NorCal Nevada ‘Cross So Far
5 October 2015
A scan of the results sheets from across NorCal Nevada reveals good news for the health of the sport. More than 1,950 riders across all categories competed in the seven events for August and September. There have been good numbers for Junior and Women racing too with averages of 44 race-entries for Senior Women and 21 for Juniors. The first SacCX event in particular drew over 80 race entries for Women, Junior Women, and women in Single Speed.
Some of the good numbers are coming from Sacramento and Nevada with the festival-events at West Sac and CrossReno. SacCX drew nearly 400 race-entries and is a reflection of the community-building efforts in and around the State’s capitol. Gheto hold mid-week pick-up races that are low-key and introduce new riders to the sport before the season begins. Case in point is the recent convert Matt Hargrove. Along with his son Jack, he discovered ‘cross through a Gheto race and Matt now is the principal promoter for the West Sac Cyclo-cross Grand Prix.
A number of individuals are rising to the top with good performances. Fourteen-year-old Sam Ouzounian (Dolore Grotta/Big Swingin’ Cycles) has two wins as a Junior and a top-ten finish in Men C. Jose Reynado (Unattached) opened the season at the Lobster Cup with a win for Men C. He then added two more wins racing at Central Coast before riding to fifth place in Men B.
For Men B, Zach Wick (Santa Cruz Factory Racing) has two wins whilst Daryn Annereau (Bay Bikes) so far has first, second, and third place finishes. Single speeder Alex Kramer (Quadzilla Racing) has collected three wins, all at Central Coast races, with Cesar Chavez (Buy-cell/IBIS) finishing first twice and Ron Shevock (Folsom Bike) once. Those three, along with Samuel Guzman (Victory Velo Racing), and Zack Cunningham (BEERxSquid) have each played major roles in at least one of the seven races through September. John Mundelius (Cal Giant/Specialized) is having a terrific start to a season, in Master Men racing, scoring nothing but top five finishes in his five regional races. This includes a win at Fort Ord and he has since travelled back east to score two top-twenty and one top-ten results.
In the top category for Women, Caroline Dezendorf (Rock Lobster/Voler) has two wins to add to her second place finish at the Lobster Cup. Julie Young (Roseville Cyclery) took the win at the SacCX opener adding to a highly competitive group of Women in NorCal Nevada. Caro Gomez-Villafañe (Muscle Milk/Specialized), Karen Brems (Sun Power Racing), Tanya Grossman (Los Gatos Women’s Elite Team), Janie Dalton (Lulu’s Cycling), and Emily Kachorek (Squid) are amongst the many racers certain to make for an exciting season in the region. And that ignore’s nationally-ranked local racers Kateřina Nash (Team Luna Pro) and Rachel Lloyd (Cal Giant/Specialized) who often show their prowess here and together have three wins at local races this year.
Tobin Ortenbald (Cal Giant/Specialized) is off to a storming start to his season with three wins in the region along with a second place at CrossReno. Though Scott Chapin moved to the Santa Cruz Factory Team, Rock Lobster still have a formidable team of riders that includes Justin Abbott and Max Judelson. Chapin and new teammate Justin Robinson are also threats for a win this season if not a podium finish. Real Wheels is looking an impressive team with the SoCal transplant Gareth Feldstein joining Scott Hooper, Chris McGovern, and Curtis Smith. Certain to be a rider of the future, 16 year-old Ben Gomez-Villafañe is racing to top-twenty finishes against the Men in the top categories.