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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2009
     
    How not to ride Cyclocross







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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2009
     
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2009 edited
     
    AGAIN, the days of this weekly ride has been changed to Tuesdays. Meet at 6pm and ride at 6:30pm.

    here's a map depicting the new parking spot

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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2009
     
    tonights cross ride was fantastic. i picked a super fun fast windy course. it's exactly what i needed after a really stressful crappy day.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
     
    On Saturday at noon I'm meeting the promoter of the Adams Avenue CX race at the velodrome. I'm bringing the rigid Luigi Fontana MTB and we are going to pre-ride the course. If anyone else is interested, I'll probably be at the track by 10 am or so.
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    What is the story on that race? It almost looks like the race is my commute, with more riders. What do I need to have/do to enter? I've never raced before, but after looking at quite a bit of cyclocross stuff, it looks like I already have done it, just without the race. Looks like fun.
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    To add to my earlier comment, I have registered for the cyclocross race north of Oceanside this weekend. It a part of the So Cal Cross Prestige Series (#8). Looks like fun.
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    Flyer for the race.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2009
     
    Signal Cycles

    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
     
    Last Saturday I pre-rode the GSAAB Cyclocross course with Mike Jenkins. As Chief Referee I approved the course. There have been some changes for this year that will make the course safer and more conducive to classic CX bikes, whereas previous years' courses have favored wide tire MTBs. We will have a wide, straight start at the back gate of the Velodrome instead of starting on the track. The start section will lead out to the service road south of the Velodrome and go out toward the decommissioned Arizona St. landfill, then out toward Pershing on the fastest section. Slightly downhill with a prevailing tail wind, I expect speeds in the Pro/1/2 field to be around 40 kph here with opportunities for drafting. Reaching Pershing, the course swings around to the right and heads back along the east rim of Florida Canyon. This right turn is going to be fast and technical, slightly off-camber. I expect some folks are going to overcook it and end up losing traction. The course then narrows as it turns right again and heads back to the left turn down the hill to the rocky dip under the eucalyptus trees and back up to the start. The course then passes the back gate of the Velodrome and turns right, going past the lone eucalyptus tree west of the back stretch of the track. The course continues to turn right, then heads up the hill past turn one of the track. The course's one artificial barricade will be halfway up a run up onto the lawn west of the baseball fields, then another right and out to the landfill again. On the final lap, riders will be directed into the Velodrome. They will enter the track and complete one finishing lap above the stayers' line, dropping down into the pole for the finish at the start/finish line. The windy, rocky section south of the Velodrome has been taken out this year for safety reasons: it's too narrow and lined with steel cable. The double sided repair pit will be under the eucalyptus tree between the service road and the rocky dip. Riders should remember that wheel and equipment changes may only be made in the pit and that they must exit the pit on the same side on which they entered (no cutting the course). Mike is planning to meet with the Balboa Park Rangers to see if he will be allowed to include a "death spiral" on the lawn after the run up past the barricade. Early December is often rainy, so we could see some significant mud on course. If Mother Nature fails to deliver, we are considering using the Velodrome hose and flooding part of the course from the men's room spigot.

    Next week's Storm the Beach at Las Pulgas is best for wide tire MTB's. The back side of the course on the way out is a slightly downhill fire road with a prevailing tail wind that should see some very high speeds, especially since we have had no significant rainfall for months. The fastest classes will have the benefit of riding the surf line at low tide. The fastest line will be right along the tide line. The run up to the finish is unridable soft sand.
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    Well, I'm still going to go on Sunday. I don't plan to modify my bike any, mostly due to cost. Wider tires would be nice, but I'll deal with it. I'll be riding in one of the earlier races, the CX 4 one at 10:56a. Should still be fun.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2009
     
    Andrew Lee from GSAAB is planning to lead practice laps on the Velodrome CX course every Sunday morning until December. I believe he is riding from Adams Avenue Bicycles at 8:30. Call him to make sure about the time.
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    I rode in the race today. Overall, the course was easier than I had envisioned. It was a good race, the other riders were friendly overall. I finished 14th out of 29 finishers in the Men CX 4 (no series points) race. Not bad for my first time out. Even if I was last I'd still be happy. It was FUN! I will be riding in the race here in December. Looks like a lot of fun. I'll also check out the practice runs on Sundays. I could use more practice, and some advice from other cx riders. For the most part, I've done it myself, and hadn't ridden with other cx riders.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2009
     
    Storm the Beach was a fun race on a beautiful Autumn day. Temperatures reached 80F. There was a refreshing sea breeze coming off the surf. The race is modeled after Belgium's Koksijde CX, which uses a sandy section of tideline, but has mud in addition. I think Belgium is made of mud and cobblestones. Las Pulgas Beach is how SoCal used to look before most other riparian marine habitat was lost to urban sprawl. Thank God for the USMC. Were it not for their commitment to conservation we would have one uninterrupted concrete and asphalt megalopolis from Malibu to TJ.

