8 November 2015
Yesterday, under dry and dusty conditions, BASP began its 2015 season with the Sierra Point Night Race. As the last time for this race under the management of Tom and Alex Simpson it almost failed to get underway. With thousands of dollars invested in lights, portable toilets, and fencing, a late request to alter the insurance for the race almost scuppered the entire event. Surely down to their prowess as event promoters, the problem was resolved late on Friday afternoon; spectators and racers got to have their fill of the Sierra Point Night Race.
30 October 2015
Tom Simpson is announcing 2015 is his and Alec’s last season running the Bay Area Super Prestige cyclocross races. Except for the CCCP race at Coyote Point, that will continue as a stand-alone event, Simpson says he will “bow out of event promotion”. The future for the remaining events in the group go over to Murphy Mack and SuperPro CX. “SuperPro Racing will provide the manpower to keep Tom and Alec Simpson’s BASP rolling on just as it is,” reported Mack by e-mail. “Nothing is changing, it is BASP as BASP has always been BASP.”
24 September 2015
BASP’s race at Candlestick Point on 4 October is cancelled!
The event requires a State Park Ranger but none is available for the October date. As a permit is unavailable without appropriate coverage, the promotor is forced to cancel the event.
BASP still plan to hold their Sierra Point and Candlestick Point double-headers in November along with Coyote Point in December.
After an absence of 9 years, the Clark Natwick GP successfully returned to the local scene in 2014 as last year’s single day event at Candlestick. The disappointing news of its cancellation for this year, along with the loss of the Golden Gate Park venue in 2012, is an example of the difficulties encountered in organizing races.
Tom Simpson wrote by e-mail:
“The State Park ranger in charge of special events can’t find an available Ranger to cover Candlestick in October. No Ranger – No permit. We’ve had to cancel the October 4th date – but all other events/dates are good. State Park staff are seriously understaffed – our last Candlestick Ranger, with whom we worked since 2004 – lived in Stockton. It was cheaper for her to stay in a local motel 3 nights a week than try to relocate closer – and this was back in 2004! Any Ranger interested in taking a job in the Bay Area needs to have a serious sugar daddy to afford housing on Ranger salary.
Any special event requires on site supervision from the local permitting authorities, whether it’s a ‘cross race on state parks land, criterium on city streets, or road race on state highways. Most of our $2,500 permit fees go towards funding weekend extra Ranger coverage of the set-up and events days. California State Parks is seriously understaffed in the Bay Area parks and they could not find an available Ranger to cover our first event. The double-header weekend in November is good – we have coverage for that race but October 4th is a bust.”
25 July 2015
“Damn the Torpedoes”
The Clark Natwick Grand Prix returns for 2015 however as a non-USAC event. Tom Simpson and Pilacitos had laid out some lofty goals of bringing back a UCI race to Northern California. Bringing over top cyclocross racers after CrossVegas, luring talent to the fine City by the Bay, would have made a terrific addition to the Northern California community.
However, a Cross Vegas follow-up fell by the wayside as UCI gave a World Cup license to Montreal. That race was to run on the same date as the Natwick and left Simpson with little choice but to shelve his plans for another season. And, in what Simpson describes as a “great irony”, the Montreal event never came to the fore as Provincial funding failed to materialize. The timing of the Montreal non-event left too small a stretch to complete the original plans. As Simpson deplored, the “torpedo sunk us anyway”.
7 May 2015
May it be ne’er too soon.
A good beginning makes a good end and, as of now, BASP and Sacramento Cyclocross Series are the first in NorCalNevada to post their 2015-2016 racing schedule. Tom Simpson and Pilarcitos CycleSports tender the same sequence of events as last season’s experimental foray into two-in-a-row race-days; Sierra Point then Candlestick weekends run in November. These races are book-ended by September’s opening day at Candlestick Point and the Coyote Point closer in December.
Jennifer Claassen is excited about a SacCX double-header weekend in Folsom, on 31 October and 1 November. Reduced room rates for racers, happy hour specials, and dinner discounts are in the works. Meanwhile, the Claassen’s continue to work on firming up dates and sorting out venues ahead of a more formal announcement for a full eight-race schedule. SacCX enjoyed a renewal of sorts in 2014, under the new management of Jennifer and Clint Claassen. On top of a good season in and around the State’s capital, the District Championship at Lange Twins was simply magnificent.
8 December 2014
The final event on the 2014 BASP season saw Andy Jacques-Maynes (Ibis/Family Cycling Center) quickly respond to an early fast pace and take the win for Elite Men. Other than starting behind the front row, Caro Gomez-Villafañe (Vanderkitten CX) was never really troubled in her win in the race for Elite Women.
22 November 2014
On the Saturday of BASP’s Candlestick weekend, Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) overtook and held off the hole-shot leader Amanda Schaper (Caletti Cycles) to secure another win in her season, though it was her first at BASP this year. In another first, Sam Cerruti battled his Family Cycling Center/Ibis team mate Ben Jacques-Maynes to victory as a mechanical failure scuttled Scott Chapin’s bid for a third win at BASP.