The fit race 'cross and 'cross gets 'em filthy!

“When a man says no to [rain], he says no to life.”

13 December 2014

This is what it’s all about.

The rain has done its work to quell the dust and lay bare the raison d’être that many have for cyclocross. The past few weeks saw racing in the wet and the mud, at the Kitten of Vallejo, Candlestick Saturday, and, in particular, the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. And perhaps there is more to come with District Championships on the morrow. The course at Lange Twins has, in the past, seen deep, viscous mud as well as brown, opaque puddles hiding their treacherous and changing depths. Here is a reflection of those days at Lodi and the past few races from the NorCalNevada region. It is a time where the fit race ‘cross and the ‘cross gets ’em filthy.

The 2010 Lange Twins Mud Bath

The 2010 Lange Twins Mud Bath

Peter Knudsen Negotiating Peanut-Butter Mud at Lange Twins

Peter Knudsen Negotiating Peanut-Butter Mud at Lange Twins

Jessica Culunue (Vive La Tarte) Crests the Slippery Fairgrounds Run-Up en Route to Fourth at Surf City

Jessica Culunue (Vive La Tarte) Crests the Slippery Fairgrounds Run-Up en Route to Fourth at Surf City

Murphy Mack takes the Kitten of Vallejo course along a creek for Ryan Harding to experience

Murphy Mack takes the Kitten of Vallejo course along a creek for Ryan Harding to experience

Emily Thurston Tip-Toes Over the Creek-Crossing Plank Barriers

Emily Thurston Tip-Toes Over the Creek-Crossing Plank Barriers

Ryan Greuier Tripods Around the Posts at the Bottom of a Muddy Hill

Ryan Greuier Tripods Around the Posts at the Bottom of a Muddy Hill

Max Judelson Imitates an Old Tradition of Steeplechasing as he Races through a Creek

Max Judelson Imitates an Old Tradition of Steeplechasing as he Races through a Creek

Candlestick Saturday Opened up with Rain and Mist for Jim Lund

Candlestick Saturday Opened up with Rain and Mist for Jim Lund

Muddy Racing Conditions Reflected  in the Creek

Muddy Racing Conditions Reflected in the Creek

Erin Stone Makes a Close Inspection of Surf City Mud

Erin Stone Makes a Close Inspection of Surf City Mud

Heather Pugh Revels on the Muddy Downhill

Heather Pugh Revels on the Muddy Downhill

Hans Kellner Sporting Surf City Fairgrounds Mud

Hans Kellner Sporting Surf City Fairgrounds Mud

Ryan Rinn's Post Race Race-Face

Ryan Rinn’s Post Race Race-Face

This is Not Your Mother's Mud Pack

This is Not Your Mother’s Mud Pack

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Murky Reflection of Andrew Vontz

Murky Reflection of Andrew Vontz

Oh the humanity...Daniel Hoeppner's Soggy Race Courtesy of a Murphy Mack Course

Oh the humanity…Daniel Hoeppner’s Soggy Race Courtesy of a Murphy Mack Course

One response

  1. love these shots

    13 December 2014 at 1:31 pm

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