This year The Blitz mixed it up a bit by adding some new fun sections to the race course. We no longer finished at 10 Barrel Brewing so it gave us some more room to work with. We added some sweet jumps in the woods near the end of the trails in a zone called “The Lair”. Then straight to the classic jump on the driving range at Tetherow. From there we had the Top Speed competition and back onto the driving range for more of the energy zapping grass all the way to the finish line. Great event as always! Here’s a shortened version but full POV on the event.
We made it out to PA just fine and spent yesterday getting camp setup and spinning out the legs after the 9hr drive from Boston. Man…I can tell you we are in the WOODS out here… BACKWOODS. But it awesome riding and so different from what we have back home. Super tight, technical, rocky, rooty, fun trails.
After the day of getting situated, the local trail committee and race partner hosted an EnduroCross Moto race their backyard that is right around the corner from the venue. It was super nice of them to invite us over, have a little BBQ and watch some motos. Great way to kick off the week! I can’t wait to see it all unfold!
Plenty More To Come
What an awesome experience!! Today I rode with a Legend from the cycling world, Greg Lemond. The plan…just get a bunch of people to ditch work on a Friday afternoon and get out and have some fun. No frills, just a fun adventure. The whole idea came together from the guys from Oakley and MASH SF. It was a beautiful day to get out ride some road, ride some dirt and have a blast. Let alone do it all with Greg Lemond. So we rolled from the O Store on Market Street, down to the Embarcadero, past the marina and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Then up into the Headlands, rallied some dirt over to the bunkers and headed back to finish up at the MASH Transit Store. The other thing was so dope and once in a lifetime experience. I’m so stoked I was able to be attend and take it all in!
I have been so stoked on this bike since the Tuesday Afternoon in Austin, TX when I got it just prior to CXNats. I raced it all weekend down there and have since been doing some epic rides on it. Wether it’s a CX Ride, Road Road or even a Dirt Road Ride. It’ll tackle anything. I recently revamped it with a new Longer Distance setup for a few of the gravel races that I will do. I tested it out at the Barry Roubaix back in Michigan last month and it was awesome!!
Just a few minor changes was all it took.
-Swapped from the 303 Tubulars to a set of Carbon Clinchers so I can easily fix a flat if need be.
-Installed some SUPER SICK 32mm Armadillo Elite Pavement Tires (As you can see I’ve been putting them through the ringer.)
-Swapped my 40tooth front chainring (CX setup) for a 44tooth
-Swapped the 11-28 cassette for an 11-32
-Threw on 2 bottle cages
So with just a few changes I turned my CX Race Ready Crux into a Long Distance Race Ready Crux EVO
Downieville All Mountain Registration is always an up the air event. It is usually announced close to the actually opening date and everyone rushes to register because there are only 250 spots available. For the past fews years it fills up within the first 30secs. Absolutely crazy. It’s almost as crazy as the actual start of the race in Sierra City.
Either Way I’m in and it’s time to start prepping for yet another Downieville AM Championship. This race has always been one of my favorites but has always left me hanging and wanting more. I’ve yet to finish higher than 10th in all of my attempts. So this year, I’m going to smash that climb and set myself up for a successful weekend!
So once again I’m late to the post…but in my defense I was not quite in the mood to type about the Austin Nats weekend. On pretty much all fronts it was a bit of a disappointment. I always try to just go with the flow and just take things how they come but deep down I was beyond disappointed with how everything went down with both my racing and the events that occurred on Sunday morning.
So I’ll keep this part real short. The SS went okay…I had a good feeling about this one and definitely knew I could have landed on one of the steps on the podium if not the top spot. Had some bad luck happen on lap one and was forced to chase. I ended up 9th. It was a pretty solid effort and gave me good confidence going into Sunday. I definitely wished I could have done better but realized I felt good and just looked at the bright side.
Now it had rained for the night prior to pre-ride on Saturday and the course was looking AMAZING!! Super slick, tons of techy sections. I am jumping for joy at this point. Sunday morning rolls around and the race is “cancelled”…What the …. You cancel a race because of the amount of rain and for the safety of some trees that you approved the course to go around… Yeah real smart Austin Parks and Rec. I won’t waste much energy on that subject because others have certainly beat that one to death. So you know what… it’s postponed for everyone, what can I do. Nothing but just stay relaxed and get ready for racing to resume on Monday.
