• Does Stretching Make You Faster On The Bike?

    by  • March 9, 2015


    I hate stretching.  I’ve never been close to “flexible”.  Sit-and-reach in grade school?  Off the charts terrible.  Stretching before high school basketball games?  Not gonna happen.  With each inflexibility benchmark, guilt mounted.  Stretching was suppose to be good for me right?  Improve my performance, reduce my risk of injury…something like that. Science and stretching In the...

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    Roster: Cycles Fanatic Racing

    by  • March 1, 2015

    Phil Roberts’ squad is back for another year of NorCal racing.  Check out their exploits at http://www.cyclesfanaticracing.com/ Launched: 2011 Location: Oakland, California 2015 Roster Category “A” (Pro, 1, 2) Men Franciso Padilla Rich Snodsmith Phil Roberts Brandon Corriea Todd Paoletti Sean Smith Mark Fleishman Chris Cain Masters 35+ (1,2,3) Men Francisco Padilla Jeremy Anson Rich Snodsmith...

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    Van Houweling Sets Records With 45,637m Hour

    by  • February 26, 2015

    Yesterday evening, in the high and fast Bicentennial Velodrome of Aguascalientes, Mexico, Molly Van Houweling (Metromint Cycling p/b The Freewheel) rode 45,637m in an hour.  This ride established new elite US and Pan-American hour records.  It also qualified as a new UCI Master’s Hour Best Performance in the (40-44) category. MVH was about 34 seconds behind...

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    Sprinter’s Delight At Still Snelling

    by  • February 25, 2015

    A massive and talented peloton filled the road from curb to curb this year. (Photo: Alex Chiu - http://acaurora.smugmug.com)

    The almond orchards surrounding Snelling had reached their peak bloom of white snowy flowers and they had already begun a bizarre early push of the upcoming year’s leaves. A dull grey blanket of clouds hung low overhead. The air was cool and the countryside was still. Carpets of mist hovered on the cattle pastures...

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    Chico Stage Race Has Kit – #chicostagerace

    by  • February 24, 2015

    Chico Stage Race Jerseys

    The Chico Stage Race has been growing every year and is slotting into the big hole left by the demise of our beloved Merco SR.  We are even getting press releases and photos which is kinda NRC-ish. According to the race’s twitter feed, check it at @ChicoStageRace, the Men’s Pro 1/2 field has sold out. I...

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    Van Houweling in Aguascalientes for Hour Attempt (Updated Date and Time)

    by  • February 22, 2015

    NorCal’s Molly Van Houweling is in Aguascalientes, Mexico, with plans to make an Hour Record attempt this coming Wednesday, February 25th.   She will start her attempt between 5:30 and 6:30 PM local time (between 3:30 and 4:30 Pacific).   She had been planning to make her attempt this evening, but changed the timing to accommodate the refinishing...

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    The Other California Classics: Gravel

    by  • February 19, 2015

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    With the simmer down of cyclocross season in late January, the other season of dirt racing is here to run concurrently to the spring road season. Gravel races, long mix-terrain affairs, are now numerous enough in Northern California to be referenced as its own dedicated discipline with plenty of event choices. The season kicked...

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