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.

 

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!

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

Surf City #2 was loads of fun!
We drove down the night before and stayed at the Hunter compound. Rode Rick’s front yard pumptrack, hit some trails in Bonny Dune, and cooked a nice dinner. Needless to say, stoke levels were high before the race!
Rode a couple pre-laps and my new Hunter Team Bike was feeling fantastic on the course - super lightweight, quick, and responsive. The course was a good mix of challenging/fun sections, Surf City does a great job.
I lined up with Travis and Kyle in the Men’s B’s race and got a pretty good start. I made some mistakes and ended up in a couple pile ups. Whoops! I tried to bring it back as much as I could and finished somewhere around midpack. Congrats to Travis on finishing in the top 5! 
Thanks to Cycle Masters of Turlock for the photo and to Heather for finding it!
-Brad

Surf City #2 was loads of fun!

We drove down the night before and stayed at the Hunter compound. Rode Rick’s front yard pumptrack, hit some trails in Bonny Dune, and cooked a nice dinner. Needless to say, stoke levels were high before the race!

Rode a couple pre-laps and my new Hunter Team Bike was feeling fantastic on the course - super lightweight, quick, and responsive. The course was a good mix of challenging/fun sections, Surf City does a great job.

I lined up with Travis and Kyle in the Men’s B’s race and got a pretty good start. I made some mistakes and ended up in a couple pile ups. Whoops! I tried to bring it back as much as I could and finished somewhere around midpack. Congrats to Travis on finishing in the top 5! 

Thanks to Cycle Masters of Turlock for the photo and to Heather for finding it!

-Brad