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.

 

BASP 4—Candlestick Trippel
Man I’m tired! 6 races in 6 weeks. Two years ago I raced 4 times and called it a season. Last year I made it out 7 times including Sea Otter which didn’t take place until April. So I’m pretty happy with the number of races, finishes and overall effort  to date. But anyways, this was the BASP weekend, and the course, as everyone has said, was awesome. It was a good substitute for a cancelled Golden Gate race. I got my first call-up in Bs, and went out as best I could. Had an awesome race with Travis for a lap or so and then he was gone, leaving me in the dust. Stoked Brad came around once, and him and I hung the entire race which was cool to be not be utterly alone out there. Laurel said I looked a little mad, which I’m stoked about. I have a hard time being physically pumped up for the races. I really wish I could be 100% fire and brimstone off the line, I need to work on that. I did put an awesome pass on a guy from the outside going into a right hand turn. I realized I didn’t have as much room down the straight as I thought and had to shut the door on him hard. I felt his tire on my leg and he said something about me being nuts. So after the race I found him and apologized for the move, and dude said he was impressed. At the end of the race I had nothing left but I managed to sprint a guy to the line for a position, and even beat a roaring mouse guy who has been beating me all season, so a lot of firsts this weekend. Laurel, Cam, Daryl and the team thanks for the motivation, you guys never let me quit.
*Photo from Tim Westmore

BASP 4—Candlestick Trippel

Man I’m tired! 6 races in 6 weeks. Two years ago I raced 4 times and called it a season. Last year I made it out 7 times including Sea Otter which didn’t take place until April. So I’m pretty happy with the number of races, finishes and overall effort  to date. But anyways, this was the BASP weekend, and the course, as everyone has said, was awesome. It was a good substitute for a cancelled Golden Gate race. I got my first call-up in Bs, and went out as best I could. Had an awesome race with Travis for a lap or so and then he was gone, leaving me in the dust. Stoked Brad came around once, and him and I hung the entire race which was cool to be not be utterly alone out there. Laurel said I looked a little mad, which I’m stoked about. I have a hard time being physically pumped up for the races. I really wish I could be 100% fire and brimstone off the line, I need to work on that. I did put an awesome pass on a guy from the outside going into a right hand turn. I realized I didn’t have as much room down the straight as I thought and had to shut the door on him hard. I felt his tire on my leg and he said something about me being nuts. So after the race I found him and apologized for the move, and dude said he was impressed. At the end of the race I had nothing left but I managed to sprint a guy to the line for a position, and even beat a roaring mouse guy who has been beating me all season, so a lot of firsts this weekend. Laurel, Cam, Daryl and the team thanks for the motivation, you guys never let me quit.

*Photo from Tim Westmore

Santa Rosa Cup—Round 2
Be careful what you wish for. I’ve wanted a muddy race all season and Saturday I got it. I guess Santa Rosa mud is different, people were saying its more like clay. LCA and I pulled up and within 5 minutes we saw three or four dudes walk by with broken rear  derailleurs. A friend of mine finished the Mens C race by running the entire last lap. So conditions were interesting. First lap of my race and I was ready to quit. It was crazy, I spent the whole lap trying to decide where to pull out, everything hurt and I felt super weak. I don’t know what it was, but I’ll attribute it to the mud. Every lap after that got better, and my times were quickest on the last two laps, weird. I eventually made up ground, passed some people and got out of DFL. Position 13 of 21. I’m still 35 seconds to a minute slower—on average—than the top 5 guys. Need to work on that. Happy Thanksgiving.

Santa Rosa Cup—Round 2

Be careful what you wish for. I’ve wanted a muddy race all season and Saturday I got it. I guess Santa Rosa mud is different, people were saying its more like clay. LCA and I pulled up and within 5 minutes we saw three or four dudes walk by with broken rear  derailleurs. A friend of mine finished the Mens C race by running the entire last lap. So conditions were interesting. First lap of my race and I was ready to quit. It was crazy, I spent the whole lap trying to decide where to pull out, everything hurt and I felt super weak. I don’t know what it was, but I’ll attribute it to the mud. Every lap after that got better, and my times were quickest on the last two laps, weird. I eventually made up ground, passed some people and got out of DFL. Position 13 of 21. I’m still 35 seconds to a minute slower—on average—than the top 5 guys. Need to work on that. Happy Thanksgiving.

BASP #3—Sierra Point Night Race
What a difference a few hours, and teammates can make. In the past, Sierra Point was a lunch time race, and it felt pretty much like a remix of Candlestick. Cue Mens B at 5PM, twilight, a well-defined race line, and the ability to relax with everyone, and everything gets better. I had a lot of fun, kept it on two wheels, passed some dudes and got some of that earlier confidence back. Brad and I got pretty good starts on the third row, with Alex M. and Nick behind us. Alex went by and I held his wheel for the first lap and a half which was epic. Nick came around me once, I got him back and then kept him at bay for a few laps. He motored by on lap 4, and went on to crush some more. It was a great race, another one where on the last lap you learn something that could have meant a position or two if you had realized it on lap 1. Thanks to everyone on the team, it was good to see you all. 32 out of 72 riders, and I’m stoked.

