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Southridge USA Winter Series Presented by Shimano
Round #5 Finals
Fontana , CA
March 5, 2011

The final Super D race of the 2011 Winter Series presented by Shimano saw the largest field of Super D racers to date! Due to popular demand the course from the previous 1.5-mile round #4 was used again.  Conditions were much drier than the previous event, which meant some sections were very slippery so it was going to be interesting to see how this was going to effect riders. Usually the Super D course isn’t marked till the day of the race so riders only get a short period of time to dial in the course so it was interesting to see if were riders would improve on their times or if the conditions would slow them down.

After setting the course markers and doing some course clean up I noticed many new faces working their way up the course. I have been trying hard to spread the word about how much fun Super D and I even put together a video showcasing a typical Joe Lawwill/ Southridge USA course, which if missed it, can be found here http://www.youtube.com/bikeskillssocal.  Based on the number of views we received the last couple days shows people are liking what they are seeing and spreading it around. I am not trying to replace downhill racing, but I am optimistic about the potential Super D has if done right. I noticed a few of the downhill regulars giving it a shot, which was great.  Everyone I heard from said they were loving the course and planned on doing it again. Riding the Super D's a great way to fine tune both your skills and your fitness as well as get much more time on the bike while at an event.

When it came time to race all-around cycling stud Waylon Smith cleaned up by stomping all of us by almost 7 seconds! The rest of podium, all guys who raced the same course 2 weeks before, all improved their times by a good amount which was surprising considering the course was pretty slick in many places. Good thing for the rest of us Waylon wasn’t here last time or he may have really made us all look bad!

Next Super D event in Fontana is May 21, 2011. Check out www.southridgeusa.com for more info.

Winning Pro Time: 5:32.04
Total Descent: Approx: 900 feet
Total Ascent: Approx: 150 feet
Total Length: 1.5 miles


Pro Mens Super D Podium:


Presenting Sponsor Shimano was on hand with a full staff taking care of riders and showing off the latest trick SHimano parts. Gotta love the 3 on 1 customer service!



I was really happy to see Shimano finally came out with a shoe that had a nice grippy rubber bottom that still looks sporty. I think these are going to be my next pair of shoes!

Lawwill
Crossing one of the few rock slabs on the upper part of the course.
Photo: Michael Mcclure
Photog Jason Cleghorn captures me with my Go Pro camera and fellow photog Michael McClure getting the shot you see below...
 Super D Results - Top 5 - Pro Men Lawwill

 

  1 Waylon Smith 05:32.04  
  2 Joe Lawwill 05:38.04  
  3 Eric Carter 05:40:23  
  4 Jon Buckell 05:41.19  
  5 Logan Binggeli 05:44.26  
         
         
         
         

Winning Pro Time: 5:32.04
Last weeks winning time: 5:46.08
Total Descent: Approx: 900 feet
Total Ascent: Approx: 150 feet
Total Length: 1.5 miles

Super D promo video:  
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