Despite all you may have read, heard and seen regarding the outrageous amount of world-level racing taking place this weekend at CXLA, a high degree of attention is also being focused on women and junior riders and racers.
You probably know that CXLA features the first ever UCI Junior Men’s cyclocross event. It’s proudly sponsored by Rock n Road Cyclery and it takes place on Saturday evening at 6:30 at Los Angeles State Historic Park.
But did you know that it’s open to any young man 17-18 years old (according to the CX season calendar) with a cyclocross bike and a current UCI license? This is an opportunity of a lifetime for any aspiring bicycle racer, no matter what category or level he may be at right now. Hey all you gnarly high school league mountain bike racers out there — come on down! Don’t have a CX bike? Well, SoCalCross has rentals.
It’s not too late to get the proper licensing and get signed up for the Rock n Road UCI Junior Men event. License applications for the USA Cycling and UCI 2013 season opens Saturday morning, 12/1/12, so riders can do that online before coming to the race. There will also be race-day registration on site Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m., but participants are strongly encouraged to get the ball rolling ASAP by visiting the USA Cycling website. You’ll need either a valid birth certificate or current passport whether you’re getting this paperwork done online or in person at the park.
And even if you have no plans to race in the UCI event — or any other class, for that matter — there are lots of other cool ways to be involved during this historic weekend.
Ladies and kids will have several chances starting on Friday afternoon to meet and spin around with big-name pro riders including Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon of the Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com team and Meredith Miller from the Cal Giant/Specialized squad.
Or how about spending some time in “the lounge”? Cardo Systems is hosting a seminar/question-and-answer/meet-the-pros session specifically for gals of all ages, and the guys get their turn with a focus on juniors thanks to Rock n Road Cyclery.
Don’t have a bike or don’t even know how to ride? Check out Sunday morning’s Steeple Cross presented by Squareone. It’s a trail run on the cyclocross course!
Finally, anyone who has attended any SoCalCross race knows there is a free, half-hour cyclocross skill clinic first thing every race morning, a Youth & First-Timers class as well as a Kiddie Cross at some point of the day — often one of the most entertaining of all.
There’s something for everyone at CXLA. Why let the big guys have all the fun? We encourage youngsters and “the fairer” side to join us this weekend and at upcoming Prestige Series events.
Be sure to check out the CXLA website for specific details and a full — and we mean FULL — weekend schedule.
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By Phil Beckman/PB Creative