CX Nation ‘Cross Team
3 September 2014
For immediate release:
CX Nation Announces:
The CX Nation Cyclocross Team 2014
Santa Rosa, CA 8/25/2014: CX Nation officially announced the formation of a new cyclocross team in Northern California – CX Nation. The team will be based out of Santa Rosa, CA. The CX Nation cyclocross team is composed of five riders that will be competing in the Northern California cyclocross circuit, as well as taking part in several races across the country; culminating in the National Championships in Austin, Texas.
The team includes Brian Staby, owner and founder, Brij Lunine, Kristin Drumm, Sage Aldeberan, and Miles Daly. All riders are “A” level/Category 1,2 racers and will compete in Master’s, Open, and Junior races. Sponsors include Rock Lobster Bicycles, Easton, crankbrothers, Rip van Wafels, Smith Sunglasses, Bar Fly, Osmo Nutrition, Challenge Tires, Cross Propz, Bike Monkey, Taylor Maid Coffee, Eschelon Cycle and Multisport, and Cranking Glass Photography.
The goal of CX Nation is to support the sport of cyclocross through clinics, coaching, events, and now a team. CX Nation offers clinics throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and coaching via the internet. CX Nation and Bike Monkey co-produce the Santa Rosa Cup Cyclocross races in Sonoma County each fall.
“I started CX Nation 5 years ago because there was not a way to introduce new riders to the sport,” described Staby. “Now with cyclocross specific clinics and coaching, the San Francisco Bay Area has that outlet. Also, being from Northern California, I wanted to support the area because we have such great resources for cyclocross. Hence, I searched for most of our sponsors and riders who are based in Northern California. I believe the quality of riders and race venues in Northern California compares with and even surpasses all the other regions in the country.”
For further information about CX Nation and the team: Contact Brian Staby by cxnation at gmail.com or 707-486-7610. Also check out all that is CX Nation at the website.
The 16-year old Miles Daly, from Tiburon, California, has made his presence known in Juniors the past couple of seasons. “When I’m not racing my heart out on the dirt with CX Nation I am racing on the road with Team Swift,” described Daly. “My favorite cyclocross course of last season was a Santa Rosa Cup race at the Maxwell Park. This course had stairs, sand pits, and a great finishing hill; I look forward to returning to the course this year to defend my series title. This season I will be racing the local junior 15-18 age group along with B’s and A’s. Nationally I will be competing in 17-18 UCI Juniors.” Watch out for an improving-talent in this lanky kid with a big smile; he’s certain to well-defend his Santa Rosa Cup title.
Marin county native, Kristin Drumm is amongst the great names in the region, racing as a Cat 1 roadie and “crit” rider with a Masters National Championship in her palmares. “I also enjoy mountain biking,” said Drumm, “and, of course, cyclocross, where I race as a Cat 1 in the Women’s “A” and master’s fields. My favorite cross courses are those that feature both technical and open sections that suit my “roadie” strengths. The Sierra Point Night Race has always been a personal favorite, although the courses at Golden Gate Park have always been fun. Professionally, I am a land use planner, which means I create red tape and herd cats. If you have ever tried to develop in Marin, you know what I’m talking about.”
Brij Lunine is a professor in the land of Banana Slugs having taken breaks away from racing for an American Studies Ph.D. and his kids. “I’ve been racing since 1987,” says Lunine. “everything from the Kona MTB development team in the Northwest in ’89/’90, to La Vuelta de Chihuahua International Stage Rage in 1992 (UCI race, 4th overall in support of the tour winner), to Tour of the Gila in 1994 (9th place in the TT Pro/1/2). These days I race 45+ A’s, almost exclusively cross. I teach at UC Santa Cruz and have published and taught a course on Hip Hop Music and Culture for twelve years–until I got too old and out of touch.”
A devout family man with wife Desiree and two sons, West and Judo, Sage Aldeberan stumbled onto cyclocross and continues to “suffer” with CX Nation. “I was raised by my mom in a remote and family like community,” described Aldeberan. “Having no electric power or related services created my kinship for the outdoors at an early age. Sadly the young adult life had no space for bike riding anymore. Fast forward 16 years, my first boy was born. Somewhere a thought formed that I needed to get a bike again. I spotted a Greg Lemond “poprad” bike and somebody suggested it was a “cyclocross bike,” which I had to google to become aware of what it really was. I saw there was a Bike Monkey race in Santa Rosa and decided to get a first hand lesson in this awkward and strange form of racing. Cyclocross has challenged me to learn more about myself than I ever thought which has motivated me to stay on the bike and keep riding.”
Another member that has spent time amongst Banana Slugs, Brian Staby is one of the region’s top Masters racers, taking an entire season of category-B wins at BASP one year. “I grew up in Marin County during the 80s,” said team founder Brian Staby. “Mountain biking was just beginning to boom and I was at ground zero. I still remember tearing around Mt. Tamalpais in my first mountain bike – a Specialized Stumpjumper.” Much later Staby would take up cyclocross. “I am not sure why I chose to go to my first Cyclocross race but it seemed like everybody was smiling at these races and having a lot of fun.” Staby now races in the competitive Master 35+ A category and exchanges lumps with some of the best racers in the nation.