Northern California Bicycle Racing Community
So, back for another spring of local short track MTB racing put on by Jim Hewett at Acme Bikes, San Rafael. Or as I named my Strava ride after this race, "Welcome Back to the Pain Cave". I've been doing this race for a number of years in the 35+ B Class. I had always been able to wind up the old ticker and let it rip for 30 minutes, many races having an average HR over 180! But last year, age 51, trying to stay ahead of Acme team mates Mark Ingwersen, Greg Alsterlind and Mark Buell…Continue
Posted by Dave Benjamin on April 25, 2016 at 12:45pm
My favorite race of them all. Once again, Jim of ACME Bikes set up a fun event for all ages. This year he added the 35+ to the A class(6 laps) and I was up for the challenge. In the last year, I have made good friendships with the top 35 + guys from last year and I was excited to see if I improved after spending so much time riding with them. The B and C's seemed to have very good turn outs but the A's were down to 5 at the start. My class featured the king of this race, David Benjamin,…Continue
Posted by Greg Alsterlind on April 22, 2016 at 6:30pm
This is the event that pulled me into racing XC! It's local, quick, challenging and incredibly fun. ACME bikes deserves major props for keeping this event going since it caters to just about anyone who likes to ride and builds a fun community of like minded riders. Thank you ACME!
After several years riding with the B's and motivated by fellow ACME team mates I entered the new A 35+ category. This would add a sixth lap to this already grueling sprint race. In past years Dave Benjamin,…Continue
Posted by Mark Ingwersen on April 21, 2016 at 1:30pm
Though I am in the early phases of my training for the season, I made the trip down to Sea Otter to take my licks racing in the pro short track and xc races.
The weather was not brutally hot, just hot. The field would be considered quite strong to very strong; over 100 racers, including some top international contenders and all of the top North Americans. Cathy Chevron and my son Simon came down with me and provided support.
Friday's short track race was a bit frustrating,…Continue
Posted by Jim Hewett on April 20, 2016 at 11:53am
Enduro - Open Men 18 & Under
I arrived to the Sea Otter venue at 7:30 AM on Thursday, and I thought I had plenty of time to get a few practice runs on the first stage. Unfortunately, the packet pick up took so long that I only got one quick lap in before the pros went off. I got shuttled back up, and spun around until my start time.
The first stage doubles as the DH course, mainly…Continue
Posted by Dean Lyons on April 19, 2016 at 9:44pm
It was good to finally be able to do the states' biggest cycling event, after waiting at the side lines the previous years.
Going into the event, I had seen the start list and realized the field was absolutely stacked, despite this being only a cat 2 race. With kids such as the cx national champion (Ben Gomez Villafane), the JV D1 NorCal leader (Tyler Sargent), and my friend from San Marin who is tied for the series lead in Freshmen D2,…Continue
Posted by Otis Lyons on April 18, 2016 at 9:54pm