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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 on January 31, 2015 at 9:50pm
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
Posted on August 5, 2014 at 12:00am — 1 Comment
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
Posted on June 30, 2014 at 12:30am — 1 Comment
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 on June 9, 2014 at 11:30am
It is a beautiful thing when I can ride my bike from home to the race venue. This is only possible once a year, when the purpose-built mountain bike trails around Camp Tamarancho are opened for the Tamarancho Dirt Classic. This year, the action occurred both Saturday and Sunday, with a short track race, chainless downhill race, and cross country race.
I have just completed my "base" period of training, where I develop aerobic fitness and prepare my body for the intense training to…Continue
Posted on June 2, 2014 at 12:00am