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Meet the 2010 Cyclepaths/Wild Cherries Racing Team

By Conrad Snover
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Cyclepaths/Wild Cherries Team rider and author Conrad Snover in action.

Courtesy of Paul McKenzie/submitted to swright@sie

Cyclepaths/Wild Cherries Racing is back for the third year of racing and bicycle advocacy in 2010. Based out of Truckee, the team is presented by Cyclepaths Bike Shop and Wild Cherries Coffee House.

The team consists of amateur athletes competing in a variety of road and mountain bike racing events and triathlons. Athletes range in age from 20-something to 50-something, and in level of competition from racing categories 4 to 2. Most team members are from Truckee, but the team also includes riders from Reno and the San Francisco Bay Area.

So far in 2010, the team has recorded more than 30 top-10 finishes, including a number of victories. Team members serve as ambassadors for our sponsor companies, with shared beliefs and perspectives. Most importantly, team members serve as advocates for cycling in the community — teaching mountain biking skills at Northstar, hosting clinics on bike maintenance and safety, helping with local trail building/maintenance, and volunteering to promote bicycle safety and awareness.

The team hosts several informal rides throughout the summer in Truckee and extends an open invitation to anyone who would like to participate. Keep your eyes on the bulletin board at Wild Cherries for a team schedule of rides and races.

The team’s headline sponsors, Cyclepaths and Wild Cherries, are staples of Truckee business.

“CWC Racing is Cyclepaths’ latest effort to create growth opportunities for cycling,” said Greg Forsyth, Cyclepaths’ owner. “Through the team and the rides they lead, we’re providing a platform for bringing the entire cycling community together, from the competitive athlete to the recreational weekender.”

And, as any cyclist knows, nothing goes together better than cycling and coffee.

“Many CWC Racing local team rides start and finish at Wild Cherries,” said owner and former Olympic Alpine skier Kristin Krone. “Supporting CWC Racing is one way we’re showing our support of the local athletic community, because providing a venue for social and professional networking in Truckee promotes active lifestyles, education and advocacy, and blends our community.”

The team maintains a blog, schedule for racing and events, results, sponsor information, links, and photos on the web at

— Team member Conrad Snover is the author of this week’s column. Team members will be writing in this space throughout the season on everything from local and regional cycling news and events, tips on training and bike maintenance, and anything else related to human-powered pedaling on two wheels.

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Guest Race Reports: Pescadero Road Race June 19 from Glenn and Jamie (plus Jesse TdN Prologue pic)

Lotta race reports to come — I just did 4 in 8 days within one hour of Truckee. In the meantime Jamie and Glenn hit Pescadero flying the Cyclepaths/Wild Cherries tartan in the always burly Masters 123 field in the Bay Area and put forth the following stellar reports . . . Enjoy . . .

From Glenn:

A smooth, slow rollout with Jamie.  Some chatter through the rollers on Stage and then the right onto 84.  After a few slowed for some personal relief, there were a few that made their way off the front including fellow Morning Rider, Steve Cassani.   After the initial descent off the steeper turns of Haskins, there were still 6 away now with a 90 second gap.  

Approaching the Loma Mar sign I made a hard surge off the front as the group had slowed and regrouped after being strung out for the descent.  I brought along 3 (notably Chris Daluisio who won the race) including 2 from teams  represented in the break.  Unfortunately, they weren’t willing to work to help bridge.  Dead weight and a tough decision but I was committed so I kept my head down and Murray Swanson joined in to help.  15-20min of hard work and  we had :45 on the field so I lobbied for some help and the two others started working.  Along stage we were getting times but the gap wasn’t coming down.  A bit disappointing.  On the second Stage climb, we could see them.  I really wanted to bridge by the time we hit 84 so I surged hard, the 3 all responded.  The was a good move as the gap came down immediately and we made it across just after the turn onto 84.   

After the two groups merged, there was some initial slowly as we all gave a quick reassessment of the situation, then it was back to business.   Most of the group worked well together with a few notables who just sat at the back.  For the next lap it was rather uneventful with a steady effort.

Coming up 84 for the last time guys were feeling the long effort.  Our group that had been 11, had eroded down to 7 including a few hanging on the back for dear life.  With about 10 minutes to go on 84, there was little coordination and some concern that the chase group of 8 had erased a 3 minute gap and was now 55 seconds to us.  I knew Phipps, Metcalfe and Jamie would be in that group so I launched a solo bid hoping for a MorganStanley or Specialized guy to come with me.  Nothing.  So I kept my head down and found a good rhythm and by the turn onto Pescadero I had a :30 gap.  I kept it pegged and legs were ok but that little pitch by the feed just sucked the life out of me.   

