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Fully charged, ready to roll, not sure how long my batteries would last, I joined 19 other intrepid cycling souls at 6 AM in Santa Rosa, CA for a long strange SRCC 600K bike ride.
Easy conversion: 600K = 375 miles. Reasonable numbers, but still, my first ride at this distance.
With our team assembled ahead of time, we hatch a ‘Plan’ for a sub 24 hour finish. MarC, Shane, Doug, Miguel and I had contemplated a go at a course…
Posted by Carl Sanders on May 18, 2015 at 8:17pm
Respectable finish. Perfect cool weather. Good folks.
Rode steady and strong all day. Despite losing some ground starting mid-pack up the Coleman Valley climb and getting bumbled up down the first dirt descent with the mass of other riders on Willow Creek, I slowly re-gained positions throughout the rest of the race.
Coleman Valley + Willow Creek (down) + HWY 1 + Fort Ross + Salt Point + Kruse Rhododendron + Hauser Bridge + King Ridge + Cazadero + Willow Creek (up) =…Continue
Posted by Carl Sanders on May 12, 2015 at 7:55pm
Time for some short XC intensity!
Three 8 mile laps, each with 1,200' of climbing. Off in waves, Pros and Experts start up front.
The foothill course conditions were choice; green grass, blue skies and tacky soil from recent light rains. No mud. A few hundred riders of all ages and categories eventually mob the flowing single track loop through oaks, rocks and creek crossings.
I choose not to blow myself up out the gate, but to find that grove right near or at my…Continue
Feel free to see my race report archives for numerous posts on this race from years past that discuss the unique nature of Grasshopper "adventure rides" - this one is going to get down to business.
The dead of winter in Northern California; sunny and warm, mostly dry.
For the first time in years, I chose to race a cyclocross bike instead of a mountain bike. My new Trek Boone Disc was outfitted with carbon rims (23mm internal) and Specialized Trigger Pro 33mm tubeless tires…Continue
Posted by Jim Hewett on January 31, 2015 at 9:50pm
SQT Goal: To establish a new and epic mountain bike route that traverses the entire western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Summary: This was an mountain bike tour like no other. Carl attempted to pioneer a new and continuous adventure…Continue
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