Our first team ride is this Saturday, February 1st at 9:30. We leave from Kroeber fountain as always. For team ride we’ll go to the bay trail and across to the bridge, ride options ranging from the flat bay trail to an climby 50 to 80 mile loop.
Cal Cycling kicked off the 2020 WCCC road race season with a road race in Santa Maria and a criterium at the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo. The road race followed a scenic and windy loop around a cactus farm. The criterium was a short but extremely punchy course around the Cal Poly parking garage, including a steep descent followed by a sharp left-hand turn. William Jow crossed the line 3rd in the Men’s C criterium, and Nic Jenkins was 3rd in the Men’s A criterium. This was the first-ever collegiate cycling race for Felix Rosen and Sean Murphy. Sean impressed with a top-ten finish in the road race and a 4th place finish in the criterium.
Sean Murphy (Men’s C)
I had not too many expectations because I didn’t know what it would be like, but I thought the road race was tons of fun and I think I did pretty well, just about as well as I could have hoped for.
For the criterium, I was scared about crashing but after pre-riding the course and getting a few laps I was more confident in myself and I thought it was a good time too, so I’m happy with it.
Preston Mui (Men’s C)
For me, the race weekend was about practice more than results. I got popped early but for the first time in my career I felt comfortable moving around the pack and fighting for wheels, maintaining good position in the first part of the road race. A 7:00AM criterium was odd timing, but I think I managed well by eating a Clif Bar for dessert the night before, which was strange.
It’s still the first race of the season and I’m still working on bringing my fitness to where I want it, so I’m satisfied with what I took from the race. I’m also pretty sure I heard a Killdeer during the road race, which is my favorite bird.