Tuesday, October 09, 2007

NCNCA Cup Round Two - On Grass!

Howdy 'cross fans,


This Sunday brings the second round of the NCNCA Cup presented by Sycip, this time around hosted by Rich Maile and Sacramento Cyclocross on Sunday, Oct. 14.


One of the things we heard consistently from racers as we developed this series concept is the desire of riders in the 831 area code to check out the Sacramento scene for one of the races so this is your chance, and we have a special course for you. If maybe you have come to expect dry dusty conditions this time of year, this Sunday's race offers up a tasty treat not often seen in NorCal: a course with a generous helping of fresh grass. Rich notes in the Sacramento site:

The race will be located at Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova. This venue is a grass only location. The race course is expected to be very fast with very high traction. Locals will recognize this park since it is right off the bike trail and has miniature train track running throughout. This race is also the second race in the NCNCA Cup. We are expecting a larger turn out and stiffer competition as a bunch of racers will be coming from out of town in their chase for the Cup.

For local Sacramento racers, please note the event schedule for this week's event is slightly different from the other SacCX races. Check the flyer for details. Rich has also provided an area for team tents and vendors so bring the whole gang out for a great day of racing in fine fall weather.


At the other end of the region, Central Coast will be holding their third race on Saturday. Note the location will be Fort Ord, not Salinas as previously announced. Check their site for details.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hella

10/9/07, 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

word

10/9/07, 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fresh grass, very bumpy terrain,...lots of gopher holes people...it is not going to be a fun course. It would be nice if they can incorporate some of the dirt surrounding the park, if not it will be a truly boring course. The high school that is located next to the park has a great amphitheater that would provide a challenging run-up, but most likely would not be able to use it due to liability. we will see.

10/10/07, 5:19 PM  
Blogger Linda E said...

Cross Vegas was all grass and was awesome.

BTW, I invite anyone who criticizes the courses or promoters to put on a race.

10/11/07, 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is it with all the haters on this site! You prefer potholes in a dump to a grassy park?

10/11/07, 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks like a great place to have a cross race and the grass and terrain should make it rival the East Coast style races that use a lot of grass. Rich Maile has done those before and I am sure he will deliver a very good course.
Definitely different then previous Sacto style courses so I hope a lot of you Bay Area folks give it a chance. No sand pits, horses or other things you have run into in Sac Series in the past. Ciao, Gordo

10/11/07, 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why all the hate? These organizers work hard to secure locations and do their best to change the venue format. You'll never improve as a rider chasing predictable venues and course conditions - I hate to see these cry babies on a european or eastern style course with snow, sand and mud. My advice - lose some weight, sack up and thank these people for organizing the event because there is no financial return on most of the races.

10/12/07, 4:57 PM  
Anonymous brij Lunine said...

Exactly what Linda E and the above 3 anon's said. This looks spectacular-- I'm abadoning the family, paying for a babysitter for my cross widow and treading on thin ice to make the trip and do the weekend double. The Nor Cal Cup seems like a great idea for this very reason--encouraging folks to check out at least one race they otherwise might not while jeopardizing their relationships.

After Fairfax I heard the same dire predictions about Brisbane. I don't know about the above hater but despite what little the Pilarcitos crew had to work with it was really fun to race. As long as there's room to pass and wind it up in a few places it should be a blast.

Have faith in Rich,
Brij

10/12/07, 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE COURSE MAYBE ON GRASS, BUT SO ARE ALL OF YOU SMOKING IT!

STOP BEING SUCH LOSERS AND RACE.

BUMPY OR SMOOTH, FAST OR SLOW, WET OR DRY, ACID OR MUSHROOMS, JUST TAKE THE MEDICINE AND QUIT CRYING.

SACRAMENTO IS WHERE WE RACE CROSS
WE EVEN DO IT NEAR NUCLEAR REACTORS

BUT SO WHAT

LETS ALL GO SMOKE SOME POT AND REALLY PUT THE GRASS TO GOOD USE

10/14/07, 7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so far, my favorite course was saturdays ft ord race.

that was far and away the best track yet this year, and i have raced most weekends.

the ncnca cup is good- for all, and we need to be positive and be thankful that people work very hard to enable us to race.

10/14/07, 7:36 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

The weather was fine, as was the course condition. Kudos to everyone that worked to put on a fantastic event! Yes, the grass was "bumby" - just like a golf course in Scotland. You want a manicured putting green? Forget Cross and Play golf! Yeehaa!!!

10/14/07, 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Wade J said...

Big thanks to the promoters and all the volunteer staff for a great event today. And hats off to the course designer for putting together a very challenging and interesting course.

What are "gopher holes people"? Are they people that live in gopher holes and only stick their anon heads out to criticize the hard work and new ideas of others?

10/14/07, 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I raced while high from smoking some grass, so it was a race on grass for sure.

10/16/07, 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to everyone who made the race possible. I had a blast on the grass while my heart was about to explode out of my chest.

10/18/07, 1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People, people. Not every course can be all dirt trails, so don't complain TOO much if once in awhile you have to race on a crappy grass course. That being said, you always have the option of NOT racing that grass race - did you ever think that YOU hold the power in deciding to give your cash away?

As far as the courses in Sacramento, it is a sad sight.....I've raced a few national events before and have experienced what great courses are like (San Fran series is great at replicating fantastic courses, and offers a "professional" environment). Hopefully the Sac CX organizers will one day be able to assemble some kickin' courses and step it up about 3 notches.

(P.S. Why would you ever take away Vacaville and Grass Valley, but leave the horendous Granite Beach?)

10/19/07, 11:26 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home