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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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SPCS 5-6: Spooky Cross & SLO Cross Weekend Update

Dot's Short Report:

SPOOKY CROSS 2010 – Full Moon Brings the Best of Cyclocross to So Cal!

The 3rd Annual Spooky Cross in Irvine also marked Round 5 of the SoCalCross Prestige Series presented by H2O Overdrive.  Lots to talk about… highlights:  the first ever Kids & Canines Costume Race… all racers were winners with some really cool costumes sported by these young cyclists!   Canines joined in to make the circus complete!  The kids headed off to carve pumpkins and the top 3 were chosen to sit on the Spooky Cross podium blocks!

A special thanks goes out to Rock N Road Cyclery and Team Sho-Air who supported the day’s event with a staff of volunteers to make the event happen.  Rock N Road’s duo of Brandon and Kyle Gritters designed the course along with TEAM SoCalCross’ Ted Willard and Jeff Herring.  Montrose Bike Shop’s Jonathan Livesay and Surf City Cyclery’s Greg Castaneda lent their expertise in the build.

We could not do these events without our sponsors and our presenting sponsor H2O Overdrive as our anchor, Shimano and Focus Bicycles supporting the series and our UCI weekends.  A special thanks goes out to Crank Brothers who partnered with us with their Limited Edition Halloween-colored Candy Pedals.  30 pairs were made special just for Spooky Cross to help support the Series!  We have a limited supply left so if you are interested, they will be available next at next week’s races 10.30 in Solvang at Kalyra Winery CX and 10.31 in San Diego at Storm the Beach.  Or drop me an e-mail and we can coordinate.

Even Oakley showed up with their Spooky Cross bar on tap – where you could custom build your own pair!  The highlight of the night was the Spooky Costume race raising money for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and our partnership to ‘Cross Out Cancer where SoCalCross Teams are invited to join Team Duke. Highest fundraisers will be eligible to win an Ellsworth wheelset.  And SoCalCross will be awarding an Ellsworth Roots frame at the 2010 finale at Santa Cross December 19th!

Over 50 riders jumped out on course in full Halloween gear including our costume winners – Red Riding Hood Family, SoCalCross Man complete with logo’d barriers and the Cross Crusaders ready for battle!

STATS:  Record attendance for the Prestige Series now in its 5th season… all told at near 500 participants… and a 400% growth since we began.  Our Juniors representing over 10% of our racers and the women came in force with 15%.  The Men’s CX4 race had 90 participants as our largest field of the day and 20% of participants.  Offering a first timer race brought a group of new riders to try the sport at a lower cost and included a beginner’s clinic taught by The TEAM SoCalCross’ U23 rider, Captain Morgan (Morgan Ryan)  who raced on the USA Cross Camp team in Belgium a CX District Champion and also finished 6th place in the elite Men’s race later that night.

The premier events included the elite women’s race where our young women of cycling shined.  Miss Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12) who won the women’s elite race of 20 riders – need I say her resume again?  Why not!  Bronze medalist the Junior World Road Championships this year and 28? time National Champion in road, track and cyclocross… at 18 years old.  Not bad, huh?  2nd was San Diego Pro road cyclist, Megan Elliott who has just returned to SoCalCross in her second race of the season and showing great form!  3rd and 4th are the ‘Schleck’ sisters aka Kendall and Alexis Ryan representing The TEAM – SoCalCross and a great performance from these two rising stars also national champions on the road, track and cyclocross… and also helped build the course, work registration and booth sales then raced 10 hours later… thanks ladies!  And to match up their over-achievements rounding out the top 5 was Rock N Road’s Allison Mann who went out on an Enduro 75+ mile ride that morning.   I guess we all have the same disease : )

In the elite men’s race… wow!  More star power!  We had the luck to have in our presence this special night Champions of MTBing and Road take the final curtain call.  Chris Horner (Team Radio Shack) made his first SoCalCross Prestige Series race and duked it out with World MTB champions Sid Taberlay (Sho-Air / H2O) and Brian Lopes (Oakley) and SoCal’s cyclocross powerhouse Mr. Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific / B&L) and Rock N Road’s Brandon Gritters.   The 60+ rider field charged off the black top and around the soggy field at Camp James Hidden Valley.  The course included sloggy flat grass turns, off-camber  dirt slopes and forced run up, H2O stairs and double barrier… eliminating bunny hopping… though I’d really like to see that stay in every race – next time no stairs but uphill barriers like Cross Vegas would be cool : ) to watch… come on bunny hopping is entertaining!!!  In the end, Chris Horner launched for the win, split up the group to an elite field of riders wil Sid and Brian duked it out for the 2nd & 3rd block.  Brent in 4th and Brandon 5th… great job and thanks for the fine racing!

