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The Southern California Prestige Series of Cyclocross was formed in 2005 by an informal association of  cycling clubs motivated to become the premier cyclocross series across Southern California and the nation! The Prestige Series will host 18 races over 15 weekends from of racing from San Diego to San Luis Obispo - September 2012 to January 2013.

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Men A

Racer Points
Chris Jackson  43 
Brandon Gritters  42 
Craig Wohlschlaeger  38 
Brian Gordon  36 
Alfredo Pacheco  36 

U23 Men

Racer Points
Spencer Rathkamp  42 
Bailey Eckles  37 
Aubrey Smentkowski  37 
Jean Louis Bourdecheraire  19 
Dillen Maurer  17 

Women A

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Amanda Nauman  63 
Nicole Brandt  57 
Summer Moak  49 
Christina Probert-Turner  36 
McKenzie Melcher  34 

Men B

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Chad McKonly  59 
Evan Kay  55 
Curtiss Dosier  43 
Ara Movsessian  39 
Brian Carlson  37 

Women B

Racer Points
Kora Colasunno  59 
Christine Pai  40 
Michelle Van Gilder  37 
Elaina Alvarez  33 
Sarah Livingston  33 

Men 35+ A

Racer Points
David McNeal  60 
Carlos Matias Mendigochea  57 
Phillip Gray  49 
Garnet Vertican  49 
Brett Cleaver  34 

Men 45+ A

Racer Points
Jeff Sanford  42 
Mike McMahon  40 
Troy Gielish  33 
Eric Gier  32 
Miguel Sutter  32 

Men 35+ B

Racer Points
Bryant Likes  59 
Ben Duong  52 
Justin Christopher  45 
Ben Everton  35 
Patrick Conneely  34 

Men 45+ B

Racer Points
Miguel Sutter  54 
Mike Giroux  46 
Bill Sauro  42 
Richard Mainville  41 
Chris Jones  33 

Men 55+

Racer Points
Jay Thornton  58 
Jon Miller  52 
Jonathan Livesay  51 
Robin Kinney  46 
James Barbaruolo  43 

Women 35+

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Isabelle Thompson  44 
Marilyne Deckman  42 
Sonia Ross  33 
Nora Hipolito  30 
Diana Aguirre  21 

Men C

Racer Points
Paul Brown  47 
Martin Johnson  45 
Kevin Kraus  42 
Alonso Talbert  40 
Zach Canning  38 

Women C

Racer Points
Lisa Phillips  58 
Susan Dosier  43 
Danielle Emter  37 
Nora Hipolito  31 
Katie Bennett  21 

Single Speed A

Racer Points
Alan Zinniker  58 
Mike McMahon  40 
Jay Kwan  36 
Dillon Clapp  21 
Brandon Jones  18 

Single Speed B

Racer Points
Ben Duong  57 
Rich Hodgson  48 
Saja Leesuvat  42 
Matthew Walp  40 
Jake Peters  38 

Single Speed Women

Racer Points
Dorothy Wong  42 
Betty Duong  38 
Christina Probert-Turner  21 
Robin Kaminsky  19 
   

Junior Men 15-18

Racer Points
Drew Campaigne  54 
Micah Swinhart  50 
Tyler Weyman  42 
P.J. Alvarez  38 
Jake Legge  21 

Junior Men 10-14

Racer Points
Brody McDonald  63 
Jameson Campaigne  48 
Henry Horn  47 
Dominic Turner  38 
Adam Emter  34 

Junior Women 15-18

Racer Points
Kylyn McDonald  63 
Ivy Koester  19 
   
   
   

Junior Women 10-14

Racer Points
Jesse Amelia Gillingham  54 
Emily Crouse  42 
Evelyn Bresee  35 
Ava Gray  19 
McCall Mesecher  19 

Youth Boys Age 6-9

Racer Points
Cooper Campaigne  56 
Anthony Locascio  54 
Cooper Deckman  21 
Gavin Wright  21 
Enzo Mitchell  19 

Girls Youth Age 6-9

Racer Points
Aria Turner  42 
Livia Sisno  40 
Aimee Deckman  19 
Lauren Dougal  19 
Lilly Guyer  18 

Masters Men 65+

Racer Points
Robert Llamas  63 
Dean Ferrandini  38 
Steve Brown  37 
John Donaldson  35 
Jack Guenther  18 

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Went to a Halloween party the other night and a cyclocross race broke out. The sixth edition of Spooky Cross had the distinction of being Round 5 of the SoCalCross Prestige Series, this year haunting the Baja Beach Club area of Irvine Lake on the eastern outskirts of toney Orange County.
As always, Spooky Cross was as much rave as race. Sure, a full slate of classes started being ticked off just after lunch until well past sundown, with some righteous two-wheeled war being waged on a hilly 1.74-mile/2.8km course that was half lawn bowling, half gravel grinding.

