27 September 2015
The cyclocross skills on display today at SacCX-Orangevale Park went from this:
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.
21 September 2015
The CrossReno course was long and tough with several obstacles to make the race that much harder for riders. The big run up had a soft turn into its base and then plank barriers just after the crest. Some categories also contended with off-camber and loose dirt on the downhill side. Another set of plank barriers greeted racers just before the finish straight-away. A good approach speed was necessary for the fly-over bridge and the two 180° turns in the sand-pit made riding a difficult proposition.
A coup de grâce of sorts was the hay pit – a raised wide, wooden box filled with hay. On either edge were plank barriers wide enough to precariously ride along and yet narrow enough to change the complexion of a rider’s race. In instances for some riders their choice of line would gain a position or two. Yet at least one rider kissed away the top step of the podium with a less than graceful exit from the hay pit. No doubt, the planks were inviting as they could exact less energy from a racer.
“Walk this Way”
Throughout the day, racers took one of a myriad of lines through the hay pit with the bike carry as the most straight forward. The following photographs are examples of the more successful attempts to overcome the obstacle.
19 September 2015
Shadow Industries staged an excellent festival and bike race yesterday for many interested in music, food and drink, health and fitness, and cyclocross. The reviews are top notch from those that know all too well themselves the machinations needed to promote an event. On time starts, execution to a tee, and a course that drew begrudging admiration from many for its tough challenges, were just some of the positives for the first CrossReno.
On top of all this, the day saw excellent racing across all categories and impressive results for racers from NorCal Nevada in the Elite fields. Czech National Champion and Olympian Kateřina Nash (Luna Pro Team), who makes her home in California, topped off a fine week with the win for Elite Women. It was her third after victories last week at WSCXGP and mid-week at CrossVegas.
In another compelling race, Ben Berden (Wcup Stoemper), for much of the hour, battled with Troy Wells (Team CLIF Bar) and NorCal’s own Tobin Ortenblad (California Giant/Specialized). On the final lap, Berden pulled the card from up his sleeve and pulled away to take an exciting victory. Wells and Ortenblad tried to pull him back on the finish straightaway.
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.
25 August 2015
In just 4 days, weekend cyclocross racing for NorCal Nevada begins with the Lobster Cup. Most of the race-organizers have their 2015-16 events posted on web sites or social media. For an up-to-date listing of all events, including interweb-links, go to the Fit and Filthy calendar or click on the Calendars button (upper right). This calendar remains updated throughout the season.
This coming year may very well improve upon many terrific races produced in NorCal Nevada last season. Some highlights from 2014-15 include the return of the Clark Natwick GP, big attendance at the inaugural WSCXGP, a muddy Surf City Cyclo-X at the Fairgrounds, and the district championships held at SacCX’s Lange Twins venue.
To open 2015-16, both the Rock Lobster Cup (29 August) and CrossReno (19 September), from ShadowIndustries, are inaugural events this season. The latter is a festival-affair that bookends CrossVegas along with the West Sac GP (12 September), another ‘cross festival. A dedicated cyclocross course and drag racing are big features at Bonny Doon.
Clif Bar is putting on relay racing at Cykel Scramble and Central Coast has three races in September. There is even mid-week racing at the Folsom Rodeo Cross before SacCX opens their book at Orangevale Park on 27 September. All of these events appeal to a wide range of racers from the community and are certain to bring in more terrific racing.
As of this past May, one negative to the season so far is an apparent but, with hope, temporary, cessation of the NorCal versus SoCal California State Cyclocross Championships. Sam Ames struggles to find better dates for the event than the end of January without running into conflicts with other races in December.
Now, with less than a work-week remaining, the summer is all but over and ‘cross racers from NorCal Nevada have waited long enough.