I still feel amazing come Monday AM. Course is slick, everyone is struggling in the conditions and I am still loving it! The Specialized boys had my bikes dialed!! Huge Thanks to Patrick “Tree” and Jon for keeping those puppies in top shape all weekend. I had a great warm up and was ready for the task at hand. I roll to the start line and once call ups have been completed USA Cycling decides to fill in a 9th person on the front row, right in front of me and Troy Wells, which is definitely illegal according to the UCI. And I want to make this CLEAR. I am not blaming Jamey or Donn from Raleigh for their actions (I would expect nothing but a fight to get a rider back on to the front row) but USAC cannot over rule the UCI…Whatever it’s cool. I’ll make it work.
Gun goes off and were are racing, got a great jump off the line and was probably sitting in the top ten until complete chaos unleashed. The pack drifted to the right on a slight uphill and a rider from behind rides into my derailleur and pulls the wheel out of the dropout. There’s a huge crash behind me but I didn’t go down thankfully. Now the adrenaline is pumping and I’m fighting to get my wheel back in and the there I am the last dude still there from the crash. I keep fighting with he wheel before I realize I’m loosing even more time and decide to run to the pits. I hop on my other bike and start chasing.
At this point I’m now just on damage control and my main concern is to not get pulled. So I start chasing’ like hell. I ended up passing about 25 dudes and luckily stay on the lead lap and finish in 25 or something close to that. I didn’t really bother to look at the results and was pretty much done with the weekend and looking to put Austin in my rearview as quickly as possible.
So that pretty much sums up the entire weekend in a somewhat lengthy post. I am not a fan of long posts but this one seems appropriate and if you’ve gotten this far and didn’t just jump to the pics, THANK YOU for reading.
Thanks to Bill from Crank Brothers and Spencer from Road Bike Action for the Pics!!
What an awesome weekend this was. It’s been a little bit since it all went down but I have some time t settle down after all of the race activities as well as through the holiday.
But looking back at the whole Districts experience, I’m so stoked we were able to pull together such an awesome day at LangeTwins. From early on in the year, I had the idea of binging Districts to LT and making it the marque event for the Sac CX series. It took some serious convincing and a frustrating days for those promoting the series but they were able to get it all together.
Joe, Bruce and I sat down numerous times to discuss the whole event layout and as well as food vendors and how the we can make this event the best it could be. Once we had the vendors lined up it was time to get down to business with Jen and Clint from Sac CX and go over all of the actual race day deets. Things came together pretty easily and things were moving. Come Race weekend, Clint, Joe and I went out onto the property and laid out the course.
Race day is here and everything looks great. No it’s time to pin on the number and get down to business. I got off to a great start and Tobin was able to join me up front and we quickly established a gap off the front. From there it would be the two of us battling the entire race through some of the thickest mud we have ever raced in. I made attacks, he made attacks we went back and forth and going into the last lap we were still together. I was able to create a gap, running a section which previously had been difficult to ride. I ran like Forest and was able stay to the finish.
I can’t even express how stoked I am to have won on “home turf” and put on a great show for everyone on LangeTwins property. This season has been incredible and things have finally fallen into place with my racing. I couldn’t be happier with how everything has gone this season and I can’t wait to see what else there is in store for me through the end of the season.
Huge Thanks to Joe Lange and the entire LangeTwins Family for their support this year! As well as all the fans who keep supporting me. Let’s keep this going!!!
Even more epic stuff to see in the big city. Red Bull was doing an art exhibit where they had artists make sculptures out of strictly Red Bull cans. Pretty freakin awesome! There were so many good ones!! Very impressive to see the amount of time and the meticulous work that people have put into their designs.
You wouldn’t get to see stuff like this in Sactown…unfortunately.
Tonight we got to go to the Blackhawks Game! I’d say it’s now a yearly tradition! This year I found some epic seats in the lower section, only about 10 rows up from the ice.
They were playing Tampa Bay and it was a super good game, went in to OT and then on to a shootout with the Hawks taking the win! We definitely got our money’s worth.