HSU Cycling Home Race

Nov 2, 2016 at 20:12
by Ryan Wiegman  

The Humboldt State University (HSU) mountain bike race, started out Saturday morning with the threat of rain in the air. The HSU race consisted of collegiate racers coming from all over California and Nevada to race cross-country, super D, short track and downhill disciplines. I followed the racers throughout the weekend to capture the collegiate mountain bike racing experience.

Cross-Country

HSU Cycling Home Race
Registration took place in Jolly Giant parking lot at the north end of HSU campus.

HSU Cycling Home Race
Josh Chapman and Clayton Kelley from HSU registered racers for the cross-country.

HSU Cycling Home Race
Adrian Reyes, racing for HSU, after registering for the cross-country.

HSU Cycling Home Race
Once it was time to race, all of the participants pedaled into the forest to meet at the starting line.

HSU Cycling Home Race

Collegiate cycling is divided into skill-based categories, A, B, and C for both men and women. The A category consists of the fastest, most talented riders, who do three laps around the forest, while the B category does two laps, and the C category does one lap. Here, one of the men's B riders, Josh Chapman, accelerates down a hill not far from the beginning of the cross-country race.

HSU Cycling Home Race

The cross-country course is mapped out so that riders climb steep fire roads and descend twisty singletrack. Here, Diana Pi and Rachel Anders from Stanford climb up a fire road on their way to first and second place finishes in the women's A category.

HSU Cycling Home Race
Men's A rider, Bryce Lewis, cruises to the end of his second lap on his way to a first place finish.

HSU Cycling Home Race
Men's A rider, Jacob Crabill, took second place.

Super D

The Super D started later in the day at the top of the Arcata Community forest and wound its way down muddy singletrack to a fire road finish.

HSU Cycling Home Race

HSU Cycling Home Race

HSU Cycling Home Race
After a few practice runs, the racers lined up at the start and waited for their turn to go.

HSU Cycling Home Race
Tyler Green, from HSU, was the first rider to tackle the course, and ended up with a first-place finish in the A category and the fastest time on the day.

HSU Cycling Home Race
Nate Ross, from HSU, takes a corner at speed during the super D.

HSU Cycling Home Race
Sara Schneider, riding for HSU, makes her way down the top of the trail known as Rotorua.

HSU Cycling Home Race
The officials wait at the finish line for racers to come down the course.

HSU Cycling Home Race
After the last rider makes it down the course, Saturday's racing drew to a close and the racers went to prepare for day two.

Day Two

Short Track

Day two started off rainy and cold. Most racers decided to stay in bed, with only six people racing the short track.

HSU Cycling Home Race
Jacob Crabill, with his Specialized Epic, was one of the few racers to show up Sunday morning.

After waiting a while for racers to show up, I decided to go home and back to bed to get ready for the downhill race Sunday afternoon.

Downhill

The downhill race started at 2:00pm on Sunday and racers started practicing the muddy course a couple hours before that.

HSU Cycling Home Race

HSU Cycling Home Race

HSU Cycling Home Race
After registration closed and practice was over, the racers made their way down to the starting line.

HSU Cycling Home Race
A racer waits for the start of the downhill race.

HSU Cycling Home Race
Lucas Chambliss, from University of California, Santa Cruz, takes the first run down the hill.

HSU Cycling Home Race
Larry Sussman, from University of Nevada, Reno, charges a jump on his race run.

HSU Cycling Home Race
Local rider, Nikko Mazzotti, charges down Sam's Trail at the top of the course.

HSU Cycling Home Race
An unknown University of Nevada, Reno, rider races through the course.

HSU Cycling Home Race
The downhill came to a close and all of the racers hit the road for a long drive home after a successful, rainy, weekend of racing.

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10 Comments

  • + 15
 First time I've ever read anything about Humboldt that didn't mention weed. Go Jacks.
  • + 13
 Humboldt is a rad place to ride if you know where the right trails are. Check out the Instagram page mtbHumboldt
  • + 10
 Collegiate racing was some of the best times in college. Great of PB to cover this aspect. Go Chico Wildcats!
  • + 6
 My time at HSU were the best of my life! Collegiate cycling is like an extension of family, but a family that rides bikes and party's like no other. Go Jacks!
  • + 8
 Norcal stand up!
  • + 5
 I was there!! super stoked
  • + 5
 WCCCCCCCCCC!
  • + 2
 Wccc at it again!
  • + 3
 Winner gets an ounce of primo!
  • + 1
 Great write up! Had fun up there even tho it was so cold and wet but can't wait to come back up to ride next time!

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