Finally, a CX race weekend in LA! Griffith Park is our home turf and no better place to hold the NABRA and SCNCA district championships. The course was brutal including an uphill hole shot into an even steeper uphill climb. We attacked and then we got up the next day and attacked again coming home with 3 wins, 1 championship jersey, Silver and Bronze state champion medals and some cold hard cash.
Thankyou to Jason & Ramon for capturing the races so beautifully
Look at all these Champions!
Turkey Trot is always one of the best races in the series and this year held up to it's reputation. Rain and all!
LA got a bunch of rain the night before making for fun racing conditions.
All the homies came out to heckle and handup; shout out to Heckler Hill and Party Peninsula for keeping the race fun.
"Diana got a decent lead a few minutes into the race. There were 4 of us in the chase group all fighting for 2nd. I made a bunch of mistakes but managed to get ahead on the sprint right before lap 2. By lap 3 I had a descent gap sitting safely in 2nd. A welcomed position after fighting for 7th a week ago at CXLA. I was having a ton of fun, racing relaxed, collecting high fives and handups. By the 2nd to last lap Rhea and Ashley started gaining on me. My legs felt, good so I picked up the pace anywhere I could gain time. All of the sudden I'd lost them and was starting to close the gap to 1st. I hit it as hard as I could and was able to pass on the mulch hill during the last half of the last lap. I figured I'd get caught on the downhill, but I gave it everything I had and managed to maintain the lead. My first win since moving up to the B field! A great reminder to have fun racing and occasionally you may even suprise yourself with a win. " -Susie
Super exciting UCI pro races + fast & fun course + the debut of our Intergalactic Party tent & CX Dirtfoo Skinsuits + double leaders Jerseys + some mud = CXLA 2016 extravaganza!!!
Po Po Podiums!
It's always fun and games at the SWAT tent. Thanks for catching our Dirtfoo Pool Party at Anza Rhea!
So Cal Cross Prestige series Leaders Jersey's made their first appearance last week at Anza Crossing and Diana wore it proudly. She defended her jersey with a strong win leading for the entire race. We couldn't be prouder of this She Wolf!
"Target on my Back, More pressure to Defend, or Just more Fuel for my Fire? Whatever it may have been, wearing the Leader’s Jersey for the first time at Anza Cross gave me a sense of pride and accomplishment for all the hard work I’ve put in this past year at improving my cx skills and trying to become an overall stronger cyclist. I got to staging knowing I had to get the Hole Shot and not lose it, knowing I would have to push through the pain, and conquer the dreadful hill each lap if I wanted to have a chance at winning the race. Somehow, the stars were aligned and I had what I felt like my best race yet. Even Greg told me I rode that race better than he’d seen me ride before. I got the hole shot, got in my zone, rode hard and fast… And got the W! " -Diana Sol
The rest of the team raced really strong as well with Susie coming in 2nd in both the B and SS races, Arin 5th and Kerstin 7th in the C race, and Lynn 4th in the SS race.
Next up SLO Cross & CXLA!!!
S.W.A.T. was out in force last weekend for Spooky CX! Two full days of racing, camping, and costumes.
COSTUME RACE & COSTUME CONTEST DANCE OFF
See the whole amazing gallery of the costume race shot by PB Creative here
See the whole gallary from the bike comes first here
SUNDAYS RACES! MUD & RAINBOWS!!!
Photos by Jason Shanney
Cyclocross was back in SoCal last weekend with races 2 & 3 of the SoCal Prestige Series. Racing took place at Lake Casitas Campground in Ventura. A beautiful venue and a great excuse to go camping and escape the city for the weekend. Diana, Susie, and Arin raced both days and gave us a little insight on the weekend.
What were your favorite parts of this weekend’s courses?
Diana: On Saturday I really liked the uphill section with the row of hills. By lap 4 and 5 though it was also one of the hardest parts of the course. Those hills seemed to get steeper with each lap! My favorite part on Sunday was the little downhill section into the sand. The fishtailing gets my adrenaline pumping and that gets me moving!
Susie: Lake Casitas is my new favorite race venue, the courses both days were awesome! It was nice to not have any grass or deep sand sections for once. I loved the "whoop dee doo" corner and it's hecklers.
Arin: It's smoothness and scenery.
What was the hardest part of the course?
Diana: The fact that it was such a technical course. I’ve been focused on working on my technical skills since last season but still have a long way to go.
Susie: The extreme heat during Saturdays races made a hard course even harder. It zapped my energy and I started bonking really hard during the 4th lap. I ran out of water and almost threw up a few times.
Arin: Sundays reversed course with some of the steeper uphill jaunts.
How long have you been riding dirt and racing CX?
Diana: Started really riding dirt last season when I began racing cx. I have what feels like a 50lb mountain bike that I bought at Sports Chalet around 11 years ago that would occasionally take out just to change things up, but I am the furthest thing from being a mountain biker. I bought my cx bike September 2015, raced my first race October 2015 and was instantly hooked.
Susie: This is only my second season racing, but I’ve been riding CX bikes for around 4 years. I’m racing B’s and Single Speed.
Arin: Haven't been riding dirt long. Got a steel Nashbar cross bike last May in hopes of racing this season. My dirt experiences have been limited to some trails in Elysian park and dirt mulholland. This is my first season.
Do you have any season goals?
Diana: I started off the season with the goal of trying to at least podium some of the races since I was upgrading to B’s. After winning the first race my new season goal is to hold onto the Leader’s Jersey for the entire season.
Susie: I came into the season not as prepared as I would have liked to so my first goal is to get my fitness back to where it was last season. My second goal is to race consistently and finish on the podium for the series in both my races, maybe with a win in there somewhere.
Arin: My goal is to be faster and gain better handling skills by the end of the season.
What was your weekend highlight?
Diana: Podium Wolves in Podium Onesies was pretty rad!
Susie: Camping! It was so cool to wake up right next to the course and be able to watch the morning races while making breakfast and then party with everyone after the races.
What would you tell someone who had never raced before and was thinking about signing up for a cx race?
Diana: Just do it! It’s hard but definitely one of the best experiences on a bike you’ll ever have!
Susie: Do it, CX is the best! It’s super beginner friendly and will make you a better bike handler plus you'll meet cool people and HANDUPS.
Arin: Get out there and get a feel for the terrain. You don't have to win, just finish!
What was it like winning the season opener?
Diana: I was so at a loss for words. I felt like it wasn’t real… I never even won a C’s race and all I was hoping for was to at least get into the top 5 for a podium spot. Definitely need to work on that whole self-confidence thing.
How do you feel about cx after a few more races under your belt this weekend?
Arin: After this weekend my nerves have greatly calmed since my first race in Whittier. I felt excited about the three races I did over the weekend and look forward to spooky cross.
Our DIRTFOOS hit the road again this weekend for Spooky Cross at Irvine Lake
CrossVegas 2016 Race Report