…and the Cyclocross Rolls On
5 October 2012
Without doubt, NCNCA cyclocross is well into its current season and the racing is well into its top form. Seven events are complete, including three from CCCX and the season openers for Sagebrush Cyclocross, Sacramento Cyclocross, and BASP. The Livermore Cyclocross Festival also made its return to the regional ‘cross schedule.
At the Elite edge of racing, Andy Jacques-Maynes (California Giant/Specialized) has put his bike across the line first in all three of his starts, earning himself a “Super Man in the NCNCA” moniker. His competitors may take some respite this weekend as the Jacques-Mayniac is off to Utah for the 24 Hours of Moab.
The moustachioed and heavily-bearded Scott Chapin (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster) continues to bunny hop and thrill spectators, garnering two wins along the way. Well supported by Paul Sadoff, Scott Chapin and the Rock Lobster team is replete with great cyclocross racers.
Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) introduced herself to the NCNCA with two wins in Elite Women to open her season; the competition will look for Anderson after her return from the East.
There is an interesting but superb rivalry brewing between World Masters Champion Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) and Ellen Sherrill (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster); the pair went head to head in the three recent meetings. So far Sherrill has the edge in wins at two-to-one but Brems has out-pointed the Rock Lobster-racer this season.
In other racing, Chris Neher (Off the Chain) has gone from just off the podium steps (proper) last year to winning four races in Cat C Men so far this year. Justin Robinson (California Giant/Specialized) took two wins at CCCX-Fort Ord against strong competition in Master Men 35+ A, whilst Natasha Perry (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster) has grabbed three wins in Master Women 35+.
For the most part, the courses have so far been quite dry and dusty, as is the norm for conditions this time of year. Weatherman and Team Roaring Mouse racer Steve Anderson has statistically predicted a date of 20 October for the start of rains. Yet, it is well known the weather forecaster is unable to predict yesterday’s weather by next week. So, on tap for is another dry weekend with the Sacramento Cyclocross Series, at Condon Park, Grass Valley, and CCCX at CSUMB. The latter is certain to be another “bandy in the sandy”.