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

BASP5_JCT

photo by Michael Tabtabai

BASP_JCT2

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: CCCX 4 Toro Regional Park

CCCX continues the yearly tradition of front loading the CX season with a bunch of races in September and October.  Since the BASP opener at Candlestick was cancelled, would there be a bigger racer turnout at Toro?

The typical Toro course configuration was used.  The late-week precipitation tightened up the track a little bit for the first two races of the day but the constant racer traffic churned up the dirt and the track got quite loose in a few places.

What really matters is that the team debuted two brand spanking new Caletti CX race machines!  Both Jojo and Jeb had their frames built up and race ready for the Toro course.  These two guys were sporting visible chubb all over the race course which got kind of uncomfortable for some.  Their stoke was palpable and they both turned in solid performances.

Jojo rehashes….

First race on the new bike was awesome…I didn’t get much riding on the bike  before race day, so that was my first real shred on it. It felt comfortable and super predictable right off the bat and I was able to fall right into a great rhythm after the first lap madness settled. I went back and forth with a few guys throughout the race and fought most of them off…I was able to finish the day at 5th, my best result of the season so far. GRINDURO here we come!

Jeb ups his word count this week….

Pulled the new Caletti out of the car and threaded the axles in. Having only bedded the brakes on the bike and double checking torques, I figured I better get a few laps in and get a feel for the bike. Half way through my first recon lap, I double flatted. Yeah! I didn’t know I had been selected to pick up every goat head on the course, but I definitely took my new job seriously. Enjoying the long walk back to the tent, I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to swap to another wheel set, but with the help of Emery, super mechanic, I was ready for call up (well when they call other people’s names).

The race was took off with a fast start and I settled in back farther than I wanted after the first few turns. The best part of the race was the new bike. It is a thing of beauty! I can’t believe the ride quality, amazing. As the race went on, my goal was to move up a spot or two each lap. Seemed to work finishing in 10th.

I raced next.  After winning my B race the week prior, I decided to test the waters in the 35+ A category….AKA the race that features all the past national and world champions.  I knew a beating was about to commence so my mindset was just to ride fast (for me) and smooth and not make mistakes while being in a race that featured way more horsepower and bike handling skills.  I rolled in 18th and didn’t get lapped!

Emily toed the line for her first race this season and snagged a 5th place in the Women’s Elite race!

I had to break the seal sooner or later.  I’m glad I rolled down to Toro to hang with my people and race my bike!  I recently changed up my tires and also ditched my old crankset for a CX friendly 46/36.  Big ring baby!

Emery tried to continue his podium streak in the competitve SS A race.  He also takes super detailed notes of his races so he can keep track of what he did right vs. wrong and what he learned in the process.

After a solid finish last weekend I received a nice little call up to the second row toeing up to the line with the typical wrecking crew hoping to hang on their wheels. They sent us off and I pushed up toward the front of the group. I wanted to make sure I was in position to chase if any moves were made. The leaders weren’t pushing too hard on the first lap and the field was holding together in a big pace line. I wanted to test the stronger guys as well as pull the field apart and keep my focus on the muscle so I went off the front on just about 1/4 into the first lap. Big mistake I burned too much pulling the lead group around the course for just over a lap and when they overtook, me I struggled to hold on for about a lap or two and then popped. Cliff and I sat in 4th and 5th worked together a bit trying to catch back on while Cesar and Timmy C clawed at us a bit but no dice. We then went back an forth on each other for a lap or so until I was able to run away and sit in fairly comfortably for the last few laps and roll across the line in 4th place. A good result for me in a fairly stacked field and a course that kicked my ass.

Full results here

Emily looking smooth over the root.  Photo by Jeff Vander Stucken

Emery riding over what most racers were running.  Photo by Jeff Vander Stucken

 

Link to more of Jeff’s great photos

Tony Purtscher

Name Tony Purtscher

Hometown Santa Cruz (Felton!)

