The Rock Lobster Cup Strikes Back

Usually the sequel doesn’t stack up to the original, yet the consensus I gathered at the Rock Lobster Cup II was that this year’s event was way harder and way more fun. Or maybe just way harder. Having only raced the sequel, I can’t say for sure, but having not raced ‘cross for two years, It was all I could have asked for and more.

We pried ourselves out of our tent at dawn, cooked breakfast, made coffee and headed out of the redwoods down to the coast. Our destination: the Lighthouse Field State park. Upon arrival, blue Shimano tape was already strung up and the men’s B racers were making their way through the bumpy course. Fun factoid: this was the only bicycle race to ever take part in this wonderful park. Let’s hope it’s not the last!

I really wanted to race, but missed the online sign-up, so I had to sneak into a category and after under-the-table cash was exchanged, I had a number in the 35+ Masters A race. After a few warm up laps, it was concluded that it was going to hurt. A lot. 9 laps or so later and I tossed the bike in the grass, in exchange for the camera where all my favorite race moments were on my list to document. I have always found that racing a course first opens up the vignettes I want to document later.

Cornering

Most of my photos were from the women’s field, where the real battles were unfolding in the hot endless summer sun.

At the end of the day, my hands and back were sore from the bumpy course, but my hankering for racing had been sated and knowing I still had to drive back to Los Angeles, we bid adieu to Santa Cruz and headed back to hot and sunny Los Angeles.

Most sequels suck, but the Rock Lobster Cup delivered. I’m already ready for part three, next year. Thanks again to Rock Lobster for organizing this!

  • DamagedSurfer

    What a rad choice for the course! I ride by here every weekend. I was bummed I had to miss out this year, but you can’t ignore a visit to grandma. John, do you think it’s likely they’ll hold the event here next year?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      I’d say pretty likely

  • Kyle Deven

    There is basically nothing cooler than CX photos. What a great set. Thank you.

  • shankshiv

    What frame is Christina riding?
    That red and blue paint job is intriguing.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      It’s a Team Moth Attack CX bike with paint by Black Magic Paint.

      • shankshiv

        Just looked at the set you shot of that bike on their site!
        So much work in that paint job.
        Incredible!

        • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

          Rudi is the man!

          • Chris Valente

            Took a couple warm up laps behind a some riders on those last year. One of the nicest paint jobs ever.

    • http://mwynne.ca Michael Wynne

      Moth Attack!

  • Scott Davis

    Great race venue! Let’s hope there are many more. sandbagged the open C class but I had to work at 10am! So I gave my A entry to LTD for his first ever cross race which he said he was lapped by a Roadie that won? He will be back next year tho ready and better trained in cross by Scotty D….

  • jtbadge

    Man, that yellow/celeste Santa Cruz finish really pops. Would ride the heck out of that bike.

  • JCurtis

    What’s the purple frame in #19?