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Lake Sonoma Grasshopper 2017

The trails that surround Lake Sonoma make for an interesting race course.  It's mostly singletrack that contours its way in and out of the many ravines that feed water to the lake.  The trails drop into the folds of the hillside, cross some sort of creek, and then climb back toward the lake to do it again.  Pretty fun stuff, but repetitive in a strange way.  Each short, steep climb back out is short enough that you can hammer it, but they take their toll and add up to quite a…

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Posted on March 18, 2017 at 10:30pm

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…

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Posted on February 12, 2017 at 10:00pm

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…

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

2016 Lemurian Shasta Classic

Cathy, Simon and I made the journey up to Redding for this classic single loop mountain bike race.  Team mates Bill Surges and Danny Macnaughton were also there to test themselves on the challenging climbs and descents of the Whiskeytown trails.

I've raced this many times, getting second overall a couple times recently.  This year, my modified training plan had me in late base training, so I wasn't sure what to expect.  I felt like I could go pretty hard all day, but not really hard…

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Posted on April 30, 2016 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Sea Otter Pro Short Track and XC

Though I am in the early phases of my training for the season, I made the trip down to Sea Otter to take my licks racing in the pro short track and xc races.

The weather was not brutally hot, just hot.  The field would be considered quite strong to very strong;  over 100 racers, including some top international contenders and all of the top North Americans.  Cathy Chevron and my son Simon came down with me and provided support.

Friday's short track race was a bit frustrating,…

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Posted on April 20, 2016 at 11:53am — 1 Comment

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