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.

 

NorcalCx flavor number 5 in SJ

Fun day out with Leah, Brad, and Jon in Cunningham Park in SJ. I was excited to test my bike skills on a very varied course. I pre-rode most of the course, opting out of putting my bike through the foot thick mud. The mud came as a surprise since we are recording the driest calendar year since 1849. Anyway, rode the long deep sand sections and the steep descent to get a feel for the rhythm of the course. I didn’t find that rhythm on the first two laps, making some poor decisions to stay on the bike too long in the sand. I thought that all my running practice was going to be wasted this year but in this race it helped me pull back half a dozen riders. Murphy had us racing for 55 minutes. That helped too. In the end great racing on a well designed course. Now if only the progressive city of SF would lighten up and support bike racing. RIP GGP.

Tom

Brad and Kyle took 1st and 2nd in the Men’s B’s at Santa Rosa CX Cup Race #2.

Brad and Kyle took 1st and 2nd in the Men’s B’s at Santa Rosa CX Cup Race #2.

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

Trippy pump track night at the Hunter Compound before the last Surf City race.

This was my first time racing at Stafford Lake and despite the absence of the cesspool, I had a blast.
They replaced the pool with a new movable barrier section that was hard to tell if it was faster to ride or run, had to go with your gut each lap. Other than that, everyone said the course was very similar.
Heather, Nick, Tom, Jon, and Daryl swapped stories from last year and we talked about the best lines through the loose off-camber sections before the race. I got a good warm up in and felt ready for the late start of the B’s. 
I placed well at the last race and got the last spot on the front row, stoked. GO! Charged the start down the long fireroad, across the bridge, and around to the run up. I made it to the singletrack in about 8th place and started to chase the lead group as best I could (trying to use what I’ve been learning from #svenness).
My legs felt good and I was able to keep a pretty good pace throughout the race. Geoffrey from Chica Sexy and I had a good battle back and forth going throughout the race, he really helped keep the effort high and made the race a ton of fun. I got lucky and moved in front of him on the last lap at the run up and was able to hold on.
I crossed the line in 6th place, my best finish so far this year. Huge thanks to the team for all the support and good vibes at the race.
I also can’t say enough about how great my bike is riding - the Hunter frame is so fast and lightweight (thank you Rick!), Simworks stem/handlebars are the jam, Paul mini-motos are fantastic, and the Pacenti SL23 w/tubeless tires feel incredible.
-Brad
*Thank you Laurel for the photo!

This was my first time racing at Stafford Lake and despite the absence of the cesspool, I had a blast.

They replaced the pool with a new movable barrier section that was hard to tell if it was faster to ride or run, had to go with your gut each lap. Other than that, everyone said the course was very similar.

Heather, Nick, Tom, Jon, and Daryl swapped stories from last year and we talked about the best lines through the loose off-camber sections before the race. I got a good warm up in and felt ready for the late start of the B’s. 

I placed well at the last race and got the last spot on the front row, stoked. GO! Charged the start down the long fireroad, across the bridge, and around to the run up. I made it to the singletrack in about 8th place and started to chase the lead group as best I could (trying to use what I’ve been learning from #svenness).

My legs felt good and I was able to keep a pretty good pace throughout the race. Geoffrey from Chica Sexy and I had a good battle back and forth going throughout the race, he really helped keep the effort high and made the race a ton of fun. I got lucky and moved in front of him on the last lap at the run up and was able to hold on.

I crossed the line in 6th place, my best finish so far this year. Huge thanks to the team for all the support and good vibes at the race.

I also can’t say enough about how great my bike is riding - the Hunter frame is so fast and lightweight (thank you Rick!), Simworks stem/handlebars are the jam, Paul mini-motos are fantastic, and the Pacenti SL23 w/tubeless tires feel incredible.

-Brad

*Thank you Laurel for the photo!