BASP #3—Sierra Point Night Race

What a difference a few hours, and teammates can make. In the past, Sierra Point was a lunch time race, and it felt pretty much like a remix of Candlestick. Cue Mens B at 5PM, twilight, a well-defined race line, and the ability to relax with everyone, and everything gets better. I had a lot of fun, kept it on two wheels, passed some dudes and got some of that earlier confidence back. Brad and I got pretty good starts on the third row, with Alex M. and Nick behind us. Alex went by and I held his wheel for the first lap and a half which was epic. Nick came around me once, I got him back and then kept him at bay for a few laps. He motored by on lap 4, and went on to crush some more. It was a great race, another one where on the last lap you learn something that could have meant a position or two if you had realized it on lap 1. Thanks to everyone on the team, it was good to see you all. 32 out of 72 riders, and I’m stoked.

Stafford Lake
Awesome race! Stafford had a great vibe, beautiful weather, and the nicest setting—just like last year. Another solid race with a bunch of fast Bs. I owe Cam coffee and toast. He showed me some lines and gave me a few updates on the starting line—which was rad, like having a crew chief before the big race—and I got to use Leah’s tire as mine had a nasty sidewall gash. Otherwise, B’s just keep reinforcing how important fitness is. Position 13 out of 20+ riders. Big high five to Jason for repping out east, that’s awesome. BASP this week, see you there.

Stafford Lake

Awesome race! Stafford had a great vibe, beautiful weather, and the nicest setting—just like last year. Another solid race with a bunch of fast Bs. I owe Cam coffee and toast. He showed me some lines and gave me a few updates on the starting line—which was rad, like having a crew chief before the big race—and I got to use Leah’s tire as mine had a nasty sidewall gash. Otherwise, B’s just keep reinforcing how important fitness is. Position 13 out of 20+ riders. Big high five to Jason for repping out east, that’s awesome. BASP this week, see you there.

Santa Rosa Cup—Round 1
What a rad race. After the physical beating of last weekend’s double header, I took a few days off the bike prior to Saturday’s race. Santa Rosa round 1 was certainly no BASP, the course was so hazard free that even pre-riding was fun, laid back even. BASP courses—in general—are still difficult enough for me that they require enough focus to make everything seem much more serious. Saturday’s course was more about finding a good line and then doing a few laps to figure out how to ride it fast. The Golden Gate rides have been a huge help in riding faster while being on the brakes less. I was still timid off the line and ended up in the back pack and then lap one had some mega jam ups. All in all, I had a lot of fun, and experienced minimal pain from the elbow and hand. I got some passing in, and I was able to work on riding and racing as opposed to just trying to survive. I battled with Nick for laps, which was a lot of fun, to be able to go back and forth with a teammate and then celebrate it afterwards. Finished 24 of 42 which is much closer to my goal of top 20. Its still so cool to be racing in a class this year with so many friends after two years of solitary in Cs. Stoked to see everyone show up and thanks to Daryl for the race support. Next up: 4 weekends in November, and 4 races.
*Photo by Nick Gaetano

Santa Rosa Cup—Round 1

What a rad race. After the physical beating of last weekend’s double header, I took a few days off the bike prior to Saturday’s race. Santa Rosa round 1 was certainly no BASP, the course was so hazard free that even pre-riding was fun, laid back even. BASP courses—in general—are still difficult enough for me that they require enough focus to make everything seem much more serious. Saturday’s course was more about finding a good line and then doing a few laps to figure out how to ride it fast. The Golden Gate rides have been a huge help in riding faster while being on the brakes less. I was still timid off the line and ended up in the back pack and then lap one had some mega jam ups. All in all, I had a lot of fun, and experienced minimal pain from the elbow and hand. I got some passing in, and I was able to work on riding and racing as opposed to just trying to survive. I battled with Nick for laps, which was a lot of fun, to be able to go back and forth with a teammate and then celebrate it afterwards. Finished 24 of 42 which is much closer to my goal of top 20. Its still so cool to be racing in a class this year with so many friends after two years of solitary in Cs. Stoked to see everyone show up and thanks to Daryl for the race support. Next up: 4 weekends in November, and 4 races.

