Thursday, September 30, 2010

TBF Racing Announces 2011 MTB Races

The folks over at TBF Racing have posted a preliminary 2011 MTB race schedule:
1/23/11MTB Kickstart, Classic and Challenge #1
2/6/11MTB Kickstart, Classic and Challenge #2
2/20/11MTB Kickstart, Classic and Challenge #3
10/23/11The TBF MTB 50 Miler
This is a bit of a cut back in races ... the early season races have been trimmed from 4 to 3 and gone are the Friday night XC races for the summer. These will be pushed up onto the calendar in a bit.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

MTB Racing This Weekend: October 2-3, 2010

For those of you making your weekend plans, here is quick rundown of this weekend's MTB racing schedule for NorCal:

  1. Race For Tara 4 (10/02/10)
  2. Whiskeytown 9-5 / 24 (10/02/10)
  3. UC Berkeley MTB Race (10/02/10)
  4. CCCX CX (10/03/10)
  5. UC Berkeley MTB Race (10/03/10)
  6. Private Locust (10/03/10)

Late Notice: UC Berkeley MTB Race this Weekend!

This just made it up on the calendar yesterday, but the UC Berkeley MTB racing team is holding a multi-day / multi-site / multi-race event this weekend:

I believe that both events are open to both collegiate and USA Cycling racers. The full details are available on this flyer [PDF].

They've also created a short promo video:

UC Berkeley Bike Race 2010 Promo from Jacob SB on Vimeo.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Next Locust Ride Set for 10/3/10

This Sunday (10/3/10) brings another edition of the Locust / MCBC Fun Ride -- "Private Locust":

Private property.  There's a fair amount of it in Marin county.  Usually, there's a locked gate and you can't ride through it. Wouldn't it be cool if someone got the property owners to throw open the gates and let us in?

Especially if it's right in Marin County... giant redwoods, rolling ridgelines, twisty private fireroads and some steep stuff both up and down?  It's almost like ... Endor.

Be at the Java Hut in Fairfax at 9:00 and get a cup of coffee and sign up.  We roll out at 10 sharp.

As usual, Superstar local riders, friendly faces and good times.  Memorable aid stations and lots of snacks and refreshments. We've got loads of prizes from you favorites and a fresh new t shirt too.

The money goes to SFBC so they can continue to make a difference.  Only $15!

Pre-ride data coming soon - Mixed terrain.  Fireroads, roads and the occasional rock.  Ride profile... Six Flags Rollercoaster. Miles and miles of places and stuff you've never seen.  Several chances to let go of the brakes entirely...

Bring a bag with some dry clothes too... there's a chow down/gulp down/bro down at the finish.

More information at Locust Ride blog.


Monday, September 27, 2010

2011 Pro XCT Announced

Next year's Pro Cross Country dates are up:

USA Cycling announced today the 2011 edition of the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT). With seven total events in 2011, the Pro XCT calendar will provide world-class athletes with a national stage on which to accumulate UCI ranking points and top prize purses.

“The 2011 Pro XCT will expand slightly over the 2010 version, offering one of the best calendars of quality UCI mountain bike races we’ve had in many years,” stated USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson. “We are committed to our long-stated goals of providing athletes with consistent top-level competition opportunities, increasing exposure for mountain biking domestically, and maximizing U.S. start spots at the sport’s highest stages; and the Pro XCT national calendar provides a sustainable platform to help accomplish these goals.”

2011 USA Cycling Pro Cross Country Mountain Bike Tour

  • March 12: US Cup Triple Crown Bonelli Park (San Dimas, Ca)
  • March 26: US Cup Triple Crown Fontana City National (Fontana, CA)
  • April 16: Sea Otter Classic (Monterey, CA)
  • April 30: Mellow Johnny’s Classic (Dripping Springs, TX)
  • June 18: Sand Creek Intl. (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • June 25: Subaru Cup (Mt. Morris, WI)
  • July 24: Missoula, Montana XC (Missoula, MT)

Read the whole article at USA Cycling.

Friday, September 24, 2010

NorCal MTB Racing This Weekend: Sept 25-26, 2010

For those of you making your weekend plans, here is quick rundown of this weekend's MTB racing schedule for Norcal:

  1. 21st Annual Parkfield Classic (09/25/10)
  2. Galena Fest (09/25/10)
  3. Whiskeytown Classic (09/26/10)
  4. CCCX CX (09/26/10)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

2010 CCCX Fall DH Schedule

As we have officially moved into Fall this week, it's time to look at the continuation of the CCCX Downhill schedule at Toro Park. The final four races of the series will be:
For more details, see the CCCX DH site or browse the archives for years worth of coverage here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hop Stick Classic Returns Trials To Candlestick


Something out of the ordinary for your October schedule:

The Stick Hop is back! Classic Observed Trials Competition in SF

The Stick Hop Classic @ Candlestick Point Park in SF on Oct. 16th 2010

Registration starts at 9:30 competition start at 11:00 am

  • beg stock and mod bikes
  • sport stock and mod bikes
  • expert stock and mod bikes
  • pro open
  • vintage open

come and watch or ride it's all free there will be medal for the top three rider in each class

I think this is one of the few observed trials competitions that we've ever had on the calendar. There is a Facebook page setup for more info.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

2010 CLIF MTB Challenge Canceled

I may not have been paying attention: TBF Racing's CLIF MTB Challenge has been canceled. TBF Racing's last MTB race of the season will be the MTB 50 Miler on October 24th, 2010.

