Folsom Cyclocross & Surf City Series On Tap For NCNCA Cyclocross This Weekend. Please Click On Each Event For Information And Schedules.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ATHLETE'S MAKE GIGANTIC STATEMENT AT USA CYCLING CYCLOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS ON DAY TWO OF RACING!
NOR-CAL STRIKE MULTIPLE GOLD, SILVER, AND BRONZE, WITH HUGE PERFORMANCE IN BEND- OREGON, AND SHOWS THE NATION WE ARE A CYCLOCROSS POWERHOUSE AS A REGION!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE RACERS WHO REPRESENTED THE NCNCA REGION SO SUCCESSFULLY ON DAY 2 OF NATIONALS.
John & Linda Elgart(Webcor/Alto Velo) can now claim ownership of Bend, Oregon. Each won the precious Gold Medal on day two of competition. The Elgart's once again make history, and show their amazing class on a bicycle riding to double Gold!
Congratulations John & Linda on your National Championship rides, the NCNCA is extremely proud of you both!
Kathy Pruitt(Family Cycling Center) proves her talent by claiming the Gold Medal in the Women's Open Single Speed division. Another incredible accomplishment from one of Nor-Cal's best ever female cyclists!
Congratulations Kathy on your incredible day in Bend and winning the National Cyclocross Championship- Single Speed division!
Cal Giant Inc.'s Cyclocross duo, husband/wife tandem Norm Kreiss and Gina Hall both take home Silver Medals back to Nor-Cal. What a outstanding day for Norm & Gina, as these two Cyclocross athletes produced tremendous rides in earning Silver Medals at Nationals.
Gina Hall brings the race to the line for the Gold in the Masters Women's 40-44 division, losing only by two seconds in the end. Hall was National Champion in 2009, and in 2010 she had one of the most thrilling finishes of the day in claiming the Silver Medal.
Norm Kreiss was not going to be denied from a medal at Nationals. Kreiss was on a mission, and it was his focus and fight that propelled the hard charging Cal Giant Inc. rider to the Silver Medal. Only World MTB Champion & cycling legend Ned Overend was able to top Norm today in Bend.
Stella Carey(Bay 101/HRS/Rock Lobster) had one of the most incredible days at Nationals ever. Carey showed her amazing talent and ability in Cyclocross by making two podium appearances today! Carey claimed the Silver Medal in the Women's Open Single Speed division, giving the NCNCA region a 1-2 finish in this field, with Pruitt getting Gold. Earlier in the day Carey put together a outstanding ride in the Masters Women 40-44 division earning the final podium spot of 5th place overall. There were almost 50 Masters Women lined up at the start of that group. What a amazing day for Stella Carey and the NCNCA is so proud of her Silver Medal ride & double podium day!
Aaron Bradford(Family Cycling Center) snatched the Bronze medal in the hotly contest Men's Open Single Speed class. Bradford is a past MTB Super D National Champion, and in Bend he added another National Championship medal to his growing collection. Bradford has focused the majority of his season toward success in Cyclocross and the Bronze medal at Nationals certainly makes all his hard work and dedication to the sport worthwhile.
With Bradford's Bronze medal, and Pruitt's Gold, and Carey's Silver, NCNCA racers hoarded half of the Single Speed Championship medals at Nationals. There were 6 medals up for grabs and Nor-Cal now owns 3 of those!
Legendary Cross racers, and inspirational Masters competitors Ron Riley(Bike Station Aptos) of Aptos, and Mike Macdonald(BEER) of Sacramento, each earned National Championship medals today in Bend. Both of these racers are a credit to Northern California in proving that cycling is a sport for life, and competition is endless as long as you dream big. Riley earned the Silver medal in the Masters Men 75-79 division, and Macdonald earned the Bronze medal in the 70-74 division. These rides are fantastic and the NCNCA is super proud of both results!
And Congratulations Ron!
Team Rambuski Law's Karen Brems also made a podium appearance in the Masters Women's 45-49 division. Brems was a National medalist in Cyclocross last year, and she backed that result up with 5th place today. Brems was in a very exciting dual for the Bronze medal, and finished a mere 10 seconds away from 3rd place and the Bronze medal in her group.
George Smith(Webcor/Alto Velo) also put in a stellar ride today in the snow and slush of Bend. Smith finished 5th overall & made podium in the Masters men 55-59 division.
George is out there some where....
Harry Williamson(Fightin' Bobas) of Healdsberg also represented on the podium today in Bend. The fast riding Williamson was 5th overall in the Masters Men 65-69 division.
Also, a big congratulations goes out to all the NCNCA racers who competed today. It was a fantastic performance by all!
Special mention for the other riders who placed top 10 in their class today...
Scott Chapin- Bay101/HRS/Rock Lobster- Men's Single Speed
Haley Juno-Galdes - Webcor/Aloto Velo- Women's Single Speed
Jeff Townsend- Plus 3- Masters Men 55-59
Helene Drumm- Peanut Butter & Co.- Masters Women 40-44
Julie Bates- Team Roaring Mouse- Masters Women 50-54
Katrina Baumsteiger- Team Rambuski Law- Masters Women 45-49
Please see this schedule Friday's racing and most of the other Nor-Cal riders who will be on course in Bend.
I can only imagine that the tremendous riding from the NCNCA racers on Thursday will only motivate the rest of Nor-Cal's best Cross athletes for Friday!