Month: February 2008

Marin Bikes partners with the team for 2008!

Team Lost Coast Brewery is very excited to announce that we are partnering with Marin Bikes for 2008 as our official bike sponsor! Marin has graciously provided all team members with an Indian Fire Trail frame, their light weight, race-ready aluminum hard tail with hydro formed tubing in ultra-sexy team white. The Indian Fire Trail got a stellar review from Mountain Bike Action magazine in 2007 for a good reason, this bike flies! It’s fast and responsive on the climbs, and surprisingly nimble on the descents. I’ve been riding my 15 inch IFT for the past couple of weeks and I absolutely love it! The aggressive riding position has really increased my confidence the downhills. Click here for more info.

We will also be riding on the Marin Quad XC full suspension bike at select events. Voted 2007 All Mountain Bike of the Year, the cleverly designed Quad XC tears it up as the boss on descents and stiffens up for hard climbs alike. It’s a purpose-built trail bike, but inspires enough confidence that Brian Astell plans to race it in XC events as well as Super D races. Check out this winning review of the Quad XC for 2008.

We are thrilled to be working with Marin for the coming season. Marin, located in Novato, CA has been making some of the best bikes on the market for over 20 years. From world cup downhill bikes to reliable city commuters, their company offers a full line of bikes to get out and enjoy your world on two wheels. Team Lost Coast Brewery is a Northern California team and we feel very fortunate to be working with one of the most recognized and established bike companies in our region. Mark at Marin bikes has been very helpful in getting everything set up for the team and providing us with our bikes Thank you Mark and Thank you Marin for your support in 2008! We look forward to representing Marin!

Introducing Amon Pease!

Amon Pease, DOB 06/21/1977

Having spent two-thirds of my life riding, racing, or traveling on my bike I am devoted to the world of cycling. 2008 will be my fourth season as a pro on the mountain bike. I am looking forward to having a great season in 2008 after stepping back from the racing scene for a year to take care of other important things in my life. Although I strive to train to achieve great results, I also focus on the joy of the lifestyle and sharing my enthusiasm and knowlege with other athletes and fans of the sport.

2008 Goals

Win NorCal and CA State championship races
Win Super D races at NORBA Nationals

Top fifteen finishes at USA Cycling National Championships, XC and Short Track

Top ten finishes at the Xterra National Series races

Results Highlights:


1stCaliforniaState Championship Series #1

1stCaliforniaState Championship Series #2

1stCaliforniaState Championship Series #7

1st 24hrs of Idyllwild ten person corp. team

2ndCaliforniaState Championship Series #3

2ndCaliforniaState Championship Series #8

2nd Idyllwild Challenge: Idyllwild, CA

2nd Southridge Mountain bike series Cross Country

3rdCaliforniaState Championship Series #4


2nd VailLake Shootout #1: Temecula, CA
8th VailLake Shootout #2: Temecula,CA

8th CA.State Series #3: Santa Barbara,CA

13th Xterra East Regional Championship

15th Xterra Mid-West Regional Championship

16th XterraMountain Regional Championship

17th Xterra South Regional Championship

19th Xterra West Regional Championship

23rd Xterra National Championships


1st Reggae Riding: Garberville, CA

3rdHowellMtn. Challenge: Calistoga, CA

Introducing Brian Astell

Brian Astell, DOB: 03/18/1981

Born in El Salvador and adopted to the US at one month old, my career in athletics began with 3 years of soccer in high school and a year of cross country running. I went to UNC Charlotte on a track and XC scholarship but after a semester I left to give my full dedication to mountain bike racing. I turned pro in 2000, racing the nationals and local events on the East Coast. In 2004 I moved to Gualala, CA and in 2005 I made the transition over to Xterra triathlon racing, which is now my main focus. I have a full season of nation-wide Xterra races planned for 2008 and will be racing NORBA nationals in addition to local mountain and cyclocross events between and after the Xterra season. For me, racing is more than just trying to cross the finish line first. The promotion of health, fitness and the furthering of the sport through encouragement of amateur racers and enthusiasts go hand in hand with the fulfillment of racing and doing well.

