Northern California Bicycle Racing Community
I missed the Downieville Classic last year due to a work conflict, but this year I was back for more competition on the rugged Sierra trails. My preparation included periodized training to put me in peak condition for the weekend, as well as a couple of trips prior to better learn the extended downhill portions of the XC and DH courses. I would also be riding the most capable mountain bike I had ever ridden for the rocky and fast terrain.…Continue
As a kid, I used to painstakingly build these incredibly fragile balsa wood model airplanes. Hours of work would go into cutting, gluing and assembling these delicate little projects. After carefully winding the rubber-band powered propeller, I'd hold my fragile model aloft, release my grip on the tiny aircraft and watch it take flight into the unknown.
Yesterday, after full season of dedicated training and racing, I stood in the dark atop my trusty Trek Madone, waiting at the start…Continue
Skyline is my favorite local race. The course never lets up. The climbs are steep, tight, and technical and so are the descents. I think I have been doing this race for the last six years. My best finish at Skyline was a while back when it was a state championship race. I got first in my class and third overall, not too many people showed up for it that year. Anyways, I love the race and I'm in great shape now but my crash at the rockhopper has left my wrist sore. I'm forced to ride…Continue
Posted by shiloh on July 1, 2014 at 10:08pm
Mountain bike racing means different things to different people. No doubt it involves a predominately dirt course, and mountain bikes, but from there tastes diverge. Is it about technical skill? Fitness? Power? Endurance?
To some, XC racing has come to mean a competition of lean and fit racers on light and fragile hardtails, traveling fast enough on smooth dirt courses to benefit from drafting. Long climbs are an important aspect, often deciding the winners. Technical…Continue
This year the California Enduro Series held it's inaugural race just over the state border on Peavine Mountain in Reno, NV. You may think its odd to have a California Enduro Series race in any state other than CALIFORNIA, but just as the Tour de France occasionally starts in Belgium, the CES started in Nevada. Peavine mountain is hot, dry, dusty venue that is 4600' above sea level. Not exactly what I usually ride in Marin, but it sure was challenging. I arrived at Peavine Friday and decided…Continue
Posted by Teddy Hayden on June 10, 2014 at 9:45pm
I have never done this race, which is relatively close to home in Vacaville. I'm usually in a low fitness point this time of year and the weather is also a deterrent. This year I am just beginning intensity training, so I figured I would check it out, despite the forecast for high temps. Seemingly as an afterthought, this was also the USAC California State Championship race.
Shiloh, Phil and I rode up together. I had tried to hydrate well the days before, drinking lots of water…Continue
Posted by Jim Hewett on June 9, 2014 at 11:30am