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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race Report: CCCX 3 Manzanita Park

 

Manzanita Regional Park located in Prunedale was the setting for another great round of races in the CCCX race series.  This particular course configuration was one of my favorites since the technical parts were bumped up a few notches while the other classic Manzanita features were all still in play.

The 1.6 mile long course had the customary uphill paved climb and descent down the backside.  There were a lot more off camber turns this time around and Keith added a sneaky little ride/run up section right before the finish straight.  It was completely rideable given that you had a clear shot at it with no traffic in front of you.  Otherwise, you were off your bike and pushing around the corner only to remount before a loose, downhill off camber.  It’s these types of features that make a well rounded CX course for racing rather than just a fitness course where riding fast in a straight line can net you some decent results.

Emery, Jojo, Jed and I made the trek down to P-dale along with some super fans…some as far as LA and Kansas City, MO!!!

Jojo finished 6th in the open B race.  Good job!  He recalls….

Manzanita is always cool. I feel like whenever I race there I leave thinking,   That place is fun, different and sort of underrated. It has a little bit of everything and this years course had some cool little features I don’t remember being included in years past.  The stoke fire for my new bike is building and I can not wait to take it up to Quincy for the grinduro in a couple weeks and really give it a proper shakedown. Team Caletti #1 for ever!

We finally got Jeb to race out of Santa Cruz County…and I think this is first contribution to a race report!  WHOA!!!!

Rolled down to my first CX race out of Santa Cruz County on Sunday. It was a great experience with good team support.

A cooked corner at the top of the course left Jeb with a crooked shifter and some lost positions.  He rolled in 14th in a competitive B field.

Our lone Elite race….Slimdog Emery:

The Feejay Mobile is a killer race base camp! Pina colada ice cream made with Skratch Labs pineapple drink mix, squished between cookies made with Skratch labs cookie mix = CLUTCH

The Manzanita Park course isn’t my favorite, I struggled there quite a bit last year between not feeling on form and rolling a tubular. This past weekends race I was able to improve my fitness from last year but the track still gave me tire issues. The single speed field was failry deep with 15 racers lining up behind the elite men’s category. The wide open uphill start kept the field pretty tight into the first barrier and through the first half of the course. I tried to play it safe but keep myself in a position to move with the lead group if there was an attack. I ended up sitting into second with with third place on my wheel and didn’t look back to see where 4th, 5th or anything past that were. Myself and 2nd place were looking to hunt down Alex Kramer who was looking a bit spun out on the front.

I was looking to ramp the throttle up a bit more and test them to see if they could hang on after pulling them around for a lap and a half, as we entered the first sandy infield section on the baseball field, when I felt my front tire squirm and begin to mash rim. I had punctured. The rough descents on the backside of the course had claimed my cotton tubular and position. Luckily I was close enough to the pit to limp around and grab a wheel without losing too much time. I quick wheel swap and a little extra push and I had only fallen back to third with about 5 laps to go. Despite my best efforts to chase back up I would have to accept my efforts and lack of tire pressure leaving me on the #3 step and what could’ve been with an inflated tire to my imagination.

I’m really happy with my result! I think that this result gives me a good gauge to my fitness this season and is an indication that my work and training in the off and pre season have been on target. I am excited race next weekend and hope to give a similar performance.

My race went well as I won my first Cat 3 35+ race.  When the parents are in town and the wife comes out  to watch you race, you have to throw it down!

Check out the gallery!  All photos by Amber Waves Slankard!

 

 

Race Report: BASP Night Race & Repechage 1

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT!!!

A new experiment from the BASP folks this particular weekend…the “high school football game of NorCal CX” will feature a repechage race the following day with the course run backwards.

This race is always a circled on most every NorCal CX racer and for good cause.  The compact course leads to great areas for spectating, Richard Fries is flown in from the east coast to announce the races and of course the later start times with the Elite/A races all happening under the lights.  Night time also means party time and racers and their friends and family typically stick around to eat delicious food and drink drinks.

The night race course was your typical counterclockwise direction with the flyover, 2 sets of barriers and a ride/run up depending on your skills.  The sand pit from last year wasn’t much of a factor although some racers were still having some issues riding it cleanly while fully red-lined.   There was a mud pit though right after the 90-degree left hand turn off of the start straight.  Getting through this section in the front 5 or so spots would be crucial as there’s pretty much only one clean line hard left….the mud pit was rideable but not optimal.

Special thanks goes out to Andrew at Castelli Servicio Course – Bay Area for letting us shack up in his spacious tent all weekend!!

Team Caletti was in full effect with only two racers missing out on the weekend’s action.   Here are Saturday’s results:

Cruz 11th 35+C

Josh 6th 35+B

Jojo 27th B

Emery 11th SS A

Jeremiah 18th 35+A

Cooter 27th 35+A

Scraper 14th SS B

Scraper 5th Women’s A

Lindsey Lil B 21st Women’s A

 

Sunday Repechage

Sunday’s race saw a lower turn out in racer numbers but the competition was still fierce as the diehards and hard-men/women of CX doubled up.  Temps were warm and the sun was blazing.  The course had a little bit better flow going clockwise IMO but with pretty much all the same elements in play except the flyover.

Sunday results:

Josh 6th 35+B

Emery 9th SS A

Troy 18th 35+A

Matthew 24th 35+A

Lil B 11th Women’s A

Scraper 6th Women’s A

Jojo 17th B

Photos!!!  All photos by John Caletti or Amber Waves unless otherwise noted.

 

 

Surf City Final – pics by Tony

Photos: CCCX Race #5

Race: CCCX Race #5
Date: Sunday October 14, 2012
Venue: Manzanita Park, Prunedale, CA

It was a great day at the races. The team looked very premium in the new kits. Here are few photos from the day (more photos here)

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Photos: CCCX Race #4

Race: CCCX Race #4
Date: Sunday October 77, 2012
Venue: CSUMB, Seaside, CA

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Video: North Coast Training Ride

We went for a sweet adventure ride up the coast and through the woods. It went a little something like this.

Jeremiah’s CX Bike

Overview
Oversize tubing throughout for added pop when sprinting around the cross course. Tapered and curved seatstays take the edge off the bumps.
Specs
Head Angle: 72.25
Seat Angle: 73
Head Tube Length: 15.3
Top Tube: 56.2
Cockpit: Ritchey WCS
Drivetrain: SRAM Red, Force
Tubing: Columbus Life oversize, custom shaped down tube, OX Platinum head tube, Life oversize chainstays, custom  curved Columbus Zona seatstays, Paragon SL dropouts and internally relieved BB.
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