La vie de vélo

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San Diego trip part 2 – Sagebrush Safari

Round 3 of the Kenda US Cup took us to Lake Morena out in San Diego county. The beautiful desert mountains were getting some huge windstorms and, while the temps were just about perfect, the gusty winds were chilling things and blowing dust into the lungs.

10 seconds before our start, one of the starting chute barriers blew over and as we took off, we had to divert around it in a cloud o dust. Roadie tactics took hold for the initial paved miles until the climb (still paved) strung us out. Then came some of the most fun, fast, non-technical singletrack I’ve ever ridden. I made a foolish line choice early on, crashing hard but didn’t loose any time or places. There was more singletrack with berms, jumps, it was truly like a BMX course. Some fireroad descents and a Hike-a-bike thrown in , we then began to climb out to Mt Pinos on pavement. The descent back on super-fun singltrack, we began to mix with the other classes which added the passing element. Probably one of the best MTB courses I’ve ever ridden – it was so fun that I actually was hoping for a longer race!

I ended up in 3rd place on the day for the Cat 1 30-34 @ 1:59!


And thanks to Buz, Sharon, Jos and my dog Japhy for coming out and supporting me.

Once again I enjoyed the company of the great guys and gals out there racing. Rob and Kim of the Chicken Ranch team got 2nd in their respective classes. Justin Mann gets the award for all-around Karma points – after some mechanicals, he helped walk out a fellow racer with a compound arm fracture. Then Justin and Allison stuck around for, well forever it seemed, to watch our awards ceremony. BTW – congrats Allison for your 2nd place in your 2nd Pro race ! Very impressive!


April 7, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Thanks! Great job on the podium! You must’ve passed me somewhere. Next time I’ll try to hang on 🙂

    Comment by Allison | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. awesome race dude! it was a tough one for sure. i am stoked we got to chat a bit after the race and i’ll see you at Sea otter.

    Comment by jameson | April 7, 2009 | Reply

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