Hans reports on Lake Sonoma Ricochet #3
Hot hot hot. It was 100’ on the car gauge when we arrived around 3pm. They changed the course to a two 8.5 mi lap format. Actually prefer the new route since it’s a lot of rolling single-track. Waiting at the start I felt good and my heart rate was rather relaxed. Didn’t kill myself at the start and slowly wound up my speed. Slowly started to catch folks during the first...
Kelly's Report - Lake Sonoma Ricochet #3
Hot Hot Hot It was 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the start line. Just standing there, my heart rate was 146 beats per minute, about 77% of my maximum. I gasped for air. Hans asked what the matter was. It was hot, stiflingly and oppressively HOT. When the race started en masse, Michael Hosey and another guy took off like a shot up the usual start hill. I couldn’t believe how fast they were...
Kelly’s SoNoMas Race Report
So… No-Mas! ”No Mas” was certainly what was going through my head on the umpteenth unbelievably steep, uphill pitch in the last ten miles of this 35-mile race. 35 miles doesn’t sound like much until you combine it with 7,000 feet of climbing, most of which is broken up into countless grunt climbs, the kind so steep that you have to stay seated while leaning over your...
Tom's Three Race Reports
Tres Hombres Last year was hard. I tore my calf, broke my arm and pulled something in my low back, all in a month’s time in April/May. I thought hard about retiring, but tried to race again in September in Utah, only to lodge a DNF. I am not fully healed, and have other issues, but I wanted to try to play again this year. Here’s a quick summary of my first three races. San Dimas. Race...
2012 Lake Sonoma Ricochet #1 - Kelly's Race Report
BikeMonkey has run the Lake Sonoma series for many years. It seems like everyone, at some point, has done the course, which is also commonly known as the Billy Cross course. I did it two years ago and thought it might be a good idea to try it out again this past weekend since I’m planning to do SoNoMas which goes around the whole of Lake Sonoma. Lake Sonoma Ricochet #1 was a good sampling of...
Took my SyCip hard tail over and raced the Summit Shorty. Perfect for these short track races. Especially when powering up the short steep climbs. More info about the series here: http://www.summitmarin.com/
2012 Summit Shorty #3
Got a chance to attend the Summit Shorty race series today. This was #3 in the 6 race series which is held each Wednesday early evening in Marin. The course is atop a small hillside within McInnis Park and is a mix of fire road, single-track, and paved road. The photo shows the peak of the course in the distance as well as the start/finish fire road section where I’m ambling along....
Kelly's Boggs 8hr Race Report
When we signed up for the Boggs 8-hour race in January, it didn’t seem like much of a stretch. For the co-ed team of Hans and me (SyCip), it would work out to roughly four hours of racing each. Leading up to the race on May 5, a steady progression of longer races awaited us: Napa Valley Dirt Classic, almost two hours; Sea Otter, almost two hours, Lemurian, three hours. An hour more couldn’t be...
Kelly's Lemurian Race Report
The Lemurian Shasta is a big highlight of the season. It’s got everything: long climbs that seem to get harder as they go on; fast technical descents; miles and miles of undulating, flowing singletrack; beautiful, jaw dropping scenery…It’s where I learned three years ago, in my first mountain bike season, that being a climber is NOT a sufficient condition for doing well in a mountain bike race....
2012 Sea Otter Classic SyCip Racing team member Kelly Chang competed in the women’s pro cross country race. It was a tough field with current and former national champions mixed within the field. Kelly said she was happy with her race and “I wasn’t last!”. Nice job!
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