11 November 2015
The season is hurtling full tilt toward the NorCal Nevada District Championships later this month at the Cal Fire Training Facility. After more than 2 months of racing, cyclocross in the region is starting to see the cream rise above the crop, particularly after BASP’s Sierra Point weekend. Even so, racing across all categories has been terrific and is boosted by good numbers for race-entries. The West Sac Cyclocross Grand Prix drew close to 400 riders after nearly 300 racers turned out at The Lobster Cup, this season’s early opener. The Sacramento Cyclocross Series has approached the 400 racer mark for nearly all of their five events and often sees more than 70 racers in the Women’s categories. Of course, BASP’s opener drew over 500 race-entries.
And from the youngest of Juniors, to the most tarnished of Cat C fodder, to the well burnished top category racer, excellent cyclocross and bike handling skills have been quite apparent.
2 November 2015
The Gheto CX crew have now become a staple at Sacramento Cyclocross events, adding to the vibe of the series with music, heckling, and hand-ups. They also bring their brand of support to WSCXGP, Rodeocross, Gheto Pick-Ups, and may soon feature at Sagebrush events. This is not some staid, stiff-upper lip chap handing out golf claps as racers slice through the corners. They are noisy and lively and take to the limit some of the enjoyable absurdity that is ‘cross.
At yesterday’s SacCX Lembi Park event, the day was bolstered by rain turning sections of the course to severe traction challenges. Through all the weather, the crew stood firm, continuing to pour on the insults and hand out dixie cups of refreshing juice. Here are select photos of the action with some of the hand-ups and hand backs from the last race of the day: Master Men B.
29 October 2015
It’s a time to smile wider and laugh louder, to scream, and yell, and shout, and heckle. It’s a time share with others that have the same bent for cyclocross, to hand up little dixie cups with fermented liquids, or stack thin metal cans as a faux barrier. Anyone that has been to a ‘cross night race understands. Once the sun goes down, the lights go up and so does the revelry. Rodeocross held its final event for 2015 yesterday and the evening was all that and simply electric: many racers raced in costume, as opposed to a costumed race; Marty Woy and Matt Hargrove spun the vinyl, without a dulcet note throughout the night; Woy himself revved up the crowd as the Master of Heckles; Nathan Powell went a pair of tidy-whities short of nudity; and the Shoemakers closed out their Rodeocross series for this season in fine form. One is hard pressed to celebrate halloween any better.
25 October 2015
It’s SuperPro CX. It’s Murphy Mack. One should expect the challenges of a hard course from any ‘cross race with the mark of Murphy Mack and Frank Shoemaker. And today’s “Vallejo Day Race” proved again the wicked bent from the pair. From the carnage of transitions between terrains and over concrete curbs, to odiferous stream crossings, to a tough climb within a long course, to “features” that should have warnings that only 5’4″ and below need register, the racing today at SuperPro CX was simply severe. There had to be an exceedingly high percentage of tired and pained faces or racers coasting for any respite late in the races.
There were big wins for Caroline Dezendorf (Rock Lobster) in Women’s A and Ryan Rinn (Viva La Tarte) in Single Speed A. To win in Men’s A, Keith Hillier (Herbalife p/b MarcPro-Strava) came from behind to put himself in a position and pounce on a flat for early leader Max Judelson (Rock Lobster). Murray Swanson (Pen Velo) was another racer to race to a win from a few places back early in the race. Swanson’s steady grind up the long climb was one of the key reasons he would take first place away, in Master Men A, from early leader and battling Eric Hill (Vive La Tarte).
20 October 2015
SuperPro CX held their first night race. The Dan Foley Park course was tough and fast with added challenge once the sun set below the horizon. To go with the ‘cross racing, the revelry turned up a notch in the dark.
19 October 2015
The Sagebrush Cyclocross Series continues to reflect cyclocross is a growing sport for the region. This past Sunday, the small but strong series hosted very close to 100 hundred race entries including a number of first-time ‘cross racers. The day saw excellent displays of racing across the board particularly by three comparative newcomers to the sport. Kara LaPoint (Team Luna) and Julie Young (Reno Wheelmen) went head-to-head for a terrific battle in the race for Women’s A. Later in the day, Mike Larson (Velo Reno) hammered an impressive win for Men A.
Archie Clayton Middle School is one of those venues with an advocate that welcomes cyclocross events on the grounds. The site hosted the 2010 district championships and is an ever-present in the Sagebrush CX Series. Yesterday’s course took every advantage of the terrain and elevation changes available at the locale. The start was a slight uphill paved road that, after running through a stair run-up, spilled out between hard-packed sand and grass. The latter in places was often deep and power-sapping from the overnight rains. Portions of the course ran through the school’s playground including a wood-chip section amongst the swings and climbing wall.
A long stretch of sand brought racers over two closely spaced plank barriers after first turning them through a 180° turn and then returning them back to the same direction through another sharp turn. At the start of the day, the sand was loose on top but otherwise firm. As the day wore on, the dismount, running, and re-mount sections tore up and became very loose. To add to the challenges, there were off-camber sections on grass including a sharp-170 and a fast length with a forced jog down and then back uphill to run between trees. With the fastest lap times around 5 minutes, racers had to hold their concentration to traverse the course several times for the durations of their races.
12 October 2015
The SuperPro CX race at Joaquin Miller Park started out under a proverbial and literal fog, with last-minute changes to the course occurring under the heavy cover. Eventually, the sun forced its way through for the terrific views promised at Lookout Point to add to the hard ‘cross racing throughout the day.