Weekend’s Racing – BASP and HomegrownCX
14 November 2012
The NCNCA CX BAR Standings have been updated after this past weekend’s racing.
Cyclocross-spectators and riders alike saw terrific racing at the BASP Sierra Point Night Race. Most of the winners of Category A Women races, from the various events throughout Northern California, turned up. The top Women’s race could easily have been billed as the best-of-the-best.
With call ups at BASP ranked by the previous event (Candlestick Point Repêchage), some of the “winners” started from the back row. Elle Anderson (Ladies First), and winner at CCCX, began her race from such a position but quickly grained ground to form the lead group with Karen Brems and Emily Thurston, both of Team Rambuski Law.
Thurston had a mishap that put her into the tape. Then Anderson stole away from the World Master’s Champion to take the win. Brems took a solid second whilst Kerry Bonar beat out Thurston in a sprint for third. Emily Kachorek (TBB.CX), race winner at SacCX, rounded out the top five.
In the race for Category A Men, single speed riders dominated by taking the top three positions. Scott Chapin (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster) and Ben Jacques-Maynes (Ritte Bear Development) lead early. Aaron Bradford (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster) took over the lead after the day’s treacherous plank barriers gathered Chapin in a spill, along with Ben Jacques-Maynes and many of the lead group behind him.
Ben Jacques-Maynes and Chapin recovered to join Bradford in the lead. However, the Ritte racer was under geared for the long tarmac straights. The Rock Lobster riders put in a team effort to put a gap on Ben Jacques-Maynes. Bradford won the sprint for the win. Ben Jacques-Maynes held off Michael Hosey (Marin Factory Team) for third. Kieth Hillier (Team Rambuski Law) came home in fifth.
The night time race was its usual boisterous affair with great crowd support and heckling on “Heckle Hill.” Some of the afterglow was quickly lost, however, with news that Golden Gate Park is lost as a venue for cylcocross. The next BASP event returns to Candlestick Point on 25 November.
The Central California Off-Road Cyclists are building a cyclocross series in Fresno, called Homegrown Cyclocross. This past Sunday was the third event in this year’s series. Woodward Park offers plenty of room for course variations with plenty of changes in elevations. The organizers hope to attract more racers from further afield and grow themselves into a respected series.