Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Another Post-Ride Report

Check out an excellent play-by-play report of the event from Team Sheila Moon rider Sasha Magee here! Thanks Sasha!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Post-Ride Report

Thank you everyone for making the 1st ever East Bay Mixed Terrain Alley CX a success! 69 riders registered and almost everyone completed the course - with only a few technicals causing people to bail out. While the course was a little tricky, and lots of riders didn't hit all the checkpoints, most people seemed to have a good time - even if they were getting lost on the trails in Joaquin Miller Park.

Big thanks to the event sponsors - B. Spoke Tailor for coming through with some fancy knickers and arm/leg warmers for the top finishers; Box Dog Bikes for the pink Deep-V rims; Chuey Brand for cycling hats and t-shirts; De La Paz Coffee for the beans; Montano Velo for the shoes; and Missing Link for the laptop bag. Thank you sponsors!

Shout out to the checkpoint workers - Tristan, Paul, Sam and Tom - for hanging in their while riders trickled through; and Jojo, Tarak and Jason for helping out with things at the lake.

Special thanks to Murphy for hooking up the after party beverages! Thanks Murph!

I saw lots of riders taking pictures of the race and after party. Several have already made their way to the internetz. Check them out here:

Jenny Oh's Flickr
Jon Suzuki's Flickr (photos by Paul Musso)
Little Daniel's Flickr
Davin's Flickr

For folks that care, here are the final results from the event.

Top Guys (all checkpoints and stamp points):
1. Blake
2. Mike M.
3. Paolo
4. Matthias
5. Isaias
6. Grey
7. Dave V.
8. John B.
9. George T.
10. Peter K.

Top Gals:
1. Kelly C. (all checkpoints and stamp points)
2. Arena
3. May
4. Jenny
5. Wendy

Top Singlespeed/Fixed:
1. Bernard (all checkpoints and stamp points)
2. Josh T.
3. Stephen V.
4. Adam S. (fixed)
5. Jeff R.

King of the Hill (Tunnel Road):
1. Mike F.
2. Walton
3. Adam S.
4. Kea
5. Josh T.


Lanterne Rouge (DFL):
Koshi, Dennis and Seth

Top Finishers (missed one or more checkpoints or stamp points)
1. James J.
2. Walton
3. Josh T.
4. Murphy
5. Morgan F.
6. Thomas H.
7. Adam B.
8. Stephen V.
9. Dave L.
10. Daten

With one event under my belt, look out for an even better follow-up race later this year. Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ride Update and Details

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Everything is coming together for Saturday. As a reminder, registration will open at 11:30 at the northwestern corner of Lake Temescal (see location on the flyer). $5 signs you up for the ride, gets you a map of the route, and food and refreshments at the end of the ride.

The ride will promptly being at 12.30 sharp. The speediest riders will probably complete the course in 2.5 hours. The after party will be held at the starting location in Lake Temescal.

The course is approximately 35 to 40 miles and roughly 50/50 road and dirt. All dirt trails are "legal" and allow cyclists. However, on some trails riders will be sharing space with hikers and dogs. Please be considerate when passing. As mentioned below, the East Bay is very hilly, and this ride is no exception. There will be steep paved climbs, long downhill dirt descents, gradual dirt climbs and other conditions. Choose a bike that you will have fun on and will get you through the course safely. Keep in mind that the East Bay has had a bit of rain the last two days. Conditions will be muddy.

What to bring?
Layers, water, and tools - including a spare tube, patch kit, mini-pump and multi-tool. If you want to bring a bag with a change of clothes, there will be a bag check at registration.

What are the prize categories?
While I hope people turn out for the ride with the intent to have fun, there will be prizes for top finishers. Categories will include: 1st Overall (male and female), 1st Fixed/Singlespeed, 1st Klunker (loosely defined) and Lanterne Rouge (DFL). Depending on how things play out, other categories may be added last minute. Anyone that jeopardizes the health and safety of other riders will be DQ'd.

I guess that's all you need to know. Ride safe and I'll see you tomorrow!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Conditions Are Perfect

Here's the forecast for the end of the week through Saturday. I don't think I could ask for better conditions. Of course, you should never have complete faith in weather forecasts.

Get ready for mud.