Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Alex Loves the Fall!

Alex, has had a bit of a delayed start to his cyclocross season. For good reason though! He has been out chasing singletrack, trying to get that last bit of glorious fall weather. Alex Finished up third in the Highschool Mountainbike series this fall. Congrats Alex! Expect to see Alex out tearing up some Colorado CX courses later this fall as the weather turns cold and wet. In the meantime here are some pictures Alex wanted to share from his singletrack shred session.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Cross is Here!

This year, my brother and I moved out to California for college, a new experience for both of us. I will be attending UC Berkeley and Liam will attend Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Aside from the increased course load, college offers a lot of new challenges for training and racing competitively; especially being new to the area. The first challenged I faced was finding new roads to train on, a process which usually consisted of about 50% ride time and 50% navigational time. Eventually I was able to gather my bearings and find some amazing roads to train on.

I also made my way out to the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands which offered an amazing view of the bridge and San Francisco

The second obstacle I faced was bike maintenance and storage which also proved to be very difficult in my dorm room. Gluing tubulars was an interesting experience, and raised a few eye brows from my roommates, but none the less was a successful process. 

With new training roads discovered and bikes ready to go, Liam and I checked out our first cross race in Sacramento two weekends ago. I did not have the race I was looking for, but Liam managed an impressive 2nd place in the elite field (see his blog post below). This week I am preparing for the 3rd Sacramento Cross race at Lange Twins Winery, which is known for its amazing course design and all around good time. Following that I will be working on my form for CXLA and Cross Nationals in Asheville, NC. 

Thank you to CLIF BAR, Niner, Challenge Tires, Crankbrothers, SRAM, Docs Skincare, Kappius Components, Fizik, Capo, Pategonia, and Pedro's for the support this season. It's going to be a great one!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

It's Finally Cross Season!

It's the time of the year that us cross racers dream about. After a long 8 month break, cross season has finally arrived. The leaves are falling off the trees and snow is falling in the high country back home in Colorado. This year will be a journey for me as I leave home for college on the west coast and enter the ranks of U23.

New whip for the season 
5 weeks ago I left Colorado for San Luis Obispo. My first month at California Polytechnic State University has been a bit hectic, but I am now starting to settle into the college lifestyle. Cal Poly is known for being one of the best engineering and agriculture school schools in the west, however my major is Business Administration with a undecided concentration . Our quarter system is a bit different, but it gives me plenty of time to train between classes.
Go Mustangs!
I have been racing with the Cal Poly MTB team for the last couple of weekends which has been really fun and I am starting to transition to cross. I did some early season training races in Colorado 6 weeks ago, which were a great measure of my early season fitness and skill. Every thing has been going to plan and I did my first official cross race last weekend with my brother. Cormac goes to UC Berkeley so I found a ride to Berkeley then spent 2 nights sleeping on my brothers dorm floor before heading up to Sacramento for SacCX Series race 2. I was very happy with my first race out here, I lead for over half the race before fading in the end and coming home with 2nd. A great write of the race can be found Here. Up next, more local races and UCI CXLA. Also, A big shout out to all of our sponsors for getting us going this season. I am excited for lies ahead.
2nd Place!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Team Bikes

Like last year we are lucky enough to get to ride the Niner BSB 9 RDO cross bikes. Disc brakes, thru-axles and loads of clearance make for a mean cross bike. If you want to try one out, track us down at the races and we will happily let you take one for a rip!

Scope out all the details and some detailed pictures on the Niner Site: http://www.ninerbikes.com/BSB9RDO 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Monday, October 06, 2014

