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.

Heading up Gibraltar
Bbakes, Brendon, and Echeveste reconnoitering in the fog

On Friday the team met up at one of our sponsors’ locations,  Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) in Santa Ynez. After kitting up we headed out for a counter-clockwise ascent of Figueroa mountain followed by a Foxen Canyon / Alisos Canyon / HWY 101 loop for total of 68 miles and 6.2kft of climbing. The ride concluded with a much anticipated burrito lunch.

The team kitting up at the CTS facilities in Santa Ynez
Echeveste on the final push up Fig
The Friday FMBR crew regrouping after the Fig descent

Saturday we had a great turnout for our longest ride out-and-back to Jalama (84 miles). Again the team kitted up at CTS in Santa Ynez with each rider receiving a supply of both sports and recovery drink product from our new sponsor FLUID Nutrition based up in San Luis Obispo CA (Thanks FLUID!).

Heading out to Jalama via Santa Rosa road

Starting the slog back home from Jalama beach

Finally, on Sunday the team headed back down to Santa Barbara to participate in the Pre-Worlds + Worlds ride which started at the Santa Barbara Mission, went along Mountain Drive through Montecito, then back around to East Beach where we joined the Sunday Worlds crowd (or lack of) for the standard Worlds ride to Carp and back.

The FMBR team and friends warming up at Pre-Worlds

The team got in over 240 miles and  18k feet of climbing racers in four days. Not a bad kick-start for the race season which officially begins January 27th at the Santa Barbara County Road Race. See you there! #FIGFAST

 

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 … Read moreCascade Classic Results & San Rafael Sunset Criterium

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 … Read moreCrusher in Tushar, SoCal Crit Racing and Cascade

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 … Read moreResults: Nationals, CCCX & Long Beach Grand Prix

Priest the Beast at Amateur Nationals

Our director David flew home to race in Amateur Road Nationals flying the #FigFast black and green flag in his home state of Kentucky – today he took 55th in the TT and tomorrow the road race kicks off at 7am EST. Follow live here: Live Timing from KY Morning Light Where can we get those … Read morePriest the Beast at Amateur Nationals