BBQ this Saturday at 4 PM

Hey all,

Save the date for our first team social event this Saturday following the team ride in the morning (9:30 AM CCT from Kroeber, as always) – we’ll be having a barbecue at 2606 Piedmont Ave, Danny and Simon’s place, at 4 PM.

The team will be providing food and drinks, so come over and enjoy!

Thanks,
Connor

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Info session this Thursday (9/4), 9:00-9:30 PM

Hey all,

Sorry for the late notice! We’ve scheduled our first info session this Thursday at 9 PM in the Haas Club Room – we’ll be briefly talking about the team, who we are, and what we do. This will encompass riding, racing, team events (this weekend and the coming weekends), clothing, team deals, and more!

To get to the Haas Club Room, go into the RSF (main entrance), and go up the stairs inside on the right one floor – then head over the bridge towards the varsity sports offices and keep headed straight through some double doors to the room! We’ll try and post some people on the way in so it’s easy to find.

We’ll be handing out some sweet swag like past year’s clothing, so stop by and learn a bit about the team! Anyone and everyone is welcome.

Thanks,
Connor Benton
President

P.S. As always, let us know if you have any questions!

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First Team Ride this Saturday (8/30)

Welcome back everyone!

We’re going to start the semester off right with our first Saturday ride, because hopefully you guys want something else to do over the weekend besides review your syllabuses (syllabi?). Come out and join us at Kroeber Fountain at 9:30 CCT (Cal Cycling Time, which means we roll out at 9:40 – we’re 10 minutes behind the posted time like the rest of Cal). We’ll all meet at Kroeber, and then split up on our various rides. I’ll be leading the MTB ride, and there will be several road rides that range from beginner oriented to longer and faster.

Come out and join us, no matter what you’re riding! All you need is a bike and a helmet!

See you Saturday,
Connor Benton
(Cal Cycling President)
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Racing in Reno

The race weekend started with our arrival and consequent getting lost on our way to our amazing host Sam Bolster (thanks so much!). The next morning, we woke up at the actual right time and rolled out to the Team Time Trial (TTT) course at pretty much the right time. I know this probably not the most relevant thing to put in a race report, but the porta’s were so clean and smelled (pretty) good. No complaints here.  The TTT itself turned out to be a nightmare in itself.  From the gun, my legs felt pretty good until I pulled off which resulted in a fairly large muscle cramp causing me to be dropped by my teammates (sorry guys). I time trialled back on (thanks aero helmet and them slowing down) and got back into the rhythm of the group.  At a certain point, we caught sight of the Sac State team and started hauling banana’s after them.  Then it got weird. We passed the Sac State guys and started approaching the UCSB guys when it became apparent we were all going the wrong direction.  We, as a group of three different teams, turned around and went back to the proper corner and watched as every other team (including our Men’s A’s) totally miss the corner which Reno had absolutely no signage or even a course marshall to mark the sharp right hand turn on a course that none of the Men C’s had ever been on.  Somebody seriously dropped the ball on that one.

Afterwards, we all cruised over to a sandwich shoppe in the lovely downtown area of Reno.  After a large lunch of sandwiches and race planning, we rolled over and watched the non-collegiate races before my race began.  For those unfamiliar with the course, it’s a steep down hill with a sharp fast corner with at the apex, a very slippery piece of painted concrete that caused many crashes throughout the day (link).  After that, the course rolls slightly up, yet with a gigantic head wind, causing each group to take a gigantic hit in speed on every lap.  After the head wind section, there’s a sharp turn to the finish where there’s a steep short hill that just hurts.  My race began in earnest, where the field began stringing out immediately, especially with the corner.  As expected for Men’s C’s, people couldn’t hold wheels forcing me to make huge efforts around them to catch the leaders wheels. Davis pulled some nice little team tactics sending a couple guys up the road on some solo breaks forcing D. Brickner and Stanford to do some chasing.  I sat at the back of the lead group, hoping that I could do some damage in the selected field sprint. Yet it was not be, as the sprinters, who we had pretty much dropped in the final 4 laps, caught back on.  I attempted to re-drop them on an attack with 3 to go, but the headwind and corner played no favors, slowing me down to the point where the Davis train could catch me and counter attack on the final lap.  Altitude hit me pretty hard on the final lap causing me to be nipped at the line for 9th place.

Teamwork!!!

Teamwork!!!

Congrats Alex!!!

Congrats Alex!!!

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Bike Racing Among Giants (Humboldt Race Report)

Only a small contingent of us, Andreas, Olivia and I, made the long 5 hour drive up to Arcata with a combination of Andrea’s and Olvia’s music. I’m sure we listened to Olivia’s cd maybe a close to 100 times, but I can’t confirm that as I slept for a few of those hours. I woke up as we started driving through the magnificent area towards the end of Mendocino County complete with long rivers, huge redwoods, and rolling hills (and cool bridges).

Upon our arrival in Arcata we were greeted by what appears to be the greatest welcoming host contingency in the WCCC. After settling down and maybe a little bit of team bonding/netflix, we may have gotten a smidgeon of sleep (Thanks Stephen for the amazing accommodations).

The next morning at the break of dawn, we woke up and got ready for the nice early morning ITT and the rest of the day to come. I stumbled around, and by some miracle got all my things together and even ate an amazing breakfast of avocado wrapped in pancetta and salami. 10/10 Highly recommend.

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Olivia’s Humboldt race report

Olivia wrote a great race report detailing her three Women’s B wins at the Humboldt State University road race weekend. Unfortunately, we’ve lost her for the rest of the semester, so be sure to read on below. Continue reading

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Crit wizardry and TTT sorcery

The last two race weekends, hosted by Stanford and our very own team, have been good for the Men’s A squad. Out of the six races, we won the two team time trials and two crits while Stanford won both road races. Read on for the play-by-play breakdown.

Reese at the Stanford crit

Reese solo off the front in the winning move of the Stanford crit

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Caltrain advisory: experiencing slight delays and severe fun

The UC Santa Cruz race weekend went as well as our Men’s As could’ve hoped. Connor and Alex were excited to try out their leadout (shoutout to Cal Cycling alum Nick T. for coining the term “Caltrain”) at the crit. But first we had to survive the crazy road race. Read on for the whole story.

Men's A UC Santa Cruz crit

Race meeting following the Men’s A crit

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Fixed-gear glee and Fresno fun

With just one collegiate race happening last weekend, UCLA’s road race, most of us decided to stay closer to home. Beth Newell, a regular at the local Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose, hosted some races on Saturday afternoon to get her ready for the world championships, so Alex and I decided to test our track legs. But first we took our fellow Cal Cyclists to the beginner session in the morning so that they could see what all the hype is about. And after all that, we headed out to Fresno for the Pine Flat Road Race, a tough noncollegiate race with a really beautiful course.

Andreas at the track

Putting in some work at the track (Photo credit: Garrett Lau)

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A SLO start

It’s been awhile since my last race report. There wasn’t much to write home about during the mountain-bike season, and I assume that few people care to read about my ineptness at riding on dirt week after week.

But now with the road season underway, I’m back in my natural habitat. And as the new Men A road captain with just one semester left at Cal, I feel compelled to keep the general public updated with tales from the road, triumphant or not. The first race of the season was the Cal Poly race weekend. Due to unfortunate circumstances, they had to cancel their road race, but we still had fun at the crit and individual time trial.

Andreas at the crit

Here I am at the crit in my default state of looking exhausted. (Photo credit: Sheldon K. Smith)

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