Wednesday, August 11, 2010


The Cyclocross season is just around the corner and racing begins in only a few weeks time. Nor-Cal's Cross teams are starting to come together, with rosters filling out, solo and group Cross workouts firing up, and the NCNCA Calender of races becoming just about totally complete. The Scaramento Cyclocross Series dates have been added to the calendar, as has the Bike Monkey Santa Rosa Series event dates. The CCCX Series, the Surf City Series, and the BASP Series, all have dates claimed in what looks to be a awesome season of Cross racing ahead. Classic events like the Folsom Cyclebration Cross, and the Lion of Fairfax Big Swingin' Cycles race only highlight what a great schedule of racing Nor-Cal Cross athletes can pick and choose from. Most of the best riders in Northern California race virtually each weekend to dial in their fitness and practice their chosen craft of cycling's most athletic discipline- Cyclocross. I highly recommend all racers keep a sharp eye on the the NCNCA calendar, as race dates can change and nothing is set in stone with regards to the current calendar listings. Each race season in Northern California brings new surprises. Established teams always seem to add new riders, thus making for fierce competition just in each team, let alone on course racing against other squads. Certain riders step up and deliver great and surprising performances during the year. Ranked riders from other regions relocate to Northern California making the Nor-Cal racing even more competitive. Like Scott/Ritchey rider Kerry Barnholt last season, who dominated Nor-Cal racing in 2009, then went on to win a National Masters Championship in Bend Oregon. New teams form each season, which keeps the Cyclocross energy high and introduces this great sport to new riders of all ages, gender, and cycling ability. One new team which is sure to have a impact on race days is Ciclista Bonita. Women Cross racing overall in Nor-Cal is stellar, the fields in all divisions are large, and the Nor-Cal ladies dominated the USA National Championships in 2009. Ciclista Bonita is a new women's Cross team that is sure to bring more female racers to the table while showing that a healthy lifestyle can be achieved by taking part in the sport of Cyclocross. Bike Station Aptos is backing this group of Women led by Mary Perez. Other riders on this new team are Goldi JM, Winona Hubbard, Rachel Wolff, Livia Peras, and Karen Kefauver, Jenny Meyer Feix, and Dionne Ybarra. I am all for more Women racing Cross and Ciclista Bonita is leading the charge in this realm. Another team note regarding one of Nor-Cal's leading ladies is Karen Brems, who was one of the best Elite Women racers in the NCNCA for 2009 Cross, joining up with Trina Baumsteiger at Team Rambuski Law. These two fine riders are sure to find success in 2010. This race team is also strong on the Masters Men's side with Kevin Merrigan being a new recruit, and set to join Tim Thompson, Jim Gentes, Logan Kelsey, and Edwin Rambuski. I hope to track down more team info to share and continue the build up to the first race of the 2010 Cyclocross season. Cross is King in Nor-Cal, and each and every year I see growth in participation and the level of competition on course. However, please always remember to keep it fun...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm totally gonna kick a$$this year.

8/12/10, 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im sooooooooooo pumped. I hope the BASP has longer courses! Thanks for the post and info and I am looking forward to more info about teams and riders please.

8/13/10, 1:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also will be kicking a$$. I have been training, four, sometimes five hours a week.

8/13/10, 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually I wanted to say I will be kicking some a$$, as I have been training four, sometimes five hours a day, multiple days per week. Sorry about the typo. I am ready to rock! BASP Series,CCCX Series, Surf City Series,Sac Series
I want to win them all.

8/13/10, 10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uh. no you will not win them all. the Peninsula Velo team is full on going to dominate all the races. we have the best riders, and we are the new super team of norcal! fools back off

8/14/10, 12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hay pencil vela, right,
try next year

8/16/10, 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about cal giant and rock lobster
i thought they were the super teams

my pick for super duper team is buy

cheap monthly fees and 3 g coverage all from a cross team

i hope the penned up velo team gets a new team kit, that uniform is dull

sf fred

8/16/10, 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super duper team. Lol. Thanks for pimping us at Buy-Cell. TimmyC

8/21/10, 10:25 PM  

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