HSU’s Osgood Wins National Championship

ali on the podiumAli Osgood won the Collegiate National Championship downhill race on Oct. 24. Teammate Sara Schneider got 3rd. Photo by Sharon Osgood.

HSU’s Ali Osgood won the d0whill race at this year’s Collegiate National Mountain Bike Championships in Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia. Osgood not only beat every woman in the Division II downhill race, she had the best time over all the women in Division I as well, with the fastest time in under five minutes. In addition to Osgood winning the stars and stripes jersey, the entire HSU Cycling Team finished on the podium in fifth place in the overall standings. Joining Osgood from HSU were teammates Sara Schneider, Tyler Green and Bo Hellams.

You can read more about the team’s championship adventures in the Lumberjack newspaper.

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Osgood riding her downhill bike in the Arcata Community Forest in the weeks after National Championships. Photo by Alexander Woodard.

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Humboldt State Cycling’s Home Race!

Greetings all!  Anticipate a more detailed post in the next day, but until then, here is the USA Cycling official flyer for the upcoming mountain bike weekend out at Lacks Creek.  We hope to see you there!

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HSU Mountain Bike Season 2014 Reflection

By Ryan Wiegman

The wrapping paper has finally settled, family has been seen, and all the food on this side of the equator has been eaten. I find myself with a pleasant two week stretch with a glorious amount of nothing to do. Now, we all know that the best way to fill time is to go biking, so I’ve been hitting up my home trails as much as I can. At first I was too distracted by the amazing trails that I got to rediscover, but the novelty started wearing off and I had time to get lost in my thoughts. I started to reflect on the amazing mountain bike season that now lay behind me.

I realized that there were a ton of things different about riding the home trails.  Since when was I able to rail that one corner and actually come out with some speed? I actually stopped on the trail to try and recall how that was possible. It came to me with a flash of lightning and the memory of my first collegiate mountain bike race at China Peak. After the short nine hour drive from Humboldt and arriving to our “campground” (parking lot) at 2:00am I awoke the next morning to brakes (I won’t mention what brand) that were basically useless due to the cold. Quickly, I borrowed an extra pair of brakes from one of my teammates and it was off to the races.


My teammates Derek Roelle and Tyler Green helping me switch brakes.

That weekend I took 4th in the C category for both my first downhill race and my first Super D race. A couple of 4th places plus a crazy night of lightning and thunder definitely made that weekend go down in my memory banks. After the poor performance of my former brakes I went straight to Revolution Bicycle Repair in Arcata and had them install some shiny new Shimano XT brakes and new rotors. I used the new brakes all season and they have really helped improve my cornering and bike handling which became especially apparent when I got back to my home trails.

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Overcoming my fears of broken collar bones and sending the drop on the dual slalom course at Reno.

Another thing I noticed while riding here at home is that I’m hitting trail obstacles that I never have before. No I don’t mean people.  But seriously, I noticed that since last time riding at home I have become much more daring and instead of going around the big rock with a drop on the other side I just plow right over it, more confident than before in my abilities to roll out the other side. The race at Sky Tavern hosted by UNR played a large role in boosting my confidence. Humboldt State Cycling sent its biggest contingent to Sky Tavern this year and even though I only raced one race, I learned a thing or two about air time at Sky Tavern. One of my fellow teammates, Marshall, demonstrated the fragility of the human body with his “small” crash on the dual slalom course, in which he broke his collar bone catching some air off the drop on the course.


Marshall’s Broken collar bone.

It goes to show how even an experienced rider can make mistakes sometimes.  Another thing the race at Sky Tavern taught me was that I am able to overcome my fears when it comes to jumping and air time. Often I am better and can successfully conquer many more challenges than I think I can if I just attempt them.

As the season progressed I improved my mountain bike skills and made new, quality, friends.  The experiences we shared and the places we got to ride were all amazing.  This semester I was intimately intertwined with the planning and execution that went into putting on our very own Humboldt State mountain bike race. After the work that we put into the race, I was very excited to see a large turnout from other schools, even though they had to make the long drive to Humboldt. It was also very satisfying to be able to share our local trails with other teams. Everybody seemed to enjoy the weekend and our hard work paid off.

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Finish of the HSU super D.

