11 November 2015
The season is hurtling full tilt toward the NorCal Nevada District Championships later this month at the Cal Fire Training Facility. After more than 2 months of racing, cyclocross in the region is starting to see the cream rise above the crop, particularly after BASP’s Sierra Point weekend. Even so, racing across all categories has been terrific and is boosted by good numbers for race-entries. The West Sac Cyclocross Grand Prix drew close to 400 riders after nearly 300 racers turned out at The Lobster Cup, this season’s early opener. The Sacramento Cyclocross Series has approached the 400 racer mark for nearly all of their five events and often sees more than 70 racers in the Women’s categories. Of course, BASP’s opener drew over 500 race-entries.
And from the youngest of Juniors, to the most tarnished of Cat C fodder, to the well burnished top category racer, excellent cyclocross and bike handling skills have been quite apparent.
1 September 2015
Recently, Paul Sadoff revealed Scott Chapin’s move to the new Santa Cruz Factory Racing Team. The comment that struck as “most interesting” was a reminder that Rock Lobster had been Chapin’s only cyclocross team. Often known as Buckethead and sometimes as the mascot and inspiration to his team, Chapin is both a character (Sadoff described it as a different wavelength) and a great cyclocross racer. Perfect evidence of the former may well come from Chapin’s interview with NorCal Cycling News after a race in 2012.
The calibre of Chapin’s results attest to his capability as a cyclocross racer. From six of the last seven BASP Sierra Point Night Races, Chapin’s average finishing position is second (2.3), including wins at the two most recent runnings. Throughout the 2014-15 season, he finished only once outside the top five in 16 regional races. In previous years, Chapin has been a frequent podium or top-five finisher.
19 August 2015
“Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.
What…is your name?
What…is your quest?
What…is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?”
The quest for the Cup in just 10 days begins weekend cyclocross racing for the NorCal Nevada region and its 2015-16 season. The inaugural Rock Lobster Cup on 29 August runs at a permanent, purpose-built cyclocross course near the Bonny Doon Airport (8647 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz). Paul Sadoff brings this fundraiser, for the Rock Lobster Cyclocross Team, as an early start to the region’s ‘cross. The course comes complete with log barriers, a sand pit, a pump track, and a flyover bridge…make sure to attain the speed of an unladen swallow or an Aaron Bradford to get up and over.
2 August 2015 For Immediate Release
The Inaugural Lobster Cup Cyclocross Race
High in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Dearest ‘Crosser, Heckler, Junior, Master, Aer, Ber, Cer, Single Speeder, Kids Racer and Lover of All Things Cycling,
Cross season comes early this year—like August 29th early—as the inaugural Lobster Cup cyclocross race heads to the hills above Santa Cruz to kick off the Nor Cal race season. The event will take place at the Bonny Doon airport, on private land, around a newly built, permanent cyclocross course, and you’re invited!
29 July 2015
In a month, weekend cyclocross racing begins for the NorCal Nevada region. Paul Sadoff came across a ‘cross enthusiast with a purpose-built cyclocross course and has put together The Rock Lobster Cup at Bonny Doon. This begins the 2015-16 season with style, gravitas, and that Santa Cruz edge.
In other brief news, cyclocross in Nevada forges ahead with CrossReno, on 19 September, and the 2015 season of the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series. As Teal Stetson-Lee and Coby Rowe prepare for ‘cross in the basin and range, Fit and Filthy will soon post articles on those events and the burgeoning scene out of Reno.
21 July 2015
Paul Sadoff and Rock Lobster plan to hold a beginning-of-the-season event on 29 August 2015. It is The Lobster Cup and features a unique and interesting course; it has much promise and verve to get the coming ‘cross season well underway.
A private interest, a person with great involvement in and support for cyclocross, has donated an already purpose-built cyclocross course on the grounds near the Bonney Doon Airport. Some 22 minutes north of Santa Cruz, a pump track, tight single track, a fly-over, a 75-yard sand pit, and large redwood-log obstacles look to make for tremendous challenges and excitement for ‘cross racers.
During the the day, the event will even feature drag races!
17 July 2015
Paul Sadoff revealed his 2015-2016 Elite Rock Lobster Cyclocross team to Fit and Filthy this evening. Though racing out of the mid-west, Aaron Bradford may return to the fold. Second place in last season’s Sierra Point Night Race, Justin Abbott joins Max Judelson, last year’s outstanding and relatively unknown newcomer, to put forward a young, strong team.
Other racers include the returning stalwart Alex Work and the youngster Ian Stowe. Eric Nelson, Kailin Waterman, and Brandon Lehman also return this year.
Ellen Sherrill, Campbell Steers, and Kelly Chang will don Rock Lobster green to lead the Women’s contingent.
For the first time in seven seasons, Scott Chapin is set to wear other than a Rock Lobster kit this coming season. Chapin leaves his only cyclocross team to date and has moved to join Santa Cruz Bikes alongside Justin Robinson…watch out for that pair. Sadoff described Chapin as, despite a “different wavelength”, one that could turn his talent into winning at any time.