Thursday, October 28, 2010
Although I was without my new cyclocross bike (in the shop over at Folsom Bike & Grind with some rear wheel repairs, thanks guys), I headed down the series opener for the Folsom Rodeo Cross. I've always wanted to race at night, and really like that the Rodeo grounds are so close to my house.
I've captured some video of the Men's A & B race, from near the first downhill in "Sherwood Forest."
Overall, a fine start to the season - good course (although a bit technical at night), good crowd and superb organization as always by Bicycling Events. I am pretty sure that I finished near the back of the pack, but I'm going to blame that on racing my SuperFly (2.2" wheel and all) :)
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
This year's 24 Hours of Gold is schedule for November 13th & 14th near Oroville, CA:
The Lake Oroville 24-HOURS of GOLD - The mother lode of 24-hour mountain bike racing.
- We offer exquisite trails surrounding a state-of-the-art campground.
- The 7.5 mile singletrack course twists and turns, climbs and drops through oaks and chaparral.
- Entry fee includes camping both Friday and Saturday nights.
- Race time is 10:00AM Saturday to 10:00AM Sunday
- Registration is allowed up to the day of the event, Nov. 13, provided we do not fill up before then.
- Some same day registration will be allowed depending on pre-registered numbers.
- Each rider is asked to display a red light rearward after dark.
- Course map posted.
The organizers have also added an 8 hour race. Full details available at Lake Oroville 24-HOURS of GOLD website.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I hope this means continued growth for the bike park and MTB racing:
Vail Resorts, Inc. today announced that it has closed on the acquisition of Northstar-at-Tahoe™ Resort in North Lake Tahoe, Calif., one of the premier mountain resort destinations in North America. Vail Resorts acquired the stock of the companies that operate Northstar-at-Tahoe from Booth Creek Resort Properties LLC and other sellers for total consideration of $63 million ... Vail Resorts now operates two mountain resorts in the Lake Tahoe region, also operating Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe. The Sierra-at-Tahoe resort is not part of the acquisition and will continue to be operated by Booth Creek.
"We believe guests of Heavenly and Northstar will greatly appreciate the flexibility to enjoy both the north and south shores of Lake Tahoe as we introduce pass and lift tickets products that offer access to both resorts starting with this coming 2010-2011 ski season."
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Immediately after the finish of the 2010 Singlespeed mountain bike Worlds on Saturday in Rotorua, New Zealand, the top two remaining candidates for hosting the 2011 Worlds faced off. Ireland defeated South Africa in the horizontal bungee contest deciding next year's hosting rights.
Four members of each team bungee'd out to place a can of Speights [ed: fairly tasty Kiwi beer] on the ground before being dragged back by the bungee cord.
Read the whole story at Cyclingnews.com.
Oh yeah, local Kiwi Garth Weinberg (pictured at right, courtesy of Mike Breen) won the Men's title and Aussie Heather Logie claimed the Women's crown.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The good folks at Global Biorhythm has released the preliminary schedule for next year. It looks like most of the events have moved more towards the summertime, with Coolest 24 slipping into June and the Tahoe Sierra 100 coming up to August:
The 2011 race calendar is open for changes due to permits and regulations within National Forests and Private and State run organization.
- May 21st, 2011: Boggs MTB Mountain Bash, Cobb, CA (Three lap, two lap and one lap courses in Single Track Heaven)
- June 11/12th, 2011: HP Coolest 24 & 8 Hour Race Against Cancer, Royal Gorge Ski Resort, Soda Springs, CA
- July 16/17th, 2011: Boggs 24 & 8 hour Race, Cobb, CA (Single Track Heaven)
- August 13th, 2011: Tahoe Sierra 100, Royal Gorge, Soda Springs, CA (New Course)
- Sept 3rd/4th/5th, 2011: Copper Creek MTB Mountain Festival, Greenville, CA (Big Family Event)
- Sept 24th, 2011: Sugar Pine 50 & and 8hr MTB Endurance Race. Foresthill, CA (Single Track Hades)
Via Global Biorhythm Events website.
Friday, October 22, 2010
- Lagrange Fall Classic (10/22/10)
- Monkey Cross (10/23/10)
- Sagebrush CX (10/23/10)
- Sacramento CX (10/24/10)
- CCCX CX (10/24/10)
- TBF MTB 50 Miler (10/24/10)
For a more complete rundown of the NorCal CX races (Monkey Cross, Sagebrush, Sacto CX and CCCX), check out the NorCal CX Blog.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Although not really a race (or NorCal for that matter), this weekend is the annual Kernville Fat Tire Festival down near Bakersfield, CA:
Kernville is where it's at for our 19th annual Kernville Fat Tire Festival staged over three days, October 22, 23 and 24, 2010. Come join us for one, two or three days of total immersion in biking activities for all riding abilities. Bring your riding club or come to meet other riding enthusiasts, just like you.
