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Redwood Cyclocross Finals Race Report(7 posts)

Redwood Cyclocross Finals Race ReportBig-foot
Mar 16, 2003 6:46 PM
The Redwood Cyclocross series Finals were Saturday at the Almquist Lumber Mill in Arcata, up here in NorCal's beautiful Humboldt County. The 1-mile course ran through the grounds of the mill, out onto the frontage road, and into the singletrack trails between the mill and the Mad River.

Weather? Yeah, we had a bit of everything. It was pouring rain in the morning, but thankfully it dwindled to sprinkles in time for the 30-minute race. But the earlier deluge was enough to swell the Mad River, causing it to rise enough to bring 2 1/2 feet of water into what had been a dry wash! It was ridable in the first few laps, but once the bottom got churned up everyone opted to dismount and run through.

The sun was out for most of the 45-minute race, but by the time the 60-minute racers lined up at noon, the wind kicked up, the clouds opened up again and we considered requiring racer to carry PFDs (personal flotation devices)! Ten minutes later, the clouds moved on and the sun came out again. Crazy!

Afterwards we fired up the grill, went through a ton of burgers (turkey, beef and Boca) a 1/4 ton of chips and about 2000 gallons of salsa...okay, not that much...but a bunch! We did kill an keg of Bigfoot Pale Ale, courtesy of our shop sponsor, Revolution Bicycles. With everybody fed a lubricated we raffled off all of the series schwag. Each rider got one raffle ticket for every series point earned, and some riders came away with armloads of stuff. Thanks to all of our sponsors, Specialized, Rock N Roll Lubes, SDG Saddles, Zeal Optics, Mountain Bike Magazine, ODI Grips, and our local sponsors, Mello Auto Repair, Figuredo's Video, HealthSPORT and special thanks to Almquist Lumber for letting a bunch of looney 'crossers take over their facility for a day of wet, sloppy, muddy fun!

Plans for the 2003-04 Redwood Cyclocross Series already underway. This year's series was 5 races, we may do as many as 7! We'll keep you posted. Now we jump into getting ready for the summer, Bigfoot Classic #1 is June 6, 7 & 8, (hillclimb, XC, DH), the 12 Hours of Humboldt is June 28 (Tinker's coming!!!), Bigfoot 2 is July 11, 12, 13, and the Humboldt Hundred Road Race is August 9.

The attached pic is of our Women Sport Champion Christine Dobrowolski. Yeah, the water got kinda deep!
The Water Crossing Claims a VictimBig-foot
Mar 16, 2003 6:53 PM
In the early laps of the 30-minute race, Max Capps had been successful at riding the water crossing. Then the bottom got churned up and soft, and.....

The Mad River was doing some major flowing!! The day before there were three big sandbars out there. Gone now!
Keith DeFiebre kills 'em in the 60-minute raceBig-foot
Mar 16, 2003 6:59 PM
Keith won three out of four events, each time by huge margins. With the mucky conditions in the woods, many racers opted to ride mountain bikes. Not Keith. He used his flat-bar equipped Airborne cross bike.
A 'cross race at a lumber mill is a little bit different...Big-foot
Mar 16, 2003 7:03 PM
How many races have a run up over a huge mound of sawdust??
Suz had fun on her way to the women's expert champsionship. She's a Spinning instructor at HealthSPORT, a local health club and a sponsor.
Nature's own barriers.Big-foot
Mar 16, 2003 7:08 PM
Team Bigfoot has a 8 UCI regulation barriers. But when we do a race at the Almquist mill, we can't resist using some of the redwood logs. Adds some character, doncha think?
Fun for all ages!!Big-foot
Mar 16, 2003 7:16 PM
Bob Beaver is our oldest competitor. But don't let his grizzled appearance fool you. He hauls! He's also very skilled, especially in the slippery, technical stuff...makes it look easy. And he gets over the barriers smoother and faster than most riders 1/2 or even 1/3 his age!
Fun for all ages!!pauly
Mar 17, 2003 11:05 AM
I'm saving this last pic for my daughter. Look sweetie, Santa Claus rides his bike in the mud just like Daddy!