La vie de vélo

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The Cowpie Classic 2008

A fun race today out in Los Olivos. It was mainly a collegiate event and they split up the pack according to collegiate A, B or C and norba beginner, sport and expert (no age groups). There were 12 of us in the sport mens class and I pulled off a 2nd place. Woo Hooo! My time was 1:27:25 for 2 laps on the 9.1 mile course.

I was a minute or so behind Jordan (didnt catch the last name..). We had been neck and neck for the first lap and a half before he pulled hard on the mid-lap climb. I shouldv’e jumped with him but instead let him go, tried to play it patient but never had the juice to catch up. But what the hell, its a training race right? Jordan, as it turns out, is a Pro downhiller who is just dabbling in XC for training purposes … no wonder we were pushing the pace so hard on the downhills!

It was a great course. Lots of little climbs, a few sustained grinds and almost all off-cambre singletrack. Kinda bumpy in spots (yeah 29 inch wheels) but there were no technical sections. The views of the oak grassland hills and wine country were fantastic. And, yes, there is a reason its called the cowpie classic… the area is a working cattle ranch and avoiding the cowpies proved to be the trickiest technical challenge on the course!

Here’s the profile of the course so you have an idea of the up-n-down nature of the course:

The Mamasita performed great as expected. I feel like I need some more acceleration on the climbs though. Yeah, yeah.. its probably just my legs. But since my Bontrager ACCX tires are wearing a bit thin, I think its time to get some real lightweight race tires.. maybe the Raven or some Schwalbe Racing Ralphs.

Here’s the map of the fantastic course. Notice the Foxen Canyon landfill just southeast of the course (where I’ve done some environmental consulting work).


November 15, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. […] course was the same as the Cowpie classic that I race in Nov. There are 4 significant climbs and the lap totals are about 1500 ft of climbing […]

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