Looking back from the top of my home trails you can see far to the north up the valley towards Humboldt, a short four hour drive away, and this break as I looked back at Humboldt from the top of my trails, I was happy.  This season has brought me new skills, new bike parts, and the best friends a guy could ask for.  I already miss the WCCC 2014 collegiate mountain bike season, and as I slowly realize that road season is about to pounce on us I miss it even more. A common joke between Western Collegiate Cycling Conference riders is how many “C”s are there after the acronym? And hence, 2015 wccccccccccccccc mountain bike season can’t come soon enough.  Signing off, the Chainsaw Bro, from Humboldt State Cycling, ride it out.

PS in case you missed any of the action, we have videos from the

Fresno Race, http://youtu.be/KP-1f2TOvww?list=UUYPHUtdrKc9p0B8kf0QF5qQ ,

The Reno Race, http://youtu.be/9Kc2Uh27umE?list=UUYPHUtdrKc9p0B8kf0QF5qQ ,

and a video from each of the races at our home race!

XC- http://vimeo.com/112458256

Super D- http://vimeo.com/113158171

Short Track- http://vimeo.com/114210317

Downhill- http://vimeo.com/115299637

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Fall Season Preview

ali at parkfieldIt’s fall semester! And that means mountain biking! HSU Cycling has a great squad of huckers to join you in your riding adventures. Come join the club and meet cyclists who are passionate about dirt. If you prefer road riding, that’s great too! We welcome all kinds of cyclists. Our club meetings resume on Thursdays at 5 p.m. this fall. If you’d like more information, contact our club president Marina Marcroft at marina.marcroft at humboldt.edu.

MTB2013TeamLast year, HSU Cycling was the regional conference leader, ranked number one above all division one and two teams! Come help us defend our 2013 title as we start another mountain bike race season!

This fall, HSU Cycling will host a mountain bike race weekend on Oct. 11-12. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to racing and help organize a race. We’ll need volunteers, so consider helping out that weekend. Mark your calendars! See you soon.


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The HSU Cycling Chronicles Episode 11: The Home Race

By Vicky Sama

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Tyler Green flashes a sign while Gavin Merczak-Dinolfo and other racers zoom around the scenic road race loop in Loleta on March 22. Click on the photo to watch the video.

HSU Cycling Team hosted its annual road race weekend on March 22 and 23. Riders from all over the state of California came up to compete in the hill climb time trial, road race and campus crit. Click on the photo to watch the Chronicles Episode 11!

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The HSU Cycling Chronicles Episode 10: Berkeley Race Weekend

By Vicky Sama

HSU’s men’s C and D squads rallied during their second collegiate road race of the season at Berkeley. Josh Chapman was the team’s top points earner, finishing 4th in Sunday’s men’s D crit and 7th in Saturday’s Crockett Road Race. Gavin Merczak-Dinolfo came in 8th behind Chapman, and Gilbert Marquez was 24th in the circuit race several times up the notorious McEwen Hill. Legs burned but riders tried not to show it with some good poker faces. In the men’s C category, Zachary Thompson and Ryan Wegman worked together for much of the road race and finished despite the tough climb and heat. See what it was like in our mini-documentary series The HSU Chronicles Episode 10

McEwen HillRyan Wegman leads Zachary Thompson up the McEwen Hill during the Crockett Road Race on March 15. Photo from the HSU Cycling Chronicles Episode 10. Click on photo to watch the video.

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Scenes from the HSU Race Weekend

HSU Cycling hosted a time trial, road race and criterium on March 22 and 23 in Loleta and Arcata, Calif. Collegiate cyclists from UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, Sacramento State, Cal Berkeley, Stanford and Cal Poly came to Humboldt to participate in the three events over two days.

c. Vicky Samac. Vicky Samac. Vicky SamaAbove: (top) Steven Pearl leads the men’s B field down Harpst Street during the campus crit on March 23.

(middle) Cal Berkeley’s Olivia Cope dominated the women’s races, winning the road race and criterium, while HSU’s Sara Schneider got on the crit podium.

(bottom photo) Stanford’s Max Silverstein looked strong during the men’s A road race in Loleta on March 22. But UC Davis’ Jon Penaloza won both day’s races.

All photos above by Vicky Sama.

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