Tomorrow is the end of the Bike Monkey's Cyclocross series in Santa Rosa:
Cyclocross Santa Rosa 2010 is coming to a close on Valentines Day weekend. February 13th, and at Doyle Park near downtown Santa Rosa to be exact. This year we switched up the format a bit, starting the A’s a little earlier than normal. That’s gone quite well, and now we’re coming to a close. To celebrate another fun season of friendly, muddy cross racing we’re offering up “Ladies Day”. That’s right. Women race for free at our next cross race. There’s nothing special do to except show up and convince us you’re a lady, then sign a waiver. We don’t ask for much.
Racing starts at 9am (but goes throughout the day) in Doyle Park. Full details at Bike Monkey website.
Santa Teresa on 2/12/10 is now on May 8, 2010. Please note that Round 1 will now be held May 8th as a later event in the series.
As much as we love a good mud run, we are at the mercy of the facility we are using and right now the rangers at Santa Teresa don't want their park to get hammered by us any further than Mother Nature already has. Probably understandable. As such, we are shooting for May flowers and hopefully Spring sunshine and prime racing conditions on May 8th.
Just like previously, entries to the current event are still transferable to any race in the series and we are again, very apologetic and very appreciative of your patience and understanding with the uncharacteristically wet weather.
After being thwarted in creating a gravity series in Auburn last year, Jimmy at Global Biorhythm Events announced a Super D / Downhill series for 2010:
It's been a long road to get this to happen. After a 5 hr long meeting yesterday the ASRA and Global Biorhythm events worked out the pro's and con's of having a DH series here in Auburn.This will be a 5 races series. April 3 will be the first race. Dark Horse racing, Auburn Bike Works will be helping with the DH events and Super D events. We will have a speed trap with radar !!. Full EMT staff. Full timed starting gate for both Super D and DH races. BBQ after events are over . Full van shuttles. The rest of the series will start in October - Jan. The Oak Tree Super D" is on June 19th. This super D is a long fast run. Starting at Green gate on Fuel Break to Culvert - cross the road( Flagman with radios) down Mammoth bar to Confluence trail. Finish at Confluence. More information will be posted in just a few more weeks on www.globalbiorhythmevents.com, Don't forget the Mammoth Bar OHV area charges $10.00 to get into the park so car pool on race day .
3rd Annual 6 Hour Grind on the Greenway Mountain Bike Challenge
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Anne Springs Close Greenway
Ft Mill, SC
Don’t let the name fool you. The 6 Hour Grind on the “Greenway” is a 6 hour singletrack
mountain bike race, with 805 ft of elevation per lap, that will challenge participants both physically and mentally
Saturday, May 8, [...]
TBF Racing is excited to start our MTB Challenge Mountain Bike Racing Series at Granite Bay, Folsom Lake this Sunday, February 7th. This year our MTB Challenge Series will have a new course for each of the individual races, plus will feature some multiple trail options on the course for more fun.
The 2010 MTB Challenge Series will have a 7-mile course with more single track, less sand and no water crossings, while keeping all of the favorite sections you loved riding in previous years. The divisions and distances will be:
Junior (14 and under) one lap 7 miles
First Timers one lap 7 miles
Novice two laps 14 miles
Sport and Single Speed three laps 21 miles
Expert four laps 28 miles
This year for the MTB Challenge Series we will offer a custom Series colored race t-shirt with the first MTB Challenge event, and then a custom MTB Challenge racing cap with the second event, and a custom pair of MTB Challenge racing socks with the third event. We will also provide more raffle prizes at each event. Sign up for the entire MTB Challenge Series and save $30 with a Race Week Sale on Monday and Tuesday, February 1st and 2nd on the 2010 MTB Challenge Series available through Active.com.
Looking across Folsom Lake, it still seems a bit soggy. We'll have to see what the weather holds tomorrow AM. More info on the races are available at the TBF Racing website.
Sorry for the outage this week, I am quite backed up with work and such. Here is the first of a blizzard-o-entries for the weekend:
Designed to help riders of all experience levels, particularly women, take their cross country, downhill and freeride skills to the next level, the Trek Dirt Series will travel to 16 locations throughout the Western U.S. and Canada providing beginner, intermediate, advanced and locale-specific instruction at each weekend-long camp.
