“The vibe was relaxed and fun, and we were thrilled to be joined by so many of our sponsors,” said Richard La China, race director. “We really want to thank the San Diego Velodrome for their support, everyone that came out to race with us, volunteer on the course, support the raffle and the Monarch School and Velo Youth, and of course, enjoy a tamale!”
The race began with two neutral laps of the famous San Diego Velodrome, led by Crank Cycling Head Coach, Sean Burke on his motorcycle. Once out on the course, racers were treated to a new loop that had them charging down Florida Canyon, powering up the “Circle Climb,” flowing down the “Z Climb,” and returning to the mesa via the famous “Pershing Climb.”
The fastest time of the evening went to Team Ninja pro racer, Stephane Roch with a blistering 1:28—an average of about 12.5 minutes per his seven laps. On the pro women’s side, Team Ninja again led the way with Kristen Gross finishing in a time of 1:32, an average of 15.3 minutes per lap over six laps. Full results are now posted on ninjanightrace.com, and photos are available thanks to our friends at Pink Shorts Photography.
“I think this was my favorite course of the series,” said Gross. “And back on the infield, the sponsors and vendors that came out to support the event were really an awesome addition — I even treated myself to a new light!”
Ninja Night Race is proud to partner with Loaded Precision, NiteRider, Sock Guy, Suja Juice, Zumwalt’s Bicycle Center, and OSO MTB — racers and spectators enjoyed checking out their booths in the expo area, picking up some new socks, apparel or components, and for many, it was a chance to demo light sets from NiteRider as well. Ninja Night Race is also proudly supported by Ninja Mountain Bike Skills, ISF2Lab Training Systems, PowerBar, Rudy Project, Crank Cycling, Richard Duquette Law, Spy Optic, and Basiclink, who contributed prizes for the famous raffle, and other support, without which, the race would not be possible.