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August 08th, 2014

Downieville RR Race Report – Jordan Anderson 8.4.2014

It was a bitter sweet goodbye leaving D-Ville yesterday, glad to be finished up but we can’t wait for the next one. Saturday was the XC race, 9:30 start, up the hour long fire road climb. It’s pretty steep, loose rock/gravel, and mostly one-lined. The top pro’s make it up in about 50 minutes. I felt pretty good for most of it, towards the top is a flat stretch for a little over a mile, and then one last steep pitch before the start of the DH. I used a few minutes of the DH to recover so I could put the power down again. Made it to the fire road connector between Sunrise and Pauley Creek where the baby head rocks awaited us.

Just as you think that you get a break from the 8 mile, 3000′ climb, you start right back up for a few miles headed to Pauley Creek. Once the descent down Pauley begins, it’s downhill for a good while all the way to a 700′ steep climb to the start of 3rd Divide. At the bottom of Pauley, a Junior was stranded without a tube or pump, so I gave him my stuff and told him to find me at the bottom so I could get my pump back…but I think he decided to hold onto it. So I was expecting some good karma for the rest of the weekend. By the time I got to that climb, I was starting to get pretty worn out, cramps had already came and gone, so I was just waiting for the next set (which never happened). Started down 3rd divide, really fast and flowing the whole way, its my favorite trail over there. By the end of the trail, you start getting close to the finish, only about 5 miles to go, with about a half mile left of climbing.

1st divide has now begun and I was doing my best to shut my legs up. I just kept thinking about the finish line. After a mile or two of pedaling, you get a short DH into the final little painful pitch, and then about 50 yards to the pavement. Now the final paved stretch where lots of passes happen. Luckily I didn’t have anybody behind me, so I just held my pace and rolled through the finish. My time was 2:18, 2:16 last year, so I was a little disappointed, but I’ll go for it again next year. Jed said he felt great the whole race and came across at 2:35.

Sunday was the DH day, 15 miles. They take out Pauley creek and add Butcher ranch in. Butcher starts as a double track fire road, with fast sweeping loose corners that narrow into a really technical rocky single track. They start you off in one minute intervals, so the whole time you just hope that your catching the guy in front of you, but at the same time, hoping you don’t get caught. It isn’t a typical DH race, it almost hurts worse than the xc climb because of how hard you have to pedal for most of it. I started off and felt great, wasn’t making very many mistakes, and just having a blast. About half way down, I had a solid rhythm going, and then out of nowhere at about 25mph, I went over the bars and cartwheeled for about 15 feet. I somehow missed all of the rocks and didn’t hurt myself, but the bike took a beating. So with a severely bent rear disk and twisted bars I rode the remainder of the race pretty cautiously. I would have fixed the bars if my saddle bag didn’t rip off and disappear in the bushes. I made it down without anymore issues, finished in 54 minutes. Jed felt great again, but sliced his tire and had to CO2 it, so he finished in 53 minutes. But overall we had a great time once again, and we’ll be back next year for redemption. Hopefully we can talk some of the Blue Train into joining us! Thanks Owens for making it happen, we did our best to fly the Blue flag. Also a huge thanks to Paul for letting me use his Trance, don’t worry, I’ll get it fixed up and ready to rock again.

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August 08th, 2014 08:53:18

Ashland Enduro RR

July 15th, 2014

Ashland Enduro RR Race Report – Jed Pope 7.8.2014

Went up to Ashland for their 4 stage enduro two weekends ago. Me and my SOL and the little pope got up super early and drove up the morning of the race.

The first part of the race was an hour climb to the first stage. I got to the first stage and was ready to go.  I have ridden this part of the race before but it had been a couple of years ago so knew what was coming a little bit this stage has a little pop in it so I knew to give it all I had for it. I made it though with a smooth run.

The second stage was a super fast single track felt super strong on this stage and made a good run. After the second stage we had a little bit of time to eat and get a drink before we had to drive up to the top of Mt. Ashland where the third stage was.

The third stage is where the race was won or lost, it was the longest stage of the day. I knew a little part of this stage from doing the spring thaw so was ready to light all my matches on this one! I started off super hard and was feeling good so I kept lighting more matches and before I knew it I had caught the guy that started in front of me. Now I have found more matches knowing that I’m a minute up now so I light a couple more and then I caught another guy. I was super pumped now that I have made up a lot of time and just as I’m going around the second guy I get a flat rear tire. Super mad at this point after putting in all that hard work but that is racing! I fix my flat and ride to the last stage. I get though the last stage without a flat and a smooth run.

