Monday, August 25, 2014

FIRST NOR-CAL RACES GO SEPTEMBER 6 & 7 - WSCXGP & CCCX

The 2014 Cyclocross racing season is set for blast off on September 6 & 7 with two 
extra cool races for the Nor-Cal Cyclocross athletes.  

Saturday the action goes live with the extra rad West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix (WSCXGP).  This event is going to rock hard!  So much goodness in store at this first edition Cross race located in West Sacramento.  Please have a look at their Facebook page HERE for all information and updates.  Or check the WSCXGP race website HERE.  
This event is sure to deliver a great kick-start to the 2014 season!  

Then Sunday near Monterey, the CCCX Series fires off the start line with racing for all on a course in Ft. Ord where sand and single-track trails equal fun & fast for Nor-Cal CX!  
The CCCX Series delivers Cross goods for it's 17th season in 2014.  
Over the years the very best Women, Men & Junior racers of Nor-Cal have made CCCX 
their go to series for top notch competition.  

Prepare yourself for fast racing, but always remember to keep it fun!

Complete 2014 NCNCA Cyclocross calendars are HERE & HERE.





Friday, August 15, 2014

CALIFORNIA GIANT BERRY FARMS/SPECIALIZED REGIONAL CROSS TEAM

Nor-Cal is very fortunate to have one of the best teams in all of America competing week and and week out on our regional circuit.  The California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team is to Nor-Cal Cyclocross what the equivalent of the New York Yankees is to Major League Baseball.  Over the years Anthony Gallino's Cal. Giant team has always featured the heavy hitters in Cross from our area.  Racers who dominate our local events, have the biggest results over the years and go on to grace the podium steps at Nationals or UCI Masters & Elite races.  Last year the California Giant team boasted the Men & Women MVP's of Cross from Nor-Cal in Elle Anderson & Henry Kramer.  Elle Anderson was the #1 ranked domestic female in the country!  The speedy Anderson won some of the biggest races in America and also snatched podium places in Europe.  
While Mr. Kramer won the USA Masters National Championship and the UCI Masters World Championship.  Kramer also nearly went undefeated during the entire season in 
Nor-Cal racing in an age group younger then his registered age.
The team for 2014 looks as strong as ever with a core group of racers who will take to course searching for victory at each event they participate at, 
and a team boasting 4 past National Champions.  

 2014 current lineup- 
Henry Kramer- Current World and National Champion, Alan Coats- Past National Champion, Todd Hoefer- Past National Champion, Justin Robinson- Past National Champion, Gannon Myall-Team Director, Rob “Buckwheat” Meighan, Ana Flores, Eric Bustos, John Mundelius, Brian Finnerty, Norm Kreiss.

Henry Kramer owned last season's regional racing and went on to 
National Champion & World Champion victories...

Kramer nearly went undefeated in Nor-Cal races this past season...

The King of Nor-Cal Cross!  Justin Robinson has been one of the all-time greats over the years.  When the going gets tough- Justin Robinson gets going....

Brian Finnerty was the revelation of Nor-Cal Cross this past season.  A Masters aged racer who was throwing down race times that rivaled the very fastest Elite Men's times.  I look for Finnerty to challenge himself in 2014 and go big in the Elite Men's regional races....

Alan Coats, a past National Champion, who will be rebounding from a season off due to injury.  Surely the hard charging Coats will find form and create havoc for the top racers in the region as he is one of the smoothest and most technically savvy racers in all Nor-Cal...

Gannon Myall has unlimited ability and when on his "A" game he can go to another level that few can equal. Myall is the teams director as well as one of the top dogs of this high caliber squad....

The silent assassin- Todd Hoefer is a past National Champion who has been one of the greatest racers ever from Nor-Cal over the years.  A class act racer who has risen to the very top step of the podium in some of the biggest races in America.  
Hoefer let's his results & riding speak for itself,
and is one of 4 National Champions on the Cal. Giant Berry Farms Team...

Norm Kreiss has proven to be one of the most outstanding racers in America for his age group over the past years.  Kreiss would be the reigning National Champion as we start this season if it was not for the freak of nature Kramer who just barely edged Kreiss during a thrilling sprint for the line in the frigid battle for USA's best last year at Nationals....

Photo below- It came down to 2 racers from Nor-Cal at the USA National Championships this past year for the win.  Two riders from the same team and as you can tell from the photos no deals were made on the road as to who would claim Gold.  It was a epic tussle of legendary proportions and in the end both racers- Kreiss & Kramer proved to be legends of the sport....

Robert Meighan is another Nor-Cal Cross legend who has been at his sport for as long as some can remember.  Meighan has tasted big success this year on the National Endurance circuit.  Reflection of this in his Cross races is gauranteed and Meighan will no doubt come into the racing with speed, strength and solid base to get things done correct...

