Thursday, January 26, 2012



Nor-Cal's Superstars of Cyclocross traveled to Bakersfield this past weekend to respond to the challenge of the Nor-Cal vs. So-Cal California State Championship showdown...

It turned out to be one of the more incredible performances ever by Northern California Cyclocross with complete domination in the top divisions from our regional riders.  It was fantastic and incredible how Northern California simply stuck it to So-Cal, showing no mercy and completely controlling the podium spots in the highest level groups in Bakersfield!

Gina Hall(Cal Giant Inc.) & Andy Jacques-Maynes(Cal Giant Inc.) won
Elite divisions.
Gannon Myall(Cal Giant Inc.), John Kammeyer(Peninsual Velo),
Norm Kreiss(Cal Giant Inc.), Janel Lodge(Bay101/HRS/Rock Lobster),
& Julie Bates(Roaring Mouse), won "A" level Masters divisons. 
Sophia Gomez Villafane( won the Jr. Women division.
Aaron Bradford(Bay101/HRS/Rock Lobster) was Single Speed king. 
And team Fun Sport Bikes Craig Chaney was the 35+ "B" division winner.

It truly was compete domination as these race winners were backed up on the podium buy numerous other racers who found success in Bakersfield and hail from the NCNCA Cross region.

I offer a huge congratulations to all the riders who took part in the Nor-Cal vs. So-Cal challenge! 
Simply awesome everyone! 
Way to show your class and the true class of
NCNCA Cyclocross!

NCNCA District Cross Champion for 2011 Andy Jacques Maynes owned the Nor-Cal vs. So-Cal Elite Men's race.  Jacques Maynes has had a super stellar Cross season, and I am sure he will roll right into the Road Race season holding
very fine form indeed...

National Champion Gina Hall leads Nor-Cal's Ellen Sherill(Bike Station Aptos) in this photo below.  Nor-Cal went 1-2 in the Women's Elite division at Bakersfield thanks to these two talented racers.   Hall showed tremendous form toward the final portions of the race season, especially in her National Championship race win.

Pretty Boy!   Gannon Myall is pictured below all styled out in his freshly cleaned pro Cross kit, and flashy Specialized Cross bike, with clean shaved legs, on his way to the Masters 35+ win at Bakersfield.  Myall is also styling his UCI sanctioned Masters World's podium medal to all races he attends now, just to show who is boss of Masters Cross for 2011/12 in Nor-Cal.

John Kammeyer continues the Nor-Cal tradition of outstanding Masters 45+ racers in winning the Men's 45+ division in Bakersfield.  Certainly the on form Kammeyer does not want this Cross season to end, as he keeps getting better, stronger, & faster as the year has progressed.

Norm Kreiss is another rider who found his best form of the season in just the right moments.  Kreiss is the main man in the 55+ division for Nor-Cal, America, and the World!  And Norm did not disappoint in Bakersfield, winning big in this division to close out his great 2011/12 Cyclocross year.

Junior sensation Sophia Gomez Villafane was another rider who came into tiptop shape as the season wore on for Nor-Cal Cyclocross.  Constant racing delivered the amazingly talented Villafane toward numerous outstanding rides to end her Cross season.  She was NCNCA District Champion, Nor-Cal vs. So-Cal Junior Women Champion, and also won her first Elite Women's race at the CCCX Series final.  Villafane has a bright future ahead in her Cycling career, and I do hope she keeps getting better and has fun always on the bike while chasing her cycle sport future.

Single Speed USA National Cyclocross Champion Aaron Bradford went to Bakersfield and did what he does best- win a Cross race!  Bradford showed So-Cal what's up when it comes to Single Speed skills and won his race in fine fashion after a 2 up effort with team mate Scott Chapin.

Janel Lodge shows the eye of the tiger on her way to the Masters Women 35+ race win in Bakersfield.  Lodge was the CCCX Cyclocross Series Champion this season, and backed that up with her super strong ride in Bakersfield.  Lodge is a great individual and a fan favorite among the Nor-Cal Cross family.  Lodge is a inspiration to many and a true fighter on her bike in competition.  Her determination on the Cross bike makes for great results and this was evident on the hard course in Bakersfield at the North-South challenge.

Julie Bates is a Bay Area Cyclocross legend.  She excels in all types of cycle sport, Road, MTB, & Cross, and her athletic ability and fire under race pressure leads the way to her success.  Bates made Nor-Cal super proud in winning the Masters Women's 45+ division in Bakersfield.

Craig Chaney pulled off an outstanding race win in Bakersfield topping the Men's 35+ "B' division.  This group was the largest pack of the day with over 35 riders taking the start grid.  Chaney was on form going into the Bakersfield showdown, after posting a very solid ride the weekend before in winning the overall championship in his division at the CCCX Series the week before Bakersfield.  Chaney & his Team Fun Sport Bikes played a leading role in Nor-Cal Cross this year, and their team deserves great praise for their continued development of their riders.