I still had a blast great day on the bike! Big thanks to my wife and son for cheering me on all day and thanks Owens for making it all happen. Sorry for the late report!

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July 15th, 2014 15:01:12

Humbug Hurry Up XC

June 26th, 2014

Humbug Hurry Up XC Race Report – Jordan Anderson 6.25.14

Last Saturday I raced the Humbug Hurry Up XC, it was somewhat overcast and about 80 degrees, which made it perfect for a race. Jason and I raced the regular course, which was 2.5 laps and 24 miles. We rolled off the start line up the blacktop for a 1/4 mile at 10 am sharp, and then made a left onto the dirt and started racing.

Jason and I were sitting in the front 5 of the pack, and once we hit the first climb we both moved up a spot. I was in 2nd during the climb until we made it to “monster mile,” the steep, mile-long fire road climb. I moved into the lead right at the beginning of it, gave an effort to create a gap, which worked out so I just kept on grinding to the top. After a quick recovery on a short descent, I found myself on the hike-a-bike before the really fun DH.

After that short and painful hike, you get rewarded with a long, fast and flowing DH back to the start of the second lap. The next lap and half played out the same, I came across the finish at 2:07. Jason did great also, second in his class, 5th overall. Super fun race, thanks to everybody who put it on and to Owens for getting me up there!

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June 26th, 2014 16:54:16

Blazing Saddles RR

May 27th, 2014

Blazing Saddles RR – Jed Pope 5.25.2014

Todd, Adam and I raced the last round of the BS series. The start was blazing fast like always. I jumped out front quick knowing there were some fast guys from Chico and that Todd would be hammering it hard. Todd went by me up the first climb like I was tied to a post then two more guys came by. I knew I didn’t have a lot in me for this race as I was still recovering from last weeks race. I told myself just try and keep them close and get them on the down hill! About half way up I was starting to feel the heat and getting hot so I just held a good pace to the top. I hammered into the down hill thinking there is no way I’m catching theses guys I lost too much time on the climb and then I started to see some dust up ahead.  That’s all I needed for me to keep hammering this slick down hill. I got by one of the guys just before the bottom, then I could see second place just in front of me now. I tried to close the gap to him but just couldn’t get there. I finished third over all and first in my class so I was super pumped on that; considering that last year I could barely walk due to my back injury.  Todd ended up winning the race and Adam finished sixth, we represented Owens pretty well. Just wanted to say thanks for everyone’s help getting me back on the bike, couldn’t have done it without you guys! Thanks again Owens for the support! See everyone soon.

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May 27th, 2014 13:35:45

Ashland Spring Thaw Race Report

May 22nd, 2014

Ashland Spring Thaw 2014 Race Report – Jonz Norine 5.20.2014

Where to start?

I think we will begin at 4:oo pm on Friday at Todd Dodds’ house.

In the van were Todd Dodds, Bill Dodds, and Jonz Dodds – on our way to Ashland Spring Thaw 2014.

We met John and the Friesen Clan at Campo del Friesen in Mt. Shasta for a great night of pre-race carbs of the solid and liquid variety. (Thank you Patty).

After a super good night’s sleep, we emerged exceptionally early from our blanket cocoons to a breakfast that of course included bacon. (Thank you again Patty).

John decided to spend the day with the family, so the remainder of the Doddses traveled on to the wilds of Oregon to test their mettle against the hills and dells of the Southern Cascades.

Weather was perfect. Warm but not too warm (of course I would have liked it about 30 degrees hotter, but that’s just me).

Jed Dodds came up from Redding to meet us that morning.

The gun went off.

TDodds was on his 10-pound Lynskey singulator (just an estimate), BDodds on a geared anchor of a 2013 Trance X, JdDodds on the same beast, and JzDodds on his 2014 Trance X (which is just as big as anchor, but has a cooler paint scheme than the previous year). We struggled mightily against the mass and weight of our machines. We were no match.

TDodds left us in the dust on what must have seemed to him to be a witch’s broom flying up the climb without effort! Either that, or he actually trains and is in shape.

That was the last time we saw TDodds – the start line. He shot off like he was the bunny in a greyhound race…and the greyhounds were angry..and the greyhounds were hopped up on ‘ludes.

The rest of us took off at a reasonable rate of speed because it was 12 miles to the top of the climb. No. Seriously. 12 miles up a long fire road.

