La vie de vélo

Adventures in cycling and life

Pre Otter

Getting psyched up for Sea Otter! Wed, Bob, John and I did some hill intervals and then jumped into the Wed night crit. It was a good test of my new Cervelo rig .. I freakin love that bike. It is the most responsive thing I’ve ever ridden.

Anyways, Saturday was the “Pre-Otter” race out at the stumpgrinder dirt club in Los Olivos. Only a 45 minute drive from home, we saw a huge Chicken Ranch team turnout!

chickens_at_preotter09

That was probably about 1/3 of the entire race right there in that pic! It was very low key. Very fun local vibe. Props to Mike Hecker for setting this up and following through.

The 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 per 9 mile lap. It is fun and fast – lots of steep grinders and fast descending. Nothing technical but there are some tricky off-cambre turns that could really bite you. Course conditions were perfect as I hope they’ll be for the US Cup event in two weeks! The only bummer was the aforementioned “cowpies” which had not yet hardened and were eager to stick to your tires and smear themselves all over your downtube (and only your downtube if you’re lucky).

There were 13 pros/experts. I chose to race the Pro/Open class and pulled off a 3rd place behind 2 pros!

podium

I love the way Hecker did the prizes – for beginners there were tires and tools and, for sport and expert, the prizes were based on percentage of total entry fees in that class. Given the small expert turnout, my 3rd place in pro/open was worth $12!! The 3rd place riders in sport were taking home $35!

One has to wonder, if local races can afford such prize purses, why can’t the us cup give at least something other than a cheap plastic trophy to podium amateurs for their effort. Seriously, take some of the crap out of my schwag bag and put that money towards prizes for the top three in each class!

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April 11, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. I don’t know bro… I like the schwag and don’t have a chance in hell of making top 3 in our class!! 🙂

    BTW, you might already be gone but we are staying in SB on Thursday night. Don’t know where you live but if you haven’t already headed north it would be cool to get a cup of tea or something! 🙂

    See you at SO!!!!!

    Comment by Justin | April 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. Justin – we’re taking off from santa barbara Thurs afternoon to drive up. Pre-riding the XC course Friday am. We’ll definitely have to meet up there.

    And since you handily beat me at Fontana and I’ve somehow managed two podium spots this year, your chances of making top 3 are a lot better than you think!

    Comment by perrygeo | April 13, 2009 | Reply


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