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.
9 October 2015
The SuperPro CX course at tomorrow’s Joaquin Miller Park is 1.5 miles of hard riding with plenty of elevation changes up and down. The area for the finish line looked tranquil this morning but come the ‘morrow the rest of the course is chock full of challenges and hard riding. The terrain changes between paved road, grassy meadow, and hard-packed dirt. In amongst that are the occasional knobby rock protruding through the surface, loose sections of built-up dirt and plant debris, and soft, well-worn turns. Soft-enough ground to reveal clandestine pre-rides that followed the course map posted on the race’s web page.
8 October 2015
The SuperPro Racing 2015 Cyclocross Series begins this coming Saturday and, in something of a coup, the venue is Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland. Known for his intention to always build hard ‘cross courses, and some of the most daring obstacles in NorCal Nevada, Murphy Mack and SuperPro Racing now have an excellent canvas for their latest creation.
A map of the course is posted for the Oakland Hills venue but this is certainly one to experience much closer and in person. This former home of the poet holds spectacular views that the forecasted sunny day can only enhance.
Juniors at 8:20am begin the day’s staging and racing.
21 August 2015
“They said it couldn’t be done… they didn’t count on SuperPro!”
And what a masterstroke it is! Murphy Mack and SuperPro CX, née NorCal CX, have moved their first race venue from the originally planned Stafford Lake to Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park. The change is in part to accommodate promoters of the Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin. Nevertheless, Mack reports “it was an opportunity to take the Joaquin Park Oakland venue, something we’ve been eyeing for a while, and that trumps Stafford Lake.”
19 May 2015
SuperPro CX, née NorCal CX, is putting on a four-race series for 2015-16. The season opens at Stafford Lake on 10 October 2015. Branded under its new name, the one fewer event than last year’s series is less likely to run into conflicts with a season that is already becoming busy. Murphy Mack also revealed venues for the other events, in the October-heavy calendar, as Lion of Fairfax (17 October), Kitten of Vallejo (24 October), and Lake Cunningham (12 December).
One always finds something unique and challenging at a SuperPro race. There is the Belgium Farm Wall, a series staple, but other obstacles that harken back to steeplechasing included a course that criss-crosses streams and the infamous Cesspool of Filth. Murphy Mack and his cohorts can be expected to string together more courses with an imaginative means to make the racing that much harder.
12 December 2014
Due to catch-basin hydrodynamics, the San Jose SupCat race is postponed until 17 January 2015. The finale to the SuperPro 2014 NorCal Cyclocross Series was all set to take advantage of the recent rains. In an outcome akin to “be careful what you wish for”, Lake Cunningham Park is closed for excessive run-off.