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

This left third place to be decided. Chang came under some pressure only to see Bamberger slip out on a loose corner. Up stepped Fresh Air/Hunter riders Leah Plack and Kathleen Bryan after they quickly rounded the stricken rider. Once Bamberger caught back up, four racers were vying for third place. Chang, Plack, Bryan, and Bamberger pushed hard for a couple of laps before losing Bryan. Chang’s resistance finally gave way as a rejuvenated Bamberger took over third place for good. Later, Plack would take fourth ahead of Chang.

Kelly Chang put in a Staunch Fight for Position

Kelly Chang put in a Staunch Fight for Position

At the sharp end of the race, Drumm was putting in a steady race-pace but Dezendorf’s was solid. The Marin Bikes racer was unrelenting as she built up a 68-second winning margin.

Dezendorf Dominates from Early in the Race

Dezendorf Dominates from Early in the Race

Two Against One
The Elite Men’s race started off at a ferocious pace. Kurt Wolfgang led the field for most of the first lap in front of a long line of riders in close pursuit. The character for the remainder of the race appeared on the second lap; Brian Finnerty (Cal Giant/Specialized) and Chapin were out front. Continuing to add to his success this year, Max Judelson (Rock Lobster) was chasing hard in third just a few bike lengths back. The Cal Giant rider had two Lobsters to contend with.

Finnerty Challenged for the Lead Almost All Race but was Unable to Shake Chapin

Finnerty Challenged for the Lead Almost All Race but was Unable to Shake Chapin

Wolfgang fell back to fourth and for much of the race looked as though he had the position sown up. Charging hard from fifth, Andrew Nelson (Vive la Tarte/Huckleberry Bicycles) was gradually edging closer to Wolfgang. It appeared for a while the two may come together late in the race to decide fourth, but, Wolfgang stiffened up his gap nearing the bell lap, eventually securing fourth by 26 seconds.

Wolfgang Leads the Field Early

Wolfgang Leads the Field Early

Once Judelson made full contact with Chapin and Finnerty, the three protagonists exchanged leads and continued their fast pace. Each took turns in attacking; Finnerty put his head down about half-distance into the race in a move that only held a brief promise. Later, Judelson bobbled at the concrete-lipped climb, causing both himself and team mate Chapin to lose ground. They nevertheless caught back up to Finnerty as the three raced toward the checkered flag.

Very late attacks came from Judelson first but then a deciding move from Chapin. This time Finnerty would lose control of his bike in an entanglement. The damage was done and Chapin would never relinquish his lead. On his second day of racing, the Rock Lobster rider would hold his 20-second gap for the remaining three laps.

Chapin's Triumphant Win

Chapin’s Triumphant Win

Finnerty took over sole possession of second and was unable to narrow the gap to Chapin. Judelson added to a slew of good finishes this season with another podium.

Rock Lobster Duo Chapin and Judelson

Rock Lobster Duo Chapin and Judelson

Elite Women
1. Caroline Dezendorf (Marin Bikes)
2. Kristing Drumm (CX Nation)
3. Sarah Bamberger
4. Leah Plack (Fresh Air/Hunter)
5. Kelly Chang (Rock Lobster)
6. Sarah Powers
7. Laurel Larson
8. Kathleen Bryan (Fresh Air/Hunter)

Elite Men
1. Scott Chapin (Rock Lobster/HRS/Voler)
2. Brian Finnerty (Cal Giant/Specialized)
3. Max Judelson (Rock Lobster/HRS/Voler)
4. Kurt Wolfgang
5. Andrew Nelson (Vive la Tarte/Huckleberry Bicycles)

Full results are available at the series web site.

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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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Details for Surf City’s season appear on the series’ web site.

The second and third races are 16 November at Harbor High School and 30 November at the Cal Fire Training Facility.

Clark attributes the absence of a race at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds to a ‘changing of the guard’, of sorts. “It’s been a struggle working with the fairgrounds this season,” wrote Clark by e-mail, “they’ve undergone an admin staff change and the grounds maintenance person we’ve worked with for the last several years has retired. It seems like they don’t want anything to do with cycling events for now.” Clark remains hopeful for a return to the Fairgrounds next year.

It's the Place to See Paule's Cheeks

It’s the Place to See Paule’s Cheeks

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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October Openers

3 October 2014

October sees four series open their accounts for NorCal Nevada cyclocross in 2014-15. First up is Murphy Mack and SuperPro’s NCCX series on 4 October. Dan Foley Park in Vallejo is a venue change but features the same locale as the Kitten later in the season. After the cyclocross, Chef Ciano’s Tacoceria is a terrific enough reason for racers and spectators to attend.

SuprePro Racers at Last Season's Kitten

SuprePro Racers at Last Season’s Kitten

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NorCal SoCal Rumble Set for January 2015

2 October 2014

Announced yesterday, Sam Barn Promotions moved the 5th Annual NorCal versus SoCal California State Cyclocross Championships from its originally planned December dates to 24-25 January 2015. The Hart Park, Bakersfield venue will continue to see riders from up and down the state decide the better district in January. The change accommodates concerns from many up north over conflicts with local events, including SacCX at Miller Park, the NCCX Kitten of Vallejo, and more directly with BASP’s CCCP CycloCross at Coyote Point.

Sam Ames was frank in discussing the change. “About 2 weeks ago, when ‘cross racing started, I think most folks began to look at calendars. I appreciate the over 40 NorCal racers that contacted me to express their disappointment needing to choose between two great events. We stewed on it, polled some friends, and realized the best option was to avoid the conflict, work towards 2015, and give the season a big fat, throw-down send off. Much as we have done in the past.”

The Championship Trophy

The Championship Trophy

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