Category five storm Lucifer struck Southern California with a Vengeance over the weekend, and while the numbers may have dipped a bit, the water left the dirt in hero conditions for the fourth round of the KMC Winter Series Presented by Southridge USA. Friday much of the southland was seemingly under water with posts on social media questioning what the conditions in Fontana would look like? Six inches of mud? Hero Dirt?? No one really knew for sure. The storm was due to track right over Fontana and the rest of Southern California from the Central coast down, so when we arrived Saturday with occasional lingering rain and more due back at the start of the Super D at 1pm, we understood why Fontana seemed deserted. Nevertheless, we hit the pits to see what the buzz was. It didn't take long to find something pretty rad.
Also in attendance, Shimano. It was great having them return to providing neutral support for the fourth round of the series. Gritty conditions caused by the wet weather made for some necessary drivetrain repairs, which Shimano was happy to assist with. First up as always is the Super D race. It seemed several were turned off by the weather with just three pro men and no pro women in attendance. It was a shame too, because the dirt was amazing.
Cole Picchiottino on his way to another 1st place finish in the Pro Super D race, with a total time of 06:57.61. Evander Hughes, his teammate, finished second with a combined time of 07:08.92 and Cody Masson rounded out the category with a time of 7:10.04. Meanwhile over on the other side of the hill, DH practice was in full swing.
As the wind picked up and the precipitation returned Saturday afternoon, I called it a day and many of the riders did too. Sunday morning I arrived to partly cloudy skies and a much larger crowd than the day prior. It was clear that the storm had kept people hunkered down at home as they chose not to brave the wet weather for Saturday's practice.
Speaking of Buchanan, it looks like we will be seeing more of this Dangerous Duo. Caroline Buchanan and Barry Nobles riding for Airborne, have plans to hit several stops in the MTB world. Buchanan is shooting for all of the Crankworx events, as well as 4cross and BMX events locally and abroad. She emphasized her riding career rotates around the four-year Olympic cycles. Regarding this year's calendar, she specified, "I want to win both world titles again." (MTB 4Cross and BMX). I would expect Barry Nobles to run similar events as the couple tour together.