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Mount Tam Double Century 2015 'Wind in My Sails'

Just never know what might happen at these double events. 

Somehow, from somewhere, I managed a fairly descent ride at the tail end of my 'racing season'.

The week prior to the Mount Tam Double (MTD), the final race in the CA Triple Crown series,I felt strangely tired and un-motivated. Telling signs of true burn-out for certain.

I thought at least that this unenthusiastic mood would make  for a good taper leading up to…


Posted by Carl Sanders on August 3, 2015 at 7:18pm

SRCC 600K 'Burn Time'

Fully charged, ready to roll, not sure how long my batteries would last, I joined 19 other intrepid cycling souls at 6 AM in Santa Rosa, CA for a long strange SRCC 600K bike ride.

Easy conversion: 600K = 375 miles. Reasonable numbers, but still, my first ride at this distance.

With our team assembled ahead of time, we hatch a ‘Plan’ for a sub 24 hour finish. MarC, Shane, Doug, Miguel and I had contemplated a go at a course…


Posted by Carl Sanders on May 18, 2015 at 8:17pm

Grasshopper King Ridge Supreme 2015 'Among Mortals'

Respectable finish. Perfect cool weather. Good folks.

Rode steady and strong all day. Despite losing some ground starting mid-pack up the Coleman Valley climb and getting bumbled up down the first dirt descent with the mass of other riders on Willow Creek, I slowly re-gained positions throughout the rest of the race. 

Coleman Valley + Willow Creek (down) + HWY 1 + Fort Ross + Salt Point + Kruse Rhododendron + Hauser Bridge + King Ridge + Cazadero + Willow Creek (up) =…


Posted by Carl Sanders on May 12, 2015 at 7:55pm

Cool 2015 'Familiar Ground'

Time for some short XC intensity!

Three 8 mile laps, each with 1,200' of climbing. Off in waves, Pros and Experts start up front. 

The foothill course conditions were choice; green grass, blue skies and tacky soil from recent light rains. No mud. A few hundred riders of all ages and categories eventually mob the flowing single track loop through oaks, rocks and creek crossings.

I choose not to blow myself up out the gate, but to find that grove right near or at my…


Posted by Carl Sanders on March 24, 2015 at 9:31pm — 1 Comment

Old Caz' Grasshopper 2015

Feel free to see my race report archives for numerous posts on this race from years past that discuss the unique nature of Grasshopper "adventure rides" - this one is going to get down to business.

The dead of winter in Northern California;  sunny and warm, mostly dry.

For the first time in years, I chose to race a cyclocross bike instead of a mountain bike.  My new Trek Boone Disc was outfitted with carbon rims (23mm internal) and Specialized Trigger Pro 33mm tubeless tires…


Posted by Jim Hewett on January 31, 2015 at 9:50pm

Sierra Quest Tour 2014

Sierra Quest Tour 2014 (SQT)
09.06 - 09.20.16
15 consecutive days of riding; covering 915 miles including 99,000' of climbing. 

SQT Goal: To establish a new and epic mountain bike route that traverses the entire western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Summary: This was an mountain bike tour like no other. Carl attempted to pioneer a new and continuous adventure…


Posted by Carl Sanders on September 30, 2014 at 8:35pm — 1 Comment


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