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.
5 October 2014
Stetson-Lee and McGovern Winners at the Sagebrush Omnium
The day was another beautiful blue-sky, eighty-degree day for cyclocross as racers converged on the Truckee Bike Park and the second day for Sagebrush’s Omnium. The 2-mile course covered a variety of terrains including grass and pavement. Just as with the omnium’s first day, there was a long stair run-up. Race organizers also sampled the pump and BMX tracks to make a most unusual ‘cross race.
The race for Women’s A saw the same top-three finishers at Truckee as happened at Hidden Valley. Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team) on the first lap already had a 19-second gap to second upon reaching the stair run-up, the effective turn around back to start-finish. Again it was Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) and Ellen Sherrill (Rock Lobster) making a claim for second place. On this day, Brems stayed with Sherrill for the first lap but the Rock Lobster racer took control come the next visit to the run-up.
4 October 2014
Under blue skies and warm weather, the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series began their 2-Day Omnium at Hidden Valley Park, Reno. Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team) led a free cyclocross clinic earlier in the day and then led the Women’s A field to the finish line. Walton Brush (MashSF) fought for position early, survived a tumble at a barrier, but then established his position to win the race for Men’s A.
28 September 2014
The inaugural season for Fresno County Cyclocross (FCCX) kicked off yesterday on the San Joaquin River at Lost Lake Recreation Area. Race promotor Justin Morgan set up one of those challenging courses that racers hold a begrudging satisfaction in even finishing. Yet, by Morgan’s own admission, too little promotion had the result of a poor turnout. Even with USAC points on the line, fields were small, though Morgan remains optimistic for the remainder of the FCCX season. But, those that did race were able to enjoy (suffer) a course that was cerebral, technical, and gratifying.
7 September 2014
CCCX opened its 2014-15 season at Fort Ord today with a long two-miler course. A sand trap was deceptive in its ride-ability as both its left and right sides were sometimes negotiable but other times wheel-swallowers. There were also placed three unequally spaced plank barriers at the top of a climb to remind everyone that ‘cross is hard. A good turn-out of racers welcomed each other for the start of a season and competed under typical weather conditions for the locale in September – mid seventies on the Farenheit scale and a good breeze to stem any build-up of heat.
6 September 2014
Today the NorCalNevada cyclocross region opened it’s book, for the 2014-15 season, with the West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix, presented by Cedaron. Matt Hargrove and the entire NorCal CX/Gheto crew put on a marvelous show case for the sport and the region. There were many of the renowned local food-truck vendors on hand plus live music during the Elite races.
And Rich Maile drew out all he could, from the narrow stretch of River Walk Park, to create an excellent course, mostly on grass with a significant portion of off-camber. There was plenty of use of embankments, to avoid a flat track, and the racers were taken around a beer tent. Racing taxed the unprepared and brought to the fore those with the fortitude for racing in sunny and warm conditions of West Sacramento.
29 August 2014
Unlike the stadium lighting at BASP Sierra Point and SCPS Spooky Kross, the Lou Fest Cyclocross Night Race is (mostly) lit by flashing course lights and lamps on bikes. In its tenth year, The Lou Fest is held at Fresno’s Woodward Park and this year runs in the evening of 8 November 2014.
“The Lou Night Fest is a race that I do in honor of my best friend that passed away in 2004 and that was Lou Casiano,” said event organizer JP Sickler of Sick Promotions. “He was the one that started promoting cycling many years ago here in the valley. He got me into promoting and I ended becoming USA Cycling’s Trials manager. I set up all the Nationals through the nineties and up until 2004. We used to build some pretty crazy stuff.
“Louie always liked to have unique events. He liked to have something a little bit different.”