29 July 2015
In a month, weekend cyclocross racing begins for the NorCal Nevada region. Paul Sadoff came across a ‘cross enthusiast with a purpose-built cyclocross course and has put together The Rock Lobster Cup at Bonny Doon. This begins the 2015-16 season with style, gravitas, and that Santa Cruz edge.
In other brief news, cyclocross in Nevada forges ahead with CrossReno, on 19 September, and the 2015 season of the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series. Teal Stetson-Lee and Coby Rowe prepare for ‘cross in the basin and range as Fit and Filthy will soon post articles on those events and the burgeoning scene out of Reno.
In addition to the Lobster Cup and CrossReno, other early racing sees a 12 September event at the State’s capitol: the West Sac Cyclocross Grand Prix. NorCalCX and TBBCX follow up their successful inaugural event last year with another well supported race. The Pilarcitos Bridge is slated to make an appearance in the Clif Bar CykelScramble, at the Marin County Fairgrounds on 26 September. Four stand-alone events within the first 5 weeks of the new season are certain to stand as a terrific beginning.
Brian Staby of CX Nation confirms the Santa Rosa Cup CX is a three day weekend series beginning with Friday night racing at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The racing runs from 13 to 15 November and will see the much vaunted cups awarded on the Sunday at the Spring Lake Regional Park, near Santa Rosa. The series webpage has plenty of information about hotels and camping along with details of the event itself. Juniors race for free and registration is already open.
The webpage for the Red Kite CX Series continues to read “Stay Tuned” and will remain that way for at least another season. Steve Rosefield is instead focusing on other substantial projects and an expanded road season for 2016.
For those unable to wait for weekend racing, on going even now are Wednesday night pick-up races in the Sacramento area: Gheto and Folsom Rodeo Cross repeat their tandem events from last year. These races are a great way to introduce new participants to the local ‘cross community as well as for Sakamenna racers to gather a head of steam before weekend racing begins.
The season ahead has as many as 48 racing events from Fresno to Santa Rosa and San Francisco to Reno. Four of the events are night races. After some 21 weekends, the season ends in mid-January. Nearly all the regional series have their season’s dates posted at one place or another. Visit the web sites below or keep track of the races on the Fit and Filthy calendar.
Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross
Fresno County Cyclocross
Homegrown Cyclocross Series
Sacramento Cyclocross Series
Sagebrush Cyclocross Series
Santa Rosa Cup CX
Surf City Cyclo-X