*Photo by Nick Gaetano

Lion of Fairfax—Vallejo
So this past weekend would be one in which I raced both days, and it would be my first time doing so. The only hiccup in the whole plan was that Monday I crashed hard on the road, leaving me with two elbows on one arm, a huge hip, and some troublesome road rash on my right palm. Super bummer. The rides I got in during the week all were mellow, and all ended with the word, “ouch.” So, Laurel and I headed out to Vallejo to see what racing would be like after a few sleepless nights. The course was great, lots of grass, minimal pavement, no gravel, a real flowing course, and if you had rhythm, you could really kill it. My start was rocky, dude next to me leaned into me off the line, causing me to panic and nearly stop, so by the time I was going, I was nearly last. I felt ok, legs felt decent, and I made up some time but I noticed quickly that I was braking a lot, and losing a ton of time on the downhill sections. I had a great battle with a Taleo rider, I would pass him on the up-hill and flat sections, he would blast me on the down-hill sections. On and on it went until he finally conceded. I finished 15th out of 24 riders. Kyle was also out there and he killed the field, scoring an awesome 3rd place and winning an awesome oven-mitt-apron-beer-koozie combo.
BASP Round 2—CandleStick Repechage
After Saturday, Sunday I was optimistic but things went from ok to not ok pretty quickly. First warm-up lap of the course and I realized Saturday’s damp grass had yielded to Sunday’s rocky, rutty, sandy course, and ultimately my pain. Every bump, bounce, rock, or rut that caused my elbow to even slightly move would send a jolt of pain through through my arm that was unreal. Add the continued early braking to my riding and it was all bad. The start had that massive pile-up and from the fourth row, I was able to dodge it cleanly, and fonce underway I just went backwards, and then back some more. The one great thing about the race was being out there with the team. I kept taking an inside line through the sand, and after the first two laps, I then started crashing every time but doggedly I kept attempting it. On the last lap I heard Leah yell, “Jon goto the outside, go outside, GO outside” and I listened and yes… I didn’t crash, so thanks Leah. Additionally when you come in at the end, and everyone is stoked, your wife is there telling you good job (and has sandwiches), other dudes are smiling and enjoying the whole thing, its hard to act like its the end of the world, its much easier to just appreciate the good times. Ultimately I finished 36 of 46 at CandleStick, a race with a finish which eluded me last year when the BASP crew didn’t record my finish, and eluded me at race 1 this year, when I flatted on the penultimate lap.
All in all I’m stoked I pushed through it all this weekend. See you out there soon.
*Photo by Pamela Palma

Lion of Fairfax—Vallejo

So this past weekend would be one in which I raced both days, and it would be my first time doing so. The only hiccup in the whole plan was that Monday I crashed hard on the road, leaving me with two elbows on one arm, a huge hip, and some troublesome road rash on my right palm. Super bummer. The rides I got in during the week all were mellow, and all ended with the word, “ouch.” So, Laurel and I headed out to Vallejo to see what racing would be like after a few sleepless nights. The course was great, lots of grass, minimal pavement, no gravel, a real flowing course, and if you had rhythm, you could really kill it. My start was rocky, dude next to me leaned into me off the line, causing me to panic and nearly stop, so by the time I was going, I was nearly last. I felt ok, legs felt decent, and I made up some time but I noticed quickly that I was braking a lot, and losing a ton of time on the downhill sections. I had a great battle with a Taleo rider, I would pass him on the up-hill and flat sections, he would blast me on the down-hill sections. On and on it went until he finally conceded. I finished 15th out of 24 riders. Kyle was also out there and he killed the field, scoring an awesome 3rd place and winning an awesome oven-mitt-apron-beer-koozie combo.

BASP Round 2—CandleStick Repechage

After Saturday, Sunday I was optimistic but things went from ok to not ok pretty quickly. First warm-up lap of the course and I realized Saturday’s damp grass had yielded to Sunday’s rocky, rutty, sandy course, and ultimately my pain. Every bump, bounce, rock, or rut that caused my elbow to even slightly move would send a jolt of pain through through my arm that was unreal. Add the continued early braking to my riding and it was all bad. The start had that massive pile-up and from the fourth row, I was able to dodge it cleanly, and fonce underway I just went backwards, and then back some more. The one great thing about the race was being out there with the team. I kept taking an inside line through the sand, and after the first two laps, I then started crashing every time but doggedly I kept attempting it. On the last lap I heard Leah yell, “Jon goto the outside, go outside, GO outside” and I listened and yes… I didn’t crash, so thanks Leah. Additionally when you come in at the end, and everyone is stoked, your wife is there telling you good job (and has sandwiches), other dudes are smiling and enjoying the whole thing, its hard to act like its the end of the world, its much easier to just appreciate the good times. Ultimately I finished 36 of 46 at CandleStick, a race with a finish which eluded me last year when the BASP crew didn’t record my finish, and eluded me at race 1 this year, when I flatted on the penultimate lap.

All in all I’m stoked I pushed through it all this weekend. See you out there soon.

*Photo by Pamela Palma

The team wants to send a huge thank you to Paul Component Engineering. Paul got behind the team as a sponsor at the beginning of the season, and Friday a box of awesome showed up just in time for the race weekend.
The entire Fresh Air Hunter team will be riding Paul Minimotos this year in a beautiful one-off blue color to match the kits and everything else we’ve got going on.
The Minimotos are definitely the brake to have, killer stopping power, great modulation, and an easy install make should them the defacto brake on anyone’s CX bike.
Thanks again Paul!

The team wants to send a huge thank you to Paul Component Engineering. Paul got behind the team as a sponsor at the beginning of the season, and Friday a box of awesome showed up just in time for the race weekend.

The entire Fresh Air Hunter team will be riding Paul Minimotos this year in a beautiful one-off blue color to match the kits and everything else we’ve got going on.

The Minimotos are definitely the brake to have, killer stopping power, great modulation, and an easy install make should them the defacto brake on anyone’s CX bike.

Thanks again Paul!