Thursday, January 5, 2012

January The Best Time Of Year For Cyclocross Racing

Surf City Series & CCCX Series Keep Dream Alive For Nor-Cal Cyclocross In January.
Surf City In Action At Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds This Sunday!

Northern California First To Strike Gold at Cyclocross Nationals In Madison Wisconsin..... AMAZING!
Nor-Cal puts 2 riders on the podium in
Single Speed division.
Bay 101/HRS/Rock Lobster racer Aaron Bradford red hot in frigid cold Wisconsin claims Gold Medal on Day #1 of National Championships.  Another Lobster strongman Scott Chapin also on podium with fine 4th place finish.

Bradford was a man possessed during the Single Speed race!  The Santa Cruz resident outlasted a stellar field of super talented racers to claim the top step of the podium and own a Gold Medal for Nor-Cal Cyclocross!

The slick course in Madison Wisconson became very technical as the race wore on during the Single Speed event.  Many of the Northern California Cyclocross series the past 2 years have featured bunny hopping obstacles, or specific board sections that allow riders who can bunny hop opportunities to use that skill.  Having these sections picks up the skill level of all who race, plain and simple.
At Nationals Nor-Cal's Aaron Bradford used a last lap strategic bunny hop over the boards to solidify his lead and earn the Gold Medal in the Single Speed race.....Amazing!  Bradford has been a force the past few years in Nor-Cal Cross, always fighting the good fight at the front of the Elite races. 
His hard work and dedication to Cyclocross has paid off with a
Cross National Championship today, to go with his
"Super D" MTB National Championship he won a few years ago.

I personally know the riders who finished 2nd & 3rd place in the Single Speed race behind Aaron Bradford.  Both riders are legends in the sport of cycling from Idaho and have a long history of winning big races.  J.T Fountain and Michael Gaertner are true champions of cyclesport, and both riders at the end of the day were forced to look up to the top step of the podium and see
 Nor-Cal's Aaron Bradford put on the coveted Stars & Stripes winners jersey. 
Congratulations Aaron!

Bradford's team mate Scott Chapin also deserves huge respect for his 4th place finish in the Single Speed race.  Rock Lobster made a giant statement on the first day of Nationals for Northern California and I do hope that this performance motivates others to great results as well....

USA Cycling Cross Nationals Schedule & Start Lists.

Thursday I look for Henry Kramer, Norm Kreiss- both California Giant Berry Farms sponsored, and Katrina Baumsteiger- Team Rambuski Law, to battle for podium positions and Medal honors in their respective divisions...

One other note on Wednesday's racing...- Rock Lobster fully owned the Single Speed event.  They had team racer Alex Work, the NCNCA District Champion is the Single Speed division, ride to 7th place at Nationals- joining Chapin & Bradford in the top 10.  So Lobster placed 3 riders in the top 10 in Wisconsin... Fantastic!