Already in its 10th year of existence, the Trek Dirt Series delivers world-class instruction with the goal of developing skills through a supportive, step-by-step process that helps riders move beyond their fears to truly enjoy the fun of mountain biking. Over 5,000 riders, both male and female, have pedaled through the program since its inception in 2001, making the Trek Dirt Series one of the oldest and most popular MTB skills camps in existence.
Online registration for all 2010 Trek Dirt Series events opens February 1 at www.dirtseries.com. Interested parties are encouraged to register for their desired locale sooner than later as registration for some locations filled up in as little as 48 hours in 2009.
2010 Trek Dirt Series Dates and Locations April 25-25 Santa Cruz, CA May 1-2 San Jose, CA May 8-9 San Rafael, CA May 15-16 North Vancouver, BC May 29-30 Whistler, BC June 5-6 Fruita, CO June 12-13 Boulder, CO June 19-20 Park City, UT June 26-27 Whistler, BC July 10-11 Calgary, AB July 17-18 Whistler, BC (co-ed) July 31-Aug. 1 Bend, OR Aug. 7-8 Hood River, OR Aug. 21-22 Canmore, AB Aug. 28-29 Bellingham, WA Sep. 11-12 Whistler, BC (co-ed)
Registration is now open for late March's Big Sandy race:
Its time to sign up. Registration for the Third Annual Big Sandy Point to Point Mountain Bike Race is now open. Register online Now. We love online registration so much, we are paying the service fee. Register before March 1st when the price goes up $5.00.
Our little race is starting to get recognized as a must do California Race. In order to maintain the level of quality the event is know for, we have decided to limit the field size to 300. Register early and secure your place in one of the best mountain bike events you will race this year.
The Big Sandy is a point to point XC race held Northeast of Fresno on March 28th.
Congrats to Ben Cruz (Novato WTB) who edged Jeff Kendall-Weed (bicycleweed.com) by just over 1 second for the Men's Pro/Semi-Pro win. In the Women's Pro/Semi-Pro division, Kathy Pruitt (Jamis Bikies/Shimano/Mavic) edged Karin Hanzi (Specialized) by just over 1 second.
After some steady rains the dirt at Toro Park is in the perfect condition for trail maintenance and construction. The CCCX Crew has been hitting the digging pretty hard the past week and now the final race course of the 2009-10 Winter Series is dialed in fully. The course is going to be very similar to race #1. Speeds will be super fast right out of the start. The top roller coaster fire road section has been cleaned and re-built for ultimate numbers to be reached on riders speedometer's. The start section of trail is like a freeway, mixed in with gravity filled roller coaster dips that make a rider feel as if they are on some type of Olympic style Ski run where tucking and aerodynamics bring out extra M.P.H. for the racers. The race route then dips into a new cut section of trail with some air opportunity for the jumpers and some berm chances for riders who can ride a rail to maintain speed. More single-track switch back sections are to follow, before the trail flows into the finishing area. This course has the highest speed average of all the Toro DH trails, and the dirt traction is the best it has been all year. The racing is going to be top notch, and the entire trail will be ripping. Division Champions will be crowned at the end of the day.
The CCCX race is held at Toro Park between Monterey and Salinas, California on Sunday.
NEW ROUND 1 DATE: Saturday, FEBRUARY 13th. Mark it down...See you there!
We have confirmation from the rangers that we can officially reschedule this weekend's opening round event for Saturday, February 13th. Weather willing and after a few sacrifices to El Nino, we will plan for the NEWLY Scheduled Round 1 to go off without incident and under what we hope to be much more fun trail conditions on a course that will be fun and challenging enough on its own! This leaves two more weekends to hit the pedals and enter this first round at the level of fitness that we were all hoping for! Can't wait to see everyone on the 13th! Thanks again for your patience.
It looks like the heavy rains this wake have claimed their first race casualty:
IMPORTANT ROUND 1 ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to excessively rainy and wet conditions the park rangers have asked us to re-schedule Round 1 of the series to be held at Santa Teresa Park. More details with regards to a new date to follow soon. For all you "pre-entries" you will be able to use this entry towards a future race. Again, stay tuned, there will be more information to come as we learn it. Thank you for your patience. -SBRacing.org
Come out for the first day of sunshine in FOREVER and support a great cause:
NEXT EVENT: is Wed night practice on Jan 27th. THIS RACE WILL BENEFIT the RED CROSS/HAITI FUND! 100% of proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. Please come out, have some fun and support a worthy cause. Also last NIGHT in Sherwood Forest! Online registration is now open!
