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The Scene in Fresno

23 May 2015

For the upcoming 2015-16 cyclocross season, the Fresno area again has two sets of events. The Homegrown Cyclocross Series plans on three dates for their Woodward Park venue. Races are scheduled for 8 November, 6 December, and 13 December, though the middle date still requires approval from the local municipality.

Justin Morgan’s Fresno County CX series has just two dates for its sophomore year: 18 October at Choinumni and 20 December at Lost Lake. Venues still require confirmation and Morgan may add additional dates, everything pending responses from the local department of County Parks. Morgan is also weighing the various arguments in favour of and against holding races under USAC permitting, as was his practice a year ago.

Jim Pappe (Spy Giant) Negotiates a Sandy Sharp Turn on the San Joaquin at FCCX

Jim Pappe (Spy Giant) Negotiates a Sandy Sharp Turn on the San Joaquin at FCCX

Four is a Popular Number

19 May 2015

SuperPro CX, née NorCal CX, is putting on a four-race series for 2015-16. The season opens at Stafford Lake on 10 October 2015. Branded under its new name, the one fewer event than last year’s series is less likely to run into conflicts with a season that is already becoming busy. Murphy Mack also revealed venues for the other events, in the October-heavy calendar, as Lion of Fairfax (17 October), Kitten of Vallejo (24 October), and Lake Cunningham (12 December).

Emily Thurston Tip-Toes Over the SuperPro Plank Barriers

Emily Thurston Tip-Toes Over the SuperPro Plank Barriers

One always finds something unique and challenging at a SuperPro race. There is the Belgium Farm Wall, a series staple, but other obstacles that harken back to steeplechasing included a course that criss-crosses streams and the infamous Cesspool of Filth. Murphy Mack and his cohorts can be expected to string together more courses with an imaginative means to make the racing that much harder.

Surf City Goes Four

13 May 2015

Surf City Cyclo-X has dates for the upcoming 2015-16 season of cyclocross. There are four events beginning with the Halloween race on 25 October. Organizers have plans for a clinic on 24 October with possibly another for 26 September, depending upon demand.

Ortenblad Wins at Last Season's Fairgrounds Race

Ortenblad Wins at Season’s Fairgrounds Race

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Amuse Bouche for the NorCalNevada Calendar

11 May 2015

At this point in the year, organizers and promoters continue to apply the glaze onto their 2015-16 racing calendars. Until more formal announcements and final calendars are laid out on the table, here is a selection of titbits to whet the appetite.

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Early Calendars for SacCX and BASP

7 May 2015

May it be ne’er too soon.

A good beginning makes a good end and, as of now, BASP and Sacramento Cyclocross Series are the first in NorCalNevada to post their 2015-2016 racing schedule. Tom Simpson and Pilarcitos CycleSports tender the same sequence of events as last season’s experimental foray into two-in-a-row race-days; Sierra Point then Candlestick weekends run in November. These races are book-ended by September’s opening day at Candlestick Point and the Coyote Point closer in December.

Jennifer Claassen is excited about a SacCX double-header weekend in Folsom, on 31 October and 1 November. Reduced room rates for racers, happy hour specials, and dinner discounts are in the works. Meanwhile, the Claassen’s continue to work on firming up dates and sorting out venues ahead of a more formal announcement for a full eight-race schedule. SacCX enjoyed a renewal of sorts in 2014, under the new management of Jennifer and Clint Claassen. On top of a good season in and around the State’s capital, the District Championship at Lange Twins was simply magnificent.

Hoping for Some of This Stuff in 2015-16

Hoping for Some of This Stuff in 2015-16

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SacCX Delivers NorCalNevada Districts

14 December 2014

Emily Kachorek (Squid Bikes) and Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins/Specialized) are victors at the NorCalNevada District Cyclocross Championships. Under proverbial “tractor-pull” muddy conditions, the racing for Elite Women and Elite Men came down to the final lap before deciding the outcomes. Ron Shevock (Folsom Bikes) made it a triumvirate of local winners, of sorts, by taking the Single Speed Men race to close out an excellent event and excellent racing.

Kachorek Recovers for the Win at District CX Championships

Kachorek Recovers for the Win at District CX Championships

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“When a man says no to [rain], he says no to life.”

13 December 2014

This is what it’s all about.

The rain has done its work to quell the dust and lay bare the raison d’être that many have for cyclocross. The past few weeks saw racing in the wet and the mud, at the Kitten of Vallejo, Candlestick Saturday, and, in particular, the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. And perhaps there is more to come with District Championships on the morrow. The course at Lange Twins has, in the past, seen deep, viscous mud as well as brown, opaque puddles hiding their treacherous and changing depths. Here is a reflection of those days at Lodi and the past few races from the NorCalNevada region. It is a time where the fit race ‘cross and the ‘cross gets ’em filthy.

The 2010 Lange Twins Mud Bath

The 2010 Lange Twins Mud Bath

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