But the reason Spooky is one of the most popular CX events in these parts is its pervasive All Hallows theme and, most of all, the after-dark costume race and contest. Quite a number of grown men and women put a lot of time and effort into looking like prepubescent trick-or-treaters, then line up and tear out on a short loop to wreak a bit of good natured, well-lubricated havoc for ten minutes (or when the Easter Rabbit barfs). It’s not every weekend you get to see how riders handle a pumpkin barrier. Now that’s entertainment.

How about that racing? The Elite A Women’s race got the whistle just as the sun was setting, making for rapidly changing light conditions and an impossible choice in lens color. Amanda Nauman (SDG/Bellwether/Krema Peanut Butter) made her return after skipping last weekend’s event, and picked up right where she left off: snaring the early lead and never looking back. Scoreboard: leading every lap of every race she’s participated in with SoCalCross this year; chalk up five wins so far.

In the absence of her biggest rivals-Christina Probert-Turner and Nicole Brandt, the latter of whom was scoring UCI points at the Gateway Cross Cup in St. Louis-Nauman was again in a league of her own. Up-and-comer Summer Moak (Felt/K-Edge) was able to keep “Amanda Panda” in sight for a lap, but the 15-year-old, recently arrived in SoCal from Katy, Texas, was soon relegated to best-of-the-rest status.

Behind them, AJ Sura (G2 Bike) made her series return for this season and became ensnarled in a skirmish for third place with Christine Pai (Knobbe Martens Intellectual Property Law). Pai prevailed, Sura was fourth and uber-consistent McKenzie Melcher (The TEAM SoCalCross) rounded out the podium.

“The way the light was changing was a challenge,” stated Nauman. “It was dusty but fun. Summer was riding strong on the first lap. That’s good, it keeps me honest.” Nauman also beamed that she had taken her first-ever dollar hand-up. You’ll have to forgive her-she’s only been doing this a couple of years.

Portable lighting had been towed in to allow for night racing at this facility, but several parts of the course were still as dark as a tall espresso. About a third of the 21-rider Men’s Elite A field elected to mount lights for their 60-minute event.

Frenchman Jean-Louis Bourdevaire (Blackstar) and defending series champ Brandon Gritters (Rock N’ Road/Big Red Coaching) jostled for the holeshot, with Gritters leading the way out of turn one. After a lap or two to sort things out, Gritters found himself in the company of Elliot Reinecke (Famous Horsemen Masters Development Team), Alfred Pacheco (Buena Park Bicycles) and Garreth Feldstein (Famous Horsemen).

This was Feldstein’s first race of the season, having spent the last couple of months transferring his job with Chevron from Bakersfield to the Bay Area. With no points, he had to start on the last row but was on the charge. If you’re wondering about that team name, it’s derived from a line in a Saturday Night Live skit, delivered by Sean Connery. There are three Horsemen, actually, the third being the always-entertaining Alan “Danger” Zinniker, who won another Singlespeed A race just minutes before. Fun and games.

Anyway, Feldstein finally bridged to the break and promptly face planted at the barriers. With five to go, it was Reinecke, Pacheco and Gritters with a comfy gap on Bourdevaire and a recovering Feldstein. Kyle Gritters (Rock N’ Road) was suffering an off night and riding a lonely sixth.

Pacheco became unhitched as the paced picked up on the penultimate lap, and Reinecke came by just ahead of him with a genuinely desperate look in his eye. Of course it was Gritters leading the way, placing everyone else into the hurt locker. On the last lap he flipped the lid and snapped the locks. The ginger ninja crossed the line 11 seconds in front of Reinecke, who had taken a soil sample on the final lap.

Pacheco dug deep to secure an impressive third place with a soft tire half a minute in arrears. He had started near the front but got tangled in some course tape on the first lap and dropped all the way to seventh before rebounding, so he was a happy camper. Bourdevaire prevailed in a semi-close battle with Feldstein to set the final podium positions.