Friday, September 17, 2010

NorCal CX Kickoff Party Tonight !

For those of you about to Cyclocross, Mr. Mack is throwing a kickoff party in SF tonight with CX Goldsprints to boot:

NorCal CX Season Kickoff Party!

Teams form all over NorCal will be descending on SF to push each other around and see who's the fastest... Come Friday night, September 17th (7 pm at 1090 Folsom Street, SF, CA) and get in on the fun.  Team competition racing CX style GoldSprints.

Just $15 gets you beers and food all night, non boozy drinks too.  All included for $15!  DJ's all night. Prizes galore.  Check out the sponsor list... we'll probably have TOO MUCH STUFF TO GIVE AWAY.

If you're coming from the East Bay or the South Bay, the venue is the Marin Bike's new factory store in downtown SF.  SUPER EZ freeway access and tons of free, easy parking.  After the event jump back on the freeway and you're in the rocket chair all the way home. Secure bike parking too.

Some people have asked me... "What's cyclocross style GoldSprints?" We set the distance at 800 meters.  You race until you're at the 400 meter mark, jump off the GoldSprint bike, pick up a pixie bike and run a lap around the barriers and then you're back on the Sprint bike finishing the 400 meter distance to the end. We'll run a few heats of standard 500 meter races too as this is also a qualifying event for the 2010 GoldSprints World Championships being held in Las Vegas Thursday night during InterBike.  It could be your ticket to fame and glory!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

NorCal MTB Racing This Weekend: Sept 17-19, 2010

For those of you making your weekend plans, here is quick rundown of this weekend's MTB racing schedule for NorCal:

  1. Northstar Super D Series (09/17/10): Northstar at Tahoe's gravity series continue with Friday night's Super D and Sunday's downhill.
  2. Kirkwood 9 to 5 #2 (09/18/10): Another big race at Kirkwood, this time it is Team Bigfoot's 8 hour endurance race.
  3. The Bidwell Bump™ Mountain Bike Race (09/18/10): Chico's lone entry on the calendar combines a XC race and a Pro/Expert Super D.
  4. Kirkwood Six Hour SuperD (09/19/10): Probably the most unique race this season: "It's simple, the clock starts in the morning at 10:00 am and stops in the afternoon at 4:00 pm. The rider with the most COMPLETED runs by four wins." Learn more at the Team Bigfoot website.
  5. Northstar DH Series (09/19/10): Last DH race before the Race 4 Tara III.
  6. CCCX CX (09/19/10): First CX race of the season (I think ?).

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

2010 Race for the Ridge Trail Announced

Thanks to Rocky for the heads up on a new late season MTB race festival for those of you in far northern Cali (specifically Arcata/Eureka):

Mark your calendars for Halloween weekend, Oct. 30 and 31, 2010. The ghosts and goblins will spook us all for the Race for the Ridge Festival in the Arcata Community Forest.

Race for the Ridge Trail Festival is a two day fund raising event supporting new trails in Arcata Community Forest. The long range goal is to join Sunny Brae Forest to West End road through a series of connected trails. The festival will feature a cross country mountain bike race, short track mountain bike races, Super D mountain bike race, kids bike races, a 5k running race, family fun ride, tricks, treats, ghosts, goblins, food, music, entertainment, and maybe special guest appearances from Ichabod Crane and the Headless Bikeman.

Funds from the event will support the City of Arcata’s Ridge Trail Project, a hiking, biking and equestrian trail from Sunny Brea to West End Road.

Via Race for the Ridge Trail blog.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PCRS Moving to Folsom Prison for 9/15/10

This week's Prairie City Race Series Fall FLASH will be moving (for one week only):
The 2010 Fall FLASH race #4 will be held at a different venue: Folsom Prison and Rodeo grounds!
The details of this event on Sept. 15, 2010 are still being worked out. Stay tuned to the website for more information.
This is the same venue as last weekend's Folsom Cyclebration XC.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

NorCal MTB Racing This Weekend: September 10-12, 2010

It's a simply huge weekend for NorCal MTB racing: Four national quality races all up and down the I-80 corridor:

  1. Folsom Cyclebration (09/10/10): four races over three days plus a whole lot of other bike festivities near Sacramento.
  2. Tahoe-Sierra 50/100 (09/11/10): high country epic in it's third year.
  3. Annadel XC Race (09/11/10): first time for racing in Annadel Park (Sonoma County).
  4. The Great Tahoe Flume Race (09/12/10): last race in the Nevada Cup.

USA Cycling Awards XC MTB Nationals To Idaho

On the bright side, this is certainly closer than the East Coast:

USA Cycling is splitting the cross country and gravity portions of its mountain bike national championships into two separate events beginning in 2011. USA Cycling announced on Wednesday that Sun Valley, Idaho, will host the USA Cycling Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championships for the next two years on July 14-17, 2011 and July 12-15, 2012. A location for the downhill, four cross and dual slalom contests has yet to be determined.

USA Cycling said splitting the nationals for the disciplines would help it better meet the needs of endurance and gravity athletes alike.

In its first two years at its very own venue, the 2011 and 2012 cross country nationals will be organized by Breakaway Promotions and will include the Olympic-style cross country, short track cross country, and Super D competitions.