SoCal Cyclocross – 5 November – Anza

Bob Moision decided to enter a cyclocross racing series, the Southern California Prestige Series, and was nice enough to share his experiences with the rest of the club. Words and pictures by Bob.

  

Another CX race to report from this past Sunday (Nov 5). The race this week was at the Martha Mclean – Anza Narrows Park in Riverside. The course was mostly on grass, but had sections of dirt, sand, and sidewalk. There was also a fair amount of climbing along the course. It rained in the morning, but by the time my race came along (~11 am) the rain had stopped. The pictures are from one of the barriers located on the course. Very good riders can bunny hop these and good riders are able to dismount and remount their bikes without losing much speed. It is impressive to watch. More mortal riders aren’t quite as smooth, but being technically sound at getting off and on your bike can save a few seconds per lap, enough to make up time on somebody with better fitness but less technical skill. As for the race, I came in 12th for my division while sporting my (now old) Aerospace jersey.

Next week the CX series moves to San Luis Obispo, which I’m pretty sure I’ll miss.  However, the week after (Nov 18-19) is a UCI sanctioned race in Moreno Valley. Some big name CX riders may attend and it should be a fun weekend.  

In case anybody in the club is interested in trying cyclocross, more info about upcoming races can be found at http://www.socalcross.org. The course location moves from week to week throughout the SoCal area and they even rent bikes for $10/race, so you can try it out with minimal investment. 

SoCal Cyclocross – 29 October – Corriganville

Bob Moision decided to enter a cyclocross racing series, the Southern California Prestige Series, and was nice enough to share his experiences with the rest of the club. Words and pictures by Bob.

 

This weekend (10/29) was the Corriganville cyclocross event. Corriganville was an old western movie studio in Simi Valley. All of the structures were destroyed by fires some years ago and it was converted into a regional park. Part of the course wound its way through the old building foundations which were also littered with lots and lots of broken glass. I’m shocked that I didn’t see any punctures. On one of the pictures you can see the concrete structures behind me. The other photo is from the start of the race and you can see me on the left side of the photo. 

The race went OK for me. My chain derailed on a fast and bumpy descent and I had to stop to put it back on, so I lost a little time and probably a couple of places. But my legs felt good and the weather was much cooler than the previous weeks race. A write up about the race and more pictures of the course is here (although it does not have any mention of my pedestrian C race).

In case anybody in the club is interested in trying cyclocross, more info about upcoming races can be found at http://www.socalcross.org. The course location moves from week to week throughout the SoCal area and they even rent bikes for $10/race, so you can try it out with minimal investment. 

SoCal Cyclocross – 23 October – Lake Casitas

Bob Moision decided to enter a cyclocross racing series, the Southern California Prestige Series, and was nice enough to share his experiences with the rest of the club. Words and pictures by Bob.

The race was held on Sunday at Lake Casitas in Ventura county and was pretty tough. It was hot, in excess of 95, and dusty. The course was filled with lots of short steep climbs and drops with much of it taking place on loose packed dirt. The climbs in particular can be difficult for those who might be, ahem… challenged by gravity. All in all I had a pretty solid race, but I crashed when my front wheel washed out on a tight turn on my first lap and the heat also started to take a toll as the race wore on.

Other race highlights… at the top of a short climb, a group of people were hanging mini doughnuts from a tree for riders to grab as they rode by. I did grab one, but found it impossible to actually eat a doughnut with a dry mouth so I tossed it to the side of the course. On subsequent laps I noticed other discarded doughnuts in the same area. Next time maybe I should fill my water bottle with milk. I ended up finishing 11th in the Men’s 35+ C division. Next time, I’ll aim to crack the top 10.

In case anybody in the club is interested in trying cyclocross, more info about upcoming races can be found at http://www.socalcross.org. The course location moves from week to week throughout the SoCal area and they even rent bikes for $10/race, so you can try it out with minimal investment. 

2017 Amtrak Ride – Irvine to Old Town San Diego

Write up by Mel Cutler (mel@aeacyling.org). Full ridewithgps route available at bottom of post, and via this link:

On July 22 a diverse group of eight AEA Cycling Club members and guests completed a group ride to San Diego from Irvine, a duration of over 80 miles. This ride was eagerly anticipated because it represented a new chapter in the club’s existence. Long a bastion of encouraging and monetarily supporting bike commuting and member participation in charity and other organized rides, the club, under the dynamic leadership of Lee Shelton, had taken some tentative steps towards building a group esprit de corps. For example, in 2016 club members completed the “Ride with the Tide” 100 km south bay charity ride and some even posed for a group photo at the start. In addition, an occasional ice cream ride after work has proven to be popular among the most fun-loving club members.

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San Luis Obispo Rides Feb 2017

The following is an account written by Mel Cutler on a San Luis Obispo (SLO) brevet over the 2017 President’s Day Weekend.

I went up to SLO over the long President’s Day weekend to take advantage of my first brevets since my surgery in December. [Brevets are long distance unsupported rides organized by regional brevet administrators of Randonneurs USA (RUSA)]. Saturday was a relatively flat 200 km that I had done a few years ago and I had done the 300km last year on this same weekend, so they were familiar.

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Ride Report: 2015 Tour de Cure (Bob M.)

BobM00AEA Cycling Club member Bob Moision trained for and rode the Tour de Cure with his son Thomas. He was nice enough to share the version of their journal for the day of the ride.

The big ride finally arrived!! After weeks of training and fundraising, we found ourselves at the Queen Mary in Long Beach early on a Sunday morning, ready to start the ride with thousands of other cyclists. We met up with the rest of the Aerospace team and then got ready for the ride ahead.

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Ride Report: 2015 Ship-to-Shore (Jim J.)

2015 Tour de Cure

Early morning photo op in Queen Mary park. From left-to-right: Jin Wook Lee, Patrick Yee, Don Walker, Tom Moision, Bob Moision, and Jim Jusko

 

Jim Jusko, VP of Rec Riding, rode in the 2015 Ship-to-Shore, which is the Tour de Cure event in Long Beach.

The AEA Cycling Club showed up to the Queen Mary in high spirits and eager to get to the bridges at this year’s Tour De Cure. The Tour is a charitable ride raising money to find a cure for diabetes. Our club members raised almost $1300 this year to support this effort. In exchange, we were treated to a beautiful day of riding. It’s the one time of the year when you can safely (and legally) ride a bicycle over the Long Beach and Vincent Thomas bridges.

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