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

Thanks to Hunter Cycles, Sim Works, Pacenti Cycle Design, and Paul Components for coming together to build the most legit cycloross ripping machines.

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Daryl and his Fresh Air Bikes team-issue Hunter CX bike. Note the carbon seat tube and custom-anodized Paul components in Fresh Air blue. Unbelievably dope.