State Championships, Kirkood California
Went up for the Sierra Cup #4 Mountain Bike Race at Kirkwood Sunday which was the State Championship for Cat 1.
I was the only person signed up until the last few hours of online registration, at which point a guy from Truckee added his name (doh, almost won!).
Since Kirkwood is at 7800 feet, I figured I would have a tough time against him since he lives at altitude.
On the start line, I saw the guy and recognized him from the Peavine race where he dominated, so I figured I was racing for second.
A guy named Ray also signed up “day of”, and he beat me at Peavine that day too, but I usually can get him, so maybe I won’t do the podium/DFL combo again!
On the first long climb to 8,200 feet, “Truckee” is way up with the group of younger Cat 1’s and I bid him farewell and battled with Ray and another guy at the back of the group.
By the top, Ray and the other guy had fallen back and I figure I’m in second (not 100% sure there are no other 50+ riders who did “day of” registration).
Half way through the first of four laps, there is Truckee walking his bike! I figure I am probably in first now and with Truckee having a LONG walk, could likely pull off the win and get the much coveted (by me anyway!) State Championship jersey.
The course was really hard with a lot of technical sections, some of which I could ride some of the time, but a couple I never cleaned. I heard a helicopter on my second lap, apparently they had to air lift an injured rider to the hospital. I was just trying to stay upright and survive, but was pretty sloppy on some tricky bits. I crashed a couple of times but managed to stay on my feet while my bike fell from beneath me. This course had everything, a tough, loose rocky creek crossing, rocky/power climbs, many sketchy corners of moon dust , a 2’ drop, sharp rock/moon dust combination descents (not a personal favorite!) and enough sharp edged rocks to threaten your tougher tires.
On the forth lap, I got through every tough section thinking, good, won’t have to survive part that again, then on a rocky, moon dust descent, I felt that terrible feeling of a rear wheel flat!
Damn the race gods, why me! I rode on in denial since there was still some air left in the tire, but soon realized the low tire was no match for the sharp rocks and technical descents. I had about three miles to the finish and I figured Ray was not far behind and maybe Truckee was even coming back. I decided to run the rocky parts and ride where it was smooth, but that part of the course was almost all rocks. I finally gave up and decided to put a tube in the tubeless tire.
I got the tube in, but my pump was not inflating the tire, grrr, WTF?! I had not used that pump in a long time, and I was cursing not carrying a CO2 inflator. I finally got some air in the tire (all the while looking back to see if Ray was coming) and started installing the wheel on the bike and all of a sudden the tire burst from the rim with the tube bulging out everywhere! By some miracle, the tube didn’t blow up and I re-seated the tire bead and inflated it with less air so it wouldn’t blow the tire off again. So I was back to running the rocky sections where I would surly pinch flat, and riding where the trail was smooth enough. I could not sit down if there was any bump in the trail at all, and rode with all my weight over the front wheel while standing. I finally got to the last section near the parking lot and rolled down a little steep, bumpy downhill to gravel combination that I thought would take out my tire, but it was right at the finish, so I just went.
When I finished, there was Ray, saying that he flatted, then gave up because it was so hard with the elevation, and I was the lone finisher and state champ!
So thanks to the race god who smiled on me (but made me pay for it!) and the 25 people who can rip my legs off for not showing up and gifting me the jersey.
That course was gnarly and the elevation a killer, but neither of those things slowed Daniele, who was way faster than me even with an injured shoulder! Hats off to you dude.
And in a good case of irony, I won a CO2 inflator in the raffle!
Earned that PBR!
Join us for a ladies only group ride this Saturday June 29th!
Roll out is 9am from Golden Gate Bridge.
Route: Paradise Loop
Come ride with us!
Specialized TEST THE BEST Road Bike DEMO Day
Come ride the newest Specialized road bikes and talk with the experts on hand to answer all your questions.
Date: June 22, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM- 1:30 PM
Special Raffle: One lucky winner will get a new Specialized road helmet
All clinic attendees receive 20% off all Specialized accessories and parts. (Not good towards bikes or labor)
Bike Fit Workshop Overview
Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
A good bike fit is critical to cycling comfort and efficiency; it can prevent pain and injury, make you faster, and keep you feeling strong on your bike.
Our workshop will hit the major touch points, (saddles, bars, shoes/pedals) and the importance of positioning the bike under the rider. Attendees will learn the importance of properly measuring sit bones and arch heights with the assometer and archometer. Whether you’re a commuter, racer, touring fanatic, or weekend warrior this clinic will help you find optimal comfort and performance on your ride.
Lunch: Pizza will be on hand for clinic attendees
Benefits from a proper fit:
- Increased comfort and ease
- Gain more power, comfort and efficiency
- Custom bike fit serves your individual needs, riding style and cycling goals
Special Raffle Item: Free Custom Bike Fit from Roaring Cycles- Value $250
BG Fit Specialist, Roaring Mouse Cycles
Julie Bates | SBCU | Body Geometry Fit Professor|
Cost: No Charge
Saturday, March 9 will be the fifth anniversary of the passing of Matt Peterson and Kristy Gough. San Bruno mountain was one of Matt’s favorite climbs - he would do repeats there in the morning before work. This year, as in years past, we’ll commemorate them with a ride up the mountain, arriving just before sunrise, which is at 6:29am.
- 5:15am Panhandle @ Oak & Baker
- 5:35am Glen Park BART (Arlington & Bosworth)
- 5:50am Cow Palace (Geneva & Carter)
- 6:05am Radio Rd. gate (Guadalupe Canyon Pkwy saddle)
- 6:20am Top of Radio Rd.
The ride is open to everybody. Jump in at any point along the route. The ride to the mountain will be mellow and the climb taken at your own pace, with a regroup at the Radio Rd. gate. Bring lights.
We are hosting a free event to teach people how to fix flats and tire care. This clinic is for those of you who want to complete this task quicker and troubleshoot common problems.
Title: Expert Tips on Fixing a Flat
Instructor: Will Ritchie, WTB, Inc.
Date: Sat March 16
Clinic Time: 10:00 AM- 10:45 AM
Optional Group/Public- No Drop Road Ride Time: 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM
Expertise Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Roaring Mouse Cycles
934 Old Mason Street
The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129
- Tools Tips - What do you really need?
- Using appropriate tools effectively
- Tips on CO2 Usage
- Pumps on the road
- What happens when you run out of tubes? Patching.
- Basics on going tubeless
RSVP: Please reserve your spot by clicking join on the facebook page.
NOTE: All attendees are encouraged to bring their old tubes for recycling