Northern California Bicycle Racing Community
Skyline is my favorite local race. The course never lets up. The climbs are steep, tight, and technical and so are the descents. I think I have been doing this race for the last six years. My best finish at Skyline was a while back when it was a state championship race. I got first in my class and third overall, not too many people showed up for it that year. Anyways, I love the race and I'm in great shape now but my crash at the rockhopper has left my wrist sore. I'm forced to ride…Continue
Posted by shiloh on July 1, 2014 at 10:08pm
Mountain bike racing means different things to different people. No doubt it involves a predominately dirt course, and mountain bikes, but from there tastes diverge. Is it about technical skill? Fitness? Power? Endurance?
To some, XC racing has come to mean a competition of lean and fit racers on light and fragile hardtails, traveling fast enough on smooth dirt courses to benefit from drafting. Long climbs are an important aspect, often deciding the winners. Technical…Continue
Posted by Jim Hewett on June 30, 2014 at 12:30am
This year the California Enduro Series held it's inaugural race just over the state border on Peavine Mountain in Reno, NV. You may think its odd to have a California Enduro Series race in any state other than CALIFORNIA, but just as the Tour de France occasionally starts in Belgium, the CES started in Nevada. Peavine mountain is hot, dry, dusty venue that is 4600' above sea level. Not exactly what I usually ride in Marin, but it sure was challenging. I arrived at Peavine Friday and decided…Continue
Posted by Teddy Hayden on June 10, 2014 at 9:45pm
I have never done this race, which is relatively close to home in Vacaville. I'm usually in a low fitness point this time of year and the weather is also a deterrent. This year I am just beginning intensity training, so I figured I would check it out, despite the forecast for high temps. Seemingly as an afterthought, this was also the USAC California State Championship race.
Shiloh, Phil and I rode up together. I had tried to hydrate well the days before, drinking lots of water…Continue
Posted by Jim Hewett on June 9, 2014 at 11:30am
The Rockhopper Classic is held in Vacaville on a dry exposed hillside. Three laps, about 26 miles and 3800 feet of climbing total. It's a great course for racing. With fireroad sections for passing, steep climbs for crushing fools, and flowing singletrack decents. But I wouldn't recommend riding there in over 80 degree heat, it was about 95 degrees.
This race was also a state championship race which seemed to mean very little. Racers showed up so that they could qualify for…Continue
Posted by shiloh on June 9, 2014 at 9:51am
The Tamarancho Dirt Classic is just a few miles form my front door so there are zero excuses for passing it up. This race is mostly singletrack with very few places to pass cleanly. Aggressive riding can pay off. Bike Monkey organized the event this year and they did a good job of spreading out the classes to reduce the amount of lapped riders.
The start line was packed with many strong pro racers, and many racers who I have gotten comfortable mixing it up with at the Summit…Continue