The Path Bike Shop team rider David Fong at Bonelli Park Race 4 2016Race Report by David Fong, member of The Path Bike Shop Race Team. Photo: PB Creative Photo

I raced Cat 2 at the Kenda Cup West Bonelli Park #2 event. This race weekend was also part of USA Cycling's US Cup, a UCI-sanctioned competition for the pros.

They shortened the course for all races on Sunday due to rains the previous day. This meant extra laps to make up the distance. Of course, the part they closed off is the less technical portion, so there was little or no recovery on the very demanding technical side. That said, the track was perfect--tacky hero dirt. However, there were some grassy areas we had to ride over and these had their share of pooled water and mud which made for some spectacular slide-outs for those who took the direct line through the muck instead of a safer line off to the side. I was actually more hesitant making turns on the flat muddy areas over my four descents down the "Rutted Rock Garden" section (Strava URL: https://www.strava.com/segments/1093516).

I was pretty exhausted afterwards but managed to get 8th Place in a very talented field. This is a great race series to attend as you just might see that domestic or international pro you like.

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