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!

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

Bay Area Super Prestige #2

I really wanted to see how well I stacked up in the Elite B’s field without a flat tire being part of the equation. I had been riding pretty kamikaze previous to my flats, and now found myself a little shellshocked, riding more carefully, and…….slower. WTB was kind enough to send me a pair of their new tubeless compatible Cross Wolf tires to try out, and when they mounted super tight on the rim, my confidence started to grow. A quick session in the park the day before the race at really low pressures confirmed a good seal, and I felt ready to shreddy.

The weather was perfectly sunny, not too warm or cold. We had a nice big squad at the tent, and the vibe was right. A couple pre-ride laps behind Cameron and Rick opened my eyes to some good lines, and our team lined up 6 deep in the B’s field! Lining up right where I wanted to ended up being less than ideal, as a surge and merge left me stuck behind a big group on the first long section of the start, and I had to get crafty to find an open spot to move up before the dirt, putting me around 8th place. I picked off a few guys, and found myself in a long drawn out battle between 4th and 5th.

The bike was riding good, and the tires were really hooking up nice, but there’s some fast guys in the B’s and I got picked off near the finish, landing me a 6th place. YAY NO FLATS! I had a really fun race, and have to say the ride-up/drop-in/baymud/flyover stuff was pretty good times. Big thanks to Bryce at WTB, everybody on our team for all the help, and you guys out on the course yelling encouragement!

-Travis

First team ride of the season took place last week. It was a good time, and now we’re stoked for the Hunter training camp at the end of this month!

Nice photos from new teammate Brad H!

#crossishere

Jon B’s team Hunter, ready for 2013. Built up by Fresh Air Bicycles and equipped with SRAM 1x11. #crossiscoming

Jon B’s team Hunter, ready for 2013. Built up by Fresh Air Bicycles and equipped with SRAM 1x11. #crossiscoming

So rad. Stafford has been a fantastic event the last two years, and last year the Vallejo race had an awesome layout. So now we’re looking at the 2013 CX season with two 5 race series in the bay. Killer!

So rad. Stafford has been a fantastic event the last two years, and last year the Vallejo race had an awesome layout. So now we’re looking at the 2013 CX season with two 5 race series in the bay. Killer!

New season in the wings, it’s just months away. We’ll have some new team members, some new sponsors, and a lot more of that Fresh Air Hunter energy. 
See you soon—Happy 4th of July.

New season in the wings, it’s just months away. We’ll have some new team members, some new sponsors, and a lot more of that Fresh Air Hunter energy. 

See you soon—Happy 4th of July.

Sea Otter 2013—Mens CX 3/4:
Sweet, it’s over! Went down to race the Sea Otter again, and this year knowing what kind of suffer-fest it could be, I felt more prepared. Set the Hunter up with some file treads, and other than that, I left the whole-athlete approved set-up alone. Pre-riding the course felt good, the head wind sucked but otherwise the course is just long but not challenging. Picked my lines and rolled up to the start in the second row. Our race started 30 seconds behind the Single Speed racers, which included Adam Craig on a WalMart Mongoose fatbike. First turn and some dude jacked it up—just like last year—which was disappointing because I watched the lead pack disappear as the rest of us dismounted and ran over & around bodies. It took about half a lap to get back in race mode and start picking up the pace to pass people. I lost 9th to Joe from Santa Cruz right at the end after keeping him off my wheel for most of the race. It was a bummer I couldn’t break him but I’m still stoked. A minute off 3rd place, and 10th place out of 32 riders.
Sea Otter 2013—Mens 3 XC:
I raced the XC race on Sunday, just to get the mountain bike race initiation out of the way, and Laurel’s dad was racing 60+ as well. I didn’t pre-ride the course, and barely made the start, lining up in the 7th row of 11 rows for a total count of 77 riders. Madness. The course wound around the track and then dumped us into the woods. I used the paved section to make up for the poor start. When we hit the single track I was in the main group, sitting in 13th place and pretty pumped. At mile 4 or so my legs started to go off, and I found myself getting blasted by dudes on the downhills. I would work back on the ups, and then lose out again on the downs. So that’s cool, I know what I need to work on. I finished the race in 27th place, and feel pretty stoked about that for a first timer.  And Laurel’s dad? He crushed the 60+ and took 3rd place.

Sea Otter 2013—Mens CX 3/4:

Sweet, it’s over! Went down to race the Sea Otter again, and this year knowing what kind of suffer-fest it could be, I felt more prepared. Set the Hunter up with some file treads, and other than that, I left the whole-athlete approved set-up alone. Pre-riding the course felt good, the head wind sucked but otherwise the course is just long but not challenging. Picked my lines and rolled up to the start in the second row. Our race started 30 seconds behind the Single Speed racers, which included Adam Craig on a WalMart Mongoose fatbike. First turn and some dude jacked it up—just like last year—which was disappointing because I watched the lead pack disappear as the rest of us dismounted and ran over & around bodies. It took about half a lap to get back in race mode and start picking up the pace to pass people. I lost 9th to Joe from Santa Cruz right at the end after keeping him off my wheel for most of the race. It was a bummer I couldn’t break him but I’m still stoked. A minute off 3rd place, and 10th place out of 32 riders.

Sea Otter 2013—Mens 3 XC:

I raced the XC race on Sunday, just to get the mountain bike race initiation out of the way, and Laurel’s dad was racing 60+ as well. I didn’t pre-ride the course, and barely made the start, lining up in the 7th row of 11 rows for a total count of 77 riders. Madness. The course wound around the track and then dumped us into the woods. I used the paved section to make up for the poor start. When we hit the single track I was in the main group, sitting in 13th place and pretty pumped. At mile 4 or so my legs started to go off, and I found myself getting blasted by dudes on the downhills. I would work back on the ups, and then lose out again on the downs. So that’s cool, I know what I need to work on. I finished the race in 27th place, and feel pretty stoked about that for a first timer.  And Laurel’s dad? He crushed the 60+ and took 3rd place.