Race Report: BASP Candlestick 4 and 5(Repechage)

Cyclocrossers typically aren’ t used to hitting the first race at the Stick this late in the season.  Better late than never.  This was a great weekend for Team Caletti.

Emery won his first race ever in the Singlespeed A division,  I won my first race in the BASP series and Lindsey bagged her 2nd  – first place finish in the series.  Troy was able to sneak onto the podium on day 1 before a stiff back kept him out of day 2.  Jojo battled from the back row to finish at 10th in the hyper aggro open B field.

Saturday Results:

Emery – 1st, SS A

Troy – 4th, SS A

Josh – 3rd, 35+ B

Lindsey – 2nd, 35+ Women’s A

Sunday Results:

Emery – 1st, SS A

Josh – 1st, 35+ B

Lindsey – 1st, 35+ Womens’ A

Jojo – 10th, B

 

Photo by Jeff Vanderstucken

Photo by Jeff Vanderstucken

Photo by Jeff Vanderstucken

Photo by Jeff Vanderstucken

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photo by Michael Tabtabai

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photo by Michael Tabtabai

Race Report: Surf City #3 Aptos High

Leg burning climbs.  Steep runups.  Technical descents.  That’s what typically pops into racers’ minds as CX at Aptos HS approaches.  It’s a course like no other in the region due to the elevation gain and varied terrain.  Singletrack, grass, gravel, sand and pavement.

This year’s iteration saw the skies open up the night before and douse the course so that that early races had gooey mud, wet sand and grass all mixed up in addition to negotiating the tricky terrain.  Later day races had a perfectly dialed track as evidenced by the lack of mud clinging to any frames.

The squad had a killer showing with some great results:

John Caletti – 2nd, 35+ B

Josh – 3rd, 35+ B

Jed – 12th, B

Jojo – 13th, B

Emily – 8th, Women’s Elite

Lindsey – 10th, Women’s Elite

Emery – 2nd, SS A

Troy – 6th, SS A

Check out this killer video compiled by Peter Thomsen and John Ricketts!

 

Race Report: BASP #2 Sierra Point Night Race

Big weekend of racing at the Bay Area Super Prestige Night Race held at the Sierra Point Yacht Club in Brisbane, CA.  This is always one of the biggest races of the season for the entire Bay Area given the later start times and festive atmosphere.

Team Caletti scored multiple podiums on the day!

Josh – 2nd 35+B

John – 4th 35+B

Jojo – 12th B

Jed – 20th B

Emery – 5th SS A

Troy Cooter Tanuki – 10th

Emily – 18th Women’s Elite

Lindsey – 1st Women’s 35+ A

Sunday’s Repechage was the same course but run in reverse.  Only half the team rallied with the help of our Chef du Cusine Ryan Thompson providing pre-race nourishment.  Some flatted tubulars killed Emery and my chances of podium glory, but a good time was had by all.

Josh – 22nd 35+B

Emery – 11th SS A

Troy Cooter Tanuki – 6th SS A

Jojo – 9th B

A big thanks goes out to Peter Thomsen (sponsor of Team Caletti/member/photographer) for the gallery of pics below!

 

 

Race Report: Surf City #2 Watsonville Fairgrounds

The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, CA opened up the gates once again to allow us cyclocrossers the opportunity to get down and dirty! For those who raced last year, I’m sure the memories of that truly epic slog are still at the forefront of your memory banks. Conditions this year were the opposite of that dreary November day with warm temperatures and a bone dry course.

The Surf City CX crew along with course designer Ben Jaques-Mayne laid out a challenging track that has become the hallmark of Surf City courses. All types of skills were required: cambers, runups, dirty turns, 100lb pitt bulls, bumpy power straights, skittery gravel downhills…The course was wide open in some spots and narrow in others. All in all, it was a demanding course yet very raceable.

One of the best spectator spots was the drop in on the far end of the course that featured cocoa powder type dirt with a line that changed every single lap. Emery was huckin his meat off the pavement into the decent and surfed the brown pow con juevos every lap.

I kicked off the festivities for Team Caletti with another win in the 35+ B category. Jed and Jojo lined up next in the open B race with Jojo taking a strong 8th and Jed another lucky 13th.  These guys are coming up fast and we should be looking out for some podium performances with the big races still ahead!

Our lone lady representative, Emily McKissins, stormed out with the holeshot in the women’s A race but succumbed to cramps in her legs and had to abandon.

Our tallest and shortest team members took on the heat of the day as well as some of the Bay area’s fastest SS racers in the final race of the day. It’s midseason now and if you’ve been racing somewhat regularly, you pretty much know who your marks are every race. Emery was able to improve on last week’s fourth place with a strong third on the day while still dealing with cramps late in the race. Troy literally was playing in the dirt off his bike and still rocked a 7th place! I’m a pretty dark skinned guy, but Troy was possibly a darker shade of brown than I am!

