The Lobster Cup
21 July 2015
Paul Sadoff and Rock Lobster plan to hold a beginning-of-the-season event on 29 August 2015. It is The Lobster Cup and features a unique and interesting course; it has much promise and verve to get the coming ‘cross season well underway.
A private interest, a person with great involvement in and support for cyclocross, has donated an already purpose-built cyclocross course on the grounds near the Bonney Doon Airport. Some 22 minutes north of Santa Cruz, a pump track, tight single track, a fly-over, a 75-yard sand pit, and large redwood-log obstacles look to make for tremendous challenges and excitement for ‘cross racers.
During the the day, the event will even feature drag races!
Sadoff describes the course, with its long stretches of bumpy terrain, as “magic” and a “whole piece of sunny and dramatic looking land.”
The Rock Lobster frame builder has all but given his final go ahead for the event. Insurance remains as an outstanding “to-be-completed” item. Sadoff is waiting for approval for his current application but does have other options as a fallback stretegy. Volunteers, EMTs, and sponsors are already in place.
The event is a fund-raiser for the Rock Lobster Cyclocross team that is undergoing significant changes this year. The big news is the departure of Scott Chapin after 7 years with the team. Justin Abbott will fill Chapin’s seat and, along with the likes of Max Judelson and others, the Lobsters aim to remain as one of the formidable teams in the region.
By and large, racing on the day follows the Central Coast format with a 9am start. Cat C and Juniors begin the day with races for Elite Women and Men closing the event in the afternoon.
Himself a great member of and contributor to the NorCal Nevada bicycle-racing community, Paul Sadoff is overwhelmed with the offer on hand from this Boony Doon course. The unexpected and relatively unknown location warrants and deserves to see outstanding ‘cross racing.