Thursday, September 29, 2011

NorCal MTB Racing This Weekend: 29 Sep - 4 Oct, 2011

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

  1. 24 Hours of Whiskeytown (10/01/11) [24HR, 8HR]
  2. Parkfield Classic (10/01/11) [XC, DS, STRX, DH, TRL]
  3. Sierra Cup #7, Sawtooth Ridge Challenge (10/02/11) [XC]

NorCal MTB Race Event Map

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2012 Mountain Bike World Cup: Windham Returns

The US retains it's only MTB World Cup venue:

On the cross country side of racing, the UCI confirmed that the 2012 World Cup will return to Windham, New York. The venue has twice previously hosted the World Cup. In its first year in 2010, it was a triple, featuring four cross, downhill and cross country. In 2011, it hosted downhill and cross country, but not four cross. 2012 will feature the same two events. The area was recently devastated by rains and flooding from Hurricane Irene and efforts are underway to rebuild.

2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Calendar

March 17-18: Cross country #1, Downhill #1 - Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
April 14-15: Cross country #2, Eliminator #1 - Houffalize, Belgium
May 12-13: Cross country #3, Eliminator #2, Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech
May 19-20: Cross country #4, Eliminator #3, La Bresse, France
June 2-3: Downhill #2, Val di Sole, Italy
June 9-10: Downhill #3, Fort William, Great Britain
June 23-24: Cross country #5, Downhill #4, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec Canada
June 30-July 1: Cross country #6, Downhill #5, Windham, New York, United States
July 28-29: Cross country #7, Downhill #6, Val d'Isere, France
September 15-16: Downhill #7, Hafjell, Norway

Via CyclingNews

USA Cycling announces 2012 Pro XCT Schedule

The Sea Otter Classic moves off the calendar ...

USA Cycling announced today the 2012 edition of the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT).  In its fourth year, the Pro XCT will feature six events at which world-class athletes will race for UCI ranking points and prize purses.  
  • Mountain bike season will unofficially kick off in the U.S. at Lance Armstrong’s ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas as the Pro XCT makes its first stop with UCI C1 event, The Mellow Johnny’s Classic on March 3.   Top-level mountain biking will continue in March with a pair of US Cup Triple Crown races.
  • After a successful first appearance on the Pro XCT in 2011, the US Cup Triple Crown – Bonelli Park has been upgraded to a UCI C1 level event and will again be an important stop on the tour on March 10.
  • It will be followed up by UCI C1 and fourth-year Pro XCT event, the US Cup Triple Crown – Fontana on March 24.
  • After a two-month hiatus, the tour will stop in Southern Colorado. Making its Pro XCT debut will be the brand new UCI C2  Ute Valley Pro XCT in Colorado Springs on June 16.
  • The penultimate event on the Pro XCT will be the ever-popular Subaru Cup, part of the well-established Wisconsin Off-Road Series (WORS), on July 14 in Mt. Morris, Wis. This fan favorite will again operate at the UCI C1 level.
  • For the second year in a row, the Missoula Montana XC will close out the season-long calendar as a UCI C2-level event near downtown Missoula on August 4.

For more information about the Pro XCT, please visit its webpage: http://www.usacycling.org/proxct.

Via USA Cycling announces 2012 Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour

Thursday, September 22, 2011

NorCal MTB Racing This Weekend: 22 Sep - 27 Sep, 2011

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

  1. Tara Llanes Classic (09/24/11) [DH]
  2. Whiskeytown Classic (09/25/11) [XC]

NorCal MTB Race Event Map

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

2011 Parkfield Classic

Okay, I am a bit late on this one but it is well worth heading down to SLO:

The 2011 Parkfield Classic will be held October 1 and 2, 2011 in Parkfield, CA (directions). The annual two day event will feature:

