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+.
12 October 2015
The SuperPro CX race at Joaquin Miller Park started out under a proverbial and literal fog, with last-minute changes to the course occurring under the heavy cover. Eventually, the sun forced its way through for the terrific views promised at Lookout Point to add to the hard ‘cross racing throughout the day.
WSCXGP – It was a Jungle Out There!
Elites race report: Nash and Ortenblad Slay a Cooler WSCXGP
13 December 2014
This is what it’s all about.
The rain has done its work to quell the dust and lay bare the raison d’être that many have for cyclocross. The past few weeks saw racing in the wet and the mud, at the Kitten of Vallejo, Candlestick Saturday, and, in particular, the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. And perhaps there is more to come with District Championships on the morrow. The course at Lange Twins has, in the past, seen deep, viscous mud as well as brown, opaque puddles hiding their treacherous and changing depths. Here is a reflection of those days at Lodi and the past few races from the NorCalNevada region. It is a time where the fit race ‘cross and the ‘cross gets ’em filthy.
29 October 2014
Surf City Cyclo-X is many things. The oldest cyclocross series in the USA, a great place to race ‘cross in the Monterey-Santa Cruz Bay Area, and home to the district’s perennial Halloween Race. This past Sunday saw the 2014-version of costumed riders flaunting their fineries on bikes – and rags to Sunday best, the race proved another scene of color, ensemble, and the rrrrrrr of bicycles in motion. That sound is oft heard so here is a selection of images from the day that may never be seen again – or, perhaps even better, are never seen again!