Hey all,

Voler has extended our clothing order deadline to this Sunday (shipping window will be the same) – after talking to a bunch of the team over our race weekend, it sounds like this will be the last chance to get your hands on the current kit design, so get it while you can! See the post below this one for links!

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Spring Clothing Order now open! Help fund Cal Cycling at Collegiate Nationals

Alumni and friends of Cal Cycling:

The long awaited news is finally here: our latest clothing order is live on the Voler website! Just follow the link here: http://www.voler.com/custom/ordering/li/8877

Once you complete your order, the clothing will ship directly to you on June 19th. To see pictures of the Cal Cycling kit in action, just browse our many pictures on the Cal Cycling FaceBook page. The deadline to order is April 27th.

Proceeds from the order go to supporting the team’s travel to local races, as well as sending our Category A riders to Collegiate Nationals (May 8th-10th, all the way over in Asheville, North Carolina this year).

(Note: for dues paying team members, please see the email sent with the link to the team order website. The clothing ordered by dues payers will be sent as one shipment to the team and then distributed once it arrives.)

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Welcome Back! First Meeting of the Semester (Plus Team Camp next weekend)

Get back in your saddles, Cal Cyclists: the first meeting of the semester is this Wednesday, the 21st, from 7-8pm in the 3rd floor conference room of the RSF (we’ll have signs in the RSF lobby to steer you the right way). Come learn about the team and get psyched for the 2015 road season! We’ll also have info for the upcoming team training camp – we’re leaving Saturday morning for Davis, where we’ll ride and sleep on Saturday and ride again Sunday morning before returning to Berkeley. If you haven’t already, please check out the ‘How to Join’ page under the ‘About’ tab, and join the Cal Cycling mailing list for more info on training camp and the meeting!

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Reminder: One Day Left to Order Clothing (Plus Shipping Clarification)

Hey everyone,

Just a friendly reminder that the Cal Cycling fall 2014 clothing order will be closing in 28 hours (midnight on October 1st).

For alumni/general public:

We’ve clarified with Voler that all the orders on the alumni/general public site will be shipped out directly to you when the clothing is ready in mid to late November at the shipping address you provided during checkout (the same as any generic online order). Apologies on the misinformation in our first announcement; we won’t need your shipping info, so you can disregard the Google form from that initial email.

Alumni/general public ordering site: http://www.voler.com/custom/ordering/li/6955

For (dues paying) team members:

Please refer to the initial email “Team Clothing Order Open – 2014″ for the team ordering site link; as before, all team member orders will be shipped to the team in Berkeley. We will hand out your clothing to you (and check on dues) when it arrives.

If you’ve got any questions, let me know!

Thanks,
Connor Benton

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Alumni/General Public Clothing Order Open! (Orders due Oct. 1st)

Hi all,

For alumni and any other members of the general public interested in owning the latest Cal Cycling kit, we’ve just opened our fall 2014 order!

We’ve got a web store opened with Voler, which will allow you all to customize your own order in terms of sizing, pads, fabric, etc., and pay through Voler’s online checkout process; here is the link for the site.

The deadline for this order is five days from now at midnight on October 1st; Voler anticipates the clothing to arrive in Berkeley in mid to late November.

We will be handing out these orders in Berkeley, or individually shipping them out; if you want to participate in this order and have your clothing shipped to you when it arrives in Berkeley, please fill out this form with your name, email, and mailing address (responses will be kept confidential), and we will be in touch as the order arrives regarding the shipment and payment (we anticipate the majority of shipping to be done with USPS, and costs to range from $5 to $20 based on order size).

For examples of the kit, check out the photos on our Facebook page! If you’ve got any other questions, please let us know!

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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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