November 29, 2011

Season Closer - Cypress Bend Resort - Louisiana State Championship Series

Over the past Thanksgiving weekend, I headed to Louisiana to the Cypress Bend Resort in Many, LA for the final stop of the Louisiana State Championship Series.

The Battle at the Bend was a killer 6 mile loop with 1000 ft of climbing per lap -- at three laps equals an epic race. Who knew LA had that type of terrain?!

The race went as smooth as it can go for extending the race season an extra 2 months.

I ended up 2nd and the resort and race promoter, Kerry, were top notch.  They really made this kid from the north feel right at home.

Also check out the cool PR release following the race:

"In fact, The “Battle at the Bend” racetrack, Hercules, features a 6.1-mile loop with 1,000 feet of grueling climbs and downhill elevation changes typically seen in famous mountain bike destinations such as Colorado.

“This is something you’d find in northeast Vermont or other locales known for very challenging mountain bike courses. I would never have imagined Louisiana would have this terrain, but I will definitely be back next year to battle Hercules,” said pro rider and World-Cup finisher John Arias of New Jersey."

- John

November 05, 2011

Cyclocross Season

Cam has been having a great fall cyclocross season, winning in West Virginia and placing well in the UCI events.  John has also gotten into cross this year, making his debut at last weekend's snowy and muddy UCI race in New Jersey.  I jumped into the packed DC-area cross racing and have been having fun at the party-like atmosphere of the local races.

We've been riding the Addict CX, a lightweight carbon frame and fork.  I have an aluminum Team CX as well, but like the carbon bike so much more.

 Here are a few shots of John at last weekend's NJ race:

- Jeff

Iceman Cometh - Michigan - November 5

Good luck to Ross this weekend at the mtb season closer, the Iceman Cometh, in Michigan.  Scottie is also there with the Scott van and is at the trade show, showing off the new bikes.  If you're there, make sure to stop by and say hi!