Sunday had us out racing in Glendale for Turkey Trot. This was a fun course. Two steep drops, two run ups, lots of off canter turns and chicanes, tons of fast grass sections, loose mulch and of course dirt! This was my fourth CX ever and I actually felt comfy and confident during my race for once. How did I do? Well, I didn’t crash and I didn’t come in last. I’m looking for to next weekend’s races and pushing myself to go faster and harder.
Socal Cross was in Long Beach this past weekend both Saturday and Sunday. Due to other races, we only made it out for Sunday’s event. Then due to a registration flub on my part and Socal Cx not taking cards anymore on site, I didn’t race. I did however poach the course (nice mix of grass and sand, mostly bumpy grass and a shitty run up) when I could and prolly had more fun then most, since there was no pressure. Mel did well in her race and came in 4th place, Greg was looking good until a washout to chain drop, left him out of the runnning. He’ll kill it next weekend. These are a few photos I took while running around, enjoy.
My good friend Zach sent this over. It’s a close up of the build process Western Bikeworks did of the new Asylum Meuse. A carbon crossbike coming out of Asylum Cycles (shoutout to Rogue Ales!). Color me impressed, great edit on what looks like a great build for a equally great frameset. Now I want to see it in action!
This weekend was a two day crossfest in Pomona at the Fairpex. Mel and I could only go for Sunday’s races and I regret not going Saturday, but sometimes life and other things get in the way. Oh, well. Why do I regret it? Because the course was fucking amazing. A flyover to BMX pump track, with whoops and other fun shit, then some fast technical grass sections, a sand trap and of course the pit of death. A steep drop into a hole, which then ramped up to a run-up. So awesome! How did I do? Well, I didn’t crash, didn’t get lapped by the Masters and I didn’t come in last. Here are my photos from the day, enjoy.
I raced my first CX race last Sunday and I had damn fun time doing it. Tons of heckling, Kyle driving me crazy (he made it so fun and annoying), had 4-5 crashes and one flat, but I finished the race (on Mel’s bike) and a blast doing it! Here is my set from the day, enjoy!
Cross is here and so are the underground CX races! Stoked to see these DIY CX races making a return this year, keep it up guys! Word of advice, check the CX racing schedule next time, this race conflicts with one of the Socal Cross race series races… But hopefully everyone will be into doing both!
Mash has a great write up/ photo essay on the DFL race that went down this week in SF. DFL has been putting on free events for a really long time in the bay area and they do it just for the fun of racing bikes and having a good time. By the looks of the photos, both were had! I think all of us need to remember that at the end of the day, all of these DIY events are about having fun!!! I hope I can make to one of these races someday.
Back at the beginning of September, MASH threw a dirt alleycat through Golden Gate Park. This prelude to the CX season had 36 riders flying through trails, sprinting to the Pacific, navigating Sutro Baths and climbing Strawberry Hill for a 360 view of the city. All riders completed the race and were showered with beer, dogs & prizes at the finish. What a lovely Sunday in the park it was.
Chas’s race face
6: James J
Check out the full set HERE