CROSS VEGAS USAC MEN’S AND WOMEN’S RACES 2016 Sep 26, 2016 Categories: Cyclocross, MASH, Photo 0 Comment It’s no surprise that San Franciscans are weather wimps. With the fog moisturizers, vitamin D, and temporal temps, I/we are a little soft in the Southwest deserthellscape that is Las Vegas. In traditional MASH fashion, all the team support came together just in time for Cross Vegas 2016. Last year our energy was focused on the 10 Year Anniversary, so the Cross team did not get the care they deserved, and had their best season to date. To make up for it, this year they signed up with friends at Santa Cruz, ENVE, Chris King, Sell Italia, and Ritchey, along with powerhouses that have cheered with us forever, Oakley, Giro, Clif, and Castelli. The collective stepped up the quality of bikes and soft goods, so the athlete could focus on racing bikes. The desert Breeze sports complex offers up a large piece of grass real estate, banked on 4 sides shaped like a drainage ditch. It allows for some elevation changes, and off-camber switches, mixed with some wood obstacles, and endless course tape to cross the state of Nevada. Derek Yarra was on course for the USAC Men’s race. A storm kept the 4:00PM race a little cooler, and breezy. Rainier started on the back row of a 100 person field. No shortage of vibes from the racers and the crowd. Chelsea took the holeshot in the Women’s USAC race. Rainier caught in the sandpit. It took 5 hours of racing to clear a center line that was rideable. 2 to go! Chelsea wishing we had Tri skinsuits for Septembers. You dudes recover? See you next weekend!