Mesa (Vladimir Karpetz) leading the guys while we pre ride the course. #freshairfocus #maderasr @connorspencer @grizzlyprince @rognab @naveenmolloy (at Madera Chess Club)
Great day of team racing at the CCCX races last weekend. Mesa and Bangor set Ryan up perfectly to get into the winning break and he took 3rd. Mesa and Bangor covered everything and then attacked the field in the last lap. Bangor took best of the rest for 7th on a solo break and Mesa took 9th out of the sprint with the rest. Team work is the best!!!
BRITEsport is extremely proud to announce Fresh Air Bicycles - Focus cycling team for 2014. The men’s elite cycling team officially unveiled their new kit this past weekend at the Snelling Road Race. Fresh Air Bicycles, San Francisco’s finest bike shop, and Focus Bikes, Germany’s finest racing bicycles, headline the team racing in the NCNCA and around the country. With a passion for wellness and fitness the team is also honored to partner with Whole Athlete providing expert bike fitting, Dan Tian Wellness offering acupuncture and wellness workshops, along with Elemental Herbs specializing in all natural skincare. Fresh Air - Focus will be supplied with delicious food and drink from Baia Pasta and Bicycle Coffee both coming from Oakland and Vigilant Eats providing incredibly healthy and convenient breakfast oatmeals - perfect for early morning races and living out of motel rooms. Finally, along with Focus Bicycles the team will be riding Zipp wheels and sporting Lazer helmets.
2014 is set to be the best year yet. Fresh Air - Focus welcomes Ryan Moore and David Mesa to the team along with eight returning riders, David Bangor, Jaffa Prince, Gabe Morford, Naveen Molloy, Kevin Leong, Travis T., Zach Scott, and Connor Spencer.
This Sunday 2/23/14 - come out and ride with these two stallions and the rest of the #freshairfocus team to Point Reyes. All are welcome. Expect a solid ride with some solid people. The group will be rolling from the city but regrouping and meeting up with everyone on the north side of the bridge, west side parking lot, around 915 and heading out soon after. It’s going to be a great day on the bike. #elementalherbs @vigilanteats @bicyclecoffee @freshairbicycles @focusbikes @baiapasta
First race as a p1/2. Let’s digest. Knights Ferry RR, usually the opener for most NorCal riders, is usually a good op to see how the legs feel and get the team working together. It was Myself, Nav & Bang Bang who would rep and, leaving in the wee hours the mood was good. Basic plan was to at least be in every move and see how it shook out. 1st lap, I gave a wee dig and a couple others joined. It was promising but a chase group of five came up to join and thus no real cooperation occurred so the main group came back but immediately attacks went. First Nav covered, then Bang and then Nav again but this time the break stuck with Nav on there. The gap went out to 3+ minutes and the impetus left our group to chase. With 1 lap to go, Nav was caught up in a mechanical and lost contact with the three remaining breakaway. Shit, now we had to work to bring it back so I said to Bang to chill at the back and let me go to work. I hit it, (channeling the big fella above), thinking that the other teams would want to chase hard too but no, every time I went hard, the peloton just let me go, but I wanted to bring Bang back to the break and thus give his fresh legs a chance on the finish so I was forced to slow. With 6km to go, wee Scotty Fusion burst off the front and I joined him. We easily opened up a 30sec gap and I said that we should be able to hold it if the others don’t chase soon. They didn’t, and as we came into the finishing km, we still had a gap, Scotty folded and as I rode to 4th, and the chasers were closing but there was no way they were going to get me in time. Alas, I took the best of the rest but was happy with the effort. I think a few things really helped me today. I rode with our new team Lazer Helium with the aero cover, made my own energy bars inspired by Dantianwellness and a great start to the day with some vigilant eats oatmeal. Ps, the focus rode really well today, giving me full confidence that no power was lost, Cheers, Jaffa
Great ride today with Travis & Naveen. My first Visionquest and it was pretty special, apart from the bent derailleur thing. Rockin the lazier helium and it was super comfy. Til next time. Jaffa. #freshairbicycles #lazersport #focusbikes
A few snaps from the 8 of us who rolled out of Angwin, Ca for a recent ride. As has become customary for days like these, we were treated to a classic Bangor aka Sr. Cartographer aka Bang Bang route. When the day was done, we logged about 90 miles, climbed approximately 9000ft., fixed 3 flats, and later consumed the burgers to prove it.
See you on the road!
The land continues to impress on Mt. Laguna. This was without a doubt one great exploration of familiar territory on new unknown paths.
Someone once told me that a pro tour rider use to say Mt. Laguna was one of his favorite places to ride. After yesterday I might have to agree.
For the longest time I always thought Sunrise hwy was the only way to Mt. Laguna, but after studying the maps and doing some research I was enlightened. Two new remote paths/roads that meander their way along canyons and creeks, leading to tight single lane switchbacks that carve into the sides of the mountain, eventually leading you out of the oak and high desert chaparral, and into the smell of pine and cooler wind at elevation.
These climbs had everything and yet no words or pictures seem to do them justice. This post is simple documentation of a ride I won’t soon forget - what a good way to start off the year.
Here’s to a great year and a great season ahead.