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TBF #3 - Shake and Bake at Folsom Lake

I travelled up to Granite Bay for the third of the TBF xc races.  Seemed like a good training race, and a good race for testing the new xc race bike setup.

I raced on the Trek Top Fuel last year, and this year I am keeping things much the same:  SRAM XX1 drivetrain, XX brakes, carbon rims laced to DT 350 hubs.  One change I made last week was the addition of a new Fox 32 step cast 100mm fork.  This is a reduction in travel from last year's 120mm World Cup SID, and also a reduction in…


Posted by Jim Hewett on February 12, 2017 at 10:00pm

Chileno Valley Road 'Hopper

The Grasshopper Adventure Series’ Chileno Valley Road ‘Hopper was another opportunity to gain some fitness and load up on training fatigue before starting the true mountain bike race season of the spring and summer. Grasshoppers bring out all of Northern California’s racing talent, and this weekend was no exception. Road racers Peter Stentina of Trek-Segafredo, Zeke Mostov, Cameron Beard, Sam Bassetti, Chris Harland-Dunaway, and Gavin Murray were all in…


Posted by Carson Benjamin on February 12, 2017 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

2017 Grasshopper

Old Caz number 2 for me and this time I had my Trek Boone which I'd figured to be a better choice for the longer road sections I recalled from last year when I showed up on my Pivot 29er hard tail. In 2016 CX bike were everywhere and this year the number of mtb's and CX bike running extraordinarily fat tires were in the majority. Nevertheless, I felt confident on my comparatively narrow 35mm Continental tire mix running 45 psi with tried and true tubes.

Driving up with team mate Greg…


Posted by Mark Ingwersen on February 2, 2017 at 1:25pm — 1 Comment

Old Cazadero Grasshopper 2017

How did this day get here so fast? I remember when Jim signed us up and I was like, "oh, ok", thinking how far off that day was and how much time was ahead for me to prepare. Somehow there must've been, I swear to it, a time warp. I blinked and woke up Saturday morning, January 18th, and all of a sudden I was in a car with three other Acme team riders,…


Posted by Cathy on January 30, 2017 at 9:53am

2017 Old Caz Grasshopper: 9th Place

I chose the Grasshopper Adventure Series’ Old Cazadero gravel/road race as my first event of 2017 to gain some high intensity speed and fitness as well as to fatigue my body beyond what I can accomplish in training. Although most of the field rides either a cyclocross bike with wide tires or a rigid mountain bike at Old Caz, I don't own either of those, so I settled on my new Trek Top Fuel 9.8 with a pair of semi-slick Bontrager Tires. It was a similar set up to…


Posted by Carson Benjamin on January 29, 2017 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

2017 Old Caz' 'Hopper

Despite a very rainy winter, the weather was perfect for my tenth run at the Old Cazadero Grasshopper.

I sold my cyclocross bike a few months ago, so it was back onto my trusty rigid mountain bike.  Honestly, I think it is a pretty fast way to go:  light and fast rolling 2.0 Bontrager XR0 tires (28/26 psi), 36x10-42 drivetrain, and an overall weight under 17 lbs.  I drove up with Cathy, Phil, and Teddy, and we met Greg, Mark and Carson before the start.  This is becoming a unique and…


Posted by Jim Hewett on January 28, 2017 at 11:32pm — 1 Comment


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