Seasons First Blog Post! - Providence Cyclocross Festival

Wow- that was an eyeopener. This weekend I traveled with the elite team to providence, RI for my favorite race of the year, the Providence Cyclocross Festival in Roger Williams Park for the UCI junior men 17-18. The course is one of the best designed courses in the states, and the fall weather is perfect for cross with the occasional downpour.  Troy Wells and I arrived early so that we could go on school visits on friday. We went the the same school this year, and talked to the highschoolers about the opportunities cycling has to offer and the places it takes you. The crowd favorite was troy bunny-hopping the principal. Later that day we pre-road the demanding course and opened up our legs for the next 2 days of racing. Race day quickly arrived and it was game time. With the forecast showing a 50% chance of rain for our race, and the start being dry, I started on Challenge Chicanes with my Pit bike having Limus mud tires. I had a terrible start and started picking my way through the field, but I just didn't have the legs that day. The skies opened up midway through the race and I switched bikes to mud tires. The mud gave me an advantage but it was too late. I ended  up 14th. Sundays race was a bit different. I had 2nd to last call up, but had a great start and moved into the lead group within the first lap. While duking in out with another rider through the chicane section of the course, I was pushed into a post and went down hard losing my chance at a strong finish. I fought hard for the rest of the race, but it was over. I ended up 15th on the day. Even though I was disappointed with my finishes, it was the first race of the year and a good benchmark to go off of. There is plenty of time for improvements in the next month before the Pan Am Championships. A big thanks to all of our sponsors for helping me get here so far! Check back in frequently for more blog posts!

-Liam Dunn
                                                            Sundays race was HOT!
Photo Cred- Pete Banach - Spokenshutter Photography

Friday, January 03, 2014

TCB CX Party

If your in Boulder this Wednesday, come join us for our cyclocross nats party. Raffle, food, and beer. What's not to like!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


 The Day before Diegem Cormac and I raced in Bredene right next to the sea. Before the race my legs felt pretty good and opened up after racing in Loenhout the day before. After wasting 25 minutes trying to find inscription(registration) we went and pre-rode the course. It suited me well, it didn't have all the heavy mud that the Belgian races typically had. I was super excited for the race because of the course and because I was looking for redemption after a late race crash in Loenhout. I got called up almost last because I only have a few Belgian race points. By the first corner I had moved up to about 20th out of 40, and Cormac had moved up to 5th. I spent the majority of the race moving up and chasing down the lead group. With 2 laps to go I had moved up to 6th and was closing in on the lead group of riders. I was riding through one of the mud pits with a big Belgian kid when I got muscled into the course tape and was flipped over. The tape had had hooked my bar and flipped my bike out from under me. The cloth tape in combination with a wood post had tangled my bike to a point where i couldn't get my bike free. After a minute of struggling to get my bike free my race was over but I still wanted to finish. My bike was so stuck that a helpful spectator had to cut the tape to get my bike free. I then spent an additional few minutes fixing my bike. I rode a moderate pace to the finish. I was pretty disappointed after the race because I felt that i had a good chance of placing top 3 in a big race if everything had gone alright, but that's bike racing for you. We raced Diegem the next day. check back in for a blog post from one of the other riders. Next up, the last race of the trip, Baal.
 We didn't expect to see the sea when we heard we were coming to Belgium, but we did at Bredene
                                                            I run through the barriers
                                           This picture was taken right after the barriers
                                                         Cormac on his way to 17th
                                                                           Lap 2

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Zolder World Cup

The day after Christmas was my first opportunity to race in a world cup. I was lucky enough to get selected to do The Zolder World Cup while the team is over in Belgium. Me, Maxx and Spencer all got to start this world cup which was really cool. This race was one of the hardest I've ever done because it was against all of the best racers from around the world. I learned so much about my self as a racer and racing in general.

I started right behind Cooper Willsey, who took the whole shot in the race,  and when the gun went off I sat in behind Peter Goguen during the start straight and was able to sit mid pack into the first corner. The whole american team ended up one right after another for part of the first lap which was nice to be riding with some of the people you know against people you've never raced before. It broke up over the next few laps, Peter was fighting for low teens, Maxx broke out into the upper twenties and I was hanging in the lower twenties right in front of cooper, Austin, and Ian. I was having an excellent race, keeping calm and making few to no mistakes until I messed up one corner in the second to last lap and Cooper, Austin, and Ian got around me along with a few other riders. I fought my way back up to those guys but didn't have the legs to pass them back in that little amount of time leading up until the last lap. I did however catch Ian on the last run up and was able to pass him along with some other riders right before the last decent and start stretch. After Passing Ian and getting on the start strait I began to sprint as hard as I could to get the kid just in front of me but to no avail he was just a little to far for me to catch before the finish line.

Overall this race was so fun and super fast with lots of the best competition. Doing this race really showed me i have a lot in can still improve upon in my riding but also showed me that i can rival the top riders and not get blown out of the back of the race. Im so happy I got the race this world cup and can't wait to come back and race nationals back home in Boulder.

Right after the first decent heading towards the run up.

Seconds before I messed up and Cooper, Austin, and Ian got around me.

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