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Orangevale Preview

27 September 2015

SacCX has posted a course preview for their first race of this season. The venue is Orangevale Park and forecast conditions are sunny and warm with temperatures reaching into the nineties. It is a 2.1-mile course with plenty of grass and what promises to be fast-going racing.


SacCX to the Fore

Gomez-Villafañe Sets the Early Pace

26 September 2015

Tomorrow, the Sacramento Cyclocross Series is set to open it’s 2015 season with their event at Orangevale Park, Orangevale. Event organizers Jen and Clint Claassen and TimeYourRace have already been busy this season, providing timing and scoring at the West Sac Cyclocross Grand Prix and CrossReno, so they are in grand form for their second season in charge of SacCX.

The Claassen’s reinvigorated the series last year by moving venues closer to Sacramento and laying on a terrific District Championships at the Lange Twins Winery. This season there is again an eight-race calendar; the series includes two new venue at Lakeside Church, Folsom, and the Sacramento Raceway, an earlier October date for Lange Twins, and a December night race to close out the year.

The Sacramento Cyclocross Series has been running for many years starting under the auspices of John and Linda Elgart in 2002-03. Rich Maile took the helm for a further 3 years before Brian Joder and began running the series for 2010-11. It’s rich history has seen many national champions take to the field including both Elgarts, Cody Kaiser, Don Myrah, and Kateřina Nash. A certain claim-to-fame for several years was the naked cyclocross race at a clothing-optional resort.

Gomez-Villafañe at SacX 2014

Gomez-Villafañe at SacCX 2014

More Capital ‘Cross from the Capitol

23 July 2015

The Sacramento Cyclocross Series now has a full calendar in place. The eight-race season opens on 27 September 2015, at Orangevale Park. The Lange Twins venue holds a date earlier than usual in the season, on 25 October. SacCX then plans to stage racing at a unique locale in the Sacramento Raceway (13 Decemebr 2015).

Cody Kaiser - a Frequenter of SacCX

Cody Kaiser – a Frequenter of SacCX


Early Calendars for SacCX and BASP

7 May 2015

May it be ne’er too soon.

A good beginning makes a good end and, as of now, BASP and Sacramento Cyclocross Series are the first in NorCalNevada to post their 2015-2016 racing schedule. Tom Simpson and Pilarcitos CycleSports tender the same sequence of events as last season’s experimental foray into two-in-a-row race-days; Sierra Point then Candlestick weekends run in November. These races are book-ended by September’s opening day at Candlestick Point and the Coyote Point closer in December.

Jennifer Claassen is excited about a SacCX double-header weekend in Folsom, on 31 October and 1 November. Reduced room rates for racers, happy hour specials, and dinner discounts are in the works. Meanwhile, the Claassen’s continue to work on firming up dates and sorting out venues ahead of a more formal announcement for a full eight-race schedule. SacCX enjoyed a renewal of sorts in 2014, under the new management of Jennifer and Clint Claassen. On top of a good season in and around the State’s capital, the District Championship at Lange Twins was simply magnificent.

Hoping for Some of This Stuff in 2015-16

Hoping for Some of This Stuff in 2015-16


SacCX Delivers NorCalNevada Districts

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.

Kachorek Recovers for the Win at District CX Championships

Kachorek Recovers for the Win at District CX Championships


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


Wine Pairings at Districts

3 August 2014

This season’s District Cyclocross Championships, for NorCalNevada, will run at the LangeTwins Winery on 14 December 2014. The Lodi family vintner’s have hosted a race on the SacCX calendar every year since 2009 and it has become an outstanding event. One wouldn’t necessarily consider a winery as an ideal venue…this one is located in the low-lying, flat central valley and typically beer is the sport’s beverage of choice…yet somehow the Lange family and the Sacramento/Lodi cyclocross community have cultivated this race into one of the best in the entire region.

Don Myrah (ibis/ Celebrated his 2010 National Championships in the Mud at LangeTwins

Don Myrah (ibis/ Celebrated his 2010 National Championships in the Mud at LangeTwins