  • Cross Country - Saturday Morning 8am - Cross Country - Burly, lung busting, screaming fire-road course mixed in with some sweet singletrack. We're sending people off at 8:00 AM again this year. Distances: Beginner: 9 miles, Sport: 15 miles, Pro/Expert: 24 miles.
  • Dual Slalom - Saturday Afternoon 12pm Dual Slalom Qualifiers and Head to Head races. This year's DS is the same fierce course as last year keeping riders fighting for the win all the way down the hill. You can see more pictures of the new slalom course here!
  • Observed Trials - Saturday Evening 6pm Observed Trials Demo-Brand new to the Parkfield Classic, we will be having an unofficial observed trials competition and demonstration this year. Come show off your precision riding skills on this awesome course. Several sections will be offered, each with a beginner and advanced line. Judging will be done by your fellow riders. Rules on bike setup will be relaxed, so mods and stocks will compete together.
  • Short Track - Sunday Morning8am Short Track Cross Country-this year's course will be the same as last year's combining blazingly fast singletrack with some interesting technical sections, brute strength and skill rolled in to one race.
  • Downhill - Sunday Morning/AfternoonDownhill Practice: Crack-o-Dawn to 10:30am11 am Downhill - Sweet Glorious Single Track. What else can you say.Single Run format. Bypass options are given for most obstacles. Expert course different than Sport course. Riders are encouraged to wear protective gear as necessary. All riders must ride within safe limits! We'll be wrapped up with DH by 3, so that folks with a long drive ahead stay safe.

More details at http://cpslowheelmen.org/parkfield/Parkfield.html

Thursday, September 15, 2011

NorCal MTB Racing This Weekend: 15 Sep - 20 Sep, 2011

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

  1. Folsom Cyclebration (09/17/11) [XC, TT, STRX]
  2. Bloody Rose MTB Hillclimb (09/17/11) [HC]

NorCal MTB Race Event Map

Friday, September 09, 2011

Inaugural Stafford Lake CX Reg Opens Tonight !

Stafford lake

Murphy Mack is back with a new cyclocross race for the Fall:

The race that is bringing cyclocross to Stafford Lake Park in Novato, California for the first time is opening registration today, Friday September 9th, at 6pm. Registration will be open for all classes from C's (beginner) to Elite (Pro).

The event's title sponsor is Marin Bikes and other major sponsors include WTB, New Belgium, Bike Monkey, Sheila Moon, Ritchey Components and Cedar Cycling and Kuat Racks.
“We are super stoked to have such strong partner relationships in place for the inaugural event – all of whom who have seen the great value in partnering with the Stafford Lake Cyclocross race,” said Murphy Mack, the Bay Area race promoter putting on the event. “Coming to this new venue is good for racing and it's good to be able to help fund the development of the Stafford Lake Bike Park. Combined with the generous support of our sponsors and a who's - who list of great Northern California racers we are confident that this event will go big in this it's first running” added Mack.  
Registration is online at www.staffordlakecx.com.

The Stafford Lake Cyclocross Race will be held November 6th, 2011 in Novato, CA and features "a flat to rolling 2.5 mile course that will offer five, maybe six features.  Lots of good passing areas and great spectator visibility.  Two run ups, a set of boards, a sand pit for your running pleasure and a special feature or two that will be revealed on race day.  BONUS: the course goes right through the beer garden every lap!"

Murphy had me at Beer Garden.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

NorCal MTB Racing This Weekend: 8 Sep - 13 Sep, 2011

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

  1. Great Tahoe Flume Race, Sierra Cup #6 (09/10/11) [XC]

NorCal MTB Race Event Map

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Flume Trail Race in Lake Tahoe

The penultimate Sierra Cup race is upon us ...

Mountain bike racing once again returns to the famous Flume Trail above Lake Tahoe on Saturday, September 10, 2011.  The Great Tahoe Flume Race is presented by the Reno Wheelmen and sanctioned by USA Cycling.  It is part of the Sierra Cup Regional Championship Series, a seven race point series to determine the best riders in Northern California and Nevada.

The race starts next to Spooner Lake in Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park at 9:30am.  The course will take riders over 23 miles of some of the most beautiful trails in the country including the world renowned Marlette Flume Trail.   The course has over 3300’ of climbing and the entire course is above 7000’ elevation. There are age and ability categories for all levels of riders.  All categories will complete the same course.

All proceeds from the event go to supporting the all volunteer backcountry patrol in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.  Celebrating its tenth year of service, the patrol provides directions, mechanical help, and medical assistance to all park users.  It is an International Mountain Bicycling Association affiliated National Mountain Bike Patrol, and one of the largest chapters in the country.

Online Registration is now open at http://www.BikeReg.com.  The cost is $35 or $20 for Women and Junior categories. Registration includes course support, a post race BBQ, and a huge product raffle from our sponsors.  The race is limited to the first 200 to sign up.  For more information, visit http://www.renowheelmen.org or e-mail mtb11@renowheelmen.org.