Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Santa Rosa Saturday - Surf City Sunday - Cyclocross Racing Is Back In Style For Northern California

The next few weekends in Northern California boast a plethora of outstanding Cross races to close out the 2009-10 race season. Up first are races in Santa Rosa and Aptos which kick start the finishing flurry of Cyclocross events over the next few weeks that put a close to the Cyclocross action for another year. Saturday has the CXSR Series hosting an event at Dan Galvin Park. This venue features the original baseball diamond racing that was used for the first race ever of the CXSR Series back in February of 2008. Sunday's Surf City Series final event looks to be a very memorable day at the races for many reasons. The course at Aptos High School is very challenging. The reigning Principal Casey O'Brien, is a outstanding cyclists who competes in all aspects of bicycle racing. He runs a tight ship at Aptos High and has been generous enough to allow the Surf City crew to use his campus for their final race. This venue features elevation changes and technical challenges that make any bike race on this campus epic. Combine the challenging course with the fact that this event is the Surf City Series final, and there is surely going to be excitement and fun filled times for most everyone. Then top this all off with the presence of the current Elite Men's USA National Cyclocross Champion Tim Johnson(Cannondale) taking part in the final race of the day. Johnson is in Nor-Cal for some down time after the Nationals in Bend, and was personally called out by Justin Robinson(Cal Giant Inc.) for a school yard tussle Cyclocross style. Robinson's words were--"Johnson we will settle this at Aptos High- 1:30 p.m.- be there!". It is not a pay per view fight, but it could be, as the current USA Champion Johnson takes on all of the Nor-Cal fast men in a hostile environment. This race is going to be good. Other Nor-Cal riders to test Johnson will be Surf City Series leader David Wyandt(HRS Rock Lobster) and his team mates Josh Snead, Scott Chapin, and Chris McGovern. James Coats(Cal Giant Inc.) and Aaron Bradford(On Site Ultrasound/Enduro) are also highly ranked in the Surf City series standings and will be lined up in front of Johnson at the start. I would like to personally congratulate Team Santa Cruz, Mary Perez, and everyone who has brought life back into the Surf City Series this season. Nor-Cal is very fortunate to have many outstanding Cyclocross race series for its athletes such as BASP, CCCX, Sacramento, LARPD, CXSR, & now Surf City back in the mix. Info on the CXSR race can be found here- Info on the Surf City Series can be found here- I highly recommend Nor-Cal racers make a effort to close out the season supporting the great races still on calendar. This is the "Peak Season" for Cross racing in Northern California and in just a few weeks the season will be laid to rest and gone...


Blogger Carmen said...

Not only will TJ be in town for Surf City this Sunday...Elite Women's Silver Medalist, Meredith Miller who rides for the CalGiant Team will also be out there rockin it with the NorCal women...whoo hoo!!

1/7/10, 7:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh it is going to be on! I think Josh Snead is going to rip the legs off of Johnson. Josh Snead will win that race for sure.

Strawberry Farmer

1/7/10, 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Frank said...

Appreciate your cross the fence support of Josh. He is a helluva guy and wields a pretty mean cx bike. However, don't write off Justin there 'ol berry farmer, he deserves your support too.

1/7/10, 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Hector Von Mangleburger Lopez Villalobos said...

ay mis dios papi!
Can you believe it about the tamales?!

1/7/10, 5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justin is strong but he is no Josh "spanish fly" Snead.


1/7/10, 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant wait to see Meredith Miller take on Karen Brems and Kerry Barnholt and Stella Carey. The Womens race will be awesome.

1/7/10, 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturdays race in Santa Rosa was quite the mudfest. Muddiest all year for me and I raced in Oregon on a raining weekend a few months ago. Carlos and his gang put on a super terrific venue as always.
The best was an instant Karma moment, during the 'B' race a SF based team dude was lapping a SS'er and yelled at him to get out of the way. About 100 meters later the a**hole ends up doing a header in the mud. The crowd went wild.

1/10/10, 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why does carlos lag so bad on getting his point totals together for his series? i have done his races the past couple years and travel from sac town, but the series points never get updated or even posted. also he uses some wierd system where every rider gets the same amount of points after the top 3 or so, so every rider gets equal points. duh! why do people even race after the top 3 finish, everyone gets equal points so the race should not even count after top 3 are finished.

sounds like it was fun for you but carlos needs to get his web site updated with at least some series points, and also directions to his races, that would be nice

also my buddy told me only one section was muddy on that course

1/10/10, 10:56 PM  

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