Alan Coats shows why he can win big and win often when he is on form.  Nor-Cal Cyclocross prepares racers for all you will face at Nationals or World Championship events.  Our regions courses favor the brave and if you can not handle your bike in the key moments on course you will always be in chase mode after those who do demonstrate skills and technical ability....

Hoefer shows perfect form in the sand that riders can face in many of the Nor-Cal races.  Running and the Cross move of dismounting and jumping back on the bike are key components of Cyclocross.  If you race & lag in any form of this technique the Cal. Giant riders will make your day at the races a nightmare.  If you want to see picture perfect style and form in Cross check out the Cal. Giant crew in action, their technique is picture perfect....

Eric Bustos shown here leading the field at the start in one of the regional races of Nor-Cal.  Bustos is a stellar competitor who is smooth as silk in all aspects of Cross racing.....

Justin Robinson has shown this victory pose often over the years in Nor-Cal racing.  Robinson is a rider who earned his pedigree racing at Surf City races as a young buck.  He has then gone on to win USA National honors and been a mainstay on the podium at Nationals over the years.  Robinson is a racer who excels in the hardest conditions and the biggest races.  Robinson is also the most winning racer at the CCCX Series over the past 17 years earning over 50 victories against some of the finest racers of the region...

Ana Flores is another one of the big time talents of the California Giant Berry Farms team.   Flores has produced big rides in key events regionally and you can never count out this talented racer in any circumstance.  Flores is a fast starter who's speed from the gun can lead to a long wake of racers lined out with nothing to do but chase and chase.  Flores is also one of the best Cyclocross bike handlers of our region...

John Mundelius is pure power and flow when in action on the Cross bike.  Mundelius is a Nor-Cal Cyclocross District Champion who has topped the very best Masters racers from our region on multiple occasions.  One of the reasons the Cal. Giant Berry Farms teams is so successful, is they have numerous horses in the fight who can take to the track and throw down fast laps over and over.  These riders push the pace and push each other to the point of exhaustion.  
Which in turn leads to success for the unit as a whole.  Nor-Cal Cross riders are forced to bring the power to the races or Cal. Giant riders like Mundelius will be gone off the front....

"You want a piece of me?"  You can see in the riders eyes that if you want to be up with best you had better be ready for war.  Hard conditions seem to favor Cal. Giant racers such as Norm Kreiss- shown below.  Mud, rain, wind and sleet.... this is fun for the Cal. Giant team and these riders will never skip a race because it is raining or cold outside.  They come to play no matter what the conditions are and they play extra hard always....

Bike racing in rain and mud means Cyclocross.  Here you can see Eric Bustos smiling and laughing his way to another fine result in extremely harsh conditions.  The Cal. Giant Berry Farms team competes on some of the finest equipment available.  For 2014 they will be seen racing on S-Works Crux Cross bikes equipped with SRAM and Zipp Wheels.

Henry Kramer is a legend in Europe.  Kramer is shown below competing in one of his tune-up races in Belgium before Worlds.  Kramer is a rider who brings fear to Euro racers when he makes his pilgrimage to compete overseas.  They awe at his strength and speed for his age.  Rumor has it when Kramer shows up to compete in Europe he spends much of the time before and after events signing autographs for the local Women & Junior race fans.  This in turn infuriates his competitors as they have to witness all swooning over the American star... 

Deep sand only leads the way for the California Giant Berry Farm team to attack.  They can ride or run the sand pits at high speed, even the deep sand shown here in Ft. Ord.  Ana Flores demonstrates perfect form for riding the beach like conditions.  2014 looks set to be another year of Cal. Giant success... Who can rise to the challenge and disrupt this domination?  
Let the racing begin!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CYCLOCROSS NOW

The Cyclocross Season is just a few scant weeks away from starting.  Racers need to be getting their bikes, their fitness and overall game plan for the season together now.  
Certainly others are dreaming of Cross and taking part in Road events or MTB races to prep their fitness for Cross season's start the first week of September.
Calendar here.


This weekend is Clinic central in Nor-Cal with 2 very cool teaching, coaching and discussion sessions for the dedicated deeply addicted Cross racers.  These sessions are for beginning racers & advanced racers and all in between... 
With guest instructors who will keep it fun and focus on speed and proper technique for Cross.  
A true Win Win for all!


Niels was a 2 time Cyclocross World Champion.
Winning those titles on the epic courses of Hoogerheide & Koksijde.
 He was truly one of the greats of the sport and when he was on his "A" game there were only a handful of racers alive who could keep him in check.  He will be sorely missed.


