Red Peloton Cycling Team

Race Report

Sky Express Livermore Criterium

Livermore. A 4-corner corporate center flat and, in the morning at least, wind free course. Last year, under a different race organizer and different categories, I attempted to bridge a gap to a teammate and accidentally dragged the field across, then I promptly blew up and went off the back…

Rockville CX Race #8

After years of trying, it finally happened. So many races, so many mishaps and incidents, so many times near the front.

Rockville was dry. It has not rained there in weeks. I have not raced there in two weeks. After my last mud filled debacle, I decided to switch to narrower tires that would not deposit half the wet soil of Solano County on my frame. My last tires turned out to be 42mm, not 38mm as I thought. I went with some nice 33’s, and the weight difference was amazing.

Grasshopper Low Gap

Starting this winter, I decided to get my hands and feet dirty (figuratively and literally) with cyclocross and gravel riding. What a better opportunity that the Grasshopper Low Gap: it is only 43 miles, 50% percent of which is on pavement, and 5,600 ft of climbing. I was very excited to be riding with my teammates on my first gravel adventure, and I was very fortunate to have their guidance through the whole process. We even organized a tubeless party, they helped choose the best tire set up and get my bike ready for the event…

Stafford Lake Dual Slalom

My racing career started many years ago racing Downhill, Mountain cross (Mountain bike’s version of BMX) and Dual Slalom (Like Skiing).

Having ridden the bike part out at Stafford lake a few times, I was feeling nostalgic and decided I’d go race the dual slalom event they were hosting. I haven’t raced gravity in close to 14 years, so my expectations where pretty low. To add to my low expectations, the “open” category was everyone between 19 and 39!…

Suisun Harbor Criterium

The Suisun crit is one of the closer crits on our calendar! it is a very tight and short 4 corner crit. This particular Sunday saw light wind and clear sky’s. Last years race saw a 35+ 4/5 group was fairly small, not this year!

There where around 40 racers! One of those racers was a new unknown racer from Vacaville, who “apparently” just started racing as he was still a CAT 5. Unknown to everyone else, this guy was robot strong! He actually raced the Open 4/5 race 1.5 hours earlier and won on a solo breakaway! This shocked the field, since no one knew who he was or how strong he was…

San Rafael Sunset Criterium

The San Rafael Sunset Crit is a huge race that draws thousands of spectators and hundreds of racers! As it is apart of the USA Crit series, this race is actually televised! I raced in the 35+ 3/4 group, since there is no Cat 4/5 categories…

Cycle to the Sun. Race Up Mt. Haleakala

I’ve put off writing this report in part because I needed to decompress from this event and the lead-up to it. In 2016, I did Cycle to the Sun and placed 14th overall. My preparation was solid, but afterward I was wishing I’d done at least some altitude prep — half of the race, after all, takes place over 5,000 ft. That year, I raced it fairly conservatively, which is smart but always leaves you wondering if you could have done just a bit more…

Antelope Lake 600K

As some of you may know, I am trying to repeat PBP( if you don’t know what that is click elsewhere). As my last qualifying ride I signed up to do Antelope Lake 600 on June 8th.

A ride I have done twice before and once as part of the Gold Rush 1200 k. The story of the day was the elements: WIND, WIND, WIND, freezing cold, followed by scorching heat, and did I mention more WIND?

So here is the very very long WINDED report…

2019 ICCC Dash For Cash Criterium

Today was another great day to wear proudly the Red Peloton kit, and jump on my bike too race. This time it was the Dash For Cash Criterium.
The Elite 5 group would race for 40 minutes in a very easy course: four turns, with absolute perfect pavement and wide corners. There were some strong winds which I figured would play an important role today. We had a head wind to the finish line…