Goals for 2008
-Podium for Xterra National Series

-Top 5 over all series finish

-Top finishes in NMBS events

-Top finishes at national cyclocross events

Long Term Goals

-World Champion of Xterra

-Olympics in 2012 for Triathlon

Results Highlights


12th Xterra championships 2 Temecula

11th Xterra Championship Alabama

6th Xterra Championship Richmond

7th Xterra Championship Wisconsin

12th Xterra Championship Utah

10th place overall Xterra national series

24th World Championship Xterra


1st place team 24-hour race Idlewild XC

9th Xterra Championship Temecula

1st Pro Men Bigfoot Classic XC

1st Pro Men Bigfoot Classic Super D

5thProMenHowellMountainChallenge XC

Team Lost Coast 2008: Meet the New Team Members!

We are extremely excited to announce the addition of 3 new riders to Team Lost Coast Brewery for 2008. Maureen Kunz, Brian Astell, and Amon Pease. All three will be racing at the professional level and are very talented athletes as well as wonderful, kind people. Introducing Maureen:

Maureen Kunz, DOB: 04/28/1980

I’ve always been an athlete, starting with t-ball and soccer at age 5. My athletic pursuits include competitive swimming, running marathons, triathlons, rock climbing, adventure racing and now mountain biking. Between 1999 and 2003 I was a professional rock climber, competing nationally and traveling throughout the US. I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and moved to Berkeley, California in 2005. I started racing mountain bikes in 2004 in the Beginner category, and I’ve quickly progressed through the ranks, culminating in 3 Expert National Championship Titles at the 2007 NORBA National Championships in Mt. Snow, VT. I plan to join the Professional ranks for 2008, and I am excited about the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s finest athletes. Outside of mountain biking, I am a devoted environmentalist; I am in my 3rd year of the PhD program in Environmental Engineering at UC-Berkeley, conducting research in native habitat restoration in the San FranciscoBay.

Goals for 2008

Top-10 in Pro state race

Top-50% in NMBS overall

Top-50% at National Championship

Consistently improve at XC & DH racing

Result Highlights:

