LOCATION: GRIFFITH PARK – VERMONT CANYON AT THE GREEK THEATRE…. GOOGLE MAP LINK HERE
The cyclocross festival will take place in Griffith Park – Vermont Canyon just north of the Greek Theatre which sits on the south side of the park in the Hollywood Hills. Enter park at Hillhurst or Vermont Ave off Los Feliz. It is the City of Los Angeles’ largest park and a tourist destination including: Griffith Park Observatory and views of the City below and famous Hollywood sign.
HOST HOTEL: Hampton Inn – Burbank Airport – Mention code SCC (SoCalCross).
Call the hotel directly at: 818-768-1106. $109/nite. Check out USA Cycling for 15% discount but might be the same cost. Free hot breakfast from 6:00am-10:00am daily. Free shuttle service to and from Burbank Airport.
Also a great hotel nearby the venue is: Homestead Studio Suites – Los Angeles – Glendale Book online Expedia or Priceline for $75/nite.
PREFERRED AIRPORT: Burbank Airport approx. 10 miles from Griffith Park. LAX works too!
SCHEDULED RACE TIMES: (see detailed race flyer below) This weekend double header is two days of SoCalCross Prestige Series racing – same schedule both days! UCI elite men and women will have to follow the guidelines of tire width and bikes, but the rest of the racing there are no restrictions. Road bikes with road tires are not recommened – hard tail MTBs are best if you don’t have a CX bikes. We also have a modest fleet of demo bikes thanks to Fuji, Jamis for supporting the demo fleet. $10 rental fee per race. You can reserve them online as well at our official registration page at: SportsbaseOnline
We’ll fine tune and revise the course for day 2… for a second chance at exciting cyclocross action! ** DON’T FORGET THE TIME CHANGE SATURDAY NIGHT – WE FALL BACK ONE HOUR SUNDAY.
PARKING: SoCalCross is renting the parking lot at the Greek Theatre so you can be close to the action. It wil cost a lot to do this so we are asking Racer Parking is $5 per vehicle. Please do everything you can to use this parking lot and not the street parking on Vermont Canyon road. Although the City has allowed us the use for our permitted event, we want to keep the street spots open for trail users and passerbys who want to check out the festival. We want this sport to grow and need your support. If you would like to set up your TEAM tent inside the race expo please send me an e-mail. There is limited space for team tents inisde the race course and will designate a spot in the course for teams with children. Please RSVP with Dot@SoCalCross.org… first some first serve.
SOCALCROSS TAKES CENTER STAGE AT THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES’ LARGEST AND MOST POPULAR PARK, SO LET’S CELEBRATE THE BENEFITS OF THE BICYCLE!
-WORLD-CLASS UCI ELITE MEN AND WOMEN’S RACE!
-CYCLO-CROSS RACING FOR ALL LEVELS FROM 6 TO 65!
-JUNIORS RACE FREE WITH USA CYCLING LICENSE!
-YOUTH AND KIDS RACES ARE FREE!
-FREE BEGINNER’S CYCLOCROSS CLINIC!
WANT TO BE A PART OF THE EXPO? CONTACT: Dot@SoCalCross.org
FUN EVENTS FOR THE WEEKEND:
4:30-7:30PM FRIDAY – MEET THE PRO’S: KONA’S RYAN TREBON AND PORTLAND’S MOLLY CAMERON AT ORANGE 20 BIKES FOR A RIDE TO THE PARK, 5PM CX BASICS & 6:30pm HAPPY HOUR: Ryan and Molly will be on hand to teach a mini CX clinic while the CX course in the Park. He will share his experiences as CX and MTB National Champion and racing cyclocross in Europe. The ride returns to the shop for some refreshments and happy hour treats. The ride and clinic are free – please arrive at 4:00PM to check in. Lights recommended for the return to Orange 20. ADDRESS: 4351 Melrose Ave. LA,CA 90029 CALL: 323 66-BIKES
FACE BOOK MEET UP ROAD RIDES TO THE PARK! Details coming as they unfold. Supported by the Women’s Cycling Challenge and cycling clubs across LA! Invite your clubs to host rides to meet up and ride to the park for a loop around the Par. All dirt trails in Griffith Park are closed to bicycles, but the vistas and routes on the paved roads within the park offer scenic climbs above the City! AND, the Los Angeles River Bike Path has miles of amazing bicycle paths along the urban river path full of wildlife unseen except from these paths! Learn about the upcoming LACBC River Ride for volunteers later that month to help improve the 2011 LACBC Los Angeles River Ride!
1:00pm each day… CLASSIC BIKE PARADE! SHOW OFF YOUR BICYCLE PRIDE! The Bike Parade lead out the women’s elite race as they prepare to race, the bicycle parade will do one lap in the parking lot just before the elite women’s call ups.
2:45pm each day… FIRST TIMER & TEAM RELAY CX RACE FOR ADVOCACY! Benefiting the LACBC, CORBA, and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation! Join us for The TEAM RELAY CX RACE for ADVOCACY…. each day at the conclusion of the UCI Elite Women’s race as the pro men get their first call to staging. This first timer friendly race will start/finish on the dirt straight then turn into Kids Race loop and then will make its way into the real course and sand pit to the complete the loop. Tag team for 3 laps. Best team in each category wins. Race, Recreate, Advocate the benefits of the bicycle! $5 donation per person and we’ll create TEAMS of 2-3. Mass start one team rider or tanden on course at a time. Categories: 1 – Commuter-SS, 2- CX geared racer, 3- first timer-fun bikes including tandems. Winners will receive awards in each category.
6pm – 9pm SATURDAY NIGHT MID-SEASON CROSS PARTY! Details coming soon!
8:00AM SUNDAY DAYLIGHT SAVINGS HIKE IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS. Lead by Team Duke and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation! Join SoCalCross’ mission to Cross out Cancer. Meet at 7:30am at the Team Duke Booth… sign up, get some coffee and muffins and head out no later than 8:00am on this short 30 minute hike heading north into Vermont Canyon and up the hill to one of the most amazing views of the City of LA including the Griffith Park Observatory, the Hollywood sign, the City of Los Angeles including downtown LA, central LA and West LA to the Pacific Ocean. Climb higher up and you can see into the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valley for a 360 degree panorama! Believe me, it is worth the hike!
REMEMBER GRIFFITH PARK IS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE TO ALL USERS INCLUDING EQUESTRIANS AND HIKERS – THE TRAILS ARE NOT OPEN TO BICYCLES. ENJOY THE ROAD…BICYCLES MUST STAY ON THE PAVED ROADS! THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPECT OF THIS MOST BEAUTIFUL PRECIOUS RESOURCE IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES AND WORK TOGETHER TO PROMOTE THE BENEFITS OF THE BICYLE : )
PARK RULES FOR THIS EVENT:
No alcohol in the event or park at any time.
No bikes on trails.
No smoking in the park.
Do not litter!
Dogs on leash – this is also coyote corner, so please be careful.
Thank you to our UCI weekend’s key sponsors: H2O Overdrive, Focus Bicycles, Shimano and Voler!