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Champions Crowned

2 December 2015

NorCal Nevada crowned its District’s Champions this past Sunday with plenty of top notch racing. Ryan Rinn (Vive La Tarte) overcame a bad start and took the win in Singlespeed A from deep in the field. After racing some 15 seconds adrift midway through, Michael Larson (Velo Reno) took the race for second place in Men’s A to the final corner only to succumb to a battling finish by Max Judelson (Rock Lobster).

Tanya Grossman (Los Gatos Women’s Elite Team) became a District Champion for Women 35+ to add to her season of impressive results elsewhere in NorCal Nevada. Caroline Gomez-Villafañe (Muscle Milk/Specialized) and Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant/Specialized) respectively took the prize for Women A and Men A in dominating performances.

Tanya Grossman En Route to becoming a District Champion, Women 35+

Tanya Grossman En Route to becoming a District Champion, Women 35+


Comes Highly Recommended

17 November 2015

This past weekend’s 3-day Santa Rosa Cup CX closed out on Sunday at the Spring Lake Park venue. Reviews are glowing from all days, on social media, and from many of the racers themselves. After her win at the Friday Night race, the Rock Lobster rider Caroline Dezendorf lauded the Santa Rosa Cup as her favourite series, saying “I think they do a really good job and I love supporting Bike Monkey.” Saturday’s Master Men 45+ winner Robert “Buckwheat” Meighan praised the work done by Carlos Perez while Gavin Haley extolled the courses and organization. “I thought it was really well done,” said Haley. “Out of the races I’ve done [in NorCal], these have been the best put-together courses. Everything was really smooth and on time. I would definitely recommend it. It was really good to kink out some fitness problems and was also a really fun 3 days.”

The event had tremendous competition with the likes of Dezendorf, Kristin Drumm (CX Nation), Gareth Feldstein (Real Wheels), Walton Brush (MashSF), Haley, Chelsea Weidinger (MashSF), Sage Alderbaran (CX Nation), Paul Haley (Rad Racing), and Joe Fabris (Plus 3) racing on all three of the days. Meighan was joined by many of his Cal Giant teammates in Eric Bustos, Brian Finnerty, and James Coates. Rachel Lloyd (Cal Giant/Specialized) ran out for Master Men on the Sunday, flatted, and then raced against the top category women. Teams well represented across the weekend included Aracata’s Adventure’s Edge, Ornot, Fresh Air-Hunter, Dfl, and Vive La Tarte. The Tarte Ryan Rinn raced gears instead of entering his usual single-speed races. Dfl’s Patrick Myall’s ride up the big Spring Lake hill proved the triumphant move in Sunday’s Men A 45+.

Bike Monkey's 2015 Santa Rosa Cup CX was a Successful 3-Day Event

Bike Monkey’s 2015 Santa Rosa Cup CX was a Successful 3-Day Event


NorCal Nevada ‘Cross Continues Aplomb

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.

Nate Thalhamer (Rad Racing) Smoothly Remounts

Nate Thalhamer (Rad Racing) Smoothly Remounts


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)


Nevada State Cyclo-cross Championships

For Immediate Release
October 2nd, 2015

Contact: Julie Rowe
The Impetus Agency | 775.322.4022

Nevada State Cyclo-cross Championships

(RENO, NV) – Coby Rowe with Glacier Cycling and the Reno Wheelmen announced the inaugural Nevada State Cyclocross Championships to be held December 12th in Reno, Nevada at Hidden Valley Regional Park.


Lloyd and Ortenblad Conquer the Bumpy Lobster Cup

Ortenblad Grabs Some Air for the Spectators at the Lobster Cup

30 August 2015

The Lobster Cup pulled off an outstanding opening to the NorCal Nevada cyclocross season with this Bonny Doon race. Day-of registrations swelled the ranks of early races and there were over 20 cars in the parking lot over an hour before the first race was even set to begin. Eventually the lot swelled to capacity as nearly 300 racers competed across the various categories throughout the day; an impressive achievement for an August start to the cyclocross calendar.

Both the Men’s and Women’s Elite races had top racers in the field. Many sported the kit of their new teams: Karen Brems for Sun Power Alto Velo and Scott Chapin and Justin Robinson for Santa Cruz Bikes were some of the notable changes. After all was said and done, Cal Giant racers Rachel Lloyd and Tobin Ortenblad were the cream on top after winning their respective races.

Rachel Lloyd Raises a Weary Arm after a Hard-Fought Victory

Rachel Lloyd Raises a Weary Arm after a Hard-Fought Victory


SacCX Delivers NorCalNevada Districts

14 December 2014

Emily Kachorek (Squid Bikes) and Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins/Specialized) are victors at the NorCalNevada District Cyclocross Championships. Under proverbial “tractor-pull” muddy conditions, the racing for Elite Women and Elite Men came down to the final lap before deciding the outcomes. Ron Shevock (Folsom Bikes) made it a triumvirate of local winners, of sorts, by taking the Single Speed Men race to close out an excellent event and excellent racing.

Kachorek Recovers for the Win at District CX Championships

Kachorek Recovers for the Win at District CX Championships