The fit race 'cross and 'cross gets 'em filthy!

Nearing Midway through the NCNCA Cyclocross Season

9 November 2012

Cyclocross in Northern California spans about 20 weekends. This coming weekend is the tenth and mid-point of the season. Northern California cyclocrossers head to Saturday’s Clif Bar Sierra Point Night Race, Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross, and the third event in the Homegrown Cyclocross Series on Sunday, at Woodward Park in Fresno. Rain arrived this week – will this bring ‘cross racing to the fit and filthy? The forecast suggests the rain tapers off in time for racing on Saturday but riders and spectators alike will look forward to some soggy terrain to bring out the expected wet and muddy winter sport of cyclocross. Head on over to Steven Woo’s NCNCA Racing Blog on Monday to see images captured by local photographers.

The current standings for the NCNCA CX BAR are updated through 4 November.

With results reported from nearly all series/events, familiar names now occupy some top positions. Current Masters World Champions Don Myrah (ibis/Buy-cell.com) and Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) lead their respective categories. Myrah has finished outside the top five only once in his eight (reported) Master 35+ A races this season; he is leading because of his usual tenacious riding. Myrah still needs to maintain his game as a trio of California Giant riders, in Gannon Myall, Brian Finnerty, and Justin Robinson, sit immediately behind him in the standings. Brems is keeping on her game in the Women A category and against younger competition. The Team Rambuski Law rider has seen a slew of others take race wins ahead of her and for a while her biggest challenger was Ellen Sherrill (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster). Two wins and a second place finish to close out October, however, has seen Brems exert a level of dominance and a 31-point lead in the category.

Don Myrah (ibis/Buy-cell.com)

Don Myrah (ibis/Buy-cell.com)

Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law)

Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law)

For Single Speed A, Cesar Chavez (ibis/Buy-cell.com) leads the field with team mate Tim Cannard in close pursuit. Scott Chapin (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster) heads the strong Men A category as Keith Hillier (Team Rambuski Law), fresh off big results at SacCX this past weekend, mounts a challenge.

Tim Cannard (left) and Cesar Chavez (ibis/Buy-cell.com)

Tim Cannard (left) and Cesar Chavez (ibis/Buy-cell.com)

Scott Chapin (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster)

Scott Chapin (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster)

Keith Hillier (Team Rambuski Law)

Keith Hillier (Team Rambuski Law)

At the other side of the ‘cross racing spectrum, Chris Neher (Off the Chain) continues to lead Men C and it is the 15-year-old Robert Terra (Team Bicycles Plus/Sierra Nevada) taking hold of second place. Terra is selective in his Cat C and Junior races and, unfortunately, may never go head-to-head with Neher this season. Neher has a splendid record of seven wins in seven Cat C races and may look to jumping up in category before season’s end.

Chris Neher (Off the Chain)

Chris Neher (Off the Chain)

Robert Terra (Team Bicycles Plus/Sierra Nevada)

Robert Terra (Team Bicycles Plus/Sierra Nevada)

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