Tuesday, November 20, 2012

2012 Surf City CX #2, there will be mud

Had a good bit of mud on Sunday's race down in Santa Cruz. Nice and sunny out though. Change of pace from the normal dust and sand. Ended up 15/30 in Open B (cat 2/3?). Decent start, no crashing, good steady pace the entire race. Can't complain!

Photo of a teammate during the 35+ A race:

Nice and muddy at Surf City this morning! Now watching the A's do their thing.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Wilier Cento1 SR - quick review

Introducing my new ride, a Wilier Cento1 SR in Fluo Green w/ (mostly) old SRAM Red. Big thanks to my LBS (Véloro Bicycles) for jumping through hoops and getting this imported for me. The green isn't a color the US distributor is normally doing.

Weight, 6.74kg/14.8lbs with race wheels. Frame is about 1250g and the fork is 420g. Little on the beefy side.

Build list:

Large 2013 Wilier Cento1 SR
SRAM Red shifters and cranks with Force FD, rings and Rival RD and brakes
Selle Italia Flite Kit Carbonio saddle
Look Ti Blade pedals
Ritchey Carbon Matrix 4-Axis stem (120mm)
Williams Maxim ACS aluminum bars

Wheels include:
2010 Reynolds Assault tubulars w/ Vittoria Evo Corsa, ti skewers and SRAM Red cassette
2011 Hed Jet 4 clinchers
2012 Williams S19 clinchers w/ Mich Pro4 25mm tires, normal skewers and lower end SRAM cassette

Could get this build's weight down a good bit with lighter brakes, carbon bars and FSA Evo386 cranks. I'm happy for the moment though and my bank account is looking a little lean.

Super impressed with the ride. Very, very, very stiff. It feels fast but is a bit punishing over rough road. This is not an old man's charity ride bike! Stiffer and more solid feeling then my Scott Addict or my Ridley Damocles. Reminds me of the CAAD10 I used to have. Would like to ride the two back to back.

Love the way it handles. Very active and quick but still stable. Am finding the bike very confidence inspiring on the mountain roads.

2012 BASP, Sierra Point Night Race

Open B. Big field, just under 80 racers. A little late lining up and was in the last 10 onto the dirt. Rode a good steady race though and passed a lot of people. Ended up 43rd. Technical ability has increased dramatically over the last two months.

Very fun course.

Now allow me to show you the dance of my people:

(Photo: Peter Taylor)