The town of Kernville uses the Sequoia National Forest for a playground, come play with us!
Via Kernville Fat Tire Festival website.
Friday, October 15, 2010
The NorCal High School Cycling League will be holding their annual benefit event this year on November 6th in the North Bay:
It's that time of year again! We are gearing up for our annual benefit dinner: Cyclefest 2010. This year the NorCal League is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and the event is going to be spectacular. Come join us for cocktails, dinner and a fabulous auction with special guest, two-time National Champion, World Cup Pro and Olympic athlete Mary McConneloug. The event will be held at the Mill Valley Community Center on November 6, 2010 from 6:00-10:00. All proceeds from this event go directly to the creation of quality, youth mountain bike riding and racing programs.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Sorry about the false alarm - it turns out the resumption of the CCCX Downhill series has been pushed back to November 6th due to scheduling conflicts:
DUE TO SCHEDULING CONFLICTS WITH THE FINAL WEEKEND OF RIDING AT NORTHSTAR, THE CCCX DH RACE ON OCTOBER 17 HAD TO BE CANCELLED. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR FUTURE UPDATES.
Via CCCX Blog.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
That was quick:
Interbike flipflopped its decision late today to move the industry's tradeshow to Anahaim in early August, saying instead it would return to Las Vegas.
The 2011 indoor show will be Sept. 14-16 at the Sands Convention Center, preceded by Outdoor Demo at Bootleg Canyon on Sept. 12-13.
"The announcement that we were moving the show dates and location elicited a very real response that surveys and discussions alone couldn't accomplish," said Andy Tompkins, Interbike show director. "Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to this year's show and the countless conversations we've personally had with exhibitors and retailers regarding the future dates and location of Interbike, we are reversing our earlier decision to move the 2011 show to Anaheim in August. We are hearing loud and clear that, at this time, the industry prefers September dates and the convenience of Las Vegas."
The 2012 show also will be held at the Sands in Las Vegas September 19-21 with the Demo September 17-18.
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
For those of you making your weekend plans, here is quick rundown of this weekend's MTB racing schedule for NorCal:
- Hasta Be Shasta (10/09/10) Downhill racing
- Sacramento CX (10/09/10)
- Homegrown CX (10/10/10)
- CCCX CX (10/10/10)
- Sagebrush CX (10/10/10)
For more in-depth coverage of this weekend's cyclocross races, head over to the NCNCA CX blog.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
The Amgen Tour of California (yes, a roadie pro race not MTB) just announced their stage hosts for 2011:
- Stage 1: Sunday, May 15 – South Lake Tahoe to North Lake Tahoe-Northstar at Tahoe Resort
- Stage 2: Monday, May 16 – North Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley USA to Sacramento
- Stage 3: Tuesday, May 17 – Auburn to Modesto
- Stage 4: Wednesday, May 18 – Livermore to San Jose
- Stage 5: Thursday, May 19 – Seaside to Paso Robles
- Stage 6: Friday, May 20 – Solvang Individual Time Trial
- Stage 7: Saturday, May 21 – Claremont to Mt. Baldy
- Stage 8: Sunday, May 22 – Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks
Whether you like road races or not, the tour certainly brings a lot of attention to cycling here in NorCal.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Good news about the 2011 Downieville Classic:
July 8 - 10, 2011
Exciting news regarding 2011 - We have received word from our local Forest Service that we can indeed keep the Downieville Classic happening in July.
Via Downieville Classic website.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
USA Cycling will now offer registration services for promoters:
After the successful development and implementation of an online registration system for its National Championship events, USA Cycling will offer its online event registration system for all USA Cycling sanctioned events in 2011. The system, which is designed to streamline the process and lower the cost of online registration, will be available to USA Cycling promoters beginning Dec. 1, 2010.
USA Cycling’s customized online event registration completes a full suite of online services designed to better serve promoters and riders. The suite of services will consolidate the entire online event sanctioning process from beginning to end, including:
- Event permitting
- Online registration with pre-populated license information pulled directly from USA Cycling’s database so there is no need for riders to set up a separate account for registration
- Sale of one-day licenses online
- Ability to file post-event reports online
If a promoter uses all of the online services available for permitting a USA Cycling event, he or she will be able to resolve their event account without writing a check or using a credit card. The necessary permit fees will simply be deducted from rider registration fees using the online system.
USA Cycling will continue to allow promoters to use online event registration through their preferred provider.
The online registration system will debut Dec. 1, 2010. For more information on USA Cycling’s online registration system, contact a USA Cycling Membership Representative at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-434-4288.
Via USA Cycling website.