14 December 2014
Emily Kachorek (Squid Bikes) and Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins/Specialized) are victors at the NorCalNevada District Cyclocross Championships. Under proverbial “tractor-pull” muddy conditions, the racing for Elite Women and Elite Men came down to the final lap before deciding the outcomes. Ron Shevock (Folsom Bikes) made it a triumvirate of local winners, of sorts, by taking the Single Speed Men race to close out an excellent event and excellent racing.
7 December 2014
Yesterday’s Kitten of Vallejo at Dan Foley Park saw a reconstruction from some of the very historic early days of cyclocross, or steeplechasing. The SuperPro 2014 NorCal Cyclocross Series is well renowned for extraordinary courses that add that extra challenge to bicycle racing. And the Kitten was in keeping with Murphy Mack’s reputation as the course both criss-crossed one creek multiple times and ran along another. As though high-stepping through shallow puddles was insufficient, plank barriers dammed the flowing water, courtesy of the recent rains, to create swollen, deep muddy pools.
This was all on top of “Wood Chip Hill”, a climb that made running a sensible option if only to avoid clogging up the bicycle with organic matter. Other sections of the course saw a short, steep run-up, a technical tortuosity section, that may have convinced many that Murphy Mack owns stock in barricade tape, and power-sapping grassy hill climbs.
The race for Elite Men turned into a straight-forward affair for Max Judelson (Rock Lobster/Voler/Steven’s Creek BMW/HRS) as he simply dominated from the first lap. Judelson was the first to reach the top of Wood Chip Hill and he just simply expanded his gap from there. The only flaw in his race-day was missing out on a cash prize for equalling his last lap time in an extra circuit. Judelson gave it a shot and his all but rolled a tire.