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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

1 comment:

  1. Good to see the team doing so well. Thanks for the great report.