Friday, September 26, 2008

CCCX #2 This Sunday at Ft Ord

The race that will be CCCX #2 at Ft Ord this coming Sunday will take place on some classic cycling trails in the old Travel Camp area of the former Army Base. This is a secluded portion of Ft Ord where many CCCX battles have been fought out between Nor-Cal's most outstanding cyclists.
The race route will feature sections used in previous Cyclocross editions of the Travel Camp, as well as a different portion of trail or two to spice things up.
Until the rains come, the dirt quality ranges from hard-packed and fast in some sections. To loose, sandy, slippery, and non grippy in other parts. Tire pressure and selection of tread will be a key component to posting fast laps on the classic CCCX Travel Camp Cross course.
Top finishers in all divisions will receive medals and tasty Cal-Giant Inc. Strawberries at the podium presentations. Please remember that the awards will start directly after each race. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones who finish high in your division please stay close to the awards area as medals will be handed out directly following each event. Top placing Women and Men Elite riders, and Master A 35+ & 45+ riders will receive a cash payout at awards depending upon field sizes.
Please drive slow when in Ft Ord, and especially when driving in the back country toward the travel camp where there are many other users of the area, such as runners, horse riders, and other cyclists enjoying the great roads and trails of Ft Ord.
There will be a free kids race at 12:00 noon. Please check Rick Rasmusen's photos from race #1 of the kids race. The kids put on quite a show, and produced some of the best photos from race #1.
Here is a link to Ricks' excellent pictures:
Here is a link to the directions to CCCX #2.
It has also just been announced that CCCX #3 - The NCNCA CUP Opener - scheduled for Oct.12 will now be taking place at Laguna Seca Raceway, home of the Sea Otter Classic. Rumors have been flying around that the Sea Otter Classic will host a Cyclocross race at its event in 2009. The CCCX Series- and the NCNCA CUP Opener is honored to be the first ever Cross race held at Laguna Seca Raceway. And the course used for the NCNCA Cup Race #1 on Oct. 12 could be a preview of the race route used at the Sea Otter Classic.
NCNCA Cup Info can be found here:
Hope to see you at the races,
Drive safe, Ride safe, and Have Fun!
Dusty Downs

Monday, September 22, 2008

2008 NCNCA Cup presented by Santa Cruz - New Sponsors, Races, and Venues


2008 NCNCA Cup presented by Santa Cruz - New Sponsors, Races, and Venues

3 Santa Cruz Stigmata Frames and Timbuk2 bags up for grabs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 22, 2008 - Santa Cruz Bicycles has signed on as the title sponsor for the 2008-2009 NCNCA Cup and will be offering up 3 Santa Cruz Stigmata frames to lucky winners at the series finale on Jan. 4th. Timbuk2 Designs has also graciously kicked in custom NCNCA Cup embroidered messenger bags for series winners in all categories.

The NCNCA Cup is a regional premier series collecting the best and most popular cyclocross races in Northern California and Nevada and combining them into one region-wide, season-long championship series. Now in its second year, the NCNCA Cup is bigger and better with an expanded prize list and new race venues.

2008 NCNCA Cup Races

For our 2008-2009 NCNCA Cup Schedule, we have spiced things up a bit. The series will kick off on October 12th on a brand new CCCX course - Keith Defiebre is finalizing one of two courses that he promises will be among the finest cx courses Nor-cal has to offer (UPDATE: looks like Laguna Seca!). Race Two on October 26th is the spooky return of Velo Bella's always fun, always hilarious Spirit of Surf City Halloween Race at Soquel HS. New this year is a back-to-back weekend (races 3-4) on November 8-9 with the Sacramento and Sagebrush series' teaming up for a great weekend of racing. Kick off the road trip with a journey to one of our district's best courses at Sagebrush's Hidden Valley Park in Reno on Saturday, then on the way back, hit Rich Maile's humdinger of a course at Discovery Park in Sacrameno on Sunday on the return trip. Race 5 on November 30th, will be the return of Bay Area Super Prestige's most popular venue, Golden Gate Park. And finally, on January 4th (finals) the NCNCA Cup takes its first foray into the "Peak Season" and celebrates the New Year with a grand finale at everyone's favorite venue - Watsonville Fairgrounds. Everyone should be on-hand to enjoy some epic racing, cheer on the series winners, and cross their fingers that they'll go home with some great prizes - maybe even one of the Santa Cruz frames...