And there was a pretty steep single track kicker at the top. Once we got there, it was down, down, down. Single track then a little fire-road, then single track again all the way to the end.

I don’t know how he did it on on that fully rigid single speed, but Todd killed it and ended up 4th in a stacked SS category, the first of us Owens boys.

Seven minutes later JzDodds arrived. I wasn’t able to accelerate on the steep parts, but on the more gentle uphills I put it in the big ring and CRANKED for all I was worth and gained a few places as the interminable climb proceeded. It was fun to see people’s faces drop as they were passed on an uphill by a double-boing-bike.

As a surprise to all including myself, I passed a few folks on the downhill. Yay me and I didn’t crash all the way to the finish.

Less than two minutes after I finished, JdDodds came in. He probably made up 10 minutes on the downhill (we all know how fast he descends).

Same thing for BDodds – he arrived only a short time later. Kvetching about a lack of training for the uphill pull. But he more than made up for it on the gravity bomber downhill.

Despite getting killed by most of the field JzDodds placed 1st in the geriatric 45+ Expert field (hence his job to do race report)

TDodds placed 4th in SS (Tim Olsen, yeah, THAT Tim Olsen, won that category).

JdDodds placed 11th in non-elderly expert men and BDodds took the 24th spot in that self-same category.

After the race we checked out the Caldera Brewery and Restaurant in the Ashland outskirts for post-race recovery meat. It was way better than just good.

We got back to Redding at a reasonable hour to spend time with our families on Saturday afternoon.

Thanks to Owens for sponsoring a great team race that turned into a super team weekend.

We missed all that could not make it. Next time we hope to see you too.





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May 22nd, 2014 09:04:59

Lemurian RR Report

April 30th, 2014

Lemurian RR Report – Jordan Anderson 4.26.2014

Let’s just say that today was a perfect day for the race. Yesterday’s rain made the dirt awesome, there wasn’t really any mud, and it wasn’t hot like it usually is. We started out at a good pace, the whole team was within a minute of each other all the way up first climb, and then we started to separate. Dodds and I were going down the gas-can passing a good amount of racers, and then I looked back for second and he was gone. More on that story at the end.

I caught a draft across the dam and then was able to give a good effort up 5 pound. Made it through the rocky stuff and buckhollow clean, and then was able to power the flats. Amber and my parents helped us with little aid station and then we were ready to hit Satan’s crack. By this time I was starting to get cramps, so I kept it nice and smooth trying not to burn too many matches. Through both creek crossings and then headed up the fire road to the couch, really starting to hurt now. Made it to the last part of the couch and the sheriff was waiting for us to give a little extra motivation. Thanks buddy! The couch DH was the best it has ever been, I’m sure somebody set a new KOM on that today. Got to sheep’s camp and the cramps set it, but I was able to fight them off through the finish. Great day for a race, everybody had a blast, even Todd… Turns out that he front flatted right behind me, fixed it and then about 30 yards after, his front tire blew off the rim, and his tube wrapped around the disc brake and he went head over heals. He still finished though and had fun. John decided to race the short course with Johan, who was riding his bmx bike, good job! Bill may have broken a rib or two, I don’t know the story on that though, he said it involved attempting a back flip or something. Anyhow, great day for a race, thanks Owens for making it happen and we’ll see you guys Wednesday.

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April 30th, 2014 16:23:11

Napa/Sea Otter RR

April 14th, 2014

Napa/Sea Otter RR – Jordan Anderson 4.13.2014

Last Sunday, Todd, Adam, Scott and I raced the Napa Valley dirt classic. 19 miles and around 3000 feet of climbing. Awesome trails, mostly twisting and rolling single track, we found a little mud but managed to steer clear of most of it. Todd and I started at 10:30, with Scott and Adam 10 minutes later. Todd got second in expert SS, we both finished in around 1:40, Scott and Adam were both around 1:50. We all had a blast and chowed down on some good grub in Calistoga on the way out.

Yesterday, I raced the xc and cx races down at Sea Otter. My xc race was 36 miles with 5400 feet elevation gain. I raced the pro class but knew coming into it from last weekend that I’m not in the kind of shape that I would like to be. 92 guys started, 82 finished. They should have ran the loop backwards, because they had us climbing single track and descending on paved/fire roads. I would say it was 2/3rds paved and fire roads. My plan was to save my energy for the second lap, which I’m glad I did or I would have blown up very quickly. Christophe Sauser took first place with a time of 2 hours, I was taking my time behind him and rolled across at 2:30. My goal was under 3 hours.