    In the CX 1/2/3 race, Brent Prenzlow broke away early and expanded his lead to more than 30 seconds by the finish to take his 100th career elite victory. He was able to ride sandy sections on a pure CX bike that forced every other rider to dismount.

    Some observations that will be helpful for December 6:
    - Equipment may only be changed in the pit. Riders may leave spare bikes as well as spare wheels before their race.
    - Feeding will be allowed only during races 45 minutes or longer in duration. Feeding is allowed only in the pit.
    - Warming up on the course during races is expressly forbidden and will result in disqualification and refusal of start. The first and only warning will be printed in the race flyer. Read it before registering.
    - Numbers will be worn on the right side and must be worn according to USA Cycling standards (see rule 1N7 for details). Numbers may not be folded, trimmed, crumpled, or otherwise altered (1N7(b)).
    - No rider will be allowed to start wearing a sleeveless jersey (1N5).
    - Riders must withdraw from the course immediately after crossing the finish line. Any rider who crosses the finish line a second time may be assigned a finish order based on the second crossing of the line.
    - The use of radios or other listening devices is forbidden.
    - All riders on course will finish on the same lap as the leader.
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    Some advice if you please. I'm going to pick up some Michelin 'cross tires for my bike. Should I get the Mud 2 or the Cyclocross Jet? Any opinions? I hope to eventually join Sky and the 'cross boys out at UCSD and from there see about other 'cross opportunities in the area if I like it. I'm hoping I will :)
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2009
     
    well, thats going to be personal preference. i would say go for the Mud 2. for places like UCSD that tire would be best.

    I hope to eventually join Sky and the 'cross boys out at UCSD

    there's a lady that rides with us so it's a mixed bag of people.
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    Cool, thanks for the tip. Also, thanks for correcting me. More CX ladies = better for the world.
    • CommentAuthorfoon
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2009
     
    I've always wanted to join, but forget about it every time. Is the ride still on today at 6? Isn't it pretty dark already?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2009
     
    it's on and it'll be completely dark. you need a very high power off road lighting system for this ride like Niterider lights.
    • CommentAuthorfoon
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2009
     
    Velo Cult:it's on and it'll be completely dark. you need a very high power off road lighting system for this ride like Niterider lights.

    I guess not today then. I should have come a few weeks earlier.
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    Went on my longest CX style ride today. Freeway to singletrack. Started in North Park, went up through Penasquitos Canyon, then Poway, then Sycamore Canyon, then Mission Trails, then past Lake Murray, then back to North Park. 66 miles, at least 20 miles on dirt road or singletrack. Lots of fun. You could call it training, but I just call it having fun. I also saw that the race flyer is now available for the 12/6 race in Balboa Park. I'll be there, still in the CX 4 category. Maybe I'll place higher than 14th this time (even if I was last I'd still do it again, it is a lot of fun!).

    Anyone else out there go on such rides?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
     
    wow, thats a solid ride you had there. im jealous.
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    Well, anyone is welcome to come along, should they desire. My now usual rides are a big mix of dirt and road. Once the days get longer, but before they get hotter, I have a 100 mile ride in planning with dirt being at least 30% of it. I may not be fast, I may stop at all the proper places, but I still make it in decent time and have fun in the process.
    • CommentAuthorprotijy
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
     
    http://velonews.com/article/99980/boulder-s-weekly--cross-ride-is-like-a-disease-that-keeps

    well this is the biggest and best CX practice ride I know about (my friends in boulder love it!) it only took them 10years to get it this big... so we'll just keep the movement going here in SD :)

    sorry I coudln't make it this week but I'll see you all at UCSD tuesday

    -Scott
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    I've noticed a lot of white chalk lines on some of the trails I take near the velodrome, are they marking the CX course?
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    My next big ride, complete with pizza and wine tasting, is planned for Nov 21 (Saturday). It looks like a giant rabbit on the map, complete with long ears. As it looks like it will be close to, if not exceeding, 100 miles, I'll be leaving earlier (7-8am) from North Park. If anyone is interested in joining me, let me know. The basic route is North Park-UCSD-Sorrento Valley-Los Penasquitos Canyon-Poway-Old Coach Rd-Highland Valley Rd-Lake Hodges-Via Rancho Pkwy-San Dieguito River Trail-Highland Valley Rd-Cordiano Winery (for the wine and pizza)-Archie Moore Rd-Hwy 67-Poway Rd-dirt trail-Sycamore Canyon-Hwy 52-Mission Trails trails-Jackson Dr-Lake Murray-various roads back to North Park. I think that covers most of it. Yes, there will be lots of dirt ranging from fire road to singletrack. My stock '08 Fuji Cross Comp with 30c tires makes it just fine. So, If anyone is up for a truly fun ride, with a wide range of paths, come join me. If not, I'm still going and will still have fun. Think of it as cyclocross training, but don't expect a really fast pace. Not a "hammer fest" if that is the term.
    • CommentAuthorburnsadam
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2009
     
    from bikesnob. funny as hell.

