polkadot’ish jersy and spent the last 2 laps trying to catch him but no dice. I crossed the line in 6th and couldn’t be more stoked, my best BASP result!

imagePhoto from Pamela Palma

Waking up on Sunday was a little rough and I was not sure if I would be able to race, let alone ride my bike with how sore my legs felt. Packed up the car and cruised out to the Kitten of Vallejo.

The course was completely different from the night before - grass climbs, off camber turns, big sand pit, run ups, baseball diamond loop, and even a jump! I rode a couple pre-laps, felt good, and set out to have fun out there with my teammates Tom and NIck.

imagePhoto from Nigel Walker

I had a front row call up in the B’s and figured I might as well go for it! Got a good jump on the uphill start into the grass soul sucking climb in the holeshot. Somehow I’m smiling in the picture above, but trust me, I was hurting pushing it up that hill! 

This was the first time that I have ever led a race and as nervous as that thought made me before, it was completely awesome. I wasn’t working on chasing anyone, just riding my own race. I made it through the majority of the first lap in the lead before a rider passed me, but I got him back on the grass switchbacks. Led the start of the second lap and decided to hit the jump as hard as I could (yolo!). My left foot unclipped when I landed and the chase group went by me. Oh well, it was worth it!

imagePhoto by Caroline

I focused on trying to not make any mistakes, to ride smoothly (thanks Cam!), and keep the power going. The course was super fun, which made the laps go by quickly, and I was able to pass a couple of the riders who had gone by me earlier. I moved up to third place for the last lap and a half, but couldn’t catch #2 and Andrew from Viva La Tarte who won the race.

This was my first podium ever and I’m really happy about how the race went. Huge thanks to Travis and Rick, the team, all of our sponsors, race organizers, and all the riders. Cross is really fun!

-Brad

imagePhoto by Caroline