Cyclocross

Cyclocross Nationals Gets Underway in Reno

From SoCalCycling.com

 

Thirty-six national titles are on the line Jan. 9-14 as the nations leading amateur and professional cyclocross racers descend on Reno, Nev. for the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. National champions will be crowned in the junior, collegiate, U23, masters, and elite ranks.

Nearly 2,000 racers from across the U.S. will convene at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno for the championships. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is managed by Washoe Countys Community Services Division: Regional Parks and Open Space. The Departments mission is to provide exceptional parks and open space, and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources. For more information, visit www.washoecountyparks.com/.

Cyclocross is an exciting sport to witness and spectator vantage points are available close to the action all along the course. Riders complete multiple laps around the 3-kilometer course (3.3 km for elite riders on Sunday) in all weather conditions through asphalt, dirt, grass, and sand while encountering various obstacles that may require the riders to dismount their bicycles. The fan experience is enhanced at the start/finish area with live race announcing and an expo providing merchandise tents and a variety of mobile food vendors.

Competitions begin Tuesday, Jan. 9 and culminate on Sunday, Jan. 14 with the fan-favorite events which include Junior 17-18 Men, U23 and elite competitions for men and women.

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Nor Cal vs. So Cal State Cross Championship

Sambarn Promotions, the promotion crew from Bakersfield CA, is proud to re-launch the showdown of the year for California riders, North vs South in a regional battle of cyclocross awesomeness. The Nor Cal vs So Cal State Cross Championships takes place December 17th and 18th.

The event was born 7 years ago after literally decades of contemplation. Sam Ames, longtime cross racer and partner in Sambarn, was a frequent traveler to Nor Cal back in the jungle cross days. As So Cal cross grew into its own, he always wanted to create a full state-wide champs and make it fun with a regional bragging rights overall competition.

The format is simple: over two days of racing, riders score points for their respective region in each of the offered categories and the region with the highest points wins the homemade, newly created trophy plaque and bragging rights for the year. In addition, riders are also competing for individual titles in all categories with the “Bear of Cali” champion jerseys awarded. The prize list is impressive at over $4000 in cash and merchandise.

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Whittier Narrows Recreation Area Hosts CXLA

Cyclo-cross races and family cycling events return to Whittier Narrows Recreation Area for Cyclo-cross Los Angeles Weekend, Nov. 19-20. CXLA Weekend will host 60 categorized events for cyclists of all levels held over two days, and five family-friendly cycling events. Challenging competitors across grass, dirt, gravel, pavement, and a series of obstacles, CXLA is the only cyclo-cross event in California that is sanctioned by the Union Cyclste Internationale (UCI), the international governing body of cycling.

The Elite Women’s and Men’s Category 2 events are also sanctioned by USA Cycling and are part of the USA Cycling Professional Cyclocross Calendar (Pro CX). CXLA is one of 22 Pro CX events in the U.S. this year, and the only Pro CX race weekend that offers stand-alone races for both Junior Men (17-18 years of age) and Under-23 Men. CXLA is also a premier event for the 14-race SoCalCross Prestige Series.

“We are excited to have great local vibe and great national talent coming out this month for CXLA. It is the only weekend of UCI races for elite riders in California this year. And with separate races for Junior Men and U-23 Men, this is a great opportunity for juniors to experience UCI racing on the west coast,” said race director Dorothy Wong, also a long-time director of SoCal Cross. “This event really meshes community with cycling, combining racing with recreation and advocacy. It will be a real treat for L.A. County and South El Monte residents to see incredible athletes and spend iime at the beautiful Whittier Narrows. There’s plenty of of activities for the entire family, from the kids to your family dog!”

Amateur racing starts at 8 a.m. each day. Junior events are offered for riders as young as six to nine years of age, a special age category so young riders can experience the pro course. There are Masters events for riders in 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+ age categories. The UCI Elite women’s races are presented by Knobbe Martens IP Law and begin at 2:45 p.m. Sat/Sun. UCI Elite men’s races begin each day at 3:45 p.m. with awards ceremonies following. Among the elite riders expected to compete is Jonathan Page, four-time men’s U.S. Cyclo-cross national champion, who lives and trains in Utah, and 2015 U23 U.S. Cyclo-cross national champion Tobin Ortenblad, who is from Santa Cruz, Calif.

New participants can think of cyclo-cross as steeplechase on a bicycle, held on spectator-friendly courses with food trucks and a beer garden. The event is free for all spectators and is held rain or shine. Family-oriented activities for all ages will be held at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area – Legg Lake Park, located 750 Santa Anita Ave, South El Monte.

