Saturday, August 28, 2010


Mark Howland is one the 16 NCNCA riders featured in the new posting of NCNCA Cyclocross Photo Page- Paul Doran's work from the BASP Series final 2009.
Howland was the thrilling winner of the BASP Series title in the Masters Men 45+ "A" division that day at Coyote Point, near San Francisco. Brett Lambert(Rock Lobster) and Rob Meighan(Cal Giant Inc.) were deadlocked in a tussle for the championship going into the final BASP race. One of the two talented riders seemed destined to win the series as they had built a strong lead in overall points over the course of the series. Yet it was a double points final race and as they marked each other, the on form Mark Howland sneaked away up the road and never looked back on his way to the race win and the coveted BASP Series crown. Howland has been one of the most consistent riders in Northern California over the past 15 years. Howland has been District Champion, won the most difficult NCNCA BAR division- the Masters 35+ "A" field in 2002, won numerous races over the years on all types of courses, and as mentioned above captured the 45+ "A" BASP Series win in his first year eligible for that age group. Howland has also traveled to Europe multiple years to compete in the Masters World Championships, usually held in Belgium. For 2010 Howland will be dropping his Blackmarket colors to join forces with Paul Sadoff's Bay 101/HRS/Rock Lobster team. Howland has been one of the longest sponsored riders for Rock Lobster, with the two starting a working relationship in 1992. Howland brings with him to Rock Lobster the core group of last years Blackmarket team, Janel Lodge who was a silver medalist at the NCNCA District Championships last year, and Bruce Lodge of Sonora. Howland and the other Blackmarket riders will add talent, knowledge, and experience to the already full blown super team that is Bay 101/HRS/Rock Lobster. The 2010 NCNCA Cyclocross race season is going to be a classic!