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Goat Heads Move the Sagebrush Opener

19 September 2014

At the last minute, organizers of the Sagebrush Cyclocross have needed to change the venue of their season opener. A goat head problem at the Peavine Dam Creek locale sees the race moved to Clayton Middle School. This course is a staple of the Sagebrush series and has seen some great racing in the past, including District Championships back in 2010.

Racing starts tomorrow, 20 September 2014, at 10am.

Posted on the series website:
After assessing the goat-head problem at Peavine Creek Dam, we have decided to change Saturday’s venue to Archie Clayton Middle School. Fortunately it’s literally right across the street from Peavine Creek Dam, and there are zero goat-heads. We will be running the classic Clayton course in reverse with some modifications.”

Katerina Nash (Luna) Gracing the Archie Clayton Middle School at Sagebrush

Katerina Nash (Luna) Gracing the Archie Clayton Middle School at Sagebrush

Racing from The Ord – not that one, the Fort

19 September 2014

A second weekend of ‘cross racing has now become lore for the NorCalNevada community. Just one event, and this at Fort Ord, held its own with competitive races and an excellent course. Before getting ready for the upcoming weekend’s ‘cross at the GP Clark Natwick, Sagebrush, and CCCX, here are a few views from last Saturday’s field of struggle and triumph.

Steve Hindman (Alto Velo/Lux Vue/SunPower) set the stage with his second win for Master Men 45+ C

Steve Hindman (Alto Velo/Lux Vue/SunPower) set the stage with his second win for Master Men 45+ C

Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) continues to exhibit her racing prowess

Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) continues to exhibit her racing prowess

Brock Dickie (ibis/Buy-cell.com) and Justin Robinson (Cal Giant/Specialized) having some fun on the back side of the course

Brock Dickie (ibis/Buy-cell.com) and Justin Robinson (Cal Giant/Specialized) having some fun on the back side of the course

Christian Parker (Menlo Velo) enjoys playing in the dirt

Christian Parker (Menlo Velo) enjoys playing in the dirt

Michelle Monroe (ibis/Buy-cell.com) lets loose an elephant ear

Michelle Monroe (ibis/Buy-cell.com) lets loose an elephant ear

Dave Tripier (Summit Bikes CX) comfortable in his manhood

Dave Tripier (Summit Bikes CX) comfortable in his manhood

Boris Foelsch (Monta Vista Velo) with some serious race-face

Boris Foelsch (Monta Vista Velo) with some serious race-face

Cheryl Shwa (Team Mikes Bikes) in good form on her re-mount

Cheryl Shwa (Team Mikes Bikes) in good form on her re-mount

Confidence! Just Simple Confidence! Justin Morgan (Real Wheels Bike Shop)

Confidence! Just Simple Confidence! Justin Morgan (Real Wheels Bike Shop)

Ian Stowe (Rock Lobster) bunny-hops for the hecklers

Ian Stowe (Rock Lobster) bunny-hops for the hecklers

'Cross sign-language for "nice one fella!"

‘Cross sign-language for “nice one fella!”

For more photos from Cranking Glass.

From the Boulder Weekend

18 September 2014

World and National 55+ Champion Henry Kramer (Cal Giant Masters/Specialized) finished seventeenth of 39 at the US Open of Cyclocross in Boulder, last Saturday. It was much more than a respectful finish racing in the Master Men 35+ category. Likewise, George Smith (Marc Pro-Strava) finished in 34th place whilst racing 20 years below his racing age-group.

Henry Kramer

Henry Kramer

CX Nation’s Sage Aldebaran, racing in his age bracket, grabbed 21st for Master Men 35+ in the US Open. Aldebaran also finished 32nd out of 43 the next day at the Boulder Cup.

Robert Meighan (Cal Giant Masters/Specialized) had a good weekend finishing 14th out of 61 at the US Open and 21st out of 72 at the Boulder Cup, both in the Master Men 45+ category.

Robert Meighan

Robert Meighan

NorCalNevada ‘Cross Ready for More

17 September 2014

Another huge weekend is in store for regional cyclocross. The weather is threatening some precipitation over the next day and the hope is at least the rain subdues the dust.

One Can Always Hope

One Can Always Hope

The CCCX series holds its third event of the season, this time putting racers to the test at CSU Monterey Bay. Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) and Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant/Specialized) lead the CCCX series having won at both events to date.

Over in the other ‘enn’, the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series opens its season at Lower Peavine Creek Dam, Reno. Erica Greif and the Sagebrush organization are building a terrific series for local ‘cross racers, some of whom even make the long trip over the hill to race in the Bay Area. Another positive from Sagebrush is their efforts to introduce new racers to the sport particularly with free cyclocross clinics. Last season, at Sagebrush, saw a group of high school youngsters introducing themselves to the sport.

Keith Hillier Takes on the BMX Track at Truckee

Keith Hillier Takes on the BMX Track at Truckee

The big draw for the weekend is BASP’s Clark Natwick Grand Prix. The race is on USAC’s Cyclocross National Calendar (CXNC) and is a stepping stone for Tom Simpson and Pilarcitos to return UCI cyclocross to the district. Along with this welcome goal comes significant changes for the BASP 2014-15 season.

“Experiment” is the word coined by Simpson, back in mid-July, to describe the more significant changes racers will see at this season’s BASP series. Two weekend races are on the schedule for the Sierra Point Night Race and RepĂȘchage (8-9 November 2014) and CandleStick Point (22-23 November 2014). The Clark Natwick GP is a single-day event along with CCCP CycloCross at Coyote Point on 7 December 2014.

