Thursday, February 25, 2010

B.A.R. Rankings Complete

The final Best All-round Rider(BAR) rankings are complete! Please review- It has been an amazing journey tracking the NCNCA Cross racers and Joe Miller deserves huge praise for his effort to adhere to my demands of a complete BAR rank system that tracks all division from nearly every race of the season. Joe Miller is a true mastermind of the BAR spreadsheet, and his tenacity to establish the most complete BAR rankings is exactly what I requested. In the end there were over 1800 different rider entries, and over 8000 different race scores. Congratulations to Juniors Madeline Myall(Cal Giant Inc.) & Tobin Ortenblad(Bike Trip Cyclo-Cross Team) who both claimed Junior high honors in the BAR rankings. The Elite Women's division was a run away win for Karen Brems(Webcor). Brems was on the front in every single race she entered during the year and was a deserving BAR champion. Josh Snead(HRS Rock Lobster) backed up his outstanding season last year with the overall BAR title for Elite Men this season. Snead was the B.A.S.P. Series champion and placed high in seemingly every other race he entered during the 2009/2010 season. Don Myrah(IBIS was possibly the biggest story of the 2009/10 Cross season. Mryah had the most combined points of any racer during the season. Myrah was the 35+ Masters A division BAR winner, and also finished 6th in the Elite Men's division. Brett Lambert(HRS Rock Lobster) won the 45+ Masters A division going away. Lambert posted race wins in almost each of the major Cross Series around Nor-Cal on his way to his 1st place BAR status. Kathleen Bortolussi(HRS Rock Lobster) was the Masters Women's 35+ BAR winner, and Soni Andreini-Poulsen(Velo Bella) the Masters Women's 45+ BAR champion. Joe Miller(Taleo Racing) had the most combined points in the B division. Miller scored his points in the B Men's group and the 35+ B division. The most combined points from the C division turned out to be the Aldrich couple- Angela & Doug. Congratulations to those BAR champions and the rest of top ranked BAR riders. Here are the top 10 BAR riders from all the "A" divisions- Elite Men- Josh Snead,David Wyandt(HRS Rock Lobster), Scott Chapin(HRS Rock Lobster), Chris McGovern(HRS Rock Lobster), Justin Robinson(Cal Giant), Don Myrah, Aaron O'Dell(HRS Rock Lobster), Cody Kaiser(Cal Giant), Jeremy Ferguson(Cal Giant), Aaron Kereluk(HRS Rock Lobster). Elite Women- Karen Brems, Stella Carey(HRS Rock Lobster), Kerry Barnholt(Scott/Ritchey), Jill Fattor(HRS Rock Lobster), Katrina Baumsteiger(Team Rambuski Law), Kathleen Hannon(Hunter / Freewheel), Carmen D'Aluisio, Bev Chaney(Roaring Mouse), Sarah Maile( Ventana Mountain Bikes), Gina Hall(Cal Giant). Master Men 35+ A- Don Myrah, Gannon Myall(Cal Giant), Todd Hoefer(Cal Giant), Tao Bernardi( Van Dessel Factory), Jesse Scatton(Bullseye/E Sac Bike), Henry Kramer(Cal Giant), Anastasio Flores(Cal Giant), Keith Defiebre(Scott/Ritchey), Steve Reaney(Cal Giant), Brock Dickie( Master Men 45+ A- Brett Lambert, Robert Meighan(Cal Giant), Logan Kelsey(Team Rambuski Law), Norm Kreiss(Cal Giant), Steve Hess(SCCCC Team Santa Cruz), Mark Howland(Black Market Racing/Family Cycling Center), David Anderson(Cal Giant), Richard Stone(Sterling Sports Group), Thomas Feix( Peninsula Velo / Pomodoro), Don Langley(Cal Giant). Coming soon- season ending awards compiled from an all star panel of Nor-Cal cross dignitaries...

