The yearly part party, part race, and all good times return this year to Quincy, California. Grinduro‘s registration opens April, 22nd, so expect to jump on quick because like last year, it’ll book up fast. Mark your calendars, save some of that paycheck and remember, all proceeds from Grinduro go to support the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship.
Mud. It’s hell. A catalyst for catastrophe and the end game for any bike event. Honestly, it’s been the one thing grating at my conscious since first accepting the invitation to the Land Run 100 late last year. For six years now, Land Run 100 has been put together by Bobby Wintle and the team at District Bicycles in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It’s a challenging race on a challenging course, yet the entrants must adjust their own psyche to determine what mental state they will choose to enter these dirt roads. Be it personal grit, the desire to complete the course in its entirety, glory, or to be the fastest group of racers in one of many categories. Racers register for the event to conquer their own goals.
The story of competition is as old as the ages, yet the history of the Land Run was one formed long before the existence of dirt roads as we know them today. (more…)
Photos by Jarrod Bunk
Yep. We’re going to Land Run 100 this year to hang with the team at District Bicycles, document the ride, the bikes and the people of the event and of course, to just hang out. We’d like to encourage anyone who’s on the fence about coming out to do so. As for my personal bike, I’ll be posting about my setup in the next week or so, with thoughts about how to deal with mud, the weather and camera gear. Expect more shortly and if you haven’t ever heard of Land Run, check out Jarrod’s documentation on the related sidebar to the left.
Reno is a shit hole. This is the unsolicited and resounding opinion given to me by friends and strangers alike in the months leading up to this year’s Cyclocross Nationals in Reno, Nevada. More or less, the transaction would play out like this. Other People: Are you going to race through to Nats? Me: Yes. Other People: Cool. Reno is a shit hole. See you there. Me: Vague staring, plus some blinking. (more…)
This year, the SSCXWC made its way to Verona, Italy. Here’s a recap filled with equal parts race to party!
Seth’s Land Run 100 Salsa Cutthroat
Photos and words by Jarrod Bunk
Seth’s Cutthroat is a Testament to having one bike that can do a lot of things well. Seth has raced the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, DK200, and completed Land Run 100 more than a few times, this bike was ridden 10,000 miles last year alone. Local knowledge certainly paid off for him as I’m told he didn’t have to walk any of the hike-a-bike sections. It makes sense to see a 38c tire on a MTB then, especially with the notoriously muddy terrain that can take you from 30MPH to zero in a flash. Those Prototype 38c Vittoria Mud Tires were proven that day, from the loose slick climbs, to the bombing descents they never skipped a beat. Last year was probably the worst year for mud, ever, and the Shimano Di2 drivetrain worked flawlessly, even when caked full.
If you’re thinking about riding Land Run this year sign up is live – I know a few people from the Radavist will be there – and you can bet Seth will be there ready to rock as the cannon fires this year. What bike will you bring?
Have you ever ridden the Lehigh trails? I haven’t. For those interested, check out the Tehachapi MTB BrewFondo happening this weekend:
“TMTA is hosting the 2nd Annual Brewfondo Mountain Bike ride is scheduled for October 28th. There will be 4 course lengths to choose from: The Root beer (6 miles, 400 feet of climb), The Tester (12 miles, 900 ft of climb), The Pint (18 miles, 1500 ft of climb), and The Growler (27 miles, 3500 ft of climb).
All courses are a combination of gravel roads, some pavement, and beginner to intermediate level single track in the Lehigh trails area. The event is open to all ages. There will be bike and apparel vendors onsite before and after the ride. The ride will last approximately 3 hours and will be followed with post-ride BBQ and beverages at an Octoberfest festival! Stay tuned for more details. We hope to see you there!”
It’s back, with the “cowboy loop” offering 288′ elevation per lap. Make sure you’ve signed up and remember, Women’s B/C racers get a free entry! Sign up now at Bike Reg!
This year, the Trans-Cascadia takes to the singletrack in remote regions of Oregon for a unique week of racing. Check out more videos from the race thus far below.
Paul’s Crusty ‘Cross Band is back with the third edition of Rock Lobster Cup! The Lord of the Claws has let it be known that: Oct. 22nd at Wilder ranch we will indeed have a race. Even the the parks department has confirmed that all systems are go. his will probably be the most grueling CX event on the West Coast with 288 ft. of climbing per lap. It’ll be loose, bumpy climbing that starts out steep. This could become a legendary event and might set a precedent for more CX events at Wilder ranch in coming years. Proceeds from the race go to benefit Juniors Cyclocross Development program.
The Rock Lobster Cup is capping the field at 250 riders, so get in while you can!
Head over to the Bike Reg event page now to sign up.