WCCC Champs, hosted by UC Berkley at Boggs Mountain State Forest, marked the end of a glorious season of unparalleled victory for our mighty Slugs.
The weekend started off with XC in the morning, which was a four-mile loop that consisted of a range of wild single-track and long fire roads. Although a majority of the racers were thoroughly confused by the poorly marked XC course, our Slugs still managed to still pull multiple solid finishes. For Men’s A’s Reggie pulled in for second, followed by Mark T in fourth and Sam in fifth. In Men’s B’s Walker rolled to third and Malcolm to fifth. In Men’s C’s Mark H brought home the win, followed by Owen in fifth, Tyler in seventh, and Alex in fifteenth. Zora rolled to a solid fifth for or Women’s A’s on her beautiful new cherry hardtail.
Later Saturday afternoon was the Super D, which stuck to a six minute single track descent with multiple, short climbs. Mark led our Men’s A’s with a third place finish, followed by Sam, Evan, Reggie, and Luke, while Zora raced to first in Women’s A’s. Matt took his first win of the season in Men’s B’s, followed by Michael. And in Men’s C’s Malcolm podiumed in at third, followed by Walker, Mark H, Tyler, Owen, and Alex. Tired but brimming with pride, the slugs retired to the disco party for the night.
After a memorable night, our slugs rolled out of bed to greet their final day of racing, which started with Cross Country Eliminator. The track was a short, fast, pedally one upon which there was first an individual qualifying round and then a series of double elimination rounds seeded into brackets from individual qualifying times. For our Women’s A’s, Zora pedaled her ways to a brilliant second place finish. In Men’s A’s, after many unfortunate mechanicals, Reggie rolled to fourth, followed by Mark T and Sam. Malcolm won Men’s B’s, followed by Walker. Mark H finished third for Men’s C’s, followed by Owen.
Downhill, held on Jethro’s trail, was the final race of the season, and for many would determine individual omnium standings. It was the same three minute descent as last years race, held by yours truly. In Men’s A’s Savion slid into second, followed by Sam, Mark T, Omid, Evan, and Lucas. Zora blew away the field, taking first in Women’s A’s. Matt took first in B’s, followed by Michael. Malcolm took second in C’s, followed by Tyler, Walker, Mark H, Owen, and Alex.
UC Santa Cruz Cycling swept the competition in nearly every category this season, taking the Division 1 Overall Omnium with a total of 2359 points (exactly 564 points ahead of second place).
We had wins and podiums in every single Overall Individual Omnium category: in Men’s A’s, Mark T took third, Reggie took fourth, and Sam took fifth; in Women’s A’s, Zora took first; in Men’s B’s, Malcolm took first and Matt took second; in Women’s B’s, Hannah took third; and in C’s, Mark H took third.
We had wins and podiums in nearly every single Overall Endurance Omnium: in Men’s A’s, Reggie took first, Mark took second, and Sam took fifth; in Women’s A’s, Zora took sixth; in Men’s B’s Malcolm took second and Walker took fourth; in Women’s B’s, Hannah took second; in Men’s C’s, Mark H took third.
We had wins and podiums in nearly every single Overall Gravity Omnium Category: in Men’s A’s Savion took fourth; in Women’s A’s, Zora took second; in Men’s B’s, Matt took first; in Women’s B’s, Hannah took third; in Men’s C’s, Tyler took first and Malcolm took third.
Cheers to such a phenomenal mountain season! And here’s to our upcoming road season!
Keep shredding you mighty slugs.