4 October 2014
Under blue skies and warm weather, the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series began their 2-Day Omnium at Hidden Valley Park, Reno. Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team) led a free cyclocross clinic earlier in the day and then led the Women’s A field to the finish line. Walton Brush (MashSF) fought for position early, survived a tumble at a barrier, but then established his position to win the race for Men’s A.
7 September 2014
CCCX opened its 2014-15 season at Fort Ord today with a long two-miler course. A sand trap was deceptive in its ride-ability as both its left and right sides were sometimes negotiable but other times wheel-swallowers. There were also placed three unequally spaced plank barriers at the top of a climb to remind everyone that ‘cross is hard. A good turn-out of racers welcomed each other for the start of a season and competed under typical weather conditions for the locale in September – mid seventies on the Farenheit scale and a good breeze to stem any build-up of heat.
6 September 2014
Today the NorCalNevada cyclocross region opened it’s book, for the 2014-15 season, with the West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix, presented by Cedaron. Matt Hargrove and the entire NorCal CX/Gheto crew put on a marvelous show case for the sport and the region. There were many of the renowned local food-truck vendors on hand plus live music during the Elite races.
And Rich Maile drew out all he could, from the narrow stretch of River Walk Park, to create an excellent course, mostly on grass with a significant portion of off-camber. There was plenty of use of embankments, to avoid a flat track, and the racers were taken around a beer tent. Racing taxed the unprepared and brought to the fore those with the fortitude for racing in sunny and warm conditions of West Sacramento.
5 September 2014
The NorCalNevada 2014-15 cyclocross season begins tomorrow. Fit and Filthy will switch modes to mostly race coverage for the duration. Expect to read reports from a select event each weekend. First up is this weekend’s West Sacramento Grand Prix presented by Ceradon.
Matt Hargrove and his cohorts at NorCalCX are receiving plenty of deserved attention with their new event…it is a welcome addition to the regional cyclocross-scene. Nevertheless, following that opening curtain is one of the region’s well established series in Central Coast Cyclo•Cross. CCCX has grown over the past couple of years with the addition of the CSU Monterey Bay venue. This season’s nine-race series opens up at the signature locale of Fort Ord.
30 August 2014
The Central California Off-Road Cyclists, CCORC, otherwise affectionally pronounced as ‘cork’, put on Fresno’s Homegrown Cyclocross Series. This season will see three events at the Woodward Park venue: 9 November, 7 December, and 14 December, 2014. The locale is at the southern edge of the bicycle-racing district, or perhaps the northern edge of that district to the south. More than one person has described Fresno as an unwanted baby for both districts.
The small cyclocross series has its challenges yet does have a terrific place to race in Woodward Park. The layout has varying terrain, including grass, elevation changes, and a different course each race-day. It wants for an audience and wandering cyclocrossers would not meet with disappointment should they find themselves in Central California looking for a ‘cross race.
29 August 2014
Unlike the stadium lighting at BASP Sierra Point and SCPS Spooky Kross, the Lou Fest Cyclocross Night Race is (mostly) lit by flashing course lights and lamps on bikes. In its tenth year, The Lou Fest is held at Fresno’s Woodward Park and this year runs in the evening of 8 November 2014.
“The Lou Night Fest is a race that I do in honor of my best friend that passed away in 2004 and that was Lou Casiano,” said event organizer JP Sickler of Sick Promotions. “He was the one that started promoting cycling many years ago here in the valley. He got me into promoting and I ended becoming USA Cycling’s Trials manager. I set up all the Nationals through the nineties and up until 2004. We used to build some pretty crazy stuff.
“Louie always liked to have unique events. He liked to have something a little bit different.”
12 August 2014
California’s capital has a terrific cyclocross scene: it has a season-long series in SacCX and mid-week pick-ups. Past years have seen terrific events came out of the area with the LangeTwins venue, naked ‘cross racing, and racing under lights.
One may say almost out of nowhere but this district’s season begins with the inaugural West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix presented by Cedaron. The 6 September event, dreamed up and put into place by Matthew Hargrove and cohorts, plans to go big with UCI racing in the future. Along with the Clark Natwick Grand Prix and Tom Simpson striving for a Pilarcitos Cyclesports/Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross-UCI event, Northern California may well see two UCI races, one either side of ‘Cross Vegas.