When I turned right to head up the final climb my legs abruptly seized.  As I lifted myself out of the saddle, my legs forced me back to a seated climb.  I struggled to find a good gear.  1/3 of the way up and Chris Daluisio came by and went on to win, shortly after Metcalfe and Phipps came chasing.  I was seeing double as ever so slowing more guys caught and passed me.  I was giving it everything but it just wasn’t to be.    I started the climb 1st and 7 minutes later I finished the race in 10th.  Almost worked.  

It was a solid effort and great day overall.  I was in a good position,  made a good move and I went for the win….it just didn’t pan out this time.  Hindsight is always 20/20.

Really fun racing with Jamie and a bummer he had some issues.  I know he would have smoked the climb had he been in the group and we would have had two in the top 10.  


From Jamie:

Glenn and I raced 35+ 1-2-3 today at Pescadero.   Here’s a quick report — Glenn should write in with his own color as he had a great ride.

This is a great 75 mile road race — I’m sad it now overlaps with Tour de Nez.   We do just under 3 laps on a 28 mile circuit (about 5000ft of climbing) finish at the top of a gradual 800ft+/- climb that is just long enough to hurt a lot.  Specialized, Morgan Stanley, and CA Giant Berry Farms fairly well represented.   

For me today was a great example of how a seemingly minor setback and moment of complacency can define the whole day.    The first lap was slow — most of us still shivering after the first 30 mins of racing.  Glenn initiated a well-timed break near the end of the first lap — good situation for CWC as all the heavyweights were in the main field with team-mates in the break.  I sat in and enjoyed the scenery, and kept eyes on the guys I was marking.   All good!

But when we hit the climb a second time, my shifting suddenly went out of adjustment — as if my derailleur cable had been shortened.   There was beginning to be a selection of about 10 guys and all of a sudden I found myself unable to put any power down without gears popping.  WTF is going on?   (Later found out that my shift/brake levers moved down about 2mm, but the shift cable stayed put.  It is worth making absolutely sure your SRAM levers are snug!)   Based on the first lap, I was 100% confident I could stop, adjust my derailleur, and chase back on.   I calmly stopped, screwed the barrel in to get my shifting working, and got going again about 20 secs behind the selection that was forming.  

I got back to about 5 secs back by the base of the descent, then unfortunately for me the group pegged it on the slight, straight downhill.   Uh oh, now or never for me.   The utter agony of being just out of the draft, giving 100% effort, and watching some guy on the back softpedal is unique to cycling!   I kept waiting for some break in the pace, none.   Kept going 100% until a catastrophic engine room failure occurred for me when we hit the a small 500ft climb.    Time trial home, right hamstring cramping.

I learned that this selection ultimately caught the break.   Glenn attacked everyone with roughly 10k to go and got about 30 seconds by the base of the final climb.  Another well timed move, this time solo, but got caught by the Specialized and Morgan Stanley teams.   He managed to hold on for 9th+/-.   I rode in physically shattered several minutes later somewhere in the 20s.

This is one hard sport!  Look forward to hearing about Tour de Nez.

Random pic of Jesse cranking TdN P12 Prologue . . .


keira’s comment of the day

Very proud dad not sure exactly why … complex

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From: Megan Scott []
Received: 6/18/10 2:39 PM
To: Andy Scott []
Subject: keira’s comment of the day

Keira and I were watching a beautiful doe munching some bushes across?
the street (note: Strider racked on grass — didn’t even know she was?
there). She says “mom — can we shoot? it?” I say: “What?!” She says:?
“mom, if we had a gun we could shoot it and then eat it.” Clear?
demonstration of solid reading comprehension from Little House in the?
Big Woods. I told her that you had a different kind of job from?
Laura’s Pa — where they paid you money and we bought our food from?
the store. That by doing that we supported the people who hunted for?
a living. It seemed to sort of make sense to her. She moved from?
“shoot it” to “awwww… cute.”


Sierra Sun column is up . . . book offers flooding in!

CWC Racing is on year two of our column in the local paper (The Sierra Sun) . . . the week two column is up check it out here or right below below if you want the hyperlinks to work (trying to get them fixed w/ the Sun, too) — the message is solid even if this week’s author is a tool.

Spoke ‘N Words: Trail crews work and play twice a week all summer

By Andy Scott, special to the Sierra Sun

We’ve all been there — you get psyched to join a trail crew and do some building or maintenance and give back/pay back. But somehow between that motivation to do something and actually getting it done, the excuses and barriers mount and you never do anything. You take and take from the resource (trails) and never give anything back. Karmicly bankrupt, you get flat tires, fly over the bars, bonk, lose your dog, get eaten by bugs, etc.

Well, Truckee Trails Foundation ( in partnership with Tahoe Donner Land Trust ( has created the solution that will enable you to join a crew, build the karma and have some fun. They are organizing local crews every Wednesday and Saturday all summer long — check it out at Here are the top excuses historically and how GoodDirtyFun blows them away … make it happen and I’ll see you out there!

