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Carson City Offroad

The good burst of XC racing in NorCal ended a few weeks ago, which works for me as my fitness is usually down in June as I prepare for another peak in August.  I have gone back to some endurance oriented base miles, so I thought it would be fun to check out a longer race not too far away.  The Epic Rides Carson City Offroad is a 50 mile race and a weekend-long mountain bike race festival.  It is part of a 3 race series, and the prize money is quite good, so the Pro field is very…


Posted by Jim Hewett on June 20, 2017 at 12:00am

Wente 8 Hour Solo

This was the 2nd year Bike Monkey had put on their 8 hour race at this venue; after Boggs Mountain was destroyed by fire back in late 2015.  Wente is a ~2,000 acre Boy Scout Reservation just outside Willits.  It's a beautiful area, with surprisingly good trails which, for the most part, are shaded under Redwood and Fir trees.  The goal of the 8 hour race is simply to complete as many laps as you can and as long as you start your last lap in under 8 hours, then you are free to complete that…


Posted by Mark Gibson on June 4, 2017 at 7:53am — 2 Comments

Summit Shorty #6: The Grand Finale

Many of the folks out at the Shorty's are pretty young, and they likely don't recognize the comedic genius of the show Seinfeld. Today we're going to talk about Festivus. Festivus is a holiday that includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned Festivus aluminum pole, practices such as the airing of grievances, feats of strength, and the labeling of easily explainable events as Festivus miracles. Although normally celebrated on Dec 23rd, the grand finale of the Summit Shortys covered all the…


Posted by Philip Mooney on May 25, 2017 at 3:01pm — 1 Comment

2017 Shorty series

The tenth season of the shorty was another success. This was my 4th year of completing all 6 races. When I first started back in 2012, Dave Benjamin was winning my Class by minutes over me. Over the years I was able to get better and eventually keep pace with Dave and Mark Ingwersen. As the years went by Mark became the one we where all chasing around the short track at McInnis park. This year, Mark Ingwersen was injured and out when hit by a car days before we started and newcomer Mark Gibson… Continue

Posted by Greg Alsterlind on May 25, 2017 at 10:56am — 1 Comment

Oh Hallelujah! Nevada City Dirt Classic Series, Race #3

Saturday morning, early, we piled into Greg's truck and drove up to the mountains for the third race in the Nevada City Dirt Classic Series.  This would be race number three for Jim and a chance at a State Championship.  Greg and Simon had each raced at least one of the other races in the series.  As for me, this was my first time ever competing in this event.  

We arrived early to get Simon to the start by 9:00 am.  He would race one six-mile lap.  Greg, Jim, Mark Gibson and I all…


Posted by Cathy on May 22, 2017 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Nevada City Dirt Classic #3, Final State Championship Series Race

April and May are the strongest months in NorCal for XC racing.  I had raced about every weekend for these two months, with the real block of competition starting with the first NCDC race and ending with this one, the last of the series.  After a second place in the first and second races of the series, I was in a good position to win it all and be crowned California State Champion in Pro class.  I was leading the points, with Cody Schwartz being the only other person that was within…


Posted by Jim Hewett on May 22, 2017 at 12:15am


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