Friday, February 12, 2010

CXSR Doyle Park - 2009/10 Cross Season On Its Last Lap- BAR RANKINGS

BAR Rankings have been updated again, please review just in case my magnifying glass missed something. I had a top notch group of individuals search through the lists with a fine toothed comb and they weeded out a few incorrect point totals. HRS Rock Lobster's Brett Lambert & Webcor's Karl Ehlert were the biggest movers after the complete corrections were finalised for the Best All-around Rider rankings. Lambert now has a lock on the Masters 45+ A division, while Ehlert solidified his grasp on the overall points win for the Masters 45+ B division. Both Lambert and Ehlert have had incredible racing season for Cyclocross 2009/10. Each rider posted amazing rides during the year, strong race wins, and seemed to always be fighting the good fight out on course. I commend both Lambert and Ehlert on there success and BAR status. Final BAR rankings will be posted next week. Year long individual and team awards will follow, so please check back to the NCNCA Cross page every now and then for my year in review wrap up. CXSR will use Doyle Park for the Cyclocross seasons final dance this Saturday. Doyle Park is where the action will go off. This park is one of Santa Rosa's better venues for course layout, and I am sure everyone who takes part will be tested fully...

Saturday, February 06, 2010

One To Go For BAR Rankings and the 2009-2010 NCNCA Cyclocross Season

BAR(Best All-around Rider) rankings are posted to date, please review- The final chance for any rider to re-shuffle the rankings will be the CXSR final at Doyle Park- After this final race of the season the Best All-around Rider totals will be complete and the year end awards for most outstanding racers can be handed out. I have assembled a panel of Nor-Cal Cross dignitaries to compile votes and opinions on which riders deserve the honor of Nor-Cal's finest Cyclocross racers for 2009-2010. The BAR Rankings definitely reflect the racing action for the entire season. There is no easy way to earn BAR points. You have to race, you have to race well, and you have to race a lot, to be ranked high on the NCNCA BAR list. A big thanks goes out to Taleo Race Team star Joe Miller who helped create the most detailed BAR rank list ever. Info on the Taleo Race Team can be found here- A quick look at the BAR totals going into the final event of the season show most divisional rankings pretty much locked down. However some divisions can be decided in this final race. The Master Men's 45+ A division has Logan Kelsey(Team Rambuski Law), Brett Lambert(HRS Rock Lobster), and Robert Meighan(Cal Giant Inc.) all separated by only a few points. Meighan will have to defend his BAR lead, or could lose the claim to fame on the final day. The Master Men's' 45+ B division has Jeff Anderson(420 / Swamp Chicken) in striking distance of the current leader Karl Ehlert(Webcor). It will be interesting to see if there is any change in rank between the two after the final event of the year...

Monday, February 01, 2010


The 2013 World Cyclo-Cross Championships will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, the UCI announced this past Friday. This is huge news for Nor-Cal racers! Because leading up to the 2013 Elite World Cyclo-Cross Championships Louisville- Kentucky will also host the Masters World Championships as well in 2012 & 2013. Nor-Cal obviously boasts some of the best Masters aged Cross racers in the world, as evident after the dominating National Championships our region posted in Bend Oregon. Northern California had impact in seemingly every Masters race during the past USA Championships. Hopefully many of the amazing Nor-Cal Women Masters will make the trip to Louisville, Kentucky in 2012 & 2013, where I can almost guarantee podium results for the fabulous Nor-Cal ladies. I also have a very strong feeling that the Nor-Cal Masters Men racers will also play key roles in Kentucky when Louisville hosts the Masters World Championships. This is very big news for Cross racing in America. I can only imagine that some traditional Cross fans and teams from Europe are not pleased with the USA hosting the biggest Cyclocross race of all in 2013. However here in America the news of Louisville hosting the Elite World's is spectacular. For more info here is a report from Cycling News- Here is a take from Tim Johnson the reigning USA Champion and the first American to ever step on the podium at the Elite World's when he was 3rd in the U-23 race in the ice and snow of Poprad, Slovakia in 1999.-