The Path Bike Shop Race Team rider Dan at Race 5 Fontana Winter Series 2016Race Report by Dan Williams, member of The Path Bike Shop Race Team. Photo: Called To Creation

This past Saturday saw the 5th and final Super D race of the Southridge KMC Chain Winter Series. Weather for the day was almost ideal, with mild temps, somewhat overcast skies, and no rain for the day.  Unfortunately, the downhill race the following day didn’t have it so good.

As usual for the series this year, Southridge put together a two race run format; but this time with a little twist. Racers rode down a very fun, yet somewhat short course that had awkward and tight “S” turns, ruts, and a rock littered field that kept your wits sharp. At this point, we climbed back up to do the same course, but for the second time, they would have you continue over the road to the Super D’s famous Waterfall feature of somewhat intimidating rocks, then a dozen turns before you hit the sprint to the 4X course and the finish line.

 

Flats were the call of the day, and I wish I meant flat pedals, as many riders were flatting tires and flat spotting rims due to rocks in the g-outs. I was lucky enough to have some new Kenda Honey Badger tires mounted to freshly built Speed Tuned Exile rims, and those babies didn’t let me down one bit. I was amazed at how quickly those rims let me get up to speed due to their stiffness, and I checked them after the race, and the rear wheel (which I tend to bend and break spokes) were still perfectly true! Thanks guys!!!

There was extra competition this day, and it wasn’t just the racers at the race. There was another race being held at Vail Lake in the Temecula area this same day, so some of the typical suspects you would see at Fontana were at the other venue. However, competition was still high. Teammate Sean Small was blazing fast; being 6th fastest on stage #1 for Expert Men 34 & under, but a flat on the 2nd stage would be his Achilles heel.  Zachary Graves landed 13th in Sport Men 35+, and a small (and dumb) mistake right out of the start gate meant I finished in 6th place...just 2 seconds off the podium. However, my work for the season did pay off, as I managed to snag 4th overall for the winter series!  Damn...that felt good!

A big thanks to all the event sponsors for their help in putting on a fun series! And, of course, thanks to all our sponsors that helps us race and turn others on to mountain biking!

Sponsors: The Path Bike Shop, Ride 100%, Speed Tuned Wheels, CrankBrothers, SRAM, Race Face, Invigorade, Acumed,Kenda Tire, IXS Sports, The Gravity Cartel, Tustin Brewing Company, California Boring, Go-Direct, Ford & Mazda of Orange.

 

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