 

This year there are also “fun-d raising races”, which introduce cyclo-cross to children and provide awareness and funding for area non profits. A free Kiddie Cross race will be held at 12:30 p.m. each day, with three laps and small barriers on a short circuit. A Doggie Cross event will be held at 12:45 p.m. each day on the same course for all breeds. Following the canine competition, a Community Cross event will be held at 1:45 p.m., geared for beginners on any type of bicycle. Awards will be presented for the best dressed rider, and bicycle. The Community Cross and Doggie Cross events are $5 per person. Proceeds from Doggie Cross benefit Underdog Rescue. Proceeds from Community Cross, as well as the beer garden at CXLA, will benefit SAFE, Streets Are For Everyone.

In addition to SAFE, advocacy partners for the weekend include Bike San Gabriel Valley and Eastside Bike Club of East L.A. They will host an extra-pet-friendly ride Saturday at 10 a.m. from the park called Pet-acular Bike Train. The ride will go to the SGV Bicycle Campus and Education Center, where Bike SGV have transformed an elementary school property into a bike park. Riders will return to Legg Lake Park for special raffles and prizes and cyclo-cross viewing.

“Unfortunately, everyone has known a cyclist who has been killed or hurt from an impact with a motor vehicle. It’s important that all cyclists, rec riders and racers, build awareness for non-profit organizations in our communities who help save lives and promote an active, healthy lifestyle,” added Wong.

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area is a 1,492-acre park located in the City of South El Monte and is one of Los Angeles County’s largest and most popular recreation areas. The park is considered the hub of reclaimed wild space between the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River, known as the “Emerald Necklace”. There is a $6 entry fee to the park for vehicles. Car-free options to access the park include taking metro buses from El Monte, South El Monte and Rosemead which provide bike racks on the front of buses or using Los Angeles County Bikeways (http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dpr/216432_WNRA.pdf).

 

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CycloCross is Coming!

Southern California Cyclocross (known as SoCalCross) was formed in 2006 by a group of cycling clubs eager to grow the sport and motivated to become the premier cyclocross race series in Southern California and nationwide! Since then the Series has grown 500%, boasts over 100 races to date from San Diego to San Luis Obispo!

Striving to be the best… SoCalCross will host four UCI Internationally sanctioned elite men and women’s and Junior Men’s races bringing the best cyclocross racers from across the world to Southern California, Los Angeles County… and the only UCI events  in the State of California!

SoCalCross understands the value in ranking points for riders striving to race at USA Cycling National Championships and will offer USAC sanctioned races throughout the season.

SoCalCross supports grassroots racing and will offer sanctioned races with both American Bicycle Racing and North American Bicycle Racing Association as USCX.

The Prestige Series also provides education to newer racers starting with the Early Bird Cyclocross Ride and Happy Hour Clinics… a month-long series of clinics from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. Each Prestige Series race also offers beginner clinics and demo-rental bikes.

The Series’ has become more than a bike race the Eco-healthy-youth centric Cyclo-fests including a healthy lifestyle expo, fun rides and runs,  kids racing and bike skills zone all in a super fun festival environment.

 

Learn more and register for events here.

Cyclocross can produce some rather slippery conditions.

Cyclocross is a great, silly sport primarily practiced by lowland Europeans like the Belgians and the Dutch. Designed as a seasonal alternative to road cycling, it is a great excuse for fans to eat frites and hand up beers to the riders. It’s like a combination between cycling and mud wrestling, and because of the varied terrain, it produces the best crashes in cycling.

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Cyclocross Season is in full swing, here’s a review of the Cannonade SuperX 105

The ultimate race weapon for those who live to battle it out in the mud, the sand and the glorious frozen grime of cyclocross.

ULTRA LIGHT
With a combined weight of less 1500 grams, the SuperX’s frame and fork together weigh less than many competitors frames alone.

BALLISTEC CARBON
Our High-Strength, High-Impact carbon construction, BallisTec ends the traditional connection between ultra-light carbon frames and fragility. An interconnected network of stiffening fibers distributes loads more evenly throughout the frame and enhancing stiffness and ride feel.

SPEED SAVE VIBRATION ELIMINATION TECHNOLOGY
The chain stays and seat stays on the SuperX feature our trademark SPEED SAVE technology. Flattened cross-sections and sophisticated carbon layup allows the SPEED SAVE features to act like a micro-suspension system, deflecting vertically to absorb trail shock and vibration, while staying extremely rigid laterally for power transfer and confident cornering.

TAPERED HEAD TUBE
The tapered, oversized head tube houses a 1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″ tapered carbon steerer fork for the best blend of lateral and torsional rigidity and light weight.

DISC BRAKES
SuperX features the superior all-weather power and modulation of disc brakes. In addition to providing great braking and tons of mud clearance, they also allow our frame designers to engineer in more compliance in the rear stays.

Read the entire review from cycling news.com here