According to Gritters, “I was better on the climb, and Elliot was more daring on the grass and in the dark. I put the pressure on going up the hill, then just sort of rode the rest of the course.”

Run concurrently with this final race was the Elite Under 23 class. At the finish, Dillen Maurer (Montrose Bike Shop) had claimed the division win and 11th overall, followed by Nick Padilla (G2 Bike) and Michael Barker (Team Velocity).

Full results from Spooky Cross as well as the following day’s Dia de los Muertos ‘cross at the same venue (hint, Nauman and Gritters did the double) can be found at socalcross.org.

Head to Ojai this November 1st and 2nd to enjoy an epic weekend of racing and riding in one of the most beautiful settings in the country!

SATURDAY: PELOTON CROSS presented by Panaracer!

Coming back for its second year, peloton cross will once again feature a course designed by US ‘cross legend Tim Johnson. It’s a fast, flowing roller coaster with big rewards for every effort. On the shore of Lake Casitas, the race provides plenty of great viewing and a fantastic atmosphere for friends and family to watch you race. Peloton, The Mob Shop and numerous industry partners have come together to offer the best prizes in all of SoCal ‘Cross. Wheel sets, helmets, components, tires, etc… And you don’t have to win a race to win a prize. Every rider will be entered in our raffle to win a SRAM Force CX1 group! We’ll announce the winner after the Elite men’s race. You must be present to win. Of course there will be cash prizes for the Elite men and women too! There will be food, beer and an industry expo right in the center of the course. SCOTT also provides prizes for the SCOTT Hole Shot in every race, so get out of the gate fast!

There is plenty of camping at Lake Casitas, much of it on the course, so make a weekend out of it and ride the Gravel MobSunday. Head to CasitasWater.org for camping info. Look for Site G and T to be near the action. Click here to check out the categories and register at socalcross.org. This race is sanctioned by North American Bicycle Racing Association.  No race license necessary.

SUNDAY: GRAVEL MOB!

Big climbs, stunning views, groomed fire roads, rutty, rocky dirt roads, single track , creek crossings (could be wet, could be dry), rewarded with a sweeping ten mile road descent down Rose Valley back to Ojai.

The first 7-8 miles is on pavement and is a neutralized roll. After that we hit the Sulphur Mtn. climb on a groomed fire road that’s almost 10 miles long, then we’re back on pavement for about 7 miles for the transfer to the next section of dirt. The descent off of the first climb is paved, narrow, tight and technical. Always stay far right and be prepared for traffic.

The second dirt climb, Sisar, is rutty and rocky for the first 3-4 miles then gets a bit smoother for the next 4 miles. After the official climb, the dirt continues along a rolling (sometimes steep) section until it meets loose, dirt single track descent called Howard for the last 2-3 miles of dirtiness. This descent will be neutralized and a 10mph speed limit will be in effect. The final 15 miles is paved and includes a long, sweeping rewarding 10 mile descent down Highway 33 back into Ojai.

Route Highlights:

Sulphur: 16k, 2200 feet of climbing

Sisar: 13k, 3100 feet of climbing

Howard: 3.5 KM, 1000 foot descent

Oh…and the views from both climbs are stunning!From the ridge line look left and the Channel Islands lie on the horizon, look right and the vast Sespe Wilderness beckons.

SHORTER ROUTE OPTION:  Two monster dirt climbs is a big ask so no one will dispute the desire to head back into Ojai for a coffee or some R&R a bit early. To skip the second climb of Sisar, simply turn left on Highway 150 after the road descent from Sulphur Mountain and it’s a quick five miles back to Ojai and The Mob Shop for a total ride of less than 40miles. You also get to descend Dennison Grade, which has featured in the Tour of California many times. A sign denoting this short cut will be placed at the intersection of Sulphur and Highway 150.

WHAT BIKE?  We’re recommending a cross or gravel bike with compact road gearing, but you could probably swing it on a road bike with a wider gravel or dirt tire. Just plan on walking/running a bit and/or really picking your lines through some sections. Of course a mouton bike will be fine as well.  SoCalCross has CX demo bikes as well.  RSVP: Dot@SoCalCross.org

To sign up for the Gravel Mob hit BikeReg.com/gravel-mob.

