SJBC CX Season

CX Series: Livermore CX | Central Coast Cyclocross

Livermore Cyclocross Race Series

Doug Aldrich

Race: LARPD #1
Category: CX C
Field size: 33
Conditions: Sunny
Teammates: Ron Abidog

This is the first cyclocross race of the season. Livermore can be hot this time of year, but not too bad this time. The race started and I got behind a guy who did not clip in. So about 20 guys are ahead of me going down the straight o way. I nail it and pass about 15. We go into the first left hand turn and I am in the middle. My front wheel washes out and I fall. Some guy calls out "Rider down." And I and thinking DAMN that rider is me. I quickly remount and repress the guys I just pass about 30 seconds ago. I work my way to the chase group of 4 with 2-3 guys further up the course. I am now realizing why people say cross hurts. I am gasping for air. The rest of the race I am just trying to hold on and not doing a very good job. when I get tired my dismounts/mounts are a sorry site. I finish.



Doug Aldrich

Race: LARPD #2
Category: CX C
Field size: 31
Conditions: overcast some rain
Teammates: Ron Abidog

With last week's errors fresh on my mind I am resolved in trying too improve on the first 3-4 minutes of the races. It had lightly rained plus the Parks and Rec always water the grass section. So today the turns are a bit slick. I get a good start and am up with a group of 5-6 guys. The guy in front of me is sliding his bike every third turn. I am thinking he will go down and I will too. I get around him and our group is moving pretty good. About the 2 lap the guy on the front slides out. Then the guy who was in front of me at the beginning goes down. Then I bell lap an AV guy goes down and the guy in front of me rides over his rear wheel but keeps it up right. So going into the back section there is only 3 of us. They gap me on the logs and I take third. I am happy that I raced a lot more controlled and did not make major mistakes.

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Central Coast Cyclocross Race Series

Chad Rosser

Race: CCCX #1: Manzanita Park
Category: 35+ Masters B
Field size: 33
Conditions: Light fog and cool to start
Teammates: Doug Aldrich

I think before breaking my wrist in June I had contemplated racing 35+ A.s in the CCCX series but sticking with the 35+ B.s in the Pilarcitos series, but after being off the bike (other than the trainer in the garage) for 2 months I kind of talked myself into riding 35+ B.s in both series. Got to Manzanita this morning before 8am and it was thick fog. My glasses were fogged up before I got to the top of the paved road from the starting line on my first practice lap so I just stuck them in my helmet and continued around the course at a 2/3 race pace. Very similar to last year as far as coverage of the area but mixed up in the order of when you got to which point, but still it all looked very familiar to me which was nice. The ground was wet with the damp marine layer so the wetness on my frame, brakes, tires, etc. made all the dirt/sand/dust/grass stick everywhere and my bike was heavy by my 3rd practice lap. The fog started to break a little bit so the visibility was better and I decided to do one more practice lap before getting back to the car to clean off my bike and watch the start of the C race (9am).

By the time we got ready to go at 10am, it wasn.t hot yet and the fog was nearly broken. The course had dried up and seemed pretty dusty. I lined up in the first row and was sitting in about 6th position when we hit the first right hand turn (180 degrees) at the top of the pavement (30 riders total in 35+B.s and probably 35 or 40 in the Elite B.s that started 30 seconds ahead of us). Got up into the single track at the top of the course on lap 1 and ran into a traffic jam of the slowest B.s and that caused chaos, just like last year. The lead guys in our group somehow got around a few of them while the group of riders around me got trapped. I had the leaders in my sites but probably lost 15 seconds on that first lap just from single track traffic. Once I got through those slowest B's, I flew around a few more of them and caught up to a couple of the others in my race and by lap 3, I was working with one of the Buy Cell guys I know from Los Gatos to try to catch up to the leaders. At the time, we knew there was 1 and possibly 2 riders ahead of us (turned out there were 3 up there) and we were aiming to chase them down. On lap 4, that guy crashed right in front of me when his rear wheel slid out. I avoided him but decided to soft pedal and wait for him to re-mount and catch up as I thought I had a better chance to catch the leaders if I could work with him. Turns out he broke his shifter as he yelled for me to leave him when we got onto the baseball fields and he couldn.t shift. So I was on my own to finish lap 4 and into lap 5. Towards the end of lap 5 I had a PenVelo rider pass me on the fields and he was getting squirrely so I knew he was taking some chances. I stayed with him and felt confident that I could overtake him on one of several areas during the final lap (lap 6 was our bell lap).

Rode with PenVelo about way around and I saw the leader of the race about 40 seconds ahead of us (already coming down the hill from the turn around) and he was looking strong. I didn.t see the 2nd placed rider but apparently he was only a few seconds back. I thought I was sitting 3rd and 4th with the PenVelo at the time but on the way back down after the turn around at the top of the park, he wiped out in the same spot as the Buy Cell rider and I was on my own for the last half lap. Kept going strong but couldn.t give it much more than I did. Turned out the 3rd placed rider was only 14 seconds ahead of me and I came across in 4th. Not bad for the first race of the CX season but definitely some room for improvement. I didn.t make too many bad mistakes but had some slow clip-ins after dismounts, could have climbed the upper part of the park a little better, and was just OK on the bike carry up the hill each lap. But combine all that together and it probably cost me 5 seconds per lap or 30 seconds total, which would have kept me with the leaders had I been a little cleaner on the course. The winner was 45 seconds ahead of me with the 2nd placed rider a few seconds behind him.

The podium was 5 deep, so I got my 4th place medal and a huge box of Cal Giant Strawberries, so that was nice. Definitely lots of fun and looking forward to the next race at McClaren Park on October 4th, although I.ll be returning the night before (late) from a week-long vacation in Cabo, so I somewhat expect that race to be extremely difficult after a week off the bike while living on fish tacos and margaritas.

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Doug Aldrich

Race: CCCX #1: Manzanita Park
Category: 35+ Masters B
Field size: 33
Conditions: Foggy to sunny
Teammates: Chad Rosser

This was my first B cross race. 45 minutes as to 30-40 in the C. I lined up behind Chad. We started out up the pavement and I had a good start. We worked our way up the hill now catching some of the Bs. The first lap I was holding pretty good. By the second and third lap I was starting to fade a bit. Guys were getting around me. The run up was a bit tiring. The penultimate lap on the down hill I picked a fairly good line, but by then I was only racing for mid pack. All in all fun and tiring. Looking forward to next week.