Slug Cycling Rides to New Heights in WCCC Overall Team Omnium

This past weekend, UCSC Cycling headed north to race Auburn’s rocky trails in the mountain circuit hosted by UC Davis.

Short track was a fast and fun loop on the 90cc motocross track, filled with high berms, murky puddles, exposed rock, and hard packed dirt. Evan rolled to a solid fifth in C’s. While Walker pulled in to third, he was no match for Malcolm’s legs, which pulled him to the top step of the podium in B’s. Hannah raced to second and Amanda had a blast in her first race with us. Short track kings, Reggie and Mark, worked together to finish first and second place, and rounded out the race with a picture perfect finish rolling across the line while holding hands high in victory. The Badger would be proud.

The downhill course featured a wide variety of obstacles for riders, from gnarly rock gardens to short but abrupt climbs. Tyler, Malcolm, and Owen came out for Men C’s, with Tyler leading the group to third. Matt set the bar for the B’s group with second place, followed by Michael who ended up catching multiple riders in his run. Hannah finished second in B’s, while Zora raced to an outstanding first place in A’s for the women. In Men’s A’s, the Savionator and Evan battled there ways to fourth and fifth.

The next day started with XC at a different venue, on a brutal and rocky track that challenged the bikes and minds of all the racers. Owen completed a lap and led C’s to a top five, while Walker and Hannah led the pack to two first places, followed by Amanda and Malcolm with a blown tire. With Reggie out on injuring from the previous day’s downhill, it was up to Mark to lead A’s, but he suffered a high speed crash, a double flat, and a smashed rim and was ultimately taken out of the running. Our team president was fine for the most part after completing the grueling walk back to the race tent.

The final race, Super D, was a fast and fun race with a steep and technical descent followed by ¬†one of the steepest climbs the field has yet seen. Owen finished fourth for C’s, and Hannah yet again reached the top step and destroyed the women’s B’s field aboard her beautiful slope style bike. Matt led the B’s field to second. The climb suited Mark quite well, who led our slugs to second in A’s, followed by Evan and Savion in fourth and sixth (although Savion’s time clearly puts him into fifth).

Thanks to all who hosted us this weekend! Our efforts put us in an outstanding lead in the overall omnium.

Stay tuned for a recap from UC Berkeley’s WCCC Championships at Boggs.

 

Mountain Slugs further lead in WCCC Overall Team Omnium

Last weekend, UCSC Shredders wrapped up an epic weekend of wet and muddy racing at Cal Poly’s race weekend hosted in Los Olivos.

The cross country course featured grueling 9 mile laps with tires and drivetrains succumbing to the fresh mud all throughout the course. Alex Martin-Ginnold, Tyler Paladino and Walker Busby all completed a lap in Men’s C. Freshman Malcom Flint took 3rd in Men’s B. Sam Anderson-Moxley finished 4th in the Men’s A race, while Mark Tingwald clinched the win over Reggie Trimingham (3rd) in a tight battle to the finish.

Dual Slalom took place with interspersed bits of rain and shine, on another very muddy track. Malcom Flint raced C’s. Michael Guzzardi and Matthew Wilbur contested the Men’s B but neither could best Evan Peterson who took the top spot on the podium. Anderson-Moxley, Trimingham and Tingwald accrued precious omnium points in Men’s A. Zora Thomas festively “sleep-rode” her way to 2nd place in Women’s A.

With an hour of sleep gain from the time change, Slugs took to the fast and flat Short Track course bright and early for a second day of racing in dryer conditions. Busby and Flint battled against shady tactics by other racers in the Men’s B field. Out of a four man selection in road racing fashion, Tingwald and Trimingham took 2nd and 3rd in Men’s A with Anderson-Moxley close in tow.

Good weather prevailed during practice runs of the very short downhill course, with most riders doing 2 runs and taking the sum of both times. Paladino and Guzzardi had solid runs in Men’s C and B, but their hats went off to Wilbur who secured a 2nd place finish. Thomas took her second silver of the weekend in Women’s A, this time dressed in normal attire. Tingwald, Anderson-Moxley, Trimingham and Peterson all had close times in Men’s A, but Savion Ragster took the podium spot with a clutch 2nd place to round out the weekend.

The UC Santa Cruz Slugs now hold a comfortable lead ahead of Cal Poly SLO and UC Berkeley in the team overall omnium with only two race weekends remaining.

Stay posted for next weekend’s recap from the UC Davis race in Auburn!

Say hello to the new kits. Order is going in tomorrow (2nd) at noon so make sure yours is good to go! Design courtesy of Curtis Brand Designjersey

Put in your Jersey Order!

Our 2013/2014 order form is up and running. If you are an Alumni or supporter of the team and want to support to UCSC cycling by buying one of our sick jerseys fill out the order form bellow:

https://docs.google.com/a/ucsc.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlgDzrusN4LSdDBUUmZ4U1R3alpSUGxadUZGUHlybmc#gid=0

These jerseys will be a very similar design to the jerseys that are currently being used by our team. Pictures of the design can be found here:

http://www.ucsccycling.com/support-us/buy-a-jersey/

if you have any questions, email jersey@ucsccycling.com

UCSB Cowpie Classic

Great job in Santa Barbara slugs! We killed it with podiums from Emily, Christine, Libby, Nick, Will, Auric, Sam, and Evan, and maybe some other people I’m forgetting. Still waiting on results, but I think we may have actually won this one! We spiced up our racing with some heckling, some booty shorts, and some tarantula wrangling. Thanks Scout for giving us a warm house to crash in!

Parkfield 2013

Slug cycling survived the 24th annual Parkfield classic! On Saturday, Christine and Emily took 2nd and 3rd in Women’s A XC, followed by Nick’s second in Men’s A XC. Saturday night, in accordance with Parkfield tradition, was a civilized gathering of dedicated athletes. No pixie bikes were jumped over velociraptors. No one tried to fight some dude from Chico. We all drank plenty of water. All in all, nothing but class. On sunday morning, slug cycling and all our fellow racers woke up refreshed and ready to race, as per usual. Will and Emily took home pint glasses from the short track, we all enjoyed some DH racing and heckling, and we rounded off the trip with some well-earned burritos. Now it’s time to get stoked for Santa Barbara this weekend!