30 October 2015
Tom Simpson is announcing 2015 is his and Alec’s last season running the Bay Area Super Prestige cyclocross races. Except for the CCCP race at Coyote Point, that will continue as a stand-alone event, Simpson says he will “bow out of event promotion”. The future for the remaining events in the group go over to Murphy Mack and SuperPro CX. “SuperPro Racing will provide the manpower to keep Tom and Alec Simpson’s BASP rolling on just as it is,” reported Mack by e-mail. “Nothing is changing, it is BASP as BASP has always been BASP.”
25 July 2015
“Damn the Torpedoes”
The Clark Natwick Grand Prix returns for 2015 however as a non-USAC event. Tom Simpson and Pilacitos had laid out some lofty goals of bringing back a UCI race to Northern California. Bringing over top cyclocross racers after CrossVegas, luring talent to the fine City by the Bay, would have made a terrific addition to the Northern California community.
However, a Cross Vegas follow-up fell by the wayside as UCI gave a World Cup license to Montreal. That race was to run on the same date as the Natwick and left Simpson with little choice but to shelve his plans for another season. And, in what Simpson describes as a “great irony”, the Montreal event never came to the fore as Provincial funding failed to materialize. The timing of the Montreal non-event left too small a stretch to complete the original plans. As Simpson deplored, the “torpedo sunk us anyway”.
11 August 2014
This is Mega! This season will see a California Cyclocross Championship Series!
Dorothy ‘Dot’ Wong is putting together a pan-California series with an emphasis on the flavors of cyclocross events across the State. Already signed up and opening the series is the West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix presented by Cedaron on 6 September 2014 with BASP/Pilarcitos Cyclesports’ Clark Natwick GP (21 September) the second event on the schedule. For now, a complete schedule remains under development but could see up to eight events. New events may come from either end of the state.
Current California Cyclocross Championship
6 September – West Sacramento Grand Prix presented by Cedaron, West Sacramento (USAC)
21 September – Clark Natwick Grand Prix, BASP, Candlestick Point (USAC)
26 October – Spooky Kross, SoCalCross Prestige Series/SCPS, Orange
8 November – The Lou Fest CX Night Race, Fresno
16 November – SLO Cross Weekend, SCPS, Luis Obispo (USAC)
29 November – UCI CXLA Weekend, SCPS, Los Angeles (USAC)
17 July 2014
The Grand Prix Clark Natwick is less than 10 weeks away and the NorCalNevada ‘cross season is beginning to churn. The 2014 Clif Bar Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross series is taking steps toward a UCI event for 2015. Part of the machinations to bring the race to the fore include a revamped series this upcoming season. Direct from Tom Simpson, here are the race schedules for BASP Cyclocross. Tom also lends a little insight into his thinking.
5 June 2014
Along with the Grand Prix Clark Natwick race on the USAC Cyclo-cross National Calendar (CXNC), Pilarcitos Cyclesports host a much changed sequence of cyclocross races this coming season. Their calendar is already published on the BASP website; the Sierra Point and Candlestick Point venues take place over 2 days whilst CCCP at Coyote Point keeps its traditional format.
Tom Simpson reports via e-mail that “for both our Night Race and our date at Candlestick, 2 weeks later, we’re going to experiment a little. We have quite a few big fields that have two categories in them – and it makes a packed day trying to get everyone on course in just [a single] day. [We] could race Saturday AND Sunday, split apart some of the big fields so that we have more single category fields racing.”
3 June 2014
BASP’s Grand Prix Clark Natwick at Candlestick is on the USAC Cyclo-cross National Calendar (CXNC) and under USAC permitting. This imparts the national organization’s system for categorizing riders. Tom Simpson anticipates time for seven events and possible combined fields for the 21 September 2014 date.
Tentative Race Schedule
Elite Men (USAC Cat 1 and 2)
Elite Women (Cat 1-4)
Master 35’s (Cat 1-4)
Master 45’s (same)
B Men (Cat 2 and 3)
C Men (Cat 4 and 5)