This last weekend was a big one from myself and CX Nation. Carlos, Bike Monkey, and I decided to try 3 days of racing in a row this season. The first two were going to be at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and due to lack of terrain, the last day was going to be at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa. This made for a logistical nightmare, since there would be racing on Saturday and we would have to be setting up for Sunday that day,,,plus two separate venues. I was immediately regretting our decision. But Carlos assured me that we could pull it off. He threw a lot of money and staff at the races and they turned out pretty awesome.
FRIDAY: Our own “Friday Night Light” and it was legit because it was truly on Friday. We set up the course all day and made it just in time for the start of the racing. I did a quick kids clinic at 4. It was free and only one child participated. I was a little bummed about that. I want to try and get more kids involved. On that note we are offering juniors to race for free this season and from here on out. We got a fair number, but nothing staggering. We will continue with this program and see what happens next season.
Carlos really threw a lot of people at this event, but even with all this help it really came down to the wire. But like everything at Bike Monkey we pulled it off. The course was fast and being nighttime I kept the whole race to flat sections of grass, so the course could be illuminated by the lights. Racing started at 5 pm, so everybody had a chance to race at night. Carlos and crew had a 90 degree ramp set up, which I had never seen before. Then, you dropped into a maze of empty Lagunitas kegs. I was surprised to hear that a lot of the elite riders were jumping over the kegs. I just went around in my race. Not sure my legs were long enough for that.
A little video of the Elite A’s getting on it….
I usually like to get into the last race of the day, even though I am totally exhausted from setting up the course. Usually it is the Elite A’s, but this time I converted my Rock Lobster bike to single speed using a White Industries ENO hub and a Praxis front ring. I kept the rear derailleur on it so I could convert it back to a geared bike. It was my inaugural race, so I didn’t have too many expectations.
Right out of the gate this MASH beast just crushes the long drag on the road. I basically resided myself then and there to just hope for 2nd. But with an hour of racing….you never know. I just rode my race and as I got lapped by the front group of Elites I saw that guy falling backward. It appeared he was waiting for his teammates that were in the Elite race…sure enough he was. He went straight to the front and pushed the pace so two riders of four got dropped. Then he blew up and rolled right back to me. I blew right passed him and went on to take the win. Crazy!!!
I got an early start and was on course by 5am in order to start changing the course. Carlos and I decided to reverse it and add some terrain on the hillside. The keg jump was gone and the course was lengthened a little, but lap times were still pretty fast. Around 10am I took off and went to start marking the course at Spring Lake. This was where the day got insane. Putting on a race at one venue and starting to set up a race at another venue = dumb. We had the crew, but it was so much hard work. I eventually left Spring Lake around 1 and blazed back down to the Fairgrounds. I threw my stuff on and jumped into single speed Round 2. Again I rode away from the competition and claimed numero uno. What a weekend!
Pushing a SS where I would have been riding a geared bike
Sage won Day 1 at night, then came up second to Finnerty on day 2
Sage up the ramp
If you can believe it….it rained throughout the night and into the morning. I got up at 430 and had to ride my bike into Spring Lake since it was closed. I had stayed till 7pm the previous night, setting up the course in the dark. Saw some wild animals, hoped it wasn’t a mountain lion; the usual stuff. In the pouring rain I finished marking the course. Just as predicted the rain stopped at 6am. It was a first – the weather people were right! We barely got the course set up. It was a huge course. We had run it 3 years ago, but didn’t use the north side of the dam. It is steep, but rideable. However, the rain had made that section really greasy, so most of the earlier racers were running it. In the last few races it was rideable.
We had some hiccups with the first few races, but got things together by the first couple races. By the time the kids race rolled around at noon the course was tacking up nicely. We had about 30 kids do the kids race and it was really cool. Addie was a little scared with all the kids, but she decided to do it. I was thinking that she would only do a 100 feet or so, but low and behold she did the whole thing. I was so proud of her.
Addie ripping around the course, training and all…with mom pushing
The last race of the weekend was the last race for me. I lined up in the Single speed A’s and was off on course…feeling very, very tired. The elevation in this course made for a tough time with my gearing. I was grinding up a couple hills and after clipping a pedal on one hill I lost contact with 2nd place and had to settle for 3rd. Vive La Tarte ride Ed Dorsey had the impressive double, winning the B’s and A’son his single speed. Krisitn wrapped up 2nd in the overall with a 3rd place to Rachel Llyod and Caroline Dezendorf. Sage took the win on the hilly par course as race leader Brian Finnerty (Cal-Giant) flatted. Sage secured the overall with this win. A great weekend for CX Nation and the Santa Rosa Cup. And now rest….. ahhhhh.
Sage’s son, West, entered the juniors race on this bike. 6 years old and charging
Kristin through the rock garden
On the dam…
Sage on the dam…