    http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/5684963/
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2009
     
    burnsadam:from bikesnob. funny as hell.

    http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/5684963/


    HAHAHAHA! :face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorburnsadam
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2009
     
    "do you think the elite racers will mind if we smoke cigarettes 2 feet away from them while they're turning themselves inside out?"
    • CommentAuthorrandomjive
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2009
     
    EPIC!!! hahaha
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    Well, the ride I planned turned out to be one heck of an adventure. Made 100.3 miles out of it, rode through Penasquitos Canyon, Sycamore Canyon, Old Coach Road Trail (by yet another Sycamore Canyon), a portion of the Lake Hodges and San Pasqual Trail, a portion of Mission Trails Park, plus Highland Valley Road (up), Hwy 67, and many more. Lots of fun. The pizza and wine at Cordiano Winery was exactly what I needed. Quite a treat after the climb up Highland Valley. Saw lots of other riders out in the first half, not so many after that. I even saw someone I knew, didn't know they rode. I'll say it again, lots of fun! I kept thinking of one of the last lines in Back To The Future - Roads? Where we are going we don't need... roads! Truly, it was the epic adventure I was looking for.
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    Rather annoying that Adams Avenue shop. At least some of the people. I rode by there yesterday, asked about the pre-ride of the course. I was told that yes, they are still going and it would be at 9am. Was told to meet by the velodrome. Got there at 9am, waited for about 45 minutes. No one showed. It wasn't until I was most of the way out of the parking lot (on my bicycle), that I saw two people on cross bikes wearing Adams Avenue gear. Barely a hello from them, and was ignored after that. Thank you Adams Avenue for wasting my time this morning.
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    As an addendum, I called Adams Avenue, was told it was at 9:30, so three different times to meet so far. Even so, people can be late. The two guys that showed, 15 minutes after that supposed 9:30 time, still didn't seem to care. Gee, are you here for the ride? Anything? Would have been nice. Pretty flaky if you ask me. I was patient. I waited. Oh well.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2009
     
    mike_ballard:Made 100.3 miles out of it.
    Mike, it would be fun to join you for (at least sections of!) of your rides, if I may: Not being that fast of a rider myself, I was wondering what kind of average rolling speeds are you able to achieve on these mixed surface rides (or, alternatively, how long does it take you to ride a mixed surface century?).

    I seriously doubt that I would be able to break the 10mph average rolling speed by much for a full 100 mile ride - i.e., 100 miles would likely take me 10 hours rolling, FYI: I just wouldn't want to hold you back in case I joined you.
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    My average on that ride was just shy of 14mph over both my 100 mile and 66 mile cyclocross rides. Alone, I ride anywhere from about 20mph to whatever speed I can keep on a steep grade (somewhere between 5 and 9mph). Rolling time was 7:12 hrs for the 100 mile ride. Yes, I do keep track of my rides of significance. With that in mind, I can't really ride faster, but I can ride at a slower pace. I would adjust the route length accordingly. Anyone is welcome to go along. My next ride idea is still forming, but will be in about three weeks (second weekend in Dec, probably Saturday). So far, I'm looking at Penasquitos Canyon and somehow the Carmel Valley area. It will be somewhere around 50-60 miles max. It isn't a quick ride, I do like to stop and look around.
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    I'll add that I'm open for ideas of routes if others are going along.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2009
     
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    I'd love to do some longer riding once I'm back on the bike. My end goal is the Solvang double century this spring. I'd also like to get a 2-3 day tour in at some point in the next couple of months. My cast comes off on 8 Dec, so if you want to plan something for the weekend after that, I'd be down!
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2009
     
    Mike - if there's any way you could bikely that route, I'd love to check it out. Mixed terrain stuff is my bread and butter.