  • October 12, 2008 - CCCX (Laguna Seca)
  • October 26, 2008 - Velo Bella (Soquel HS)
  • November 8, 2008 - Sagebrush Series (Hidden Valley Park, Reno, NV)
  • November 9, 2008 - Sacramento Series (Discovery Park, Sacramento)
  • November 30, 2008 - Bay Area Super Prestige Series( Golden Gate Park, SF)
  • January 4, 2008 - Peak Season Cyclocross Series (Watsonville Fairgrounds)

2008 NCNCA Cup Categories
The 2008 NCNCA Cup Categories are unchanged, though all racers in all categories are eligible for the raffle.

  • A Men
  • A Women
  • B Men
  • B Women
  • Master 35 A Men
  • Master 35 A Women
  • Master 45 A Men
  • Junior Men
  • Junior Women
  • Singlespeed

In continuing with the grass-roots spirit of the event, most of the NCNCA Cup prizes - including the 3 Santa Cruz Stigmata frames - will be given away to lucky winners in raffle following the final event on Jan. 4. This year we have a new incentive for attendance in the series - the more you race the better your chances at winning a prize. For every series race you enter*, you will receive one entry into the final raffle on Jan 4th. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the final event for $10 each.

*Note that all riders in non-scored events will also receive entries into the raffle. You must attend the final event in order to be eligible for the raffle.

More to Come...

Stay tuned for more announcements about NCNCA Cup Apparel and new sponsors as information becomes available.

About Santa Cruz Bicycles
While primarily known for cutting edge full suspension mountain bikes, by dint of name alone, Santa Cruz Bicycles has an obligation to cyclocross. IF you're gonna have a bike company based in surf city, you should probably step up and get dirty in wintertime. That obligation was largely ignored (with the exception of a handful of masochistically inclined employees) until the fall of 2007, when the Stigmata was quietly introduced.

It's a no BS 'cross bike. Light, sweet handling, made right here in the Yew Ess of Ehh, out of Easton tubing, the Stigmata is the bike for the other half of the misfit army that works here at SCB. We don't expect it to set the world on fire in terms of sales, but it is the bike that those of us here wanted, so that we could race something with our name on it.

About Timbuk2 Designs
Timbuk2 Designs, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets bags, packs and accessories for the outdoor, bicycle and travel markets. Timbuk2 was founded in 1989 by a San Francisco bicycle messenger and is best known for its signature tri-panel, multi-color design and distinctive “swirl” logo. The company also allows consumers to select custom color combinations on its award-winning website. Information about Timbuk2 and its products can be found at The company is privately held and based in San Francisco.

More Info:
Santa Cruz Bicycles
Timbuk2 Designs
NCNCA Cup Blog
NCNCA Cyclocross Website
Central Coast Series
Velo Bella Spirit of Surf City Cyclocross
Sacramento Series
Sagebrush Series
Peak Season Series

John Funke
Northern California and Nevada Cycling Association (NCNCA) Cyclocross Webmaster and NCNCA Cup Promoter


