1. A track/cyclocross racer’s first mountain bike race. A race report by C. Rippey.

    Race: CCCX XC July 19th

    I did my first MTB race today. I really wanted to race this week but there were no interesting road races this weekend and I had the flu and couldn’t make Hellyer WNR, so I decided to take my CX bike and hit the Fort Ord CCCX XC race. I am not going to go into course details or strategies or anything thing like that. I am just going to state the facts.

    Fact! Met Emily, Emily’s parental unit Greg, and Rebecca. They were totally awesome. Saw D. Murray, fool is still a player.

    Fact! I smashed butt out of the gate and holeshotted like a dude on a cx bike in a sea of MTBs should.

    Fact! I rode solo for a good while.

    Fact! Never did my feet touch the ground in the deep sandy parts.

    Fact! My feet touched the ground hella times in many downhill corners.

    Fact! Two dudes caught up to me, turned on the gas in the downhills and dropped my ass real quick.

    Fact! I got assed and mentally couldn’t push my self in the last lap. This pony only runs for an hour!

    Fact! Another dude caught me and made the last quarter lap super fun! But he snuck inside on a final corner causing me to slam on the brakes. 

    Fact! I still almost got him at the finish line but lost by three inches.

    Fact! On the last lap, I cornered tighter with an elbow out ;)

    All in all I had a hell of a good time!