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October 2008 Blog Posts (15)

Bartlett CX by Damon Nelson of BBVP

I guess this is the weather we always talk about racing in right? How it would be so cool and epic to be able to race in the wind and the rain and the mud. While we didn't exactly have rain, and the mud really wasn't that difficult, we sure has heck had the wind today. The wind coupled with the rapidly dropping temperatures made for an interesting pre- and post-race. .

Remember Montrose last year? Compared to how it felt today, Montrose was downright balmy. Maybe it was just… Continue

Added by Eric Nelson "ikymagoo" on October 30, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

Two weeks between races is toooo long and cold weather sucks!

Argh, it's Thursday which means it is almost the weekend, which means it is almost RACE DAY! I still kinda find it funny that I am slow and my goal is not to be DFL in the B race yet I can't wait for each race to get here. I wish there were more opportunities to race from week to week. The rapid decent into winter like weather is probably not helping. It takes a lot more motivation to get out and ride (let alone get up at 5AM and commute 12 miles in the dark while it is 28… Continue

Added by Jon on October 30, 2008 at 5:01am — 1 Comment

Late Race Report #2: Tailwind Stony Creek CX Race (Shelby Twp, MI) Oct. 5, 2005

I started out great. From the gun (err... whistle), I got up into the lead group and sat in about 5th. The first lap I felt pretty good and was working well staying in the back of the lead group. Unfortunately, that didn't last long.

I (stupidly) decided to back off the pace a little on the second lap because I felt I was going a little too hard and I wanted to have something left for the 3rd (and last) lap in case I needed to outsprint someone for a top 10. Well, deciding to back… Continue

Added by Randy Arellano on October 29, 2008 at 7:42am — 3 Comments

Late Race Report: Michigan UCI - KTR Double Cross Weekend Sept. 21-22, 2008

I had a good weekend of CX racing at the UCI KTR Double Cross in Springfield Twp this past weekend (Sep. 21-22, 2008) at the Springfield County Park.

Day 1:

The start of CX season is always very nervous. You have the mix of roadies coming off of a long road race season. Then you have some MTBers continuing there MTB season (possibly training for Iceman). CX racing is such a hard/suffering form of racing. And when you mix in the roadies and MTBers all together, you sometimes get… Continue

Added by Randy Arellano on October 29, 2008 at 7:38am — No Comments

Cheyenne CX

Hey guys,

The cheyenne cycling club is putting on the final of 4 cyclocross races this saturday, Nov 1. The entry fee is only five dollars. The B race starts at 4pm and the A race is at 5pm. It is at Clear Creek Park in west Cheyenne. For directions or info, post a comment.

Added by Austin Dulaney on October 28, 2008 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Surf City Halloween Race

The venue that is Soquel High School is top notch, and the Velo Bella and Surf City crews put on what I think was just about the coolest bike race I've ever been to.

The course was excellent, a bike riders' course. A fit bike riders' course, but one that favors confidant riders. I wouldn't say it's really technical, just that you are not off the bike very much. A ditch, a run up and that's it. Other "run ups" were completely rideable, and reminiscent of the small pitches we'll be… Continue

Added by Geoff Gunderson on October 27, 2008 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

McLaren Park madness

Report posted:

Added by Nick on October 20, 2008 at 4:41pm — No Comments

BASP #1, McLaren

This course has quickly become infamous. This years' edition was as miserable as previous, but a better course I thought. I got there early, set up, and tried to get my number and a warm up in. I did the best I could in my sweats w/ about 40 minutes of riding time. I had to stop and stretch periodically, so I could get on and off the bike. It was a cool overcast morning, perfect racing weather. I started feebly in the back of the pack, actually felt good on the run up, and then preceded to get… Continue

Added by Geoff Gunderson on October 20, 2008 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

Kisscross #4: Cannonsburg Ski Area

Had another fun race. It was nice to get out on the new bike and put it through its paces. I might be sold on gears (at least for some of the time:) The Kona Jake is a great bike, super comfortable, stable, can't say enough. There were 38 racers in the B's and I was in the middle of the pack going into the first barrier section. I have been pretty smooth on and off the bike this season...until that first section yesterday! Stacked it into the barrier. Looked like a DOUCHE lol. By the time I got… Continue

Added by Jon on October 20, 2008 at 4:54am — No Comments

My Blog

Here's where I log my training and race notes - in case you're interested:

Added by Jarrod S. Barnes on October 16, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

New Steed....

My trusty old Specialized finally crapped out on me. Cracked the frame. With a race coming up this weekend and having missed commuting ALL WEEK I needed something... and fast! Called all the local shops, checked out all the sites, even went to fleaBay! Nothing. Cross Checks all sold out till Jan. and kinda pricey (for what I want). Everything was either too much $$$ or not in stock. I happened to check my local mountain bike assoc. website's classifieds and found an 08 Kona Jake with less than… Continue

Added by Jon on October 15, 2008 at 7:12pm — No Comments

CCCX #3, Laguna Seca Lung-Fest

First CX race of the year, and I was completely shocked at how the intensity was so much more than what I'd been training at. Wow.

I mean, not that this course SHOULD be all that bad, but for me it was. For climbers and those who have good threshold, it's a quickish climb, and then a large recovery. It opens on an uphill, and cuts across a side slope, before going up a longish (for a cross race) climb up a paved path. This climb killed me 4 of the 5 times we went up it. Once up on… Continue

Added by Geoff Gunderson on October 14, 2008 at 8:27am — 2 Comments

The NW season is in full swing

Obra had theirs:

Seattle had theirs:

And Canada would probably have had theirs if anyone could participate because they require a International UCI License (read - $150 + everything else)

so if you want to keep up with the BASICS in the NW, try this:


Added by Jay on October 7, 2008 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Second race....

Had my 2nd CX race this weekend and it was great. I moved up to the B's to get more race for the money and met my goal of not finishing DFL (by one place). I think I would have been top 1/3 in the C race. The course was a lot of fun, but still brutal...especially with a LOOOOONG run-up that wasn't fun to get going on the singlespeed. Next race in a couple weeks on the 19th at Cannonsburg Ski Area. Maybe I will see ya there!

Hup Hup,


BTW, I added a bunch of… Continue

Added by Jon on October 7, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments


Added by elgee on October 2, 2008 at 1:56pm — No Comments

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