Thursday, November 18, 2010


Kevin Joell & The Reno Wheelmen made a request during the summer to play host to the best and most dedicated Cross racers in the NCNCA region for the District Championships.  Thank you to the dedicated cyclists of Reno for making the race happen!

Cyclocross has a long history in Reno, Nevada.  They are very passionate about their Cyclocross and I have faith that Joell and the Reno Wheelman will do a fine job in crowning the top of class racers from the NCNCA.

District Champions will be crowned in these divisions- Elite Men, Elite Women,
SingleSpeed A’s, Masters 35+ Men,
Master Men 45+, Master Men 55+,
Master Women 35+, Master Women 45+,
Master Women 55+, Junior Men 15-16,
Junior Men 17-18, Junior Women 10-18,
Junior Men 10-14.

May the Best Men, Women, & Juniors Win!

The District Championship is the highest one day racing honor in the NCNCA region.  To win a District Championship in this region, which boasts some of the fastest and most fit athlete's in America, is an amazing achievement.  Past District Champions are a who's- who of the NCNCA's very best Cross riders ever.  This Saturday new names will make history and become Champions. 

There is good info. on the host hotel, fine food, course status, and all the racing particulars.

The Reno Wheelman, The City of Reno, and Kevin Joell are sure to bring together a great time, and solid course for the most prestigious one day Cross race in the NCNCA region.  Best of all there might be some pure Cross weather to spice up the competitions!

Then on Sunday are the outstanding Series races from the Sacramento Series & the Central Coast Series

I know from personal experiences that both courses on Sunday are knock out strong for quality. 

The Central Course Series will take place on the front course of Toro Park.  This course used last year for the first time was a instant classic!  Toro Park was kind enough to give up it's most pristine area for Cyclocross.  The front of the park usually hosts Cross County running, but this Sunday it will be Cyclocross taking center stage.  The course features moderate elevation changes, a few grass sections, smooth riding dirt trails, one classic run-up, and some fast fire roads.  There will be lots of turns, mixed in with some wide open high speed track.  The dirt is mostly hard packed and sandy, so any rain will only make the riding better, or at least more interesting!  The front course at Toro Park is a classic.

Sacramento will be racing at the outstanding venue of Lange Twins Winery, in Acampo. I was there for the first race at Lange Twins Winery last season, and the course is a true test of Cyclocross.  Rich Maile pioneered this venue, and delivered a fantastic race course on the grounds of Lange Twins Winery.  There is not much elevation change in the route, yet the venue boasts excellent grounds for Cyclocross.  Pavement sections, dirt roads, and grass trails are the main features.  Small rises in the terrain make for off camber sections, difficult little climbs, and fun riding rolling hills that create a good feel for the Cross bikes.  Adverse weather could really make this race route a challenge.  There is a high percentage of grassy fields used and very dark & slick dirt.  Any rain could really make this race route memorable. 

Lange Twins Winery & the front course at Toro Park are both Cyclocross race courses that rate at the highest level for Northern California Cross.  This weekend is sure to be outstanding for racing in the NCNCA.
Ride Safe & Have Fun!