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Sagebrush Omnium

29 September 2014

The Sagebrush Cyclocross Series holds a two-day omnium on 4-5 October 2014. The first day’s venue is Hidden Valley Park in Reno with the follow-up at the Truckee Bike Park, Truckee. For those seeking points, the event does have USAC sanctioning.

With the recent weather moving in and out of Northern California, dropping rain in them thar’ hills, these races promise to be significantly less dusty. Perhaps even the weather deities will look down with those same eyes that a cyclocross racer yearns for the wet and muddy…after all, deities can certainly produce weather tomorrow that weatherpersons could not predict next week.

Noah Silverman Carrying on the Big Run-Up at Hidden Valley

Noah Silverman Carrying on the Big Run-Up at Hidden Valley

Ellen Sherrill Racing at the Hidden Valley - a Reno-Overlook

Ellen Sherrill Racing at the Hidden Valley – a Reno-Overlook

Just like its hometown’s moniker, Sagebrush is one of those “biggest little” series in its bicycle-racing district. Race Director Erica Greif, along with Noah Silverman and Nick Schaffner, are building a cyclocross community for the Reno area with both clinics and race-days.

The two venues for the Omnium are quite different. Hidden Valley Park is wide open on the side of a gently sloping hill; its terrain is dirt and paved road. In the past, the course has passed through a stadium’s seating for a big run-up. The Truckee Bike Park includes grass but the course is tighter, also running through both a BMX and pump track. Some traditionalists and purists may wretch at even the thought of combining such disciplines but the Truckee venue remains a good way to introduce others to the sport.

Jared Kessler on the BMX Track at Truckee Bike Park

Jared Kessler on the BMX Track at Truckee Bike Park

Joseph Togaon taking Big Strides at Truckee Bike Park

Joseph Togaon taking Big Strides at Truckee Bike Park

In that same vein of attracting newcomers to the sport and growing the community, Teal Stetson-Lee will be on hand, at Hidden Valley, for a cyclocross clinic before the racing begins. Clinic-riders will clip in, clip-out, and run with their bikes starting at 9am. Racing in anger begins at 11am on the Saturday, 10am on the Sunday.

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