Shaking Hands with Steeplechasers

by Zach November 19, 2012

It may say “Kitsbow Mountain Bike Wear” on the side of our Sprinter van, but our love of riding is non-denominational. Nowhere is this more evident than the glorious Autumn bastard child of cyclocross. Yes, these roadie hardmen should probably be riding mountain bikes, but it’s the “wrong-tool-for-the-job” challenge that makes CX so thoroughly enjoyable. It’s also the hard-and-dirty-efforts, the cacophony of cowbells, silly hand-ups, and the phenomenal gourmet tacos, but that’s all beside the point. At any rate, our friends at Bike Monkey were getting down and dirty this past weekend in Santa Rosa, so we thought we’d be remiss for not throwing the Kitsbow Sprinter into the mix, and showing off our new mountain bike kit at the same time.

On our way to the event, the rain was falling in angry sheets. It wasn’t until after we’d arrived at the venue and manuvered the Sprinter into position behind the Fork Catering food truck when the clouds had finally squeezed themselves dry. Those who pre-rode the course were greeted with deep, swampy ruts and a thick mud that quickly spread itself to geared drivetrains like a viscous peanut butter.

It soon became clear that sacrificing one’s drivetrain was now part of the race entry fee, as this racer learned after destroying the rear derailleur on his personal bike during warm-up, and then again on a demo loaner during the race.

This guy managed to only ruin his hanger on the bell lap. Spirit unbroken, he hoofed it for the remainder of the lap, earning himself second place in the process. A podium finish is the quintessential silver lining in bike racing.

The day wore on, and as the course dried, so did stories of broken equipment. Spirits lifted, and lap splits shrank dramatically after the sun made its long-awaited appearance.

This good-natured Mudfoot rider even had time to make a high-speed grab.

Finally, the podium we were waiting for: Men’s 35+ A Class!

…because we had planned to kit out the winner with a SASTAN Jersey and A/M Short.

While not a mountain biker by trade, Justin was elated to put his prize kit to the test on his “power commute” in and around San Francisco. We can’t wait to hear his own thoughts, and are pretty sure he’ll love and use it as much as we do. We commute to the office in our A/M Short, and then we take it to the trails. We also ride to the office in our SASTAN jerseys, sometimes spending the rest of the day in them before riding home. There’s no real limit to where or how you can ride in a short that fits as well as ours, or a jersey that keeps you as comfortable and dry as ours.

We had an awesome time at the event, and hope to get several more CX races added to our calendar before the season expires in December. Don’t forget to tune in to our Twitter and Facebook feeds to learn where the Kitsbow Sprinter is headed next!

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