Patterson Pass Road Race

By Carl Parker Patterson Pass Road Race was my first road race as a Cat 4 racer.  I was really looking forward to this race because it was longer in distance, 65 miles, and had significant elevation, over 6,000 feet of climbing.  That meant a lot more time riding my bike than what I had in Cat 5 races.  And that’s a good thing.  I really like riding my bike.  I couldn’t wait to get this started. The 65 miles consisted of 3 laps.  Each lap started off with a 4mile/1100ft (5%) climb, following that climb was a long descent…

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OTF Stage Race

Report by Brendon Bolin The Lead Out When looking over the NCNCA and SCNCA race calendars in an effort to plan out my early season, the OTF stage race caught my eye. It contained a road race with rolling terrain, a flat time trial and a circuit race with some elevation. The road and circuit courses both looked to suit me well and the time trial (TT) was intriguing if for no other reason than I could put my TT bike to use for the first time in an actual USAC sanctioned event. So with that, I was ready to…

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Santa Barbara County Road Race (Cat 5)

Report by Rod Farvard Last Saturday at the Santa Barbara County Road Race I competed in my first two road races ever and learned a few lessons along the way. I placed 3rd in the Cat 5A race in the morning and then came back 6 hours later and placed 2nd in the Cat 5B. A double podium isn’t bad, especially when you’re the last race of the day and the race committee wants to give away as much excess swag as they can, but more pleased with the overall experience I gained from these races than any result. The first race…

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2018 FMBR Training Camp – That’s a wrap

Fig Mtn Brew Racing’s 2018 winter training camp wrapped up this last Sunday just before the real rain came. Our first day started with a short 30 mile jaunt from the Santa Barbara Mission up and over Gibraltar, across East Camino Cielo, and out to HWY 154 and back. We were treated to a combination of spectacular views of the aftermath of the Thomas fire, as well as 100 yd visibility at the top of the ridge due to thick fog. On Friday the team met up at one of our sponsors’ locations,  Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) in Santa Ynez.…

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Start of FMBR training camp = rain

So when there is no chance in hell it will ever rain again, …ever, just schedule an FMBR training camp and the water will flow. Today marked the start of the 2018 Fig Mtn Brew Racing training camp and like clockwork we had our first winter rain. In attendance were new recruit Brendon Bolin, returning riders John Echeveste, Owen Thomas, and Jason Hannon. Also in attendance was special guest FMBR alumni Brandon Baker. Owen had to abandon part way through since he is still recovering from a bad spill at the Nosco ride a couple of months back. Otherwise it…

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FMBRacing 2018!

Wake Up! Fig Mtn Brew Racing (FMBR) has put together strong team for 2018 with a great combination of returning riders and a host of strong and promising new additions to the team. Keep an eye out for the #FigFast crew at the CTS & Fig Mtn Brew Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo this coming Saturday (Nov. 11th) and hope to see you out there. Just to wet your appetites here is a flash back to the 2016 FMBR crew doing a commercial shoot for our key sponsor on our favorite mountain.

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Cascade Classic Results & San Rafael Sunset Criterium

The team is back from a long trip and big stage race in Bend, Oregon – the Cascade Cycling Classic. We scored three podiums, and two more top tens. Full results can be found here. Brandon scored two second place finishes, this one atop Mt. Bachelor, and a 6th overall in GC. Jess got barley nipped at the line and took second at the Downton Criterium after her TT in the morning on Saturday. Julia guest rode for the Canyon Bicyles – Shimano pro team in her first race as a 2. She had some unfortunate luck that saw a…

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Crusher in Tushar, SoCal Crit Racing and Cascade

The team had a great adventure to Beaver, Utah for the Crusher in Tushar and enjoyed a weekend at elevation gravel grinding and enjoying the the southern Utah Mountains. David made a sweet video of his experience out on the course here: Jess continued her domination of the 3s in the SoCal crit scene (results are updated) and seven team members are in Bend, Oregon for the 37th Annual Cascade Cycling Classic. From our women’s team, Julia is guest riding for the Canyon Bicycles Shimano team for her first UCI pro event. Stay tuned for #FigFast results over the course…

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Results: Nationals, CCCX & Long Beach Grand Prix

D. Priest (the Beast) took home 55th and 60th in the TT and road race this week in Louisville, Kentucky. A great showing for his first two races as a category one racer against the best amateurs in the country. TJ returned to racing for the first time in eleven months to snag his first podium in the #FigFast green & black. He is riding strong, happy and ready to attack the late season races in order to make the jump to the elite squad. Stern snagged his third win of the season and a fourth place at CCCX for…

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