    Esteban
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    Which route? The 100 mile one? Not easily. It isn't a route that lends itself well to mapping programs. I do have a map I scanned in PDF. It just covers the basic route. Not too many turns to it, I can give a turn-by-turn if need be, just not the mileage between turns.
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    So, anyone here going to be in any of the races on Sunday? I'll be in the CX 4 race.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2009 edited
     
    I'm Chief Referee. I'll be there at 7:30 to set up the course and assign the other officials. After the final results are official and the prizes have been awarded, it's party time, Belgie-style (except for the weather; looks like we'll have to drag the hose out of the infield and flood part of the course). The promoter should have someone selling frites with remoulade. Just sayin' in Belgium the officials get to drink beer before and during the race!
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    This sounds frickin' awesome and if I wasn't going to be running the muddy buddy up in Temecula that day then I'd be there and I'd bring the frites!
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2009
     
    mike_ballard:The 100 mile one?
    What kind of tire pressure do you run on your mixed surface rides, Mike? 60-70 PSI?
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    I ride with a higher pressure than most I think. I would say it would be 70-80 sometimes. I tend to keep it easier for the road than the dirt.
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    Sometimes I really should listen to my first instinct. As as result of a lack of organization on part of Adams Avenue Cyclery, specific to their dealings with race registration, I did not race today. I fail to see the point of pre-registration if the information is not conveyed to the people at the registration desk. I was told, after waiting in a line for 45 minutes, that wasn't even that long, that I needed proof that I paid for my one-day license. This was not needed the last time I had raced. Mind you, at this point, it is only about 25 minutes before I would actually race, not enough time to obtain a copy of the e-mail I had been sent. They, specifically the person from Adams Avenue Cyclery, possibly named Andrew, that told me there would be a pre-ride of the course a couple weeks ago, that never showed up, told me he didn't need me in his line anymore, kicked me out. Oh well. I'm frustrated not that I didn't race. I really didn't care about that. I am though frustrated that they had wasted my time, after I took the time to do the correct thing, and didn't have their act together enough so that I could have raced. As such, I should have listened to myself before I registered and DIDN'T register. I raced once. It was a lot of fun. I had planned to go in more races, as long as I was still having fun. They made the fun leave. No more races for me. No matter. As I stated numerous times yesterday on the farm ride, I'm not a racer. I ride to have fun. I might go faster at times, doesn't mean I race. To take away from this, I would advise AGAINST dealing with Adams Avenue Cyclery, and don't race if it isn't fun.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2009
     
    Mike_Ballard and I will be doing some trail riding next Saturday (12/12) morning: The ride will start in North Park, go up through Rose Canyon to UTC, down to Sorrento Valley on the dirt fire road, and then through Los Penasquitos Canyon, Sycamore Canyon and Mission Trails. The ride will consist of a combination of pavement and dirt trails.

    As far as I am concerned, I will likely not ride if it has rained a lot and the trails are muddy - my tires simply aren't up to it.

    We will not be blowing through traffic signs or lights. If you have something remotely resembling a Cyclocross bike (arguably, I don't!), please feel free to join us: 50 miles ++.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2009
     
    Sorry you didn't enjoy yourself as much as the other 199 riders who ruled this course and the 15 who just had to race a second or third race. Rarely have I as a Chief Referee seen as much cooperation and general fun hogging as I did as this event! Congratulations to Champion Brent Prenzlow for winning yet another pro CX race beyond his 100-win palmares! Thanks to my crack officiating team and to all the Adams Avenue Volunteers who made this race happen!
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    I may not have enjoyed myself at the race, but oh well. I've had more fun on the rides I've gone on elsewhere. Me not racing wasn't the issue, it was the people at the registration tent. The people at the last race I was at, Storm the Beach, were much more efficient, even with the problems they had with the website for preregistration. But whatever, I'm done with it. Moved on. Moved on to my next fun ride, possibly next weekend.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009
     
    I have to admit, without my timely intervention the registration volunteers would have screwed up the CX 1/2/3 race beyond repair. Poor planning caused them to run out of numbers. The women began showing up on the line with hand written numbers that looked to the judges like blank sheets of paper. Fortunately I was able to find two more complete number series in the Velodrome office container, which looks as if a bomb went off inside thanks to the knuckleheads who tried to run Tuesday Night Play Racing from June to October. It makes me wonder what their apartments must look like inside with no mommies to pick up after them. I was ready to fine the promoter for each non-conforming race number.

    They also had a problem with pre-registration. A Canadian rider's UCI license was not processed properly and he was allowed to buy a one-day license and race as a CX3, so I had to straighten that out as well.

    In spite of the logistical challenges, the promoter, the series director, and the officials all walked away satisfied. We were able to run the race successfully with only four officials instead of the five that the race required. At 200 riders it was the best attended CX event in San Diego history.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009
     
    thats a lot of riders. sounds fun. it was perfect weather for a race.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009
     
    This rain should have arrived yesterday to make it perfect Belgie weather! We added a stream crossing by turning on the hose and letting it run in the Velodrome infield, so the riders could get a little mud on each lap on the trail west of the track. Nationals in Oregon later this month should be nice and soggy!