While a celebrated run-in between a pissed-off bull and a handful of riders grabbed the biggest post-race headlines, there was still much to talk about following the ninth annual running of the notoriously tough Rock Cobbler in Bakersfield, California. Chief among the topics was the barn burner field that was stacked with top riders including 2021 UCI marathon mountain bike world champion Christopher Blevins who was relying on his fat tired, flat handlebar, full-suspension Specialized to take a sea of proper gravel bikes – ouch!
With just shy of 600 entries, the Rock Cobbler was welcomed with open arms by both those riders who knew full well of how tough the course could be and those new riders simply amazed at the level of rider rewards that came with their entry. From the pre-race day recreational ride (courtesy of Big Wheel Coaching), free race day coffee and breakfast, five on-course sag stops, a delicious post-ride lunch and custom Rock Cobbler beach towels (courtesy of event sponsor Bianchi), the giving never seemed to stop!
Here’s just some of what we saw in during our weekend outing in Bakersfield – Go Drillers!