What a difference a couple of weeks can make. Round 4 of the SoCalCross Prestige Series took place at the same location as Round 3 two weeks prior. It may as well have been in a different time zone. The temperature was set to defrost instead of broil, the course was radically revamped, and both the Men’s and Women’s Elite A results were completely rewritten.
The women’s race was guaranteed to be a new Knobbe Martens Women’s Elite A class winner this time out. Amanda Nauman, after dominating the first three rounds, elected to instead do some climbing miles and participated in the previous day’s El Grande Fondo in the San Gabriel Mountains.  This ride was a partnership with SoCalCross,  the Los Angeles County Bicycle  Coalition and the National Forest Foundation.
Nicole Brandt (LaGrange/Michelob Ultra) didn’t need to be asked twice to step to the top of the podium. “Maia’s Mom” has been battling to stay with Nauman all season, but had only  Christina Probert-Turner (The TEAM SoCalCross/Turner Bikes/Jenson USA) to offer any resistance. Turner and Brandt quickly dispatched the rest of the field, and when Turner went down on the third lap, aggravating an old arm injury, it was Brandt with clear sailing and her first victory of the season. Turner held on for second place, well ahead of a spirited scrap for third between Marilyne Deckman (Stage One), Summer Moak (K-Edge/Felt) and Beatriz Rodriguez (Wolfpack Hustle). They finished in this order.
The Men’s Elite A class was mysteriously void of its biggest hitters as well, but it was an impressive and entertaining show nonetheless. Taking center stage were Jean-Louis Bourdevaire (Blackstar) and Alfred Pacheco (Buena Park Bicycles). These two spend most of their season rubbing elbows on the SoCal mountain bike scene, but they’ve shown up with CX bikes for most of this cyclocross season; both have been on the podium already.  The Frenchman Bourdevaire clocked most of the time on the front, throwing in attacks that Pacheco was repeatedly forced to close down. Bryson Perry (DNA Cycling) was in the mix at the front for a few laps, but he had spent considerable energy winning the 35+ A class just a few minutes earlier and was beginning to suffer; he dropped back at the halfway mark. John Behrens (Velo Hangar) was putting in a remarkable come-from-behind ride and eventually caught Perry for third place in the waning moments.
The win was going to come from either Bourdevaire or Pacheco. With about a lap and a half left in the nine-lap, one-hour race, Bourdevaire hit the gas once again and pried open a small gap. Pacheco could not answer that one, and had to settle for second some 16 seconds adrift of Bourdevaire. Behrens secured third, Perry fourth and Rex Roberts (Velo Allegro), who had parlayed a great start and smooth ride into a solid finish, completed the podium in fifth.

FULL RESULTS can be found at socalcross.org RESULTS page and each race EVENT page.

Next on the SoCalCross schedule is one of the favorites among competitors and spectators alike.  Spooky Kross Weekend goes off at Irvine Lake 10/25-26. The following weekend, 11/1-2, will find the SoCalCross cast and crew at the Peloton Cross in Ojai. REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR BOTH EVENTS AT BIKEREG.COM:
BIKEREG.COM

http://socalcross.org/register/

For more information and to stay connected to all SoCalCross PRESTIGE SERIES activities, be sure to bookmark SoCalCross.org as well as follow it all on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM.

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Event Type: SCPS Race
Event Date: Sat/Sun Nov 1,2 2014 Start Time: 9:00 AM
Venue: Lake Casitas - Ventura/Ojai Location: 11311 Santa Ana Rd
Ventura CA 93001

Head to Ojai, CA this November 1st and 2nd to enjoy an epic weekend of racing and riding in one of the most beautiful settings in the country.

SATURDAY November 1st…
PELOTON CROSS presented by Panaracer!

Coming back for its second year peloton cross will once again feature a course designed by US ‘cross legend Tim Johnson. It’s a fast, flowing roller coaster with big rewards for every effort. On the shore of Lake Casitas near Ojai, CA the race provides plenty of great viewing and a fantastic atmosphere for friends and family to watch you race.

peloton, The Mob Shop and numerous industry partners have come together to offer the best prizes in all of SoCal ‘Cross. Wheel sets, helmets, components, tires, etc… And you don’t have to win a race to win a prize. Every rider will be entered in our raffle to win a SRAM Force CX1 group! We’ll announce the winner after the Elite men’s race. You must be present to win.

Of course there will be cash prizes for the Elite men and women too!