Later that day at 6pm, I did the Pro/1/2 cx race. It was 40 minutes. Sea otter really knows how to put a fun cx race together though! They had a 50 yard stretch of pea gravel that was about 6 inches deep, I made it through twice without getting off but it was tough. They also put in an S section through wet sand, and then on the opposite end of the course were two sets of barriers, one big roll over, a fly over, and then a section lined with the funniest crowd i’ve ever raced through. I was reaching for money and hit a beer can…found myself a couple feet away from my bike after that. 22 guys, top 10 were pros, I was 15th. Really fun day, awesome support crew thanks to the parents and grandma (and Chain Gang for getting the bikes dialed in).  As always, thanks to Owens for making it happen, it was a solid weekend.

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April 14th, 2014 11:00:57

Chico Stage Race Report 45+ 4-5

March 31st, 2014

Chico Stage Race Report 45+ 4-5 – Scott Asbill 3.24.2014

Last weekend, Adam, Todd and I  made the trek to Chico to represent Owens Healthcare Cycling Team (my first as a member so I was fired up).

As we drove to the start of the Paskenta road race, we commented on the strong north wind which had the pro field completely shattered and in multiple groups of 5-6 riders.  We all speculated our races might be similar with early break attempts.  However, by the time we started our race, the wind had died down significantly so all attempts were easily covered.  At the beginning of the race, Adam was very attentive at the front and was carefully covering mini attacks while I sat back further in the peloton discussing the race with Tom Dillard.  After several miles of negative racing, the pace started to pick up a little and with the gravel section coming up in about 3-4 miles, I found Adam and myself pinned near the back of the peloton (not the place to be!).  I could see Adam was agitated as both he and I were unable to move up on such a narrow road.  Since I had already been warned by centerline rules, I decided to shift into cx mode.  I gingerly navigated off the paved shoulder, laced with potholes and debris, with Adam in tow.  We moved up on the far right side, one rider at a time, until we found ourselves at the front with about a mile before the gravel.   From there I ramped up the pace and hit the gravel road at mach 1 with only a few riders slightly in front of me on the left.  One of those riders slid and drifted abruptly into my line and forced me into the soft gravel and ditch.  Adrenaline pumping, I unfortunately lost all momentum, I found myself back about 25 or more spots (very similar to what Bill had told me what happened to him last year).  As I navigated through the gravel and carnage of riders on the ground (multiple riders with the rubber side up),  I found myself just back from the front group of about 12 riders, which fortunately included Adam and Tom.  When we left the gravel the front break was broken into several groups.  I bridged up to Adam which was nice as we were able to work together to the finish.  I crossed in 13th and Adam14th out of about 50 starters. (Tom flatted but finished)

The next morning at 8am was our scheduled Crit and I was nervous as a cat since I hadn’t raced one in a very long time.  I could tell Adam was a bit nervous too, as we both probed Todd the night before for advice.   After the first couple of laps I felt comfortable and in fact, about the middle of the race I felt good enough to bridge up halfway to a two man break but fell back wisely since I could see the break getting caught.  Adam and I stayed pretty close together (sure is nice having a teammate and wheel next to you you can trust) and in the top 10 most of the race.  With 1 lap to go, I think I was confused that it was the last lap.    I was sitting about 10th and was ready to start moving up, however when we hit the last turn I saw everyone starting to sprint and realized my mistake.  Too late to sprint, I rode in and managed 13th place and Adam finished safely back in the bulk of the field.

After a brief rest and sitting 13th and 14th overall, Adam and I were gearing up for the TT.  Having recently purchased  basic TT helmets from Chainlove, we both were feeling very aero (yet a bit goofy).   Since Adam and I were only about a minute back (GC), I thought our chances were good moving up and maybe even podium.  However, when we pulled up to the start and noticed every single rider – other than ourselves – had TT bikes with disc rear wheels we thought, “Uh Oh.”  I thought I had a decent TT but was 19th and Adam said it wasn’t his best TT and ended up a little farther back.

Overall, I ended up 15th and Adam 22nd GC.

A great weekend of racing, Sierra Nevada beer, camaraderie, learning, team representation, weather and friendship.  Thank you Owens for the opportunity to be on the team.  I am proud to be a member and look forward to many more experiences such as this in the future.

