NorCalNevada ‘Cross Ready for More
17 September 2014
Another huge weekend is in store for regional cyclocross. The weather is threatening some precipitation over the next day and the hope is at least the rain subdues the dust.
The CCCX series holds its third event of the season, this time putting racers to the test at CSU Monterey Bay. Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) and Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant/Specialized) lead the CCCX series having won at both events to date.
Over in the other ‘enn’, the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series opens its season at Lower Peavine Creek Dam, Reno. Erica Greif and the Sagebrush organization are building a terrific series for local ‘cross racers, some of whom even make the long trip over the hill to race in the Bay Area. Another positive from Sagebrush is their efforts to introduce new racers to the sport particularly with free cyclocross clinics. Last season, at Sagebrush, saw a group of high school youngsters introducing themselves to the sport.
The big draw for the weekend is BASP’s Clark Natwick Grand Prix. The race is on USAC’s Cyclocross National Calendar (CXNC) and is a stepping stone for Tom Simpson and Pilarcitos to return UCI cyclocross to the district. Along with this welcome goal comes significant changes for the BASP 2014-15 season.
“Experiment” is the word coined by Simpson, back in mid-July, to describe the more significant changes racers will see at this season’s BASP series. Two weekend races are on the schedule for the Sierra Point Night Race and Repêchage (8-9 November 2014) and CandleStick Point (22-23 November 2014). The Clark Natwick GP is a single-day event along with CCCP CycloCross at Coyote Point on 7 December 2014.
Another of the experiment’s is single-category races for the CandleStick weekend. There is to be some doubling up of categories, such as Elite and Master Women, but all but two starts will have two or fewer categories.