Northern California Bicycle Racing Community
January was a pretty low month for me. I was sick for a bit and spent a lot of time out of town working. Despite the all-time-great winter riding conditions in Marin, I had not been able to ride as much as I would have liked. Of course, the first Grasshopper Adventure Series race of 2014 caught most riders in a relatively unfit period. This is my favorite 'Hopper of the year and always brings out a large, enthusiastic, and diverse crowd. Roadies, mountain bike racers, and 'cross guys…Continue
Posted by Jim Hewett on February 1, 2014 at 10:00pm
Saturday was the last race of the inaugural NorCal CX Series. Simon and I travelled to yet another new course, this one at Lake Cunningham Park in San Jose. We weren't sure what to expect, but Murphy promised that it would be a great venue and the weather looked perfect. It was also Simon's 5th birthday, though we had already celebrated with a party a couple of weeks before.
My cyclocross season has been going for a few months and the fitness has recently declined. I trained to…Continue
Posted by Jim Hewett on December 15, 2013 at 11:00pm
A week after racing in Oregon, it was back to Northern California for another Candlestick BASP race. My fitness was beginning to wane, which hadn't been disastrous, but had definitely left me without the punch to hang with the front guys. I started pretty strong but slowly moved out of the top 6 or so. I did my best to hammer on the few long, flat, straight sections. I was seeing some decently high heart rate numbers, but I was out of contention for a podium by minutes. Towards the end…Continue
Posted by Jim Hewett on December 8, 2013 at 10:30pm
This is only my second season racing 'cross, and all of that has been in the Bay Area. I had to go up to Oregon for work, so I figured I'd take the chance to see what the cyclocross racing scene is like to the North. . I've heard really good things about the 'Cross Crusade series and there was a race scheduled on Sunday of the weekend I would be in Portland. That one was on the schedule, for sure. Saturday I could either do an Outlaw CX race in Medford or a Psycho 'Cross Pseries race in…Continue
Posted by Jim Hewett on November 22, 2013 at 11:00pm
Morning came a little too soon Sunday. My eyes were sore and bleary from the dusty racing the night before and my arms, leg and back were a bit worked. I ate a big breakfast with Simon, who couldn't make the kids' race due to a birthday party commitment, and loaded up for the relatively short trip to Vallejo for the fourth race in the NorCal CX Series. The weather was beautiful, cool in the shade and warm in the sun. This was a newer venue that was unfamiliar to me, so I suited up to…Continue
Posted by Jim Hewett on November 10, 2013 at 11:00pm
The Sierra Point night race was to be my first of two races for the weekend. I don't do a lot of doubles, but I know this is a fun venue and I wanted to do the NorCal CX Series race on Sunday, so I headed down to Brisbane on Saturday evening.
I arrived with plenty of time to pre-ride the course and watch some earlier races. It was quite an exciting scene, with lights and people everywhere. The course was bumpy and dusty, with a few contrived patches of mud. There were lots of…Continue
Posted by Jim Hewett on November 10, 2013 at 10:00pm