So stoked for Sven Nys to be back headlining Cross Vegas.  Rumor has it Nys will be in Central California & Carmel/Pebble Beach the week before Cross Vegas on vacation & to take part in the CCCX Series race to prepare his legs for Cross Vegas.
This year at Cross Vegas the race will be extra fast as Lars Van der Haar will join Nys on the start line to challenge America's best racers.  Van der Haar is a past champion of Cross Vegas and that boy is gauranteed to make a run at win #2 and to take the Vegas crown away from Nys.


Karen Brems is a true legend of the Northern California for Road Racing and Cyclocross Racing!
Brems is such a class act on and off the bike... a rider who has dominated local racing as well as racing to the top of the world in UCI Masters competition earning World Champion status.  She let's her racing do her taking and in that case there is huge shouts of success!  Tim Westmore at Fit & Filthy did manage to get Brems to speak and share some of her plans for the future as well as her history of bike riding that developed herself into one of the all-time greats from 
Nor-Cal and the USA for that manner...


Speaking of Fit & Filthy....
Hat's off to Tim Westmore for his vision of Cross coverage in Nor-Cal and beyond.
I do highly recommend keeping a close eye on this page to keep in the game and on the news topics that are relevant to all that is Cyclocross in Northern California.


It will be dry and fast for the first part of Cross Season.  This is a fact!
However rain is sure to come as the racing progresses on the calendar.  Nor-Cal is legendary for some rain races of the past.  There have been some incredible events over the years where rain, mud and gnarly conditions are the main theme for particular events.  Those rainy races, where conditions are brutal and the strong and most technically advanced riders rise to the top steps of the podium are always the most memorable.  Let us all hope for some hard conditions this year, conditions that make Nor-Cal the best for real Cyclocross racing.


Cross skills and bike handling are the bread and butter of the best winter racers.  
The dismount move, the mount move, shouldering & carrying your bike, running over obstacles and up hills and stairs, tight turns at speed 
and accelerations under stress of the race are all key aspects of the game.  
Practice makes perfect.
Get after it or be left behind.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CROSS WORKOUTS STARTING

It is becoming "Game On" for Cyclocross preparation phase...
Local workouts are starting to gather and coaching sessions are on offer for 
Cyclocross specific skills.
each have Cross activities on offer and I do recommend you track down one of those two super star instructors to sharpen your Cross move and advance your Cross technique in all aspects...

Nice to see past Cyclocross World Champion Lars Boom win today's stage in the Tour de France-
The best bike handlers in the business have either raced or trained doing 
Cyclocross, BMX, Downhill, Dual Slalom or MTB XC cycling.


Fit & Filthy always has their nose to the mud to keep information flowing for 
NCNCA Cyclocross racers-


Always good information regarding all that is Cyclocross at Cyclocross Magazine, have a look-


A quick video that shows just how cool Cross is-


Questions about Cyclocross stuff?  Want to find more information about Cross gear and goods then you need?  See Cyclocross Reddit-




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

2014 RACE CALENDAR COMPLETE

Just a few short months now.... and the 2014 Cyclocross Season 
kicks into gear with racing starting in September.  
Which in turn sets the stage for awesome events in October, November, December and January!
Cross is King in Northern California and the 2014 race season is sure to be one of the best ever for the die-hard and skillfully talented Cylocross athletes of our region.
Let us all hope for some real rain during Cyclocross 2014!
Get out and ride now, get your bike dialed and ready to rumble, and most of all... 
be prepared to go fast come Cross Season!







Wednesday, January 1, 2014

MY MAN NYS GOES MORE AMERICAN THEN ANY EURO LEGEND EVER HAS FOR CYCLOCROSS

Hard not to be a fan of Sven Nys...

The man who chased a heckler into the crowd during a race after the crazed 
Cross fan kept throwing beer into his face.

The man who battled so many great racer over the years, many generations of champions, and more then not came to the finish line on terms ready to sprint for top honors on the day.

The man who has a mechanical or problem on course, acts cool and calm like his race is over and he is involved now in a casual stroll in the park. Then comes back to pass every single rider ahead going on to some incredible victory, saving the final pass of the leader until the last lap for added drama.

The man who can be considered the very best Cyclocross racer of all time.

Now Sven Nys races an american bike.  Matching the top current Women in the World of Cross who just happens to be American Katie Compton.
Good times for Cyclocross in the USA ahead!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

TJ INTERVIEW



This interview really resonates for the local racers.  Battling on against your regular competitors each season.  Keeping the racing and riding fun.  And the fact that racing gets you fit.  Which in turn makes all your other riding extra good because you are in shape and can enjoy the feeling of the spin so much more when you are strong and the legs are turning over well well...

Ride on...!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

KRAMER STAYS UNDEFEATED - NOR-CAL CX IN SAN JOSE - CCCX AT TORO PARK - SACRAMENTO SERIES IN ORANGEVALE

Such an incredible past weekend of Cyclocross racing!  
Nor-Cal CX gets Cross fired up in steamy San Jose.
CCCX throws out super circuit at Toro Park.  
Sacramento Series goes big and Cross crazy in Orangevale.



