Here’s a full race lap of the US Cup race #4, the Santa Ynez Valley Classic in Los Olivos, California. It was a long race, nearly 2 hours race time (2 laps). There were 1500 feet of climbing per lap, 24.6 miles total. But it felt great, I managed my pace well and the course was great for this kind of endurance race. Not technical at all, but so fast! Like out-of-the-saddle-big-chainring-pedalling-on-flying-single-track fast. Average speed 13 mph. A crash would have resulted in a bad day.
This was race #3 of the US Cup 2013 mountain bike race series. I retired on lap 1 with a puncture (video here). So I thought I would make the most of my walk of shame back to the pits by shooting some track side footage of these guys & gals totally killing it on this technical course.
“Race control, #286 is out, mechanical – Copy that”
I did not finish, DNF, at the US Cup race #3 in Fontana. Two punctures on lap 1. That really sucks mechanical balls. The course was so awesome, with rocky downhill sections, technical climbs – I was so pumped to race on that track. Oh well. My mistakes. When I hit that first rock I thought “oops the tire won’t like that”. It when flat a few meters later. So I put a tube in immediately. Then, further, I caught some air over a small drop and, mid-air, realized “oops the tube won’t like that”. It pinched and it was over. Turns out the tubeless tire had no damage at all. It just burped. I could have just re-inflated it with the cartridge and keep going.
- Leave a fucking gap with the guy in front so you’re not blindly riding his line.
- Inspect the fucking tire before dismounting it.
- Those fucking CO2 cartridges are too small for big 29er wheels.
- Tubes can save the day but they still fucking suck so ride them gently.
Marshall Canyon is located in La Verne, CA in Los Angeles. I was riding with two lights on the handle bar – two NiteRider Lumina 650 – and a Petzl Myo RXP headlamp on my helmet. The footage was shot on GoPro Hero3 Black Edition in 1440p at 48 fps. No color correction was applied while editing.
I finished 4th again last weekend at the US Cup Race #2 at Bonelli Park. It was a big race week-end with many olympic athletes present. FEllow canadian Emily Batty finished 2nd woot! The track was at world-class level with challenging man-made obstacles. It was a rough course, loved it! I completed my 3 laps in 1:23:16. What’s weird though, is I couldn’t get my heart rate anywhere near Zone 5 (anaerobic). I spent the race almost 50-50 in Zones 3 & low-4. I don’t know why. Maybe too much snowboarding the day before killed my legs.