Due to the heavy rains across NorCal the past few weeks, the first round of the SB Racing Winter Series may be moved:
Faithful following, An official decision for the first round event at Santa Teresa this weekend will be forthcoming tomorrow (Wednesday). We realize that El Nino doesn't want to be left off the starting line and would also like to participate in our events. However, our primary concern is cooperating with the parks department and promoting the best possible event for our racers! Check back tomorrow for the official announcement. Thank you for your patience. -SBRacing.org
Interesting news about Whistler's Bike Park (with a slight NorCal angle):
Whistler Mountain Bike Park in Canada, site of the Kokanee Crankworx and Red Bull Exodus, is being put on the auction block on February 19. Intrawest ULC, owners of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountain resorts, are reported to have missed payments on a $1.4 billion (yes, with a ‘B’) loan last month.
The lenders, which include Lehman Brothers and Davidson Kempner, hope for a speedy sale of Intrawest in one transaction. The assets include more than a dozen resort properties, including Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado and Squaw Valley in California.
The kickoff of the NorCal MTB winter "preseason" is tomorrow with TBF's MTB Kickstart, but today you can head out to demo some bikes and pre-ride the course:
Trek Bike Demo: Join TBF for the Trek Women Bike Tour Demo – the bike industry’s first women’s specific bike tour. The Bike Demo Tour provides women of all abilities an opportunity to test ride a Trek WSD bike and experience the WSD difference first hand. Please visit fitforwomentour for more details.
Pre Ride: TBF mountain bike race course Practice on the 7 mile mountain bike course that will be featured in the TBF Kickstart MTB race on Sunday January 24.
For those of you wanting to compete for the stars and stripes jerseys at the USA Cycling National Championship (Granby, CO this year), here are the national calendars (which are most of the qualifying events):
As many of you have noticed, the race calendar on the right sidebar now shows race types (cross country, downhill, etc) in the parentheses instead of state (CA ... duh). Less of you probably noticed that this change completely fubar'd the old Mac Dashboard widget. For those of you not in the know, this Dashboard widget allows you to see all the upcoming races in NorCal (or any other region in the United States) at your fingertips by simply touching F12 on you Mac. It looks a little something like this:It's isn't difficult to use, as you can see with this short walk through:You can download (or upgrade) the MTBcalendar dashboard widget from http://slashk.github.com/mtb-calendar-widget/. You can also get a link to the source code there.
Thanks to Juan for getting me off my ass to finally change this.
Downieville registration will open on 2/19/2010 at 8pm PDT:
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING 2010 EVENT!!!!! After some mental hardship and several lengthy meetings with Downieville residents, local business owners, County Planners, wildlife biologists, hydrologists, Forest Service Rangers and Congressional Representatives (that's right, we said Federal Representatives, because this race is damned important to our Country) the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship has secured a special-use permit to operate the Downieville Classic in both 2010 and 2011.
In observance of this magnificent achievement, we would like to announce that Santa Cruz Bicycles is back as title sponsor of the event. Mike Ferrentino, Santa Cruz Bicycles marketing guru declares, "We are equal parts proud and honored to be returning to the Downieville Classic as title sponsor. Our relationship with this event goes all the way back to it's roots, not long after we started out as a company. Our employees come to Downieville on vacation, or engineers come here to test bikes and ideas, and we consider this to be our "home" race."
While we're making announcements, we would also like to make known that registration for the Cross Country and All-Mountain races will open February 19th at 8:00pm. Right here, using www.active.com.
The drama continues with the 2010 Pro XCT series ...
Just when the US Pro XCT calendar seemed to be finalized, the six-race national-level series shrunk to a five-race series on Wednesday. The Bump 'n' Grind, in Birmingham, Alabama, which was to be round four on June 5, decided not to pursue UCI categorization, and because all US Pro XCT series events must be UCI-sanctioned, the race will no longer be part of the Pro XCT series in 2010.
