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.
25 October 2015
It’s SuperPro CX. It’s Murphy Mack. One should expect the challenges of a hard course from any ‘cross race with the mark of Murphy Mack and Frank Shoemaker. And today’s “Vallejo Day Race” proved again the wicked bent from the pair. From the carnage of transitions between terrains and over concrete curbs, to odiferous stream crossings, to a tough climb within a long course, to “features” that should have warnings that only 5’4″ and below need register, the racing today at SuperPro CX was simply severe. There had to be an exceedingly high percentage of tired and pained faces or racers coasting for any respite late in the races.
There were big wins for Caroline Dezendorf (Rock Lobster) in Women’s A and Ryan Rinn (Viva La Tarte) in Single Speed A. To win in Men’s A, Keith Hillier (Herbalife p/b MarcPro-Strava) came from behind to put himself in a position and pounce on a flat for early leader Max Judelson (Rock Lobster). Murray Swanson (Pen Velo) was another racer to race to a win from a few places back early in the race. Swanson’s steady grind up the long climb was one of the key reasons he would take first place away, in Master Men A, from early leader and battling Eric Hill (Vive La Tarte).
23 October 2015
The upcoming weekend is busy with four events from across the region’s east to west span. Sagebrush CX rolls in on Saturday (24 October) with their at-altitude Truckee Bike Park venue. USAC points are available. To get the festivities off well, there is a free ‘cross clinic in the morning led by Dave Eastwood. Registration opens and the clinic begins at 9am with the first race underway at 10am. The course will include more grass should the frost stay away!
Also this Saturday, SuperPro CX returns to Dan Foley Park with the Vallejo Day Race. The course runs closer to Lake Chabot than last week’s night race but will clamber up long uphill sections. There is plenty of green along the course and, going by last Saturday’s event, some of that grass is spongy. Last year saw the course run through massive swaths of water but this year the forecast is dry and mostly sunny.
20 October 2015
SuperPro CX held their first night race. The Dan Foley Park course was tough and fast with added challenge once the sun set below the horizon. To go with the ‘cross racing, the revelry turned up a notch in the dark.
12 October 2015
The SuperPro CX race at Joaquin Miller Park started out under a proverbial and literal fog, with last-minute changes to the course occurring under the heavy cover. Eventually, the sun forced its way through for the terrific views promised at Lookout Point to add to the hard ‘cross racing throughout the day.
9 October 2015
The SuperPro CX course at tomorrow’s Joaquin Miller Park is 1.5 miles of hard riding with plenty of elevation changes up and down. The area for the finish line looked tranquil this morning but come the ‘morrow the rest of the course is chock full of challenges and hard riding. The terrain changes between paved road, grassy meadow, and hard-packed dirt. In amongst that are the occasional knobby rock protruding through the surface, loose sections of built-up dirt and plant debris, and soft, well-worn turns. Soft-enough ground to reveal clandestine pre-rides that followed the course map posted on the race’s web page.
8 October 2015
The SuperPro Racing 2015 Cyclocross Series begins this coming Saturday and, in something of a coup, the venue is Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland. Known for his intention to always build hard ‘cross courses, and some of the most daring obstacles in NorCal Nevada, Murphy Mack and SuperPro Racing now have an excellent canvas for their latest creation.
A map of the course is posted for the Oakland Hills venue but this is certainly one to experience much closer and in person. This former home of the poet holds spectacular views that the forecasted sunny day can only enhance.
Juniors at 8:20am begin the day’s staging and racing.