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March 31st, 2014 12:19:37

Chico Stage Race 45+ 1/2/3 Race Report

March 31st, 2014

Chico Stage Race 45+ 1/2/3 Race Report – Todd Dodds 3.24.2014

It was very nice leaving Redding at 11:30 Saturday morning heading to a road race.  Certainly more relaxing than heading out at 5:30 in the morning.  Scott, Adam and I had nice drive down to the big town of Paskenta.  As we got closer to town, we started seeing carnage from the races that started earlier that day.  Each field we passed, albeit, each shattered field, was heading out for their second lap; we commented on how the wind was going to be hard and that we were glad we only had only lap to ride.

Even though my road race was 45 miles long I knew it was going to be hard.  All the usual suspects were lined up with winning strategies discussed with their teammates.  My plan was to stay fresh and not chase anything.  I knew there would be a break that would form and could stick but I was not going to be the one trying to make that happen.  Sure enough, about mile 7 some guys started attacking and about mile 10 there were about 6 guys in a break.  All of the big teams had a guy in the break with the exception of Specialized.  We rolled along for the next 28 miles at a pretty steady pace.  It seemed like there were some big efforts every couple of miles or so but for the most part the peloton remained in tack.  After the water feed the pace picked up a little and continued to increase as we got closer to the dirt.  At one point the break had a 2 minute gap however once we reached the dirt, we clawed back all but 20 seconds.  I was happy because I stayed out of the wind and felt pretty good once we neared the dirt.  Of course once the pave turned to dirt, the peloton splintered.  I managed to stay with the main chase group for the first mile which was rapidly catching the break but that was before Larry Nolan decided to drill it.  Once he got in the front I could not hold on any longer.  By the time I rolled across the finish line, Larry had crossed two minutes earlier in 1st place.  That guy is an animal and he his 56 years old.  I managed 19th place and 2 minutes down on GC.  Had  a great day and the wind was not bad at all.

My TT was 10:46am so I had a nice leisurely morning.  I decided to ride the road bike versus mooching the Blazes TT bike so all I had to do was pin the numbers on a clean kit, suit up and roll to the start.  I had a good TT considering the bike I rode.  I finished in 25 minutes 16 seconds which was 1 minute slower than last year riding a TT bike.

My crit was at 4:20 so I had a lot of relaxing time in between races.  I raced the crit safely like the road race.  There was a break that formed with 3 guys and I thought it would stick for the entire race.  With 5 laps to go the gap remained at 24 seconds.  I manage to stay in top ten or so up to that point.  I saw Larry Nolan make a move with 4 laps to go and I was able to jump on a wheel just behind his.  He rolled around the course for about a lap and half and nearly brought the break back…I thought I was going to die trying not to lose the wheel.  With two laps to go some others got on the front and continued to drill it.  I managed to stay near the front as we rolled for one more lap.  We were nearly to the 3 guys who lead nearly the entire race as we headed toward the last turn and I was positioned about 8th wheel which was out of sprint contention.  I finished 15th and had a ton of fun.  I later heard that our lap times were not much slower than the P 1/2 lap times which explained why I was so gassed at the end of the race.

We had a great time at the race.  The promoters did a fantastic job and it is right in our back yard.  As always, thanks Owens for helping make this happen.  We have a great team with tons of support and I really appreciate it.

Thanks, Todd

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March 31st, 2014 12:13:03

Final BASP CX Race

December 16th, 2013

Final BASP CX Race Report – Jordan Anderson 12.8.2013

Paul, Scott, and I just finished up racing down here in the bay at Coyote Point Park. This was the best race down here, there was a nice steep little climb, a fast fun dh, some sand, and it was a pretty smooth course for the most part. It started on the climb and then bottle necked into the dh. So, Scott was the first one to race this morning with the singlespeed B’s. He had a good, fun race and ended up 9th without issues. Paul was next in the 45+ A’s. He was going strong the whole race and held his spot, ended up around 25th, he had a good flow going. After his race he gave me a few pointers on where the good lines are, and then sent me on my way. I was in the third row on the start, by the top of the hill I might have gained a spot or two, and then washed out on the first dh corner. I recovered fine and kept it going. I was in the top 15 for the majority of the race, made a few mistakes, dropped the chain twice, and I ended up 10th or 11th. Overall it good day, a little cold, but nothing compared to the sub-zero racing up in Bend yesterday and today! Ouch…

Thanks Owens, see everybody Wednesday.

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December 16th, 2013 11:03:34