There will be food, beer and an industry Expo right in the center of the course. SCOTT also provides prizes for the SCOTT Hole Shot in every race, so get out of the gate fast!

There is plenty of camping at Lake Casitas, much of it on the course, so make a weekend out of it and ride the Gravel MobSunday. Head to CasitasWater.org for camping info. Look for Site G and T to be near the action.

RACE SCHEDULE…


DO THE GRAVEL MOB – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME FALL BACK! ONE MORE HOUR OF SLEEP!

Big climbs, stunning views, groomed fire roads, rutty, rocky dirt roads, single track , creek crossings (could be wet, could be dry), rewarded with a sweeping ten mile road descent down Rose Valley back to Ojai.

The first 7-8 miles is on pavement and is a neutralized roll. After that we hit the Sulphur Mtn climb on a groomed fire road that’s almost 10 miles long, then we’re back on pavement for about 7 miles for the transfer to the next section of dirt. The descent off of the first climb is paved, narrow, tight and technical. Always stay far right and be prepared for traffic.

The second dirt climb, Sisar, is rutty and rocky for the first 3-4 miles then gets a bit smoother for the next 4 miles. After the official climb, the dirt continues along a rolling (sometimes steep) section until it meets loose, dirt single track descent called Howard for the last 2-3 miles of dirtiness. This descent will be neutralized and a 10mph speed limit will be in effect. The final 15 miles is paved and includes a long, sweeping rewarding 10 mile descent down Highway 33 back into Ojai.

Sulphur: 16k, 2200 feet of climbing
Sisar: 13k, 3100 feet of climbing
Howard: 3.5 KM, 1000 foot descent

Oh…and the views from both climbs are stunning!From the ridge line look left and the Channel Islands lie on the horizon, look right and the vast Sespe Wilderness beckons.

SHORTER ROUTE OPTION:  Two monster dirt climbs is a big ask so no one will dispute the desire to head back into Ojai for a coffee or some R&R a bit early. To skip the second climb of Sisar, simply turn left on Highway 150 after the road descent from Sulphur Mountain and it’s a quick five miles back to Ojai and The Mob Shop for a total ride of less than 40miles. You also get to descend Dennison Grade, which has featured in the Tour of California many times. A sign denoting this short cut will be placed at the intersection of Sulphur and Highway 150.

WHAT BIKE?  We’re recommending a cross or gravel bike with compact road gearing, but you could probably swing it on a road bike with a wider gravel or dirt tire. Just plan on walking/running a bit and/or really picking your lines through some sections. Of course a mouton bike will be fine as well.

Detailed route on Strava: http://www.strava.com/routes/1018312
To sign up for the Gravel Mob hit BikeReg.com/gravel-mob

Click here to check out the categories and register at socalcross.org. No license necessary.

2013 COURSE PREVIEW  SELECT REVISIONS COMING in 2014:

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Cyclo-what? Cyclocross!

If you haven’t seen or ridden a cyclocross (CX) race before, you’re missing out! CX is equal parts difficult, absurd and fun all at the same time.

Pro Adam Myerson describes CX aptly: “Sprint, brake, slide, turn, sprint—as hard as you can… pause, take a deep breath, rip your bike like a slot car around a plastic stake marking the edge of the course, and try not to laugh out loud while doing it.”

Whether you’re racing or watching CX, the most important part of the whole equation is FUN!!!

Why Ojai?

When you think of cyclocross, the first place that probably comes to mind is Belgium or Holland, or in the U.S., Oregon. But why should they get to have all the fun?!

The Mob Shoppeloton Magazine andSoCalCross believe that Ojai is the perfect place for cyclocross. After all, the original Dutch word for cyclocross is Veldrijden, or field riding. Have you seen how many fields we have in Ojai?!

The other thing we’ve got is a strong sense of community and that’s what CX is all about.  So come for the day and race, watch, demo a bike from our mini-expo, eat, drink and be merry!

Directions: From Ventura, take the 101 Freeway to Highway 33 North toward Ojai. Turn left at Baldwin Road/Route 150 toward Santa Barbara. Turn left on Santa Ana Road toward Lake Casitas Recreation Area. Make the first Right into Lake Casitas Recreation Area. After going through the gates, continue right approximately 1.5 miles to the event.

