If you're looking for updates on the MASH SF fixed gear team, they're still riding the course. Josh Kadis is following them and posting updates on their progress on his Twitter feed. The Clif Bar blog is also supposed to be posting updates, though it looks like they're too busy to post for now.
Warren, shallow depth of field from a wide open lens is the trick. This ensures only a short 'plane' of raindrops is in focus, instead of geting a smear of rain through the whole photo. In this photo you might be able to see it a little better -- the water splash from the rear tire is in sharp focus, while the rain falling down is a little bit blurry.