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Geoff Gunderson's Blog – October 2008 Archive (3)

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

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

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

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