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Hallow’s Eve by the Sea

29 October 2014

Surf City Cyclo-X is many things. The oldest cyclocross series in the USA, a great place to race ‘cross in the Monterey-Santa Cruz Bay Area, and home to the district’s perennial Halloween Race. This past Sunday saw the 2014-version of costumed riders flaunting their fineries on bikes – and rags to Sunday best, the race proved another scene of color, ensemble, and the rrrrrrr of bicycles in motion. That sound is oft heard so here is a selection of images from the day that may never be seen again – or, perhaps even better, are never seen again!

What does the devil do at a 'cross race?

What does the devil do at a ‘cross race?

Cheat!

Cheat!

Gotta Get this Human Off my Back!

Gotta Get this Human Off my Back!

Michael Crawford Expressing his Green Self

Michael Crawford Expressing his Green Self

Elton John Takes a Liking to a Viking

Elton John Takes a Liking to a Viking

Death has a Mechanical

Death has a Mechanical

Dragon Slayer...or the Knight of Toot!

Dragon Slayer…or the Knight of Toot!

All the Kid's were Distraught Over this Costume

All the Kid’s were Distraught Over this Costume

This Hippy Sellout Goes Pinstripe

This Hippy Sellout Goes Pinstripe

It Had to Happen! Surfers at Surf City Cyclo-X

It Had to Happen! Surfers at Surf City Cyclo-X

This Racer Doesn't Have a Six-Pack...and has Only One Beer Too!

This Racer Doesn’t Have a Six-Pack…and has Only One Beer Too!

What's Another Word for Cyclocross? Bloody English Majors!

What’s Another Word for Cyclocross? Bloody English Majors!

Super Mario goes Super

Super Mario goes Super

Lovely Broach Grandma

Lovely Broach Grandma

Bleary-Eyed and Drunk is No Way to Race 'Cross Son. Wait...

Bleary-Eyed and Drunk is No Way to Race ‘Cross Son. Wait…

I Know he has Something to Say. I Just Don't Know What it is!

I Know he has Something to Say. I Just Don’t Know What it is!

It's Nice to Heckle the Grown Ups

It’s Nice to Heckle the Grown Ups

There are more photos from the Halloween race at Cranking Glass.

Brems and Ortenblad Tame Surf City

26 October 2014

At it’s perennial Halloween Event, Ben Jacques-Maynes and Surf City Cyclo-X set out an exciting and testing course. The challenge was met as both Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) and Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant/Specialized) opened their accounts, in the three-race series, with wins at Aptos High School.

Brems Triumphs on a Challenging Surf City Course

Brems Triumphs on a Challenging Surf City Course

Brems took to the course with Caroline Dezendorf (Marin Bikes) and Kelly Chang (Rock Lobster) keeping pace on the first lap. Dezendorf held the early lead whilst Chang put in another good early race.

By the second lap, Brems began to take charge with the unfortunate Dezendorf falling back. To make the race more difficult for the Marin Bikes racer, Janie Dalton (Missing Link) moved up from fourth to challenge for the second step of the podium. Struggling with changing out of big-chain gears and a switch to an unfamiliar bike, Dalton would still take over in second place but only briefly. Dezendorf would not fall hard and she took back a deserved finish ahead of Dalton.

Brems and Dalton finished one-two in last season’s Surf City series and, with the day’s podium finishes, get their series off to a great start for 2014. Dezendorf made only a single appearance last year but there is promise of an exciting battle at Surf City this year.

Dezendorf's First Lap Lead

Dezendorf’s First Lap Lead

Dalton Racing Well Despite Mechanical Difficulties with her Bike

Dalton Racing Well Despite Mechanical Difficulties with her Bike

A strong Elite Men’s field lined up at the start with Andy Jacques-Maynes (Family Cycling Center), Kurt Wolfgang (Marin Bikes), and Cal Giant/Specialized teammates Brian Finnerty and Justin Robinson joining Ortenblad. It would be the youngster leading from early in the first lap as Jacques-Maynes and the rest of the field gave chase. Finnerty took over second place at the next lap with Jacques-Maynes in third and Justin Abbott fourth.

Ortenblad Establishing his Race

Ortenblad Establishing his Race

Ortenblad continued the early fast pace and built up a 45-second lead midway through the race. This time Andy Jacques-Maynes was back in second and just starting to claw his way back toward the leader. By the final lap, going up a long run-up, the gap between first and second had shrunk to just 10 seconds. Furthermore, Jacques-Maynes was looking the more aggressive, clearly intent on making it a race for the win. Ortenblad did maintain the gap once they crossed the finish line but it was an exciting exhibition of racing hard to the end.

