Summer is still alive and well, but cool crisp nights, closeout sales on Star Wars Trapper Keepers and Pumpkin Spice lattes (and Oreos!?!!) are right around the corner. The arrival of all of these things reminds us that the East Bay Dirt Classic is nearly upon us. Last year we decided to stick with the format born from deep within Covid times and set up an asynchronous enduro format with 5 Strava segments entirely in Chabot Park. Thankfully last year also saw the return of the close-out party and presentation of awards:
Our trail minions are working feverishly on this year’s course and we anticipate a similar enduro format as prior years but on some new trails, but we wanted to get our dates out to everyone as Fall is fast approaching. The 2022 East Bay Dirt Classic will have an open window to compete from Saturday October 1st through Saturday October 15th, with the post-ride party and presentation of awards taking place on Saturday October 15th at 2 pm.
We hope to see all of you back out there this Fall, giving everything to unseat the 2021 East Bay Dirt Classic King and Queen: Fun Ghi and Maddy G! More information and registration forthcoming.
Thank goodness for this much needed rain. And thank goodness the 2021 East Bay Dirt Classic ended last weekend…
Thanks to everyone who participated this year, we were able to help raise nearly $40,000 through registrations, generous additional donations and associated fundraising by the C510 team members.
This year’s event ended with Maddy G taking the top honors in the female competitor category with a smoking fast overall time of 48:27 which also made her 16th overall just ahead of…well, me. Great ride Maddy! Maddy takes home the 2021 East Bay Dirt Classic belt buckle and also won the top junior contest and will be receiving a custom Jakroo EBDC jersey (being made to size as I write this). Rounding out the top three female competitors were Ekaterina Rakhmatulina with a time of 53:27 and Teri G with a time of 59:07. Ekaterina and Teri both received gift certificates to Mikes Bikes.
On the men’s side, Fun Ghi took top honors yet again, taking home the belt buckle with a time of 37:13 and showing us all that age is only a mindset. Fun Ghi ended up more than 3 minutes ahead of Nick Downs, our top junior for the event. Nick rode the course the day of the barbecue, notching into 2nd with a time of 40:27, bumping John G, who had held the top podium spot until the day before, into 3rd with a time of 41:19. Nick and John both received gift certificates to Mikes Bikes. Nick will also receive the custom Jakroo EBDC jersey for top junior in the event.
In all we had 112 riders register and 77 riders upload rides (some multiple rides) with 42 people riding the course the day of the barbecue. The weather was perfect for the barbecue, which capped off the event. Many thanks to Chad and Kerryn who opened their beautiful home to host the barbecue (some images from the barbecue below).
Enjoy the cross (or off) season and we hope to see you out on the road or trails!
This Saturday we will host a barbecue to toast the end of the 2 week open window of the 2021 East Bay Dirt Classic. We welcome all vaccinated competitors to join us. There will be burgers (meat and veggie), hot dogs, good beer and non-alcoholic beverages served. There is a pool as well so please bring a towel and swim suit if so inclined as the temperatures will be in the low 80s.
We will be presenting prizes from our sponsors to top finishers and raffle winners (raffle tickets are available to those who contributed money in addition to their registration fee). We will also be handing out the 2021 East Bay Dirt Classic t-shirts to those on site (for those unable to attend, we will send out a further message about where to pick them up).
All rides need to be completed by 1 pm on Saturday October 16th to be added to the leaderboard and considered for prizes.
Time: Doors open for barbecue at 12 PM. Food beginning between 12:30/1. Prize announcements at 2 pm. (For those riding the course this Saturday, there will be no one available at the barbecue site the morning of the event unlike in prior years with mass starts).
Enjoy the final days of riding! We look forward to seeing you all this Saturday.