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In-Brief: This Weekend’s Busy Calendar

Dan Foley Park to Host a Night Race

23 October 2015

Coming Soon
The upcoming weekend is busy with four events from across the region’s east to west span. Sagebrush CX rolls in on Saturday (24 October) with their at-altitude Truckee Bike Park venue. USAC points are available. To get the festivities off well, there is a free ‘cross clinic in the morning led by Dave Eastwood. Registration opens and the clinic begins at 9am with the first race underway at 10am. The course will include more grass should the frost stay away!

Also this Saturday, SuperPro CX returns to Dan Foley Park with the Vallejo Day Race. The course runs closer to Lake Chabot than last week’s night race but will clamber up long uphill sections. There is plenty of green along the course and, going by last Saturday’s event, some of that grass is spongy. Last year saw the course run through massive swaths of water but this year the forecast is dry and mostly sunny.

Vallejo Day Race at Dan Foley Park

Vallejo Day Race at Dan Foley Park

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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.

One of the Promising Juniors Sam Ouzounian (Dolore Grotta/Big Swingin' Bicycles)

One of the Promising Juniors Sam Ouzounian (Dolore Grotta/Big Swingin’ Bicycles)

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Three Days for The Cup

1 October 2015

This season’s Bike Monkey Santa Rosa Cup CX is a three-day event and begins with a night race on Friday, 13 November. Racing starts at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds with reverse courses for Friday and Saturday. A mere 5 miles away, entrants can then close out their battles to earn “The Cup” with the return of Spring Lake Regional Park, on the Sunday.

Overall winners of the series receive cash payouts that are equal for both genders. More race entries equate to higher prize monies. Registration also governs how well the organizers can meet their gender-equity goal. Competing in the same category for all three races is a requirement to qualify for an overall prize. “Our goal is to get as many people there for all three races,” said CX Nation’s Brian Staby.

Edwin Rambuski (Team Rambuski Law) on a Run-Up at the SRCup

Edwin Rambuski (Team Rambuski Law) on a Run-Up at the SRCup

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Introducing Young and Feldstein

Julie Young (Roseville Cyclery) Showing Good 'Cross Skills

28 September 2015
Orangevale Park, Sacramento Cyclocross Series

The two-miler course at Orangevale Park sports plenty of grass and is fast moving. Men A put in the fastest lap times at seven and one-half minutes. With temperatures in the low to mid-nineties, on this cloud-covered muggy day, the racing proved relentless. In a long sand-pit, a plank stretched across the course had a deceptively short height. Wheels could sink into the soft sand and raise the effective height of the barrier. Along with two other plank barriers and a stair run-up, the racing was very staccato: peddle hard on the firm terrain, stop for a barrier, repeat.

The turn-out for the first SacCX event of 2015-16 had very good numbers, particularly for Junior and Women fields. Top-notch skills were on display by youngsters and experienced riders alike. The well-organized event kept the racing and awards running close to clockwork efficiency. And, TimeYourRace.com had results on-line and posted at the venue with lightning speed after each race. All the other features for ‘cross were in place: food truck, beer garden, the Gheto crew’s music, and heckling.

Two new winner’s names to the region’s cyclocross appeared in the results for both the Women’s A and Men’s A races. After holding off challenges from teammates, Bakersfield-SoCal transplant Gareth Feldstein (Real Wheels) broke away from Nick Schaffner (Herbalife p/b Marc Pro-Strava) to take the Men’s podium. Winner of the 1992 Tour de l’Aude, Julie Young (Roseville Cyclery) found enough cyclocross skills to take a 67-second margin of victory in the Women’s race.

Julie Young (Roseville Cyclery) Showing Good 'Cross Skills

Julie Young (Roseville Cyclery) Showing Good ‘Cross Skills

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SacCX to the Fore

Gomez-Villafañe Sets the Early Pace

26 September 2015

Tomorrow, the Sacramento Cyclocross Series is set to open it’s 2015 season with their event at Orangevale Park, Orangevale. Event organizers Jen and Clint Claassen and TimeYourRace have already been busy this season, providing timing and scoring at the West Sac Cyclocross Grand Prix and CrossReno, so they are in grand form for their second season in charge of SacCX.

The Claassen’s reinvigorated the series last year by moving venues closer to Sacramento and laying on a terrific District Championships at the Lange Twins Winery. This season there is again an eight-race calendar; the series includes two new venue at Lakeside Church, Folsom, and the Sacramento Raceway, an earlier October date for Lange Twins, and a December night race to close out the year.

The Sacramento Cyclocross Series has been running for many years starting under the auspices of John and Linda Elgart in 2002-03. Rich Maile took the helm for a further 3 years before Brian Joder and BicyclingEvents.com began running the series for 2010-11. It’s rich history has seen many national champions take to the field including both Elgarts, Cody Kaiser, Don Myrah, and Kateřina Nash. A certain claim-to-fame for several years was the naked cyclocross race at a clothing-optional resort.

Gomez-Villafañe at SacX 2014

Gomez-Villafañe at SacCX 2014


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“Dedicated to Little E”

19 September 2015

CrossReno dedicate their inaugural event to Erica Greif, whose slight stature belies the immense energy she gave to her friends, family, and loved ones, the local bicycle racing community, and the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series.

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Nash and Ortenblad Slay a Cooler WSCXGP

13 September 2015

After an impressively positive inaugural West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix presented by Cederon, last year, the return of this festival was a measure of success for the organizers and in particular for Matt Hargrove. “Individuals of the community come up with bright ideas and just act on them,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This is not a City project. We provide some support but this is a result of a set of local and regional volunteers that make something amazing happen. It brings some attention to the community and it brings folks back to the River Walk [Park] but it adds something different. You can’t go anywhere else in the region and see this level of cyclocross. So its a really, really special thing to contribute to the region and add to the urban core here in the Sacramento area.”

With temperatures never approaching the forecast mid-nineties, courtesy of a small breeze and a nearby California wildfire keeping the sun at bay, racers enjoyed modestly more comfortable racing. The day remained overcast with high clouds and smoke. Even so, well prepared organizers saw advantage made of the many amenities in place to combat the anticipated heat.

Lisa Jacobs, Emily Kachorek, Amanda Siegle, JT Teerlink, and Colleen Wanty (L-to-R) Cool-Off Post-Race

Lisa Jacobs, Emily Kachorek, Amanda Siegle, JT Teerlink, and Colleen Wanty (L-to-R) Cool-Off Post-Race

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