Excuse: Scheduling — I can’t figure out how to fit it into my busy schedule because trail work is so ad hoc and random.

Solution: EVERY Wednesday and EVERY Saturday all summer. Same time. Plan it out. If weekends don’t work do a Wednesday evening. If weekdays don’t work do a Saturday. Check the website for meeting locations.

Excuse: I don’t really know where I should go.

Solution: Meeting places are posted on the website in advance, just show up!

Excuse: I don’t know what I’m doing, don’t have tools, etc.

Solution: All crews have trained leaders and they won’t even charge you for the valuable knowledge transfer. Bonus: Annoy your hiking/biking mates next time out with an ongoing critique of the trail build.

Excuse: I don’t want to go out there by myself I might get attacked by a bear/coyote/marmot/etc.

Solution: Go out with others and be slightly faster than just one other person. OR, get educated about how you’re more likely to fall into a hole in Donner Pass Road and be lost forever than come to harm from the local wildlife.

Excuse: I never get a hard hat or T-shirt or other goodies for my effort.

Solution: These goodies are provided for volunteers no kidding! Bonus: Wear your hardhat around your yard and laugh at the squirrel who might otherwise cut a nut on your dome.

Excuse: There aren’t any fun post work-session activities planned.

Solution: Every Wednesday the crew hits Cottonwood where it is Happy Hour ALL NIGHT for crew members. Every Saturday the crew hits a house on Donner Lake for a BBQ. Nice!

Team rider Andy Scott is the author of this week’s Cyclepaths/Wild Cherries Racing column. Cyclepaths/Wild Cherries Racing ( is a Truckee-based cycling team focused on racing and local bike advocacy.


Important News from the Truckee Donner Land Trust

Awesome news . . . if you’ve never been check it out!

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A Grand Conservation Victory Opens to the Public June 26th

Independence Lake from Mt. Lola

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One of the grandest conservation victories in the Truckee Donner region was the protection of Independence Lake, acquired by The Nature Conservancy and the Truckee Donner Land Trust in April 2010.


Independence Lake is a spectacular sub-alpine lake 7 miles north of Truckee as the crow flies.  Over the course of the last 50 years, it has been threatened by development and closure. In the 70s, the Disney Corporation attempted to buy the lake and convert it into a gated, high-end condo development. More recently, in a little-known saga, a Silicon Valley billionaire tried to add the lake to his personal empire for $22 million. And finally, the previous owner had – over the past decade – arbitrarily closed public access to the lake, and when open, provided sub-standard facilities.


Roughly the size of Donner Lake, Independence Lake also hosts one of the last remaining wild and native populations of Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT) in the world. The LCT is the only indigenous trout in the Truckee basin. Over the past century, once thriving populations of LCT have been decimated by the introduction of non-native trout and habitat degradation caused by logging and development.  In partnership with federal and state agencies, efforts are underway to protect this mighty fish and substantially increase its numbers.


In June, the LCT spawn up Independence Creek at the west end of the lake. Tim Sienstra of the San Francisco Chronicle writes, "It’s like a scene in Alaska or Yellowstone, and there’s nothing else like it in California."


Now the Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy are readying the property for what we hope to be substantial use and enjoyment by the public. The

official opening is June 26th.  A new parking area is being constructed along with a day use area with interpretative kiosks. Later, a walk-in campground and multi-use trail connecting to the popular Mt. Lola Trail will be added.


But beyond all of its intrinsic conservation value, the Independence Lake acquisition will link important prior purchases by the Land Trust and The Northern Sierra Partnership, resulting in more than 15 miles of contiguous lands now open to the public. Independence Lake, in conjunction with other conservation efforts completed and underway in the Little Truckee River watershed, will result in the ultimate protection of more than 17,000 acres.

TDLT LogoFor more information, please contact Perry Norris, Executive Director.

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Independence Lake in winter. About 200 years ago, Donner
Lake probably looked very similar to this lake.

One of the last remaining populations of wild Lahontan
cutthroat trout live in Independence Lake.

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These kits are officially dope.

Ramsey and I rode the Sunday before last crusin out to Cisco and back with some double-backing tempo stuff per his workout (I was just free-formin?).? Great day.? Can?t wait for Red Truck Tahoe Ramsey?s new food truck to launch . . . . . . well nothing really there yet but they are jamming on twitter that is where to get the scoop . . . planning a Truckee Thursday launch (like 2 days).? I digress, damn Red Truck.? This post is about dope bike kits.? I saw Ramsey riding from afar and thought ?damn he looks tight in that kit I hope I look that sweet? . . . I told Ramsey this after we started our ride and he laughed and said he thought *the exact same thing* when he saw me.? So, if a kit can make me look good, it is officially dope.? Nice work to Matt and Nick on the design and Paul and Conrad on making it happen w/ Hincapie . . .