Another of the experiment’s is single-category races for the CandleStick weekend. There is to be some doubling up of categories, such as Elite and Master Women, but all but two starts will have two or fewer categories.

Candlestick Point is the venue for three race-days at BASP 2014-15

Candlestick Point is the venue for three race-days at BASP 2014-15

Brems and Ortenblad Again at CCCX

14 September 2014

CCCX at Fort Ord today had a repeat of the winning results from last week. Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) was victorious in the race for Elite Women, making it two from two in the CCCX series, whilst the win for Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant/Specialized) came with Scott Chapin (Rock Lobster) still breathing down his neck.

Ortenblad Takes the Race's Final Plank Barrier with Chapin at Close Quarters

Ortenblad Takes the Race’s Final Plank Barrier with Chapin at Close Quarters

DeFiebre set out another long, rangy two-miler for the second race of the CCCX season. A good potion of the course ran south of the Watkins Gate Road sweeping past the dried-up pond and through the dry mud-flats – a veritable Utah salt flats. Racers contended with barking great tree roots, big rodent-burrows, and numerous land mines from the indigenous wildlife population. A couple turns were prime to catch riders coming in to fast.

The big obstacle, on the “south-forty”, was a short sharp run-up through iceplant, perhaps more appropriately referred to by its taxonomy as Hottentot Fig, stressing the fast and loose meaning. Before the morning’s races tore up the ground at the bottom of the run-up, both riding and running were equally fast. As the day wore on, riders had to contend with the loose ground and find one of the few treacherous lines.

Staying Out of the Fray to Win
The winning move from Brems came at the end of the first lap after a difficult start for the TRL racer, including a bad clip-in and a bobble at the run-up. Returning to the gazebo-bowl area, no longer with its gazebo, Katrina Baumsteiger (Team Rambuski Law) lead Brems to the first of the plank barriers. Amanda Schaper was a close 3 seconds behind with another 10-second gap to Janie Dalton, wearing Missing Link kit, and the rest of the field.

Competitive at the End of the First Lap

Competitive at the End of the First Lap

Coming out of the plank barriers, the attack came with a notable advance in speed and position. Brems took to the front to stay out of the fray and increased her gap from then on. By the second lap, Brems’ lead was 10 seconds on Schaper with Baumsteiger now in third. The next lap, Brems had a 25-second lead and the dominant racer never needed to look back.

Brems Claims Another Win

Brems Claims Another Win

Schaper took second whilst Baumsteiger was happy with an impressive third, having found her legs. Stella Carey (ibis/Buy-cell.com) put in a steadily improving race, the second in her return to cyclocross. In the space of a lap, Carey moved up from sixth, at the end of the first, to fourth, overtaking first Campbell Steers (Rock Lobster) and then Dalton. Dalton fought back to reclaim fourth place as Carey still made the podium photograph.

Elite Men’s Race
The race again showed the competitive aspect of events at CCCX. An early lead group of nine stayed in the game with Alex Work (Rock Lobster) and team mate Max Judelson putting in plenty of time up front with the likes of Sean Estes (Muscle Milk/Specialized), Devon Vigus (Vigus Coaching/Sharp Bicycles), Jett Chandler (DC-10 Racing), Scott Chapin (Rock Lobster), Keith Hillier (Team Rambuski Law), and Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant/Specialized).

The lead group whittled down to five again with the Rock Lobster pair of Work and Judelson showing resolve. Their companions up front, Hillier, Ortenblad, and Chapin, were the same three riders that took the podium steps the week before at Fort Ord. And that result would repeat itself as Work and Judelson became the next racers to drop off the lead group.

Alex Work (Rock Lobster) Earns another Top-Five Finish

Alex Work (Rock Lobster) Earns another Top-Five Finish

On the final lap, Hillier dropped back but Chapin was just behind Ortenblad at the final, single plank-barrier. This time Ortenblad got off his bike but Chapin chose to bunny-hop. It was the difficult next uphill turn that kept Ortenblad out front, and like Karen Brems, the berry-red racer now has two wins from two in the CCCX series.

Work took fourth ahead of Judelson and that placed three Rock Lobster racers in the top five.

Results
Elite Women
1. Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law)
2. Amada Schaper
3. Katrina Baumsteiger (Team Rambuski Law)
4. Janie Dalton
5. Stella Carey (ibis/Buy-cell.com)
6. Campbell Steers (Rock Lobster)
7. Beverley Chaney (Roaring Mouse)
8. Micelle Monroe (ibis/Buy-cell.com)

Elite Men
1. Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant/Specialized)
2. Scott Chapin (Rock Lobster)
3. Keith Hillier (Team Rambuski Law)
4. Alex Work (Rock Lobster)
5. Max Judelson (Rock Lobster)
6. Devon Vigus (Vigus Coaching/Sharp Bicycles)
7. Sean Estes (Muscle Milk/Specialized)

NorCal Nevada ‘Cross Week 1

12 September 2014

First week of weekend racing is in the books and it went off with as much savoir-faire as possible from a cyclocross community. The inaugural West Sac GP looks to be a force to be reckoned with whilst DeFiebre’s CCCX opener added the balance of continuity. Here are a few photographs from the racing as the region prepares for just a single event this weekend…back at Fort Ord for another CCCX extravaganza.

Ellen Sherrill (Rock Lobster) and the iconic bridge at West Sac

Ellen Sherrill (Rock Lobster) and the iconic bridge at West Sac

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Bed-of-Plank-Barrier

9 September 2014

In some cultures it's a bed-of-nails. In cyclocross, it's a plank barrier.

In some cultures it’s a bed-of-nails. In cyclocross, it’s a plank barrier.

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