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Gird Your Loins West Sac

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.

Sacramento's "Golden" Tower Bridge - Photo Credit Jeff Namba

Sacramento’s “Golden” Tower Bridge – Photo Credit Jeff Namba


Go Hard Wednesday Nights

19 June 2014

Ramping up its organized wheels-on-the-ground activity is just around the corner for the NorCalNevada cyclocross community. Season calendars from the different racing series are filling the available weekends with each announcement from promoters. Racing clinics are a little more than a month away. And last season is far enough back that the itching is now in need of a scratch.

One of the very early season events is Gheto-founder Marty Woy’s Wednesday Night Pick-Ups; the first night is less than 2 weeks away. Woy describes here his part-maverick, part-introductory, all grass-roots Sacramento community cyclocross.

Pilarcitos On-Track for UCI Cyclocross in 2015

1 May 2014

Tom Simpson and Pilarcitos received confirmation from USA Cycling that the 2014-15 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Calendar (CXNC) has a stop in San Francisco. Nine years afterwards, the GP Clark Natwick returns after its last appearance at Golden Gate Park, to run on 21 September 2014. This version’s venue is Candlestick Point. Tom Simpson said this particular venue is in part because of difficulty in running at Sierra Point in September, a heavy boating month on the Bay.

Other events on the CXNC calendar include the Florida CX National in Dade City (31 August 2014), VeloCX in Blaine, MN (1 November 2014), and Ruts ‘N Guts in Tulsa, OK (6-7 December 2014).

This Candlestick Park Backdrop to Dennis McGovern (Roaring Mouse) will see CXNC Racing later this Year

This Candlestick Park Backdrop to Dennis McGovern (Roaring Mouse) will see CXNC Racing later this Year