What…is Your Quest?
19 August 2015
“Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.
What…is your name?
What…is your quest?
What…is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?”
The quest for the Cup in just 10 days begins weekend cyclocross racing for the NorCal Nevada region and its 2015-16 season. The inaugural Rock Lobster Cup on 29 August runs at a permanent, purpose-built cyclocross course near the Bonny Doon Airport (8647 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz). Paul Sadoff brings this fundraiser, for the Rock Lobster Cyclocross Team, as an early start to the region’s ‘cross. The course comes complete with log barriers, a sand pit, a pump track, and a flyover bridge…make sure to attain the speed of an unladen swallow or an Aaron Bradford to get up and over.
A serendipitous meeting whilst riding his bike has led to this year’s Lobster Cup; the race is a gift for a gift as both ‘cross racer and Paul Sadoff can give back to each other. The first day promises outstanding ‘cross racing, not to mention some drag strip racing, and a memorable beginning to any season.
This coming season is shaping up as one of the more formidable in the region across recent years. Following The Lobster Cup, the West Sac Cyclocross Grand Prix returns on 12 September after a successful first-year whirl. Next up on 19 September, CrossReno launches its inaugural jaunt as, it itself, launches the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series. Then, on 26 September, Clif Bar’s CykelScramble puts on relay racing on dirt where “rubbing is racing”. By this time, October has yet to begin!
This first 30 days of the season sits on top of the region’s returning series. They include the aforementioned Sagebrush as well as BASP, Santa Rosa Cup CX, SacCX, Fresno County CX, Folsom Rodeo Cross, Central Coast, Homegrown Cyclocross, Surf City Cyclo-X, and the revamped, four-race SuperPro Cyclocross Series née NorCal CX. So far there are planned 56 events spanning just over 20 weeks. And there could be more!