Chef Ryan Thompson came through again with the goods in the form of chile relleno burritos with a cocktail of “blood of the cobra” for post-race snacks!

Thanks to all the friends, family and sponsors who came out to support us! We do what we do with your help!

Link to results

 

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Photo by Patrick Rosso

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Photo by Patrick Rosso

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Photo by Patrick Rosso

 

More photos in the gallery below.  All photos taken by Amber Slankard.

Race Report: Surf City CX #1 Harbor Highschool

Our local race series, Surf City CX, kicked off this past weekend with a stellar course at Harbor High.

The Harbor High course always has a little bit of everything but this particular iteration proved to be a highly technical ride with off cambers, loose over loose, high speed descents and some duffy sand. Of course there was the usually bumpy, power sections on the grass and the big runup to the top of the course. The course had great flow and had two distinct parts. Everything near the start/finish up to the runup was pure power while the section on top all the way down to the far end of the track required technical skills, finesse and some body english.

First, let’s check out this video that our very own head honcho John Caletti made while spending the day out at the race…

 

Most of the squad was racing and plenty of friends and family were out to cheer.

Jed, still very much in the honeymoon phase with his new race whip, finished in lucky 13th in the men’s open B race. He looked pretty good to me, especially in his new Giro Empire laceup sneakers!

Sunday was the second cyclocross race for me with the new bike. The race itself went fairly well, had to recover from a few fellow racers taking me out. But was able to finish 13th. Starting to feel much smoother in turns and working on fitness.

Emily scored a 14th place in the Women’s Elite field that featured a former world champion and last year’s 2nd place finisher at CX nationals. She used her supreme running skills to her advantage to distance herself from her competition.

Emery and Troy featured in the last race of the day against the SS A field. Emery got off to a great start and was sitting 2nd wheel behind Ryan Rinn keeping the competition behind by being technically proficient in riding up the big ledge at the top of the course ultimately finishing in 4th.

Sick the last week, no training. Banked on base and work put in earlier to carry me through. Course flowed and the last minute grass section was awesome. I blinked and two barriers doubled to four for my race. Got a call up. I tried to hold Rinn’s wheel the first lap, he slipped away. Gritted my teeth to hold on to second but didn’t have it. Slipped back into 4th and held on tight. I went super deep! The course was so tough but sooo fun!

Troy maintained a nice steady pace throughout the race just finishing off the podium in 6th.

I had a few bobbles in the camber areas early on but I started to feel better and better as the race wore on.

We are super lucky to have such great support at the races! Big shout out to our sponsor Lauren at Totally Tubular for hanging out all day!!  Also, big love to Chef Ryan Thompson who provided post-race nutrition with his mobile kitchen. The menu featured tot waffles slathered with a fresh fall curry topped with roasted pumpkin, root veggies, and pepper pickled onions…drunken chicken on top of the meativores!!!

Full Results Here!

Josh – 1st, 35+B

Jed  – 13th, B

Emily – 14th, Women’s Elite

Emery – 4th, SS A

Troy – 6th, SS A

Next up….Surf City #2 at SC County Fairgrounds in Watsonville!!!

Here are some some snaps taken by Jeff Vanderstucken…

Link to Jeff’s complete gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lobster Cross is Coming!

lobster cross flyer

This is going to be a hoot. Jump over to the Cyclocross Magazine write up on the event for details.

Race Report: West Sac CX Grand Prix and CCCX 1

Saturday 9/6/14 West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix

 

Jeremiah wrangled up Emery, Troy and the cheer squad and beat feet outta Santa Cruz early to make it up in time for the single speed race, their first race of the day. There was an abundance of the necessary donuts and bathroom breaks on the route up to Sacramento.

The course was like nothing we ever see in the Bay Area, a huge grassy hill winding all around with lots of great off camber sections and a little dirt mixed in too. TRACTION FOR ALL! A little start line mix up and Emery started the race sitting 45th out of 45 single speed men. He reeled in racers one at a time bunny hopping the barrier every lap and smashing the pedals up the steep grassy hills, no need for him to dismount on this course.  Just under an hour later Emery was sitting 13th looking for another lap to play catch up but the race was over.

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Emery’s wind tunnel testing paid off. Photo by Jeff Namba

Jeremiah and Troy toed up to the line for the 35+ A category and pinned it for the hole shot. They were sitting first and second and rolling hard. Jeremiah came in hot to the barrier section and fumbled his bunny hop at high speed sending him OTB. He took inventory, dusted himself off and got on the gas to make up time. Troy sat steady and raced consistent and smooth. When it was all said and done and 90 freaking degrees Troy and Jeremiah finished up 12th and 14th in the field.

