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Rock Lobster Cup III: 4th Place, Elite Men

"Sweet hybrid, dude!" -a spectator on the descent. 

There's no embarrassment like racing a mountain bike at a cyclocross race, but sometimes choosing the right tool for the job is as important as showing up to a start line with a good set of legs. The Rock Lobster Cup, a fundraiser for the legendary Rock Lobster Cyclocross Team, has gained a reputation for building some of the hardest courses in NorCal cyclocross. The location of this year's edition was in Wilder Ranch State Park in…


Posted by Carson Benjamin on October 23, 2017 at 2:20pm

2017 Rockhopper XC

By mid September the MTB racing season could be merely something to fondly reminisce. Then along comes the Monticello Cycling club's Rockhopper to cap the year's competitive dirt riding. I raced it last year when it took place in the sun burnt hills by Vacaville's Lagoon Valley Park but this year, the event was moved to Rockville Hills Regional Park.

My racing season having started late if you could call it a season at all, I was mentally still excited to go. In the week before the…


Posted by Mark Ingwersen on September 25, 2017 at 2:25pm

Motherlode Epic 2017

This was the 1st running of the MLE, a 32 mile point-to-point stage race, split into 4 segments of approx 8 miles each, in the Folsom/Granite Bay area east of Sacramento, and organised by local pro Clint Classen, with the backing of Santa Cruz Bikes.  This race was definitely "epic" although, for me, more of an epic fail.

Having sustained an injury in the days leading up to the Downieville Classic the first weekend in August, I had missed that race, as well as Annadel on the following…


Posted by Mark Gibson on August 22, 2017 at 9:42am

Annadel XC

  This is the first time that I have attended this race. I decided to enter since so many of my teammates would be there and I wanted to experience Annadel. I was unsure which category to enter but I wanted to do the long course, so I decided to enter Masters 50+. I thought about racing in the Expert over 40, but that sounded even faster, even though they depart 2mins behind Masters 50+. At the start line I realized I was in a fast group when I saw it included teammates Greg and Dave. When…


Posted by Michael Koppe on August 15, 2017 at 9:28pm

2017 Annadel

My third time racing this challenging course. This year I had Jim at ACME rework my Trek top fuel and get it down to 22lbs. Two big changes to the bike where changing the front fork to the new Fox factory SC and removing the KS seat dropper. This year I left the Maxxis Ardents in the garage and went with Maxxis 2.2 Ikons for tires. The bike felt great and after a week with only one ride in the mountains , my legs felt good too.

The race has the hardest start of any I have been in- up…


Posted by Greg Alsterlind on August 14, 2017 at 10:00pm

2017 Annadel XC

The Annadel XC is my favorite XC race on the NorCal calendar. The race is relatively long (25 miles and ~2hrs), features some fun technical rocky bits, and includes plenty of fitness testing climbing. With many friends and good racers lining up for the Pro Men’s event, I hoped it would be a good battle all day.


I drove up to the start with Jim and Cathy, chatting about the course and breaking the race up into segments to plan our approach to the race. My plan was to start…


Posted by Philip Mooney on August 14, 2017 at 3:14pm


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