Race Category Men’s B

Occupation Student and Veteran’s Advocacy

After a stint in the Army, Tony currently attends UCSC  more hours a week than he is riding his bike. But on the plus side he is set to graduate in Spring with a BA in History. Priorities! Tony started riding bikes after moving home in 2006.  Since then, cycling has been a big part of recovering from a back injury he sustained during a parachute jump while in the Army.  He’s also a competitive apple pie eater.  Well, only once.  But he won…and going out on top is the best way to end a career.  Check out his tattoos at the races.  He’s got some great ink.  Seriously!
Booze
Chavez porter at Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Capitola, or an old fashioned.
Food
Sushi.  Yum.  Happy.
Music
David Bazan, Ray LaMontagne, Avett Brothers.  Mix Tapes!

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Order Team Kits now thru Monday

Cross season is so close you can almost taste the dirt in your mouth!

Now through Monday we welcome you to order the 2013/2014 Team Caletti cycling kits made by Castelli.

We’re very happy with our updated kit design for this year and the premium fabrics, design and construction of the Castelli custom clothing. Full zip team jerseys, probably the softest long sleeve jersey you’ll find with a light feel and great warmth, a truly wind blocking vest and some great shorts/bibs, all in a Euro race cut (which means size up from what you wear in American based brands, usually one size will do you) and with great pricing!

Remember, the order closes Monday night!

$75 Team Jersey, short sleeve, full zip
$85 Long Sleeve Jersey (insulated)
$85 Wind Vest
$105 Women’s Aero Race Shorts with X2 long distance pad
$95 Men’s Team Bibshort with K.I.S.S. pad
$115 Men’s Aero Race Bibshort with X2 long distance pad
$130 CX Speed Suit with K.I.S.S. pad and 3/4 length sleeves (not insulated)

+ $10 shipping and CA sales tax (8.75%)

Go here and create a login and order and pay online with your card:

https://teamorder.serviziocorse.com/index.aspx?pc=DB4F9D44-ACDF-44D2-A100-7DB0CFCAAA7F

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How to order:
1) click the link, under NEW USERS, enter your e mail address and click CREATE ACCOUNT
2) Fill out your member profile and click NEXT
3) You’ll see our Caletti Cycles project listed, click NEW ORDER
4) Enter quantities and click NEXT
5) Confirm your order and click NEXT
6) Enter and submit your payment info
7) In about 7 weeks you’ll receive your new kit! Ride and enjoy.

 

 Caletti Cycles 2013 Team Kit

Order Team Kits til Monday

Cross season is so close you can almost taste the dirt in your mouth!

Now through Monday we welcome you to order the 2013/2014 Team Caletti cycling kits made by Castelli.

We’re very happy with our updated kit design for this year and the premium fabrics, design and construction of the Castelli custom clothing. Full zip team jerseys, probably the softest long sleeve jersey you’ll find with a light feel and great warmth, a truly wind blocking vest and some great shorts/bibs, all in a Euro race cut (which means size up from what you wear in American based brands, usually one size will do you) and with great pricing!

Remember, the order closes Monday night!

$75 Team Jersey, short sleeve, full zip
$85 Long Sleeve Jersey (insulated)
$85 Wind Vest
$105 Women’s Aero Race Shorts with X2 long distance pad
$95 Men’s Team Bibshort with K.I.S.S. pad
$115 Men’s Aero Race Bibshort with X2 long distance pad
$130 CX Speed Suit with K.I.S.S. pad and 3/4 length sleeves (not insulated)

+ $10 shipping and CA sales tax (8.75%)

Go here and create a login and order and pay online with your card:

https://teamorder.serviziocorse.com/index.aspx?Page=Login

——-
How to order:
1) click the link, under NEW USERS, enter your e mail address and click CREATE ACCOUNT
2) Fill out your member profile and click NEXT
3) You’ll see our Caletti Cycles project listed, click NEW ORDER
4) Enter quantities and click NEXT
5) Confirm your order and click NEXT
6) Enter and submit your payment info
7) In about 7 weeks you’ll receive your new kit! Ride and enjoy.
Caletti Cycles 2013 Team Kit

Race Report: Dec 2 Mudfest

By Josh T. 