Friday, September 19, 2008

Central Coast Cyclocross Race #1 This Sunday at FT ORD in Monterey

The CCCX Cross Series will open its racing action for the 2008 edition this coming Sunday Sept. 21 at the former Army Base of Ft Ord. The race course will be a fast affair with lots of trails being used in the enchanted forest section of land known as the Happy Trails. The course has 2 distinct pavement sections, lots of hard packed dirt sections, a plethora of twisting turns, and sand obstacles that are just soft enough to require skill and fitness to conquer.
The race course is fun to ride, but will be a true challenge when battled at full throttle. There will be 3 or 4 dismount sections depending on ones skill level. As well as a few climbing sections to break up the high speeds on most of the course.
Here is a video link to the racing action on a similar course during the 2007 season. This years course will be run in the opposite direction then the route on the video. The registration- parking area & start/finish will be in a different area then last years course.
Series info can be found here-
Directions to registration can be found here- http://cccx. org/2008/ directionsEGarri son4.htm
Please follow signs to parking area near registration.
The start/finish area is approx 1/3 of a mile from registration, and parking is limited in this area, so please plan accordingly.
At each race the CCCX Series will have cash payouts to Elite Men & Elite Women's fields, as well as the Master 35+ A & Master 45+ A divisions. There will also be medals going out to top finishers in all divisions. At 12:00 p.m. there will be a free kids race.
This area of Ft Ord is a great place to ride your bike, so please enjoy the roads and trails of the former Army Base. Drive slowly as the speed limit is strictly enforced.
The CCCX Series would like to thank all of the sponsors who support the racing action. Series Champions will receive a custom CCCX winners jersey presented from the series sponsors.
Family Cycling Center
Calabazas Cyclery
The Bicycle Trip
Joselyns Bikes
TrailHead Cyclery
Castro Valley Cyclery
Pegasus Bicycle Works
Scotts Valley Cyclesport
X- Fusion
Amino Vital
Hot Shoppe Design
California Giant Berry Farms.
Monster Energy Drinks
The CCCX Series would also like to thank all of the racers who have competed in the Cross races over the past 11 years!
Here is a list of last years division champions-
ELITE MEN Aaron O'Dell HRS/Rock Lobster
ELITE WOMEN Stella Carey HRS-Rock Lobster
CATEGORY B WOMEN Nicole Bumbaca Specialized
CATEGORY C WOMEN Beth Welliver Velo Bella/KONA
MASTER WOMEN 35+ Beverly Chaney Roaring Mouse Cycles
MASTER WOMEN 45+ Henrietta Stern Hot Flash Chicks
SINGLE SPEED WOMEN Melanie D. DDDDDDDominguez Bicycle Trip/SCCCC
MASTER MEN 35+ A Mark Howland Blackmarket Racing
MASTER MEN 45+ A Mark Abele Black Market Racing
CATEGORY B MEN Mathew Talbott Altezza 40
MASTER MEN 35+ B Tom Ryan Kaiser Permanente/Team Oakland
MASTER MEN 45+ B Jeffrey Bramlett Palo Alto
MASTER MEN 55+ Bob Guglielmelli Central Coast Magazine
SINGLE SPEED MEN B Joe Fabris Fightin' Bobas
CATEGORY C MEN Tyler Frasca SV Cycle Sport
JUNIOR MEN 14-18 Erik Young Bicycle Trip
JUNIOR MEN 13 & UNDER Thomas Mendoza Bicycle Trip/SCCCC
Bicycle Trip/SCCCC

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Cyclocross and Mountain Bike Clinics This Weekend

From Lorri Lee Lown:
(note: these are both co-ed clinics...and yours truly is putting on the CX clinic)

Wow! This has been the year for Velo Girls clinics. Every weekend we've had sold-out road clinics for both women and men.

This weekend, we switch the focus to the dirt. I'll be co-coaching two new off-road clinics for 2008:

Bike Skills 102 -- Mountain Bike Skills (co-ed)
Saturday, Sept 13th -- 1:00pm - 5:00pm -- Palo Alto

Ron Castia and I have developed a fabulous clinic that will meet the needs of novice and intermediate mountain bikers alike. Filled with skills, skills, skills, you'll ride away understanding balance, weight distribution, terrain, and equipment., ready to conquer switchbacks and jumps and drops and dirt of all types.

Ron Castia has been riding and racing for 11 years. He's a CAT2 on the road and for cyclocross and a semi-pro mountain bike racer. His mountain bike career highlights include a victories at the 24 Hours of Adrenaline, Sea Otter Classic, and the 24 Hours of Tahoe. He has been mentoring and coaching informally for many years and just received his USA Cycling Coach License.

Ron is the founder, chief cook and bottle washer of the East Bay Cyclists -- InfoVista Cycling.

Bike Skills 103 -- Cyclocross Skills (co-ed)
Saturday, Sept 13th -- 8:00am -- 12:00pm -- San Mateo

Unravel the mysteries of this cult sport. Learn what all the cool kids do to have fun in the fall. We'll teach you to run and jump and fly up hills carrying your bike! We'll mount, dismount, suitcase and shoulder. All you need is a cyclocross or mountain bike, a sense of adventure, and a smile! We'll share information about riding and racing, equipment, and all the other fun stuff this incredible sport involves. Once you've tried'll be hooked!

