UCI CXLA Cross After Dark coming to Los Angeles State Historic Park 11.30 to 12.1!
Don’t miss the fun as the SoCalCross brings you UCI internationally sanctioned elite Women Men and Junior Men main events this weekend bringing to LA some of the best cyclocross racers in the USA and beyond chasing points to be the best in the world!
This weekend to date we’ve got a star-studded line of of racers coming from across the Nation featuring much of the Western US’ best! Confirming 4 of the top 5 in the Pro CX standings are racing including Cannondale Cyclocross World’s Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon and the ever entertaining Raleigh Clement Cyclocross team with Ben Berden and Jamie Driscoll, also last year’s Cross After Dark race winner, Jamie Driscoll! The women will see many of the strong West Coast contenders including Marin/SPY rider Nicole Duke from Colorado and SoCal’s leading ladies including SDG/Felt rider Amanda Naumen! SEE WHO’S REGISTERED TO DATE! Online registration has been extended until 12noon today! Race day registration opens at 11am Saturday!
Thank you to our weekend sponsors!
Pricepoint.com will bring to the weekend our interview lounge and race warm up and cool down station! Griffin Pedal Works will provide tech support! Clif Bar will be brining their refuel station, Rock N Road Cyclery supporting Juniors and the top young men in the region! Knobbe Martens equalizing the Elite Women’s cash purse, and Verizon Wireless presenting the top Men in the Pro CX Series!
Thanks to all of these fine sponsors for bringing us the super-fun-features on course! …DNA Cycling who’s got Team Spirit Whoop Zone at the Spy Fly Over, Bonk Breaker Hill Repeats, TRP Brakes let’s see who can bunny hop the Barriers zone, Velo Pasadena and Velo Studio bringing the TWO Step Stairs section!
Southern California Prestige Series of Cyclocross (SoCalCross) is brought to you by… Pedaler’s Fork 10-Speed Coffee, SPY Optic,Voler Cycling Apparel, Jenson USA and our wonderful bike shop partners: Montrose Bike Shop, Jenson USA, Bike Effect, Rock N Road Cyclery, Golden Saddle Cyclery, H&S Bicycles, Bike Religion, Empire Bikes, Pasadena Cyclery, Orange 20, Velo Pasadena, and Newbury Park Bike Shop!
Los Angeles Bicycle Attorney and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition will advocate better and safer bicycling for all!
Saturday 11.30 is also the UCI Cross After Dark Series Finale topped off with a $4,000 bonus cash purse split equally to the top 5 elite men and women overall in the Series!
Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) and Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) lead the national cyclocross series with 3 of the 4 series events completed. Both riders hold substantial leads over their closest rivals. Berden maintains a 21 point lead over second-placed Tim Johnson (Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld.com) with 71 points while Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) sits in third with 70 points and Ryan Trebon (Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld.com) hold fourth with 65 points.
Katerina Nash, with 95 points holds a substantial lead over Elle Anderson (Specialized-Cal Giant) with 59 points. Nicole Duke (Marin-Spy Optic) sits in third with 58 points setting up a close battle for the second step on the podium. For Ben Berden the position is becoming familiar, the Belgian held a similar lead heading to the final race last season and took overall honors.
The Cross After Dark series includes Clif Bar CrossVegas held in Las Vegas in September, Gateway Cross Cup held in St. Louis in October, Lionhearts International Cross held in Cincinnati during November and CXLA Cross after Dark held in Los Angeles in late November. Complete series results and standings HERE
CXLA weekend will include USA Cycling sanctioned racing as part of the SoCalCross Prestige Series (except UCI races) where racers earn points each week to determine who is the best in SoCal!
This weekend will have something for everyone including the Tour de Taste Saturday from 2pm-9pm featuring some of the best chef’s, restaurants, deserts and beverages LA has to offer! Benefiting the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition!
SATURDAY’S TOUR DE TASTE featuring:
DR. J’S VIBRANT CAFE
BIG MAN BAKES
WEST CENTRAL PRODUCE
ONE COCONUT WATER
CHEF REGINA DOUGLAS…
Live music by Jett Pink, DJ Pinke, Cross Karaoke, LA Hoopers and cultural performances will entertain throughout the weekend. There will be a CX short track to entertain kids and adults alike throughout the weekend!
The CXLA VIP EXPO is fill of fun: Verizon Wireless will showcase their latest gear as our featured partner and a 30 foot display! Visit our sponsors and VIP vendors: Pricepoint.com, Voler, Bonk Breaker, DNA Cycling, Kenda Tires, Champion Systems, Kool N Fit Sport, Jenson USA Small Batch Embrocation, Crank Brothers, Clif Bar Hydration Station, Touch Massage, Coconut Water, American Classic Wheels, The TEAM SoCalCross, 10 Speed Coffee and more!
It should be a wonderful weekend with a warming trend coming our way! WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT: http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Los+Angeles+CA+USCA0638:1:US
E-mail Dot@SoCalCross.org to get in on the action or if you have any questions.
THE PLANNED WEEKEND SCHEDULE…
*10 AM Meet at th Park for a Tour of LA Ride socially paced CX ride as we take a to the CHROME POP UP SALE and refuel at Red5 Yellow7 @ Orange20 Bikes!
*BLACK FRIDAY AT THE PARK: 3:00pm Beginner’s CX Clinic & Fun Race, 5pm BLACK FRIDAY CX RACE followed by CXLA CROSSIE FIXIE race at 7pm – under the lights! Costumes encouraged! Sign up on site $10 race!
*YOU’RE INVITED TO THE WELCOME TO CXLA HAPPY HOUR & FINE DINING CELEBRATION 7PM-10PM at Pete’s Cafe & Bar on Main Street! Happy Hour pricing drinks all night, special CXLA Turkey Leg and other selections of the late night menu and 15% off the main dinner menu!
9AM Tripto Cross Run… a 6k cross country style run on the CX course and 3k family version around the track! $20 entry includes a CXLA t-shirt and a complimentary ticket to Tour de Taste later that day!
1PM UCI CXLA Day One – Cross After Dark Finale, SoCalCross Prestige Series racing begins then 2pm starts the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition hosts Tour de Taste and Brewfest, Electric Cross Fun Race – any bike goes bring your best costume and dress up your bike and self with lights to be seen, The Cross After Dark After Party!!!
UCI CXLA Day Two 8:30AM - including the CXLA Single Speed Championship Weekend (Men A, B and women) – special awards to the top 3 finishers (men, women) over the two days!!
Register online at: www.SoCalCross.org/register – online registration closes Friday at 12N Pacific! Race day registration is available! Come race ‘cross in LA!
Jamis Demo CX bike available for rental $10.race online or first come first serve on race day! Also a great way to have a back up bike in the pit! Bring your own mountain bike pedals or we have some spares on hand: Crank Brothers, Shimano, Time and flat pedals.
Complete race info can be found at: www.SoCalCross.org
This year a little sloppy but mostly sunny and warming trend for CXLA… last year muddy!