Jacques-Maynes Raced Hard to the End

Jacques-Maynes Raced Hard to the End

Race Results
Elite Women
1. Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law)
2. Caroline Dezendorf (Marin Bikes)
3. Janie Dalton (Missing Link)
4. Courtney Dimpel (Calletti Cycles)
5. Michelle Monroe (ibis/Buy-cell.com)

Elite Men
1. Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant/Specialized)
2. Andy Jacques-Maynes (Family Cycling Center)
3. Sam Cerrutti (Family Cycling Center)
4. Brian Finnerty (Cal Giant/Specialized)
5. Justin Abbott (URS Corporation)

Chapin and Dezendorf Win at the Cup

19 October 2014

Carolina Dezendorf (Marin Bikes) and Scott Chapin (Rock Lobster) grabbed Elite category wins at the second event for the Santa Rosa Cup CX. The result is two from two for Dezendorf whereas Chapin joins Michael Hosey as event winners in the series produced by Bike Monkey and CX Nation.

The course at Place-to-Play Park was flat and long with embankments for off-camber changes in elevation. There were few opportunities to recover and the race pace was fast. Corners with soft terrain and one particular short climb were places along the course that could change a race’s outcome. The latter had a 12cm concrete lip at the top; it required skill at bike handling as well as good timing to overcome. Racer’s could lose ground by failing to get their bike cleanly onto the concrete pathway and hinder the progress of others.

First and Second Decided Early
In the race for Elite Women, Dezendorf and Kristin Drumm (CX Nation) took the early lead. Kelly Chang (Rock Lobster) was a short distance back in third with Sarah Bamberger taking up the challenge from fourth. By the second lap, Dezendorf and Drumm were consolidating their positions in first and second, respectively.

Drumm Races to a Deserved Second

Drumm Races to a Deserved Second

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Surf City to Race at Fairgrounds

16 October 2014

In an about-face but welcome move, the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds has agreed to allow Surf City Cyclo-X to hold a race at the favored locale. The Cal Fire Training Facility venue moves forward to 16 November, replacing Harbor High School. The Fairgrounds takes the 30 November date original set for Cal Fire.

Details appear on the Surf City website.

Surf City At Last

15 October 2014

Surf City Sets its Calendar

Described by Jeff Clark as “better late than never”, the Surf City Cyclo-X Series posted their complete calendar for the 2014-15 season. The series opens on 25 October, with a training clinic at Aptos High School, but the Grandaddy of US cyclocross holds its perennial Hallow’s Eve race the following day. In addition to the cyclocross, this event has brought out many a gob-dropping costume on a bike.

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Sage Brush Omnium – Truckee Bike Park

5 October 2014

Stetson-Lee and McGovern Winners at the Sagebrush Omnium

The day was another beautiful blue-sky, eighty-degree day for cyclocross as racers converged on the Truckee Bike Park and the second day for Sagebrush’s Omnium. The 2-mile course covered a variety of terrains including grass and pavement. Just as with the omnium’s first day, there was a long stair run-up. Race organizers also sampled the pump and BMX tracks to make a most unusual ‘cross race.

The race for Women’s A saw the same top-three finishers at Truckee as happened at Hidden Valley. Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team) on the first lap already had a 19-second gap to second upon reaching the stair run-up, the effective turn around back to start-finish. Again it was Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) and Ellen Sherrill (Rock Lobster) making a claim for second place. On this day, Brems stayed with Sherrill for the first lap but the Rock Lobster racer took control come the next visit to the run-up.

Teal Stetson-Lee Racing without Peer at the Sagebrush Omnium

Teal Stetson-Lee Racing without Peer at the Sagebrush Omnium

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Sagebrush Omnium – Hidden Valley

4 October 2014

Under blue skies and warm weather, the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series began their 2-Day Omnium at Hidden Valley Park, Reno. Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team) led a free cyclocross clinic earlier in the day and then led the Women’s A field to the finish line. Walton Brush (MashSF) fought for position early, survived a tumble at a barrier, but then established his position to win the race for Men’s A.

Under an Excellent Day for 'Cross, Brush takes Day One of the Sagebrush Omnium

Under an Excellent Day for ‘Cross, Brush takes Day One of the Sagebrush Omnium

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