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.