Monday, April 23, 2012

Sea Otter Classic Stage Race 2012

Andy Jacques-Maynes from Kenda/5-Hour Energy wins the overall stage race at Sea Otter Classic this year with a total time of 6:06:01.

Cylcles Veloce : Team Simple Green put up a great performance as well. Louis Meintjes finished 5th, just 2:26 minutes behind.Throughout the stages Louis Meintjes also won a KOM and Connor Mccutcheon won Points.

Santiago Canyon Time Trial

My latest race was the Santiago Canyon Time Trial on Saturday April 21. I checked in with plenty of time and then warmed up for about 40 minutes on my trainer. I headed down to the start about 10 minutes before my start time. I was off at 9:10:30 am. I started off hard from the start. I was having trouble with my rear derailleur. It felt like the chain was skipping which I later found out was because the cassette hub was loose and moving about a ¼ inch. Just as I got out of the tunnel and onto Santiago Canyon I felt that my rear tire was flat. I looked and saw that it was completely gone. I pulled over at Cook’s corner and begged a few riders to borrow their wheel. No one obliged, but fortunately a rider donated a tube and air to me and helped me get back going. Thanks a lot to those guys; I was at least able to finish the race. That, however cost me about 5 minutes, but may have made me hammer harder than I otherwise would have. I finished with a disappointing 34+ minute official time for this 11 mile course. Better luck next time.

Paul L raced as well and put in a good race. He also placed 3rd overall in the Santiago Time trial series and received a plak. Congrats Paul!

Sierra Peak

Last Thursday I did something I hadn't done in a long time. It had been more months than I can remember. I went mountain biking! And I don't just mean I hoped on a mountain Bike and went to the park, I literally climbed a mountain.
I had pretty much stopped mountain biking completely. I don't like single track, and Chino Hills State park used to be fun, but now it’s poorly maintained and overgrown. Some of my Canyon Velo and Cycles Veloce buddies are dominant mountain bikers. They keep talking about Santiago Oaks and especially Sierra Peak. Well, Sierra Peak is 6 miles of 8.2% grade, climbing about 2700 feet! It is a category 1 climb. Well, I've been on a climbing rampage on the streets and this climb got my attention. I left from Ice Palace in East Yorba Linda and hoped on the Santa Ana River trail to the Coal Canyon exit. Then the climbing began. Up, up and away, with almost no breaks from going uphill. I didn't have my heart rate monitor with me so I don't know those stats, but I was working hard because either my legs were burning or my throat was burning from trying to suck in so much oxygen. It’s quite a different thing to be constantly breathing at a high rate for an hour plus compared to doing shorter 5-12 minute climbs like I usually do.
The scenery was beautiful. It’s awesome to look out and see everything. When I got to the top of Sierra Peak and I looked down at Yorba Linda, those hills that look so big on ground level looked tiny compared to the mountain I was on.
When I descended I took it easy since it was my first time. I definitely didn't want to crash.
I will definitely be doing this climb again, maybe once a week. It’s an excellent climb and will work you hard!

 This is the Mountain I'm going to climb.

 Looking back at Yorba Linda.

 Thats a long ways down.

 Up, up and away.

 I made it!

Just to prove I made it to the Top of Sierra Peak.

Looking down at Sierra Peak.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Beautiful Ride

By  Andrew Penksaw

Since I rode hard yesterday doing hill climbs I decided to take a relaxed pace ride on the Santa Ana River Trail today. It was a beautiful day and the air was just a bit crisp as I started around 9am but quickly became a perfect temperature as I warmed up. I brought my music but never listened to anything. I decided I just wanted to clear my mind and think to myself. It was great. I was relaxed and peaceful. I got back from my ride stress free and charged up for a great day! Cycling isn’t just about racing and riding hard. The most important thing should be to enjoy the ride.