MASH7187Bay Area racers woke up to rain on November 26th and that is a special treat for this part of California. The CX Nation Cup was a new race course in Sonoma and it was ripping fun. It had the standard long straight grass sections expected at these events but over half of the route was more technical and as the day went on, became a proper mess. Enclosed are some details from a day of racing the CX Nation Cup.MASH6873AdvertisingMASH6918MASH6876MASH6902MASH7004Chelsea changed her program mid-season this year, and is starting to see those results. It was a blast to see her dig in.MASH7102The new Santa Cruz Stigmata team bikes are ripping. The carbon is built up to create a more forgiving ride, with this same ripping geo. MASH7143File tread is a common tire pattern for our dry race season. Skinny mud tires with tons of clearance worked on this day. MASH7274Always fun to race with the Vive La Tarte team here in the Bay.MASH7365MASH7209MASH7447Red on the racers rightMASH7124MASH6974MASH7226MASH7517Chelsea took 2nd for the Elite Women.MASH7593MASH7606Pit bikes would be nice for these conditions, as mud added weight and resistance quickly to all the racers.MASH7563MASH7508MASH7572OakMASH7656MASH6895The team is racing on our new X-Grid tape. Rubberized, so it is super grippy in all conditions.MASH6869Dylan finding his own way of staying warm and dry. Time to get out of the van and race bikes.MASH6861Bike Monkey supported the event and ran the timing for all the races. Thank you.MASH7403MASH7856MASH7833Chas coming out of a wet rooted section that was ran more then ridden.MASH7612This section was made up of a series of rollers both up and down before heading back into the trees.MASH8146Crihs was in town for the holiday, so was nice seeing him in nature, where there are bugs and poison oak.MASH8307Lots of this all day.MASH8641MASH8628This was the first time Chas raced CX with disc brakes and he was so hyped at the end of the race with no mechanicals and brakes that worked in the wet and mud. Three years ago it was death before…MASH8590Sometimes the best line was on the grassy edge. MASH8576The faster line often put you in the bushes.MASH7802When one racer would bobble a technical section, it was a chain reaction slowing the next line of racers until the gap.MASH8170MASH8208MASH9061Found object.MASH8849Down + outMASH9142Out + backMASH9659MASH9484Chas is always so positive in races and his energy is contagious. Fully muddy tongue for an hour of racing.MASH9447MASH8795The oak leaves on top of the wet earth made for some very slippery sections.MASH8454Glasses did not help on this day, but once racers eyes filled with mud, it took tears to continuously flush them.MASH8223MASH8789MASH8048MASH8191Kell smashes but found a flat with only a lap or two to go.MASH7121As a photographer I love these course tape drawings in nature.MASH8543Brue is 40 and putting in some of his best racing of his carier.MASH9411MASH9439Ryan fully coated.MASH9671Cantis did not stop at all. You could tell the fixed gear riders by hearing the foot jam brakes coming into a corner on a descent.MASH9773Not recommended.MASH9764Thank for making this race happen. The proceeds go to help Junior development teams and their campaign to race at cx nats in Reno. Such an awesome reason to come out and race and support the kids.MASH9709WinnerMASH9716LoserMASH9812MASH9819Makeshift laundry rack.MASH9739Dylan is new to racing geared bikes but is learning what all the cogs and levers do. This day may have been better suited for a single speed.MASH9732MASH9789MASH9758That’s a wrap. Thank you CX Nation and Bike Monkey for making it happen and helping support the Junior program.