Big news from Nor-Cal is the incredible run of current 
Masters World Champion Henry Kramer(Cal. Giant Inc.) to open up the 2013 season.  

World Champion Henry Kramer shadowed by Keith DeFiebre at Toro Park...

Wearing the coveted UCI World Champion jersey at each race puts a huge bulls-eye on Kramer's back each time he takes the start line on the front row.  Yet Kramer simply goes about his business of wearing the World Champion jersey proper and wins!  Kramer is undefeated for 2013 making for one of the best openings to a season in recent history of Northern California Cross racing.  Only time will tell as to whether Kramer can continue his run of success.  But recognition of this winning run is a must...

Rachael Lloyd is currently unstoppable...

Another Nor-Cal superstar who has not yet been topped regionally is a rider who I featured last week, Rachael Lloyd(DFL).  Lloyd is back on the Cross bike and thus forces all Women of Northern California to get in gear or get out of the way.  Lloyd does not show mercy when she takes to course.  Her strength, skill and speed do the talking and if your not up to par you will be left far behind.  So awesome seeing Lloyd doing what she does best, race Cyclocross!  
I hope she continues her progression and regains her world class form for Northern California Cyclocross fans to watch and admire.

Cougar's take to Cross San Jose style...

San Jose Cougar Cyclocross went great for the Nor-Cal CX Series opener.  
CX Magazine's ANDREW YEE is backing the series with his strong support and knowledgeable advice and the fantastic Cross racing will surely continue 
for all as this series progresses.  


Super Pro style zig zags on San Jose slopes...

Congratulations to super pro Murphy Mack and his cool crew for making hot San Jose just right for Super Pro Nor-Cal CX.  It was a hard & fun course and boasted elevation changes that made the affairs correct toward election of who was best of class.  
Cross racing is rad and it should be hard at times, 
so don't be shy... 
Race Cyclocross!

Cyclocross as done by Alicia Hilderbrand(Trek CxC)...

CCCX @ Toro Park showed what is best in Nor-Cal CX.  Green grass, sand sections, dips, drops, tree jumps, long straights, tight turns and some nice elevation changes.  
So much to offer at this venue... fun riding and fast racing.  
Race Cyclocross! 


AJM wins BIG again at CCCX and seems to be finding incredible form...

Orangevale was outstanding for the Sacramento Cyclocross Series.  A new location for this series, but the same old good times racing Cyclocross.  Orangevale is another fine place to race Cyclocross in Northern California.  Check out this cool Ariel Video of the Orangeville course.  Very cool location to race Cross and very cool video of the Sac. Town crew doing there thing.  

Ben Dodge(Bicycle Blue-Book-Rock Lobster) coaching services starting soon...

Brian Joder, Gene Redmon and the rest of the stellar Sac. Town Cyclocross promotion team rocks at what they do.  They produce very fine events and like all Nor-Cal CX races such as Surf City, CCCX, Super Pro, BASP, Santa Rosa Cup and Homegrown.... they keep the racing fun for all and make sure it is about good times for all... 
Race Cyclocross.

Buy-Cell.com & Ibis have quite the standout team for 2013- here Cesar Chavez in motion...

Next weekend is another GIANT Saturday and Sunday of Nor-Cal CX racing.
Surf City Series Opens Sunday!
Also headlining the weekend on Saturday is one of Northern California's CX's classic events 
In it's second year, this instant classic hosted by Folsom Bikes is a race that is not to be missed and guarantees a excellent course for those who Race Cyclocross!

Benjamin Gomez Villafane the future if Cyclocross...

Also on Saturday is Murphy Mack's Foothill College Cyclocross race- 
the substitute location for the Lion of Fairfax.  
This is ANDREW YEE and Murphy Mack putting a race course together... 
the end result can only be perfection Cyclocross style!

Ellen Sherill(BicycleBlueBook/HRS/Rock Lobster) takes the win at CCCX Toro Park...

Sunday for Nor-Cal CX is one of Nor-Cal's all time great Cyclocross brands...

Surf City legend, CCCX Series Legend, Nor-Cal Cross legend Justin Robinson doing his thing...

So much tradition and nostalgia the Surf City races bring to the table.
True legends of Nor-Cal Cyclocross have made their mark and claim to 
fame at the Surf City races.  


Sunday starts another chapter in the Surf City legacy.


Lastly, if you are near Truckee, the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series at the Truckee Bike Park should not be missed!   Any time you can mix a Bike Park and Cyclocross the combined equation can only produce big time fun on two wheels.
Berms, rollers and ramps of the Truckee Bike Park await the Sagebrush Cyclocross racers.