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I was planning on racing the Nevada City Dirt classic but it was canceled due to a much needed storm system. Thankfully the CCCX group had a race set up as part of their series on the same day so Mark Ingwersen, Jim -Simon Hewett and I made the early trip down. CCCX uses the Nor Cal high school courses for their races at Fort Ord. I am not familiar with this course or area but I did do their Toro Park race a few years ago and did enjoy the trails. This course was very different. It was…Continue
Posted by Greg Alsterlind on March 5, 2018 at 9:00pm
The Base Phase of training had just ended, so I decided to get a fast pace workout in by heading down to the CCCX race at Fort Ord.
Rainy weather had given some firmness and grip to the sandy trails, and the cool temps and sunny weather promised ideal conditions.
I lined up with Carson Benjamin, Kell Mckenzie, and a bunch of young guys that I didn't recognize. We cruised up the paved road start and turned into dirt with Carson in front and me second wheel. The course was VERY…Continue
Posted by Jim Hewett on March 4, 2018 at 10:55pm
"I just want this to get going so I can stop thinking about it." Straddling my Trek Boone about 1/3 of the way back in a field of some 560 riders with Dave, Paul and Danny around me, I was staring down at the tires mounted on the potpourri of bicycles around me. This was my third Caz. The first one I rode on my Pivot Les hardtail that I'd made some effort to modify for the event. Last year I felt better equipped on my Boone with 35mm Continental rolling stock. In the days prior to this cool…Continue
Once again, the Old Cazadero Grasshopper pops up just in time to add a little spice to the early season training. Never the right thing to be doing in my first periods of base training, this race nonetheless tempts me to go out there and see how things are going.
I have had many top ten finishes on this course, but the competition has been getting deeper every year. Add to that the decline of fitness that seems to inevitably come with age, and it becomes more and more of a…Continue
Posted by Jim Hewett on January 29, 2018 at 12:00am
Last year I did two new races for me, the Lake Sonoma Grasshopper and SoNoMas, both of which kicked my butt. This year I finally got up the courage to ride the Old Caz Grasshopper after watching my son, Carson and many of my Acme Bikes teammates grind up to the Willow Creek Rd hilltop finish over the past two years. What could be better, ride 50 miles, climb 4400 ft and get to eat chips and drink beer overlooking western Sonoma County?
As the majority of riders use a CX bike…Continue
Saturday, January 27, was my third year of participating in the first leg of the annual Grasshopper Adventure Series - Ye Old Caz. The course was challenging and fun and very lonely at times…
The day began with a leisurely drive to our destination in Occidental. Jim, Phil and I took to the road early so we would have plenty of time to prep before the race. The day was crisp, not too cold, and the surrounding fields along the drive were lush and green. I always feel like i’ve been…Continue