Opening Weekend!

The weather was sunny and maybe a little hot for some of the exposed segments on the course. We expected to see decreasing times through the weekend as competitors tried to best the times of their predecessors, but day one found Kenny Owen in the driver seat, throwing down the fastest time of the weekend. Kenny turned out a 42:32 on his full suspension rig. Sunday saw C510’s Jordan Gudebski notching into 2nd with a time of 44:11 and David Beaulieu slotting into 3rd with a composite time of 47:35 despite a missed turn and contending with some oppressive heat.

The thing about a virtual leaderboard is we all know there are some desperados out there biding their time and plotting to storm the course and claim the buckle. Looking forward to sitting back with a cold Almanac or East Brother’s beer and seeing how this all plays out. Speaking of which, both breweries are donating beer to competitors of the 2021 East Bay Dirt Classic, so some lucky participants will be in the same position as me in a couple of weeks. And thanks to Jakroo cycling apparel company, the top male and female juniors (18 and under) this year will receive custom East Bay Dirt Classic jerseys! Our sponsors have really gone all out this year in support of the event and ultimately the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

This week will bring cooler temperatures with some clouds and highs in the 60s with sun and low 70s on tap for the weekend. The women’s field is still wide open as we wait with anticipation to see if Kristen V and some of the other podium contenders return to the course.

Good luck out there and thank you!

Saddle Up for the Champion’s Buckle!

Tomorrow marks the opening of the 2 week rolling window of the 2021 edition of the East Bay Dirt Classic. New for 2021 is the limited edition Champion’s Belt Buckle awarded to the top female and male finishers from the two week challenge. Ride the course as many times as you desire during the two week window. Presentation of the belt buckles will be at the post-event barbecue on October 16th. Winners will not need to be present to receive the belt buckle. Good luck and have a great opening weekend!

T-Minus 4 days….

Only 4 days until the 2 week rolling window opens for this year’s edition of the East Bay Dirt Classic. Same format but new course. The weather looks perfect for a morning attempt on either day with sun and highs near 80 both Saturday and Sunday.

As a recap from last year, in the Men’s Division we had two young guns (high schoolers Dan English and Jason Tan) competing with a seasoned veteran (Fun Ghi) with prior EBDC champ Fun Ghi taking the top honors yet again. In the Women’s division Kristen V was unstoppable despite hard efforts and multiple attempts by Gabriella Sterne and another young gun, high schooler Ariana Milelli.

As in prior years we will be live tracking the competitors on our virtual leaderboard and will post updates as the dirt battles wage on. And we have incredible prizes this year for the overall male and female winners as well as those who have been signed up for the raffle to be drawn on the final day of the event – Saturday October 16th.

Best of luck to all competitors and thank you for supporting the Alameda County Community Food Bank!

  • Your friends at C510