Welcome to the SCCCC Race Team - Team Santa Cruz

SCCCC Race Team

Team Santa Cruz is the racing branch of the Santa Cruz County Cycling Cub. The primary objective of Team Santa Cruz is to help SCCCC members achieve their racing goals.

Santa Cruz County Cycling Club

SCCCC members participate in a wide variety of bicycle pursuits. SCCCC promotes the Santa Cruz Classic Criterium, Peak Season Cyclocross race, Swanton Road Time Trial series and the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge.

Feb 19, 2013

Podium Time at CCCX-XC No. 2

While February 16 might seem early for cross country events the warm, dry weather for CCCX XC Race No. 2 made it feel like summer racing. Saturday's course was a familiar mix of the Fort Ord day camp trails totaling approximately 5 miles and 500 feet of climbing. 5 laps for CAT-1 racers and 4 laps for the CAT-2 group. The morning ground moisture made the course tacky and fast for the early race however traction was reduced as things dried out contributing to the crowd in the medical tent following the last race. SCCCC had four riders in the expert/sport races; David Allen in CAT-1 masters and David Crum, Andrew Murray and John Bono in their respective CAT-2 groups.

Riding for Specialized Bicycles and SCCCC David Allen raced in the highly competitive CAT-1 Men 35-44 category finishing less than two minutes behind the silver medalist at 1:51:56. David rides a carbon Specialized S-Works Epic 29 and factory Roval wheelset.

Photo by Steven Woo

Racing in his second Central Coast event of the season Andrew Murray finished at 1:51:37 in the CAT-2 Men 45-54. Andrew races on a Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy 29er carbon.

Photo by Steven Woo

SCCCC racer John Bono lost his chain on the first lap of the CAT-2 single speed race but was lucky enough to have it happen in front of the juniors tent where David Giannini helped get him back on course and on the way to finish in 1:55:27. John rides a bike by Santa Cruz builder Paul Sadoff of Rock Lobster Cycles.

Photo by Steven Woo

Riding for Fox and SCCCC David Crum finished second in the CAT-2 single speed race at 1:46:00 despite being forced off his bike by the course conditions and losing (then finding) his race computer. David races on a single speed from Santa Cruz builder Rick Hunter of Hunter Cycles

Photo by Steven Woo

CAT-2 Single Speed Podium

David Crum

SCCCC single speed specialist and trail volunteer Michael Mann detoured through Fort Ord on his way to work on the trails at Toro Park. 
Michael Mann

David Giannini's SCCCC affiliated Santa Cruz Junior Composite Racing Team was out in force with 17 juniors competing in all categories.

Santa Cruz Junior Cycling Composite camp

SCJCC Director David Giannini

Andrew Murray and fellow Leadville 100 finisher April Herring. 
April finished the CAT-2 Women 35-44 race in 2:08:31.

A few race rigs were pro...

...and one was super pro.

Feb 12, 2013

Race Report - Central Coast Cross Country

Andrew Murray - Race Report:
Event:  CCCX XC #1
Date:  1/26/2013

Saturday, January 26th, was the first XC Mountain Bike race of the 2013 season for the popular CCCX Cross County season. Myself, Dave Crum, Dave Allen and Barnaby Lee are all planning to race full seasons there sporting the kits of the SCCCC Race Team.  After strong seasons in the beginner category and a first place season in Clydesdale Sport for 2011, this year I plan to race the 45-55 Mens Sport category.  

Dave Crum, who is running Sport Single Speed this year, and I showed up at around 9:30am, 90 minutes before our start time.  It was around 55 degrees while I was taking a practice preview lap but it had warmed up nicely by the 11am start.  The course was in great condition, with virtually no dust and practically no mud, traction was great in the climbs and corners.

The 45-55 Men's/Sport age group and category seems to get bigger and more competitive each year, and for the season opener on this Saturday I was joined by at least 20 other riders on the starting grid, that all looked significantly more fit and younger than I. Not surprisingly, hardtail 29ers where the most popular bike in the class, but I did see a few full suspension rigs as well.

Our 11am start was on time, and on the whistle, the 20+ riders in my group went out fast and strong, and at the first turn atleast 10 riders were still fighting for a pole position to single track transition.  I was well back in roughly 15th place as the group hit the single track and snaked it's way to the first climb.  The course was a 5.05 mile loop that was repeated 4 times with about 350 feet of climbing per lap.  

The group strung out quite a bit, and I was left in the second half battling most of the race with several other racers that finished with in about 1 minute of my time but somewhere in the bottom half of the racers.  Early in the second lap I caught some of the 35-45 year olds that had started 1 minute ahead of us, and I swapped places with a couple of them including Kris Pederson. I also swapped places a couple times with Coach Robin, from the SC Jr Composite High School Team.  Ultimately I finished 15th out of roughly 21 starters. I definitely have room for improvement, but since it's a long season that won't end until August, I guess I have some time.

If you haven't raced Mountain Bikes before and are considering it, or just looking for Cross Country style racing besides the big events like Sea Otter, Boggs, and others...check out the CCCX Cross Country Series providing competition at all levels including both Male and Female Beginner, Sport, Expert/Pro, Single Speed, Clydesdale and age groupings from Junior through 55+.  All races are held at Fort Ord or at nearby Toro Park.

Andrew Murray