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UCI Spooky Cross Weekend! October 15-16th! Irvine, CA

Sat: 10/15: Cross After Dark Finale - Spooky Cross Night Race!

Event Type: UCI Race
Event Date: Sat/Sun Oct 15-16, 2011 Start Time: (see below)
Venue: Hidden Valley (Verizon Wireless-Wild Rivers) Location: 8800 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine CA 92618

Download the Spooky Cross Weekend event flyer HERE (PDF, 2.7M)

Sat: 10/15: Cross After Dark Finale – Spooky Cross Night Race!  Spooky Showdown Looms in Irvine!

With the finale race of the Cross After Dark Series heading to Irvine’s Hidden Valley on Saturday October 15 the series lead could be determined by who shows up.  Early series races were dominated by riders who are either based in Europe or will be traveling to the first World Cup in the Czech Republic so look for a possible change of leadership on race day.

On the Men’s side look for Ben Berden of Belgium (Stoemper Bikes) to likely take the CxAD winner’s jersey.  Known as Mr. Consistent, Berden has steadily improved and settled into the American style of cross during his first full season racing in the U.S.!

The Women’s side has Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) solidly on top of the standings with her domination at CrossVegas and Star Crossed with Gateway Cross Cup winner Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant/Specialized) lying 2nd. Nash’s trip to her native Czech Republic opens the door for Stetson-Lee or teammate Meredith Miller (Cal Giant/Specialized) to take the series overall title if one of the pair wins in Irvine.  Overall prize list for the series of $5,000 to be split evenly between the men’s and women’s categories.

Racers and spectators please be at the venue by 6pm on Saturday night and out by 10:30pm to avoid traffic congestion from a concert going on at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

Sun: 10/16: Spooky Sunday – LIVE OC! Eco-Sport-fest presented by SPY!

A Southern California kind of day starting off with our Spooky Sunday 6k Cross Run – 2 laps on the CX course.  One person or 2-person relay race.  Beginner CX clinic hosted by Belgian Champion Ben Berden and more!  8:00a-9:00am leading into the Junior and Beginner races with Southern California Cyclocross flavor!

Spooky Cross Weekend is a California Gold Crown event presented by Shimano!  Premier events: UCI, California Cyclocross Championships, more than a ‘cross race Eco-Sportfests!

PRE-REGISTER ONLINE & $AVE! Online Reg closes Thurs 10.13 @11:59pm

*Special 2-day DISCOUNT PACKAGE available ONLY on-line!

Event Summary
Event Spooky Cross Weekend, Irvine, CA
Date October 15-16, 2011
UCI Classification C2 / C2
Start Time/Depart: SATURDAY – 1:00 PM first race (see detailed race schedule below)

SUNDAY – 9:00 AM first race (see detailed race schedule below)

Venue Location: Camp James – Hidden Valley, Irvine, CA
Registration: Picnic Pavilion – at venue
Anti Doping: Location and Rider Numbers will be posted on Hidden Valley Offices
Race Hotel: DoubleTree Hotel - Irvine Spectrum

Doubletree Hotel – Irvine Spectrum
90 Pacifica Avenue
Irvine, CA 92618

Reservations: Call 949-471-8888 or toll free at 800-768-0593 to make reservations.  CALL NOW!  A few rooms are still available at special SoCalCross discount rate!

Discount Code: Mention the discount code SOCALCROSS to receive the following discounted rates for rooms on Thursday through Sunday:

  • $79 (no breakfast)
  • $89 (with breakfast buffet for 2 from 6am-10am daily)
  • $99 (with breakfast buffet for 4)

Shuttle Service: Shuttle service will be available to and from the hotel from John Wayne Airport; Shuttles also be available to and from the hotel from the race venue for $2 per person.

Hotel Front Desk: 1-949-471-8888
Hotel Fax: 1-949-471-8600

Post Race Showers: Doubletree Hotel via Shuttle transport
Race & Media HQ on site: Media will be located at the Hidden Valley office at the race venue
Awards: Podium near Expo/Finish – immediately following the event
Post Event Press Conference: Immediately following the awards ceremony at podium near the VIP viewing area.
Emergency Hospital Hoag Hospital Irvine

16200 Sand Canyon Avenue
Irvine, CA, 92618
949/764-HOAG (4624)

Event Parking and TEAMS…. GET YOUR VIP PASS!