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Jeremiah leading the pack. Photo by Gary Hudson

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Cooter making turns. Photo by Gary Hudson

Overall a good first race out for the boys and hopefully all the bugs and pre race jitters have been shaken off
* Jeremiah suffered a minor fracture to his right collarbone, but he should be back the bike racing in three weeks or so. If you see him give him your milkshake, and a left handed high five.

Sunday 9/7/14 CCCX 1 – Ft. Ord

The Central Coast Cyclocross Series (CCCX) kicked off it’s racing at the venerable Ft. Ord.  Planet Ord has plenty of ups, downs, singletrack, gravel, pavement and sand and promoter Keith DeFiebre had carte blanche every time he gets to setup his courses.

The track was setup to remind everyone that CX racing is hard! Three barriers waited atop the steep starting climb and more climbing followed after that. Throw in a super loose, sandy, rutty downhill right after and things can get sketchy in a hurry…just ask team racer Matt Carlson. With the abundant sand already at Ft. Ord, the critical feature of the track was indeed a 15 foot long sand pit. The pit got progressively deeper as you rode it and it wasn’t uncommon to see huge chunks of asphalt lurking just below the surface. A lot of racers were running it with good success but the racers who could power through the sand were better off on the super bumpy descent that followed.

This was my first race of the season and I was looking to get the early season jitters out of the way.  I crossed the line 4th out of 12 racers in the 35+ B category.  Emery doubled down for the weekend and finished 5th out of 6 in Singlespeed A.

CCCX Results

West Sac CX GP Results

 

FUNdraiser event at the Crepe Place Monday November 4

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We’re having a benefit event at the Crepe Place Nov 4th, 5pm to close. They will donate $1 to Team Caletti for each drink or entree you get. We’ll also have a raffle and maybe a band.
Hope to see you there!

Louisville 2013: “Hell Can’t Hold You”

cold on the starting grid

We are staying about about 15 west of “Lew-Ah-ville” in Indiana.  We got a great night’s rest completely unaware of the tornado warning sirens were going off in town.

About 2″ of rain fell overnight and the Louisville masters course was flooded over night. The qualifier races were delayed by about 2 hours, so the coordinators cut the races from 3 laps to 2. Jeremiah’s qualifier sprint was at 3:30.  By this time the course went from lake like conditions in the morning to 4 inches of shoe sucking peanut butter. It was not a course anyone needed to pre-ride as a good line did not exist.

These conditions favored strong riders like Justin Robinson who churned a fast crawl  at best for a 3rd place finish.  Jeremiah had a great start sitting 8th after the whistle. The heavy muck quickly jammed his front derailleaur, not allowing him to shift out of the big ring. He quickly slipped to 25th until he could get to Jason in the pits for a bike swap.

The 24th position was the last position to make qualifying for Fridays final. With the spare bike Jeremiah fought hard to the 20th seat. He was able to hold off a neck breather until the last stretch where he was able to open up a 30 length at the Finish.

By, Ryan Thompson

Louisville 2013: Day 1

Well our travel day was an adventure. We had a 150mph tailwind pushing us into Chicago. Our connecting flight out of Edmonton toilets froze. Our 45 minute layover turned into 2 hours. We met a racer Ken Dick from Emeryville as we waited. Turns out he came out alone to race masters 35+ too.
I offered Ken a hand in the pits and gave him my contact info.

Ken was confident he didn’t need any help or maybe he was a bit disturbed by Jeremiah planting thoughts of mistrust by implying we “win at all costs”. I don’t think it helped that we three of us looked like just stepped out of the Cobra Ki dojo in our matching black trainers.

I counted 10 bike boxes at baggage claims from our flight into Louisville. Jeremiah went to get our rental car while Jason and myself wrangled up our luggage. Ken walked up to Jason and I in a state of shock. He had managed to misplace his drivers license and was unable to rent a car. He was unsure what to do and was calling on us for help.

Jeremiah had booked a car based the lowest rate a few weeks back. Yes I said “car” I was thinking with two bikes, four adults and gear, wtf? Long story short the rental company overbooked and gave our car away. In fact they had no cars or mini vans. He went next door to a company that only had minivans and was willing to price match the quote Jeremiah got on a Honda Fit. What a blessing, we saved $200 on a rental large enough to haul our gear and give Ken a lift to the Hotel.

The weather is supposed to be crazy today high 60’s, wind advisories, rain and thunder.

Jeremiah is in the first heat with Justin Robinson. 20 of the 30 racers in his heat advance to the next round.

Stay tuned,
—Ryan