Today is the SLO Cross Race at El Chorro Regional.  Stay tuned for news on this first time race as San Luis Obispo gets into CX!  Round 2 will be 11/14 – Sunday in Cambria… whee!!!  Next week continues with Kalyra Winery Cyclocross in Solvang Saturday 10/30 and then Storm the Beach Sunday in San Diego (Oceanside).  Pick one or be a hard-core crosser and do both!

RESULTS:  Sorry for the delay on results this evening.  The full moon zapped our timing system for a bit.  We will have complete results online Monday AM – please let us know if there are errors and we will make sure to correct them.  Chris our scoring guru is currently at SLO Cross and will report back the weekends results to us and all who want to know.  Thanks for your patience and hope you had fun at Spooky Cross 2010!

RACE REPORT FROM SLO Cross #1 – El Chorro Regional Park

October 25 dawned cloudy and threatening rain.  It had rained a few tenths of an inch overnight and ‘crossers were hoping for more. Nature delivered in modest amounts at first and then more (but only the tear-down crew really enjoyed the all-natural douche). The SLO Bike Coalition was on hand with a pancake breakfast, and Central Coast Brewing brought their Tactical Thirst Response Unit for support. The beer flowed like, well beer, and a real Belgian flavor permeated the event.  Katrina Baumsteiger, four-time World Masters Cyclocross medalist said, “ I loved the course! But loved more to see my niece and nephew on their new cross bikes tearing it up around the Circle of Doom!! What rain???

The race was held at the first-time venue of El Chorro Regional County Park midway between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay.  San Luis Obispo County Parks Department has hosted many adventure and Scott Tinley races, so they were ready for their first ‘cross event. The course was a true Euro-style route, with many technical turns and complex riding problems. It included about 70% dirt, a 35 yard sand pit, a greasy run-up and a 1/3 mile section of pavement for recovery. The course made true selections as riders finished by ones and two – the technical factors made bike handling a real plus. Tyler Wertenbruch, who raced at the Provincetown, Rhode Island UCI event two weeks ago said, “The race turned out better than I had ever hoped for a first year event. Putting it in was an absolute blast and racing it was that much more satisfying. Can’t wait to have everyone up for our race on November 14 in Cambria.”

Post your photos online at the SoCalCross Photo of the Week.  Check out the latest photos including last season.  Winners will be chosen from the Pool for Series Prizes each week and the end of the season.   If anyone wants to help me catch up and organize this, help is appreciated. I am full-o-work and can always use a helping hand : )

LATEST UCI WEEKEND NEWS:

UCI Weekend details coming out Thursday 12noon.  Some exciting news to tell you.

Incase you need a reminder from our last UCI weekend Kross-toberfest… enjoy video by Mark Colton!

Have a great week and hope to see you next weekend.  Only 7 weeks of SoCalCross 2010 to go and then there’s SoCalCross Fever January 2011!

Dot : )

ENJOY THIS SPOOKY CX VIDEO FROM MARK COLTON:

Slideshow from our Flickr Group featuring images tagged “Storm.”

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Sun, sand, surf, CYCLOCROSS!   Storm the Beach 2010: Celo Pacific Bicycle Racing Team announces Storm the Beach Cyclocross 2010 presented by Bailey Bikes brings you Round 8 and race 9 – the half way point of the Southern California Prestige Series of Cyclocross presented by H2O Overdrive.  The cyclocross season thus far in Southern California has offered a diverse set of challenges including over 100 degree heat, sticky mud, and international level competitors. Next up, cycling team Celo Pacific, with the support of their presenting sponsor Bailey Bikes, brings you Storm the Beach Cyclocross Race in Oceanside, CA. This seaside course is patterned after the famous Duinencross race in Koksijde Belgium. Racers will be challenged by steep seaside bluffs, undulating sand dunes, high speed fire roads, and the Pacific Ocean itself as they dodge the surf for 400 meters along incoming waves. The race has been scheduled again this year to coincide with low tide so that nobody will actually have to ride the waves as occurred two years ago (then again, if you want to go for a dip with your bike, we’re not going to stop you!) After the race, you’ll be able to wash off those layers of sand, dust, and sea spray courtesy of Nomad Portable Power Cleaners. Even if you don’t want to race, come on out and watch: spectators can expect to see great racing all day long. The best cyclocross talent in the region will be chasing SoCalCross Prestige Series points and a generous prize list. Among others, local elite racer and course designer, Brent Prenzlow will attempt to continue his undefeated winning streak on this course.   For more information on Celo Pacific, go to www.celopacific.org

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