Parking on race day will be organized to accommodate the race course being on the Hidden Valley dirt access road which is usually our race parking.  General admission free and VIP paid parking options available.  Sign up for VIP Parking-Expo passes HERE *Discount weekend rates!

Otherwise, TEAM  DROP OFF ZONE opens 3 hours before the first race start each day and closes 30 minutes before the first race.  Starting Friday 3p-6p, 9am to 12n on Saturday and 6a – 8am Sunday.  Limited in and out access once the racing begins over the weekend so reserve your spot today.  Teams can leave their tents up overnight each day.

The VIP INFIELD TEAM ZONE is close to the start.finish.staging area and in the heart of the event. Be in the thick of the action!  Sign up for VIP parking passes HERE *No cars are allowed in the infield unless part of the expo layout.

Suggest one car stays outside of the VIP team zones  in general parking especially  if you want easy in and out access throughout the day or a quick out.

Team VIP Parking Application by e-mail or FAX: If the online option is not your thing, you can e-mail or FAX the downloadable form (coming soon) to: Dot@SoCalCross.org  or FAX to: (626)-797-8950 no later than Thurs 10/13 11:59pm Pacific or RSVP and bring to the event.


Hidden Valley Park – 8800 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618 – part of the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and Wild Rivers Water Park complex.

Map to Spooky Cross race. Directions follow...

Race Directions

From 405 freeway south: Exit Irvine Center Drive, go right. Make a right at Lion Country/Hubble signal (entrance to Wild Rivers/Verizon Amphitheater.) Pass through ticket booths, go left and continue to end of parking lot.

From 5 Freeway: Exit Bake Parkway, go west. Turn right onto Irvine Center Drive. Make a left at Lion Country/Hubble (Wild Rivers/Irvine Meadows entrance.) Pass through ticket booths, go left and continue to end of parking lot.


Hidden Valley Park – 8800 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618 – part of the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and Wild Rivers Water Park complex.



The race shall be held under the 2011 USAC/UCI regulations: notably, safety, starting order, course guidelines, and duration of events.  A UCI license is required for elite men and women’s races.  An annual USA Cycling license is required for all amateur categories can can be purchased online or at race registration.  One day USAC  licenses are available for $10.day.


Categories: The event will include UCI elite men and women categories as well as
amateur categories and shall be organized in accordance with USAC and UCI regulations.

  • UCI categories will include: Elite Men and Elite Women
  • USAC categories will include: Youth U10, Juniors 10-14, 15-18, Master Men 35+ 1-4, 35+ 3/4, 45+ 1-4, 45+ 3/4, 55+ 1-4, Women 35+ 1-4, Women 45+ 1-4, Men 4, Men 3/4, Women 3/4, Women 4, Single Speed Men 1-4, Single Speed Men 3/4 and Single Speed Women 1-4, Non UCI Men 1-4, Non UCI Women 1-4.

Racing Age: A rider’s 2011-12 racing age, according to UCI 5.1.001 The category to which the license-holder belongs on 1 January of the civil year following will be used for his participation in events for the whole season. In other words, a rider’s racing age for all categories is determined by his/her age on December 31, 2012.

Race Headquarters & Press Room:

Race headquarters and Press Room will be located in the Hidden Valley Office at the race venue.  Wireless Internet will be provided.  Media badges will be available on site starting at 11am on Saturday 10/15.


All races are conducted under USA Cycling, UCI and USADA anti-doping regulations. Riders must check to see if they are required to submit to doping control. Doping Control will be located in the Hidden Valley Offices.

UCI elite men and women Start Order & Staging Protocol:

UCI rule 5.1.043Elite: The start order will be determined by the order of latest published UCI cyclocross point classification from highest to lowest. Riders with 0 UCI points will receive start/bib number by random draw.

Bike Washing Area:

Spray washing will be available within the pit area as needed. With an auxiliary wash area (hose and spigot) will be set up for pre-post race clean-up.

UCI Race Pit Pass & Mechanic’s Protocol:

Mechanics passes will be issued at Registration/Packet Pick-up. No other personnel will be allowed in the pit zone.

Awards Area:

Riders finishing in the top 5 of UCI categories shall report IMMEDIATELY to the podium waiting area. Only riders and staff are allowed in the podium waiting area. NO EXCEPTIONS. Mechanics must post bikes in the “winner’s rack” within 5 minutes of the finish. Mechanics are to stay with the bikes until after their rider’s press conference.


