• About Alex Chiu

    Alex Chiu is a local photographer in the NorCal cycling scene. After dabbling a bit in racing (and not doing very good at it), he decided to pick up a camera and take pictures at the races to still be a part of the action. Chances are if the race is within a 2 hour driving window from Sacramento, you'll find him somewhere along the course. You may find his photos at http://acaurora.smugmug.com

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    Weekend Recap: Merced Criterium

    by  • February 25, 2014 • Crit, race coverage

    Justin Rossi (Marc-Pro/Strava) during one of his breakaways Sunday in the men's P/1/2 field.

    Sunday, 2/23/2014: Original Merced Criterium The following day, there was the Merced Criterium – a standard square with the added variety of one of the turns being a narrow alleyway behind the city courthouse. In the men’s pro field, a majority of those that had raced the previous day made up the peloton. With...

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    Bicycles Plus Winter Criterium

    by  • February 11, 2014 • Crit, norcal scene, race coverage

    Yuko Gee (MetroMint Cycling) and other women pedal through the puddles of the corners in the women's 3/4 field.

    After one of the driest winters to date for California, Mother Nature decided to end our drought with an epic weekend of torrential rain and wind. Despite the damp conditions, the races carried on, including the Bicycles Plus Winter Criterium held in Folsom, California. Athletes raced their hearts out despite being soaked to the...

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    Profile: Bear Development Team

    by  • January 27, 2014 • interviews, teams

    Team Director Stu Bone and Performance Director Chris Burnham

    SANTA CRUZ, CA – Last weekend, I got to spend some time in Santa Cruz with the Bear Development Team during their team camp and sat down with director Stu Bone to get some insight on the team’s background as well as what he has planned for the young adults this year. Goals What are your goals...

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    The Seven Sisters – Racers Crest Mount Tamalpais

    by  • September 17, 2013 • race coverage

    Colin Daw (Fremont Bank Cycling) emerges on the fourth Sister "Teresa", as it is named on Strava, looks back to gauge his gap in the men's P/1/2 field.

    Special thanks to Colin Daw (Fremont Bank Cycling), Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY16), and Katie Hall (Metromint Cycling) for contributing to this report. 12 miles. 2000 feet of climbing – which is done after 5 miles of flat-as-a-pancake road along Bolinas Lagoon on Highway 1. Climbing the 8 miles up through thick wooded forest with the sound and smell...

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    The Grand Finale: Metromint’s Giro di San Francisco Closes Out Cal Cup

    by  • September 5, 2013 • Cal Cup, Crit, norcal scene, race coverage

    James Laberge and Dana Williams of Mike's Bikes p/b Incase take the top 2 spots of the P/1/2 podium.

    Photography by Alex Chiu Photography. More photos can be viewed here. Women’s 1/2/3 coverage by Lisa Mueller The women’s 1/2/3 event was a race within a race. In one contest, solo superstars Mary Maroon (SBRacing), Starla Teddergreen (Vanderkitten), and unattached veteran Martina Patella were chomping at the bit. At last year’s Giro, Maroon won in...

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    2013 Winters Road Race

    by  • August 28, 2013 • Cal Cup, norcal scene, race coverage

    The early break climbing Cantelow before shedding more riders. L-R, Nate Freed (Marc Pro - Strava), Brandon Trafton (Mike's Bikes p/b Incase), Zeke Mostov (Craddock Slipstream), Elliot Hawkes (Metromint).

    At the red-brown brick intersection of Main and Railroad in downtown Winters, riders milled around, sitting on top tubes, joking, and talking to one another while the morning sunlight of late-August cast down through the sycamores.  Saturday’s race was one of the last of a dwindling number of Premier Series races left on the...

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    Suisun Harbor Criterium – Cal Cup Continues

    by  • August 13, 2013 • Cal Cup, Crit, race coverage

    Lina Martensson (Metromint Cycling) holds a considerable gap for several laps halfway into the women's 1/2/3 field.

    Dunnigan Hills reportage from the day prior is being assembled.  Alex Chiu and Chris Harland-Dunaway collaborated on this report. The breezy streets of downtown Suisun City adjacent to the small local harbor were filled with bike racers for the annual Suisun Harbor Criterium on Sunday.  The course is exceedingly small, perhaps the smallest in...

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