CCCX 6 December 2, 2012.  Manzanita Park

The weather man said to expect a 100% chance of rain with 20mph+ winds.  I think he got it right!  CCCX 6 proved to be the epic mud race of the season.  The prior 3 days of constant rain made which ever course layout they set up ride extremely tough, with deteriorating conditions as the day went on.

Jason and I had a 9am start with him in the C 35+ and myself in the open C class.  We got there early to take our reconnaissance laps with the ultimate goal of staying as dry and warm as possible before the start.  The course was set up in the clockwise direction and was on the short side at about 1.4 miles per lap…no doubt because of the conditions.  The general hub for weather protection at the course was near the bathrooms.  Racers set up their trainers, changed clothes and sought refuge from the elements before and after their races.  This area was almost too nice as Jason and I almost missed our starts.

We made it to the line in time and we were set off in probably the craziest conditions I’ve ridden bikes in.  And we paid to do it!!  After missing my pedal on the start not once but two times, I finally clipped in and took off after the series leader.  I was 4thor 5th wheel going into the slippery off cambers and barrier runup.  By the time we got up to the top of the course, I was 3rdwheel behind the leaders of the open C and C 35+ with Jason a few wheels behind me.  The downhill section was my least favorite part.  We were faced with a 20mph head wind and horizontal rain.  If you were close on someone’s wheel, you were getting served up with an exfoliating sand facial.  At one point I thought I lost a contact.

The rest of the race was spent negotiating the massive bogs that formed in every corner and straight.  The only reprieve was the paved climb up through the start/finish with a tail wind.  I ended up 2nd in open C and Jason took 3rd in C 35+.

Other teammates were also in action.  Brian McCain continued his consistent racing with another 2nd place finish in B 35+. That’s his third 2nd place finish in the series.  Jeremiah battled three Ibis/Buy-Cell racers and ultimately finished 5th in men’s A 35

4 races, 4 podiums.

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Tony Purtscher – old

Name Tony Purtscher

Age 29

Hometown Santa Cruz, CA

Race Category B

Occupation One to one independent living skills trainer for adults with developmental disabilities.

Favorite Wes Anderson Movie Rushmore

Favorite go-to ride Up empire.

All time favorite ride San Francisco to Santa Cruz, with a tailwind.

Most memorable ride 10 days touring with a group of disabled veterans through Normandy ending at the finish line of stage 6 of the Tour de France as the Tours special guests.

Favorite post-race eat/drink Big sandwich and a cold beer.

What do you love most about ‘cross? Good people, being in nature.

What is your astrological sign/spirit animal? Leo. And my spirit animal is the Chimpanzee. Or a wolf. Or a hybrid wolfpanzee.

Any pets? 2 cats live at my house. They’re cool.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be? An epic road trip across the U.S. to all the national and really good state parks. Potentially via bicycle.

How many bikes do you own? 7, but I plan to sell at least 3 of them within the month. My cats don’t have room to play in the living room because they’re scarred of the rolling beasts.

Do you have any pre-race rituals? If so, what do you do to make sure the race goes well? Not yet…

What are you into besides bicycles? School, full time(history/education), hiking, brewing beer.

What music are you listening to these days? David Bazan, Traveling Wilburies, Avette brothers, Bright Eyes, Bruce Springsteen, Dustin Kensrue, Joe Pug, Ray LaMontagne.

What are your special skills?

Random factoid you’d like to share I have a third nipple.

2 truths and a lie

  1. I have a tattoo of smurfette riding a my little pony.
  2. I elbowed Donald Rumsfeld in the ribs, on purpose.
  3. I lost part of my left pinky toe to a snapping turtle in Georgia.

 

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