Who better to coach a cyclocross clinic than the Mack-Daddy of NorCal Cyclocross, John Funke! John did the full conversion from roadie-ism to cyclocross after moving to Northern California in 1998 and realizing there was much more to life than 100-mile road rides. He races Elite and Masters for Sycip Racing, and occasionally finds his way to the lower steps of the podium in spite of nagging back problems, two young boys, and a rock-star wife. John is the editor and webmaster of the NCNCA Cyclocross Website for fun and works for Fujitsu Labs the rest of the time. His blog is at

Registration is limited but there is still space available for both of these clinics -- clickity-click for all the deets:

Velo Girls Coaching Services Clinic Registration.

Monday, September 08, 2008

2008 Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross Series

Pilarcitos CycleSports
732 Fairfield Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

2008 Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross Series
presented by Kaiser-Permanente/Team Oakland

Seizoen Zes (and for the Dutch challenged that’s “Season Six”) is scheduled to launch on October 19th as Pilarcitos Cyclesports kicks off their 2008 season in San Francisco’s McLaren Park. The BASPCX has been invited back to the same 5 venues used in the past seasons and celebrates a remarkable 11th return to Coyote Point Park in December to close out the season for Pilarcitos Cyclesports.

The 5 event series has signed Kaiser-Permanente/Team Oakland as their presenting sponsor for 2008 and the new support will allow the staff to light up not only Elite prizelists but their 3rd event of the season in Brisbane will also benefit from the special “illumination” provided by Kaiser-Permanente. Elite Men and Women will earn podium cash at each event in the series as well as contribute to the overall series payoff - and will include Masters for 2008. And for the first time the BASPCX series will feature a signature Night race, with great respect for the pioneering efforts by Washington’s “Star-Crossed” event and the new “Cross Vegas” extravaganza. Sierra Point in Brisbane will be the scene on Saturday night, November 15th for Round 3 of the BASPCX series with the final 4 events run “under the lights”.

Round 1 – McLaren Park, San Francisco – October 19th – features the most significant run-up in the entire series – almost 50 yards long. Park staff have allowed a greater extension of the course on nearby football fields that will slightly alter the characteristics of former McLaren Park races.

Round 2 – Candlestick Point Recreation Area – November 2nd – in the shadow of the 49’er football stadium, this former landfill may have a few new surprises if Northern California gains it’s first noticeable rainfall prior to this date. But with a refurbished “Gater” that holds a 40 gallon water tank, the dust will be partially “tamed” even if the course remains dry.

Round 3 – Sierra Point, Brisbane – Saturday Night November 15th – the tightest circuit on the BASPCX schedule and the only one where judicious use of portable construction light units would allow a night circuit, Sierra Point will bring out the glamour and excitement of night time events. Just like football, baseball, and tennis displayed at night – cyclocross is made for the razzle-dazzle showcase of night racing.

Round 4 – Golden Gate Park, San Francisco – November 30th – site of the USGP finale in 2005 and a season favorite for many, the soft dirt horse trails and electric atmosphere racing “in the PARK!” make Golden Gate Park a highlight for many racer’s seasons.

Round 5 – CCCP – Cyclo Cross @ Coyote Point, San Mateo – December 7th – the infamous “Beach Run” with San Francisco Bay just a few feet away during winter high tides create a great finish to the season and a race that has held C1,C2 and C3 UCI status in previous seasons.

2008 Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross Series,
presented by Kaiser-Permanente/Team Oakland

Series Partners:
Summit Bicycles
Palo Alto Bicycles
Sheila Moon
Big Swingin’ Cycles
Louis Garneau
Cyclocross Magazine
Sports Basement
Roaring Mouse Cycles

more information contact:

Tom Simpson (650) 302-6310

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

CXSR Registration is Open - UPDATE: Added Master 45 and 55 Cats

For Immediate Release

Bike Monkey to host Santa Rosa's first ever cyclocross series in multiple parks within the city limits.

UPDATE 9/7 from Carlos: Added Master 45 and 55 Cats

On October 4th the first of a 5-event series will kick off at Doyle Park near downtown Santa Rosa and light up the north bay area with yet another (new) series of events.

Last year's inaugural event was used to pitch the city on the idea of cyclocross racing, and after achieving front-page press and a wildly successful end result the city climbed on board to promote a series whos championship event will take place right downtown at Juilliard Park on the eve of the arrival of the Tour of California in 2009. Make your plans to attend this series that finishes on one of the biggest cycling weekends in the state.

Registration for CXSR is now open at