Six Reasons to try CX

1. It’s Family Friendly
2. You don’t have to be aggressively competitive.
3. It’s fun! Loud cheering and hijinks are encouraged (Watch this hand-up video).
4. It’s close by.
5. There’s good food and beer.
6. Spectators are just as important as the riders.

(List courtesy of People for Bikes.)

A Brief Spectator Guide

Bring: Water, Chairs, a Cowbell (or another noise-maker), stuff to hand-up to the riders (I’ve seen Beer, Bacon and Cash – you can try something else as long as it’s safe for the riders) and you’re family + friends.

Do: Cheer, heckle, give hand-ups, place friendly side-bets, eat, drink and show up with a great attitude + a willingness to let go and have a little fun.

Wear: Clothes that are appropriate for whatever weather we’re having (you’ll be outside all-day), sunblock and a pair of shoes that can get a little dirty.

Food and Drinks will be available.

Cost: Mention you are with the cyclocross race and entry is FREE!  Otherwise there is a $12 charge per vehicle to enter Lake Casitas Recreation Area.

I Want to Ride!

Rad! Here’s how you get rolling:

1. Line up a bike. Cross bike, Mountain Bike, Hybrid Bike – anything that can handle a few bumps and some dirt.

2. Register. Read the category descriptions here (bottom of the page).  Register at BikeReg.com.  No race license is required and riders of ANY AGE can race. (Watch this!)

3. Show up. Make sure you have all your gear ready to go (especially a HELMET) and arrive at least an hour and a half before your race.

4. Stay. For food, drink + fun!

A Brief Rider Guide

Practice getting on and off your bike while moving. You have to run up and over things while carrying your bike. Click here and hereto see how the pros do it.

Prepare to race with a good meal and plenty of time to digest before your race.Hydrate well before your race because you probably won’t want to carry water.

Bring a change of clothes so you can be comfortable while you’re hanging out after your race.

Have fun with it! It’s not that serious.

Event Information

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Event Type: SCPS Race
Event Date: Sat Nov 8 2014 Start Time: 9:00 AM
Venue: Martha McClean-Anza Narrows Park Location: 5759 Jurupa Ave.
Riverside CA 92504

ANZA CROSSING presented by Jenson USA hosted by The TEAMSoCalCross and the Inland Empire Bicycling Inland Empire Biking Allianceis RACE #8 of the SoCalCross PRESTIGE SERIES and coming to the City of Riverside for the first time ever!

The Inland Empire Biking Alliance will be offering a free Kid’s Bicycle Playground. It promotes good bike handling skills and most of all FUN!

REGISTER ONLINE AT BIKEREG.COM: www.SoCalCross.org/register

RACE DAY REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE starting at 7:30am then TWO hours before each race start.

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ADDRESS/DIRECTIONS:  5759 Jurupa Ave, Riverside, CA 92504  FROM  CA-91 WEST  take sliproad right to Mulberry Sttowards 14th Street. Turn right on to 14th St (Chevron on the corner). Turn left on to Magnolia Ave (Thrifty on the corner) Turn right on to Jurupa Ave (Valero on the corner). Arrive at 5759 Jurupa Ave. The last intersection is Tucson Ct. If you reach Sheppard St, you’ve gone too far.

ABOUT THE PARK: Martha McLean Anza Narrows park contains picnic facilities, hiking, bicycle and equestrian trails.  The 40-acre park sits atop a shady bluff along the Santa Ana River with sweeping views of the river. The park was named for Martha McLean, an activist who worked with her friend Ruth Anderson to save the Santa Ana River from being channelized, as proposed by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960s. The park is located at a section of the Santa Ana River referred to as the Anza Narrows, in reference to the crossing point where the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition crossed the river in 1774 and 1776. A marker in the park commemorates the crossing, which is part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail that stretches across Southern California.

In 1775-76, Anza led more than 240 men, women and children on an overland journey across the frontier of New Spain to settle Alta California. Follow 1200 miles in the footsteps of this intrepid, multiethnic expedition, and explore the rich cultural history of communities from Nogales, Arizona, to San Francisco.

The 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail commemorates, protects, marks, and interprets the route traveled by Anza and the colonists during the years 1775 and 1776 from Sonora, Mexico (New Spain), to settle Alta California and establish a mission and presidio at today’s San Francisco, California. The Anza Trail was designated a National Historic Trail by Congress in 1990 through an amendment to the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1241-51).

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