2005 Sport/Collegiate A

1stDeerValley NMBS, Sp. 19-29 XC

1st DeerValley NMBS, Ex. 19-29 Super-D

1st Bump N Grind, AL, Sp. 19-29 XC

2nd Western Collegiate Cycling Conference (WCCC)- Women’s A Omnium

2006 Expert/Collegiate A

3rd Sugar Mtn NMBS, Ex. 19-29 XC

2nd Sugar Mtn NMBS, Ex. 19-29 Super-D

1st WCCC Women’s A Overall Omnium

5th Collegiate Mtn National Championships, Div 1 Short Track

5th Collegiate Mtn National Championships, Div 1 Overall Omnium

2007 Expert

2nd NOVA NMBS Ex. 19-29 XC

2nd Firestone NMBS Ex. 19-29 XC

1st DeerValley NMBS Ex. 19-29 XC

2nd Deer Valley NMBS Ex. 19-29 DH

1st US Mtn National Championships, Ex. 25-29 XC

1st US Mtn National Championships, Ex. 19-29 DH

1st US Mtn National Championships, Ex. 19-29 Super-D

2007 Season Wrap-Up

Balancing mountain bike racing with a full-time career as students at UC Berkeley can be really hectic. Hence why our lovely blog often gets neglected. But 2007 was full of amazing moments, so we feel the need to summarize the rest of our season briefly here:
Deer Valley, UT NMBS
Crazy weekend coincided with my sister’s college graduation, but we made it happen. Such an awesome, brutal course! The race in Utah was one of the best courses we saw all season- great singletrack climbs, descents, and sweeping views. The altitude made the experience pretty nasty for Tsering and I, but we hope to return next year. The best part of the race was the journey there and back in the super dope Vanderkitten seXTerra which Dave kindly lent us for the epic drive.
Return on the Jedi, Grants Pass, OR
This July we spent a great weekend up in Grants Pass, Oregon at Return on the Jedi, chilling around the campfire with Mark Weir and Jason Moeschler and loving the race course. Return on the Jedi is possibly the most awesome, epic XC mountain bike race out there! Return has it all- brutally long fire road climbs, ripping twisty singletrack through the woods, rocky cliff side descents, singletrack climbs, creek crossings, and whatever else you can dream up. The course is 30+ miles, out and back, making it a epic race for all. Unfortunately, I missed a turn and got lost, very lost. I descended into infinity down a fire road until it dead-ended, then biked/ hiked my way up, completely losing the rest of the race- OTB in a big way. With 6 miles to go, I found another expert who got lost (a masters male). We kept each other company on the long climb home and took turns fixing his chain. Tsering, on the other hand, had his best race of the season! He stayed steady throughout the race and ended up battling it out with a sprint finish against pro racer and friend Aren Timmel. Aren took the sprint, but it was a hard fought battle and Tsering came in 4th overall, 1st for Semi Pro!
Bigfoot Classic, Arcata CA
The Bigfoot Classic held on timber land off highway 299 in Northern Humboldt is always one of my season favorites. Sadly, 2007 will be the last time racing on this course as we know it as the timber company is logging away parts of the course. Team Lost Coast represented on our home turf for 2007 though. I was the only woman at the race doing the full 2 laps, but I made it my goal to not finish last (a.k.a. to beat some boys). My plan worked out! Not only did I beat a few guys, I was able to keep up with my old high school mountain bike team “coach” and riding buddy Tyce on the descents. I even passed him on the fire road climb as he finished his race. It was a breakthrough moment for me as I have always been a more timid descender. Tsering had some misfortune with his bike which forced him to finish the climbing-intensive race using only his big ring. Ouch!
Reggae Riding Mountain Bike Festival, Garberville CA
Team Lost Coast Brewery put on an awesome mountain bike race/ festival this August which included a long-track style XC race in our local community park, rider clinics, kid’s races, a wheelie and track stand competition, delicious BBQ, Lost Coast rootbeer floats, booths, and live music! NPK, Rootstock and Prezident Brown performed into the evening. Everyone had an awesome time, especially the kids who all got prizes for participating. Reggae Riding was great community event and we hope to make it happen again in ’08. More info here:
NMBS Finals in Snowmass, CO
Team Lost Coast Brewery made our last epic journey of the season all the way to Colorado in August. The long drive had a traumatic start when my beautiful custom Ahrens bike flew off our roof rack as we merged onto the highway. Luckily, all that was damaged was the rear wheel and we were able to continue on our epic journey without much hassle. The Snowmass course was crazy. There was an epic amount of climbing and technical descending, pretty much no rest the whole course- either grunting up a hill or tearing down the other side. This made for some great racing and Tsering and I suffered it out at altitude once more to finish off the season. I didn’t place as high as I would’ve liked to in the actual race after I had a double-cramp in my quads on the last lap, but I managed to stay ahead of Vanessa from Kenda-Backbone who I’ve been back and forth with in races all year. This helped my overall standings and bumped me up into 3rd place overall for the NMBS races for expert women 19-29! I was pretty stoked about this achievement and it felt good to stand on the podium with Joy and Rene, who kicked major ass all season and will be racing pro in 2008 to free up some room for other girls to lay the smack down. I also ended up 6th overall for the Super D series for Open Women. Maybe next year I should consider doing more SuperD races, they can be pretty sweet. Tsering came in 25th overall for Semipro men in the NMBS series for XC racing. It was a season of learning for the both of us and a huge accomplishment to just be at those big races. To celebrate the end of the NMBS series, we hooked up with Lyle who races for Helens and made an appearance at the 80’s themed margarita party in Snowmass Village. Cheers to a great season!