Pre-registration is available online at www.SoCalCross.org and closes Thursday at 10/13 at 11:59 PM Pacific. Race day registration is available at venue and closes 20 minutes before each race start.  UCI Elite Race registration closes ONE hour before the elite women’s race each day.


Spooky Cross has been Southern California’s most popular race over the past three years and the course more than supports its popularity.  It is spectator friendly course makes its way around the expo with barriers and start/finish right in the center of the action!

Course features: the course is comprised of: 75% grass, 10% pavement, and 15% dirt. . This 3.5 km course starts on grass for a start loop then turning past the expo and to the first double barrier section.  The course meanders through the park and includes  a cross over-under bridge, one stairs section and one long sand section.  There will be a double pit (2-way) location in the center of the course, splitting the midway points in each direction of the course. It will include a bike wash station for races in progress only.  An auxiliary wash will be located near the far end of parking lot.

Media Credentials

Media Credential Application: Download the Media Credential Application (PDF). Complete the form and fax to: (626)-797-8950 or email a copy to Dorothy Wong at dot@socalcross.org or bring to the Media Room at the Hidden Valley race venue starting 11am on Saturday.

Policies & Credentials

  1. Credentials will be required for all media who want to access restricted areas of the course.
  2. Photographers will be issued photo Badges and will be the only media allowed into designated photo access zones.
  3. Media credentials can be picked up at the Media Room located at Hidden Valley Park beginning 11am on Saturday 10/15.

Event Schedule

3PM – 6PM Course open for warm up; Inspection
4PM – 5PM CX Clinic at Camp James – Hidden Valley Race Venue with the Pros.
6PM – 8PM Happy Hour (6p-8P) : Meet the Pros, Registration & Packet Pickup at Rock N Road Cyclery Irvine:

6282 Irvine Blvd
Irvine, CA 92620

Cross After Dark Finale: Spooky Cross Night Race Presented by:


11:00 AM Inspect course; Expo opens; Race Day Registration Opens
12:00 PM Course open for warm up; Inspection
1:00 PM WAVE 1: (30 min) Jr. Men 15-18, Jr. M&W 10-14, Youth U10
1:45 PM Kids and Canines Costume Cross Race
2:00 PM WAVE 2: (35 min) Men C: CX4 Beginner
3:00 PM WAVE 3: (40 min) Master Men B: 35+; 45+ CX3/4; Men 55+
4:00 PM WAVE 4: (45 min) Non UCI Men A 1-4; M35+ A 1-4, 45+ A 1-4; Men B 3/4
5:00 PM WAVE 5: (40 min) Non UCI Women A CX1-4; B CX3/4; C CX4; Women 35+; W45+
6:00 PM WAVE 6: (40 min) Single Speed: Men A CX1-4, SS Men B CX3/4, SS Women CX1-4
7:00 PM Mini-Wave: SPOOKY CROSS COSTUME NIGHT RACE (separate course – main expo)
7:00 PM Meanwhile… Course open for warm up; Inspection UCI categories
7:20 PM WAVE 7: (40 min) UCI Women
8:30 PM WAVE 8: (60 min) UCI Men
Spooky Sunday LIVE! OC Presented by:


7:00 AM Inspect course & Revisions
7:00 AM Race Day Registration, Expo opens
8:00 AM Spooky Sunday Costume 6k Cross Run – Solo and 2-person relay race
8:30 AM CX Course open for warm up
9:00 AM WAVE 1: (30 min) Jr. Men 15-18, Jr. M&W 10-14, Youth U10
9:45 AM WAVE 2: (35) Men C: CX4 Beginner
10:40 AM WAVE 3: (40 min) Master Men B: 35+; 45+ CX3/4; Men 55+
11:30 AM WAVE 4: (45 min) Non UCI Men A 1-4; M35+ 45+ A 1-4;  Men B 3/4
12:30 PM WAVE 5: (40 min) Non UCI Women A CX1-4; B CX3/4; C CX4; Women 35+; W45+
1:30 PM WAVE 6: (40 min) Single Speed: Men A CX1-4, SS Men B CX3/4, SS Women CX1-4
2:00PM Kids and Pros Cross Race
2:00 PM Course open for warm up; Inspection UCI categories
2:20 PM WAVE 7: (40 min) UCI Women presented by CYNERGY CYCLES
3:30 PM WAVE 8: (60 min) UCI Men presented by JENSON USA

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MyLaps Sports Timing

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