The Big Sandy, Central California's point to point race, is back for 2010:
Well we are at it again for our third year. Up to 23 miles of singletrack through the river valley with the wildflowers. We are in the process of getting everything together. Courses are the same as last year. Pro/Cat 1 do a loop on the Ridge before heading down river. We will be capping the number of riders this year. We are growing pretty fast and we want to make sure its still fun for volunteers and racers. Pre-register to make sure you get in. All the info will be updated soon and registration will open as soon as I have signed permits in my hands. Don't miss our trail work days, starting in late January. Check ccorc.com for trail work days
Looks like USA Cycling's Pro Tour will come to NorCal:
USA Cycling announced today the addition of a pair of races to the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour. With the inclusion of the Sea Otter Classic and the Mellow Johnny’s Classic, the Pro XCT calendar will consist of six UCI-sanctioned events throughout the United States, providing world-class athletes with a national stage on which to accumulate UCI ranking points and top prize purses.
Following the series kick-off at Fontana, the renowned Sea Otter Classic will serve as the second stop on the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour. Sea Otter’s elite/pro men’s and women’s mountain bike races on April 18 will operate at the UCI C1 level, offering maximum ranking points to top riders. The Pro XCT will then move south to Lance Armstrong’s renowned ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas as the Mellow Johnny’s Classic plays host to the third series’ stop. The Mellow Johnny’s Classic is set to take place on May 29. The nation’s professional cross country mountain bike series will then continue as planned with the Bump ‘N Grind in Birmingham, Ala. on June 5, the Subaru Cup in Mt. Morris, Wis. on June 26 and the series finale in Colorado Springs, Colo. on July 10.
You didn't really want to watch Indianapolis win the Superbowl anyway:
Six-time Leadville 100 winner, and former US Mountain Bike team member, Dave Wiens, will lead a new annual cycling event for the Bay Area, The Dirt Bowl, to be held on Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th, 2010.
The Dirt Bowl is produced by Marin County Bicycle Coalition in partnership with the The NorCal High School Mountain Bike League. It is a benefit ride to ensure that kids have safe roads and great trails. Proceeds from the Dirt Bowl will support the ongoing advocacy work being conducted by both organizations.
The ride is sponsored by Specialized Bicycle Components and Mike's Bikes and is for both recreational and competitive cyclists. Road cyclists are also invited to participate in the Dirt Bowl and will be supported by the Marin Cyclists. The start is at the San Geronimo Golf Course west of Fairfax, California.
Participants are required to raise a minimum of $125 to join this fundraising event. There is no upper limit on fundraising. Fundraisers will receive:
Saddle time with mountain bike legend and all-around great guy, Dave Wiens
A commemorative event T-shirt
Pre-ride hot drinks and snacks, and a BBQ lunch with sausages, turkey burgers, garden burgers, pasta, green salad, potato salad, and beverages
Entry into a raffle with great prizes
Special prizes for the riders who raises the most money
The folks over at Bike Rumor! have a scoop on this year's Pro Gravity Tour ... and there's a stop in NorCal:
The “Official” schedule isn’t announced yet, but we’ve got the inside scoop on the tentative 2010 Pro Gravity Tour downhill mountain bike race schedule. With six planned events, the series will have two central, two West Coast and two East Coast events as it stands.
April 24-25 – Port Angeles, WA May 22-23 – Plattekill Mountain, Roxbury, NY June 26-27 – Northstar-at-Tahoe, Truckee, CA July 3-4 TBD – (TENTATIVELY Deer Valley Resort, Park City, UT) July 31 – Aug 1 – Winter Park Resort, Winter Park, CO Sept 11-12 – Whiteface Resort, Lake Placid, NY
Go read the entire article over at Bike Rumor -- they are also having a logo design contest.
The first event will be a great way to check your early season fitness. Good climbs, fun technical single track and fast fire roads. Many of you have ridden Santa Teresa and will have an idea of what to expect...It's pretty much everything you would want in a fun and challenging mountain bike race! All events will be USA Cycling Sanctioned.
Help out the folks at BikeMonkey plan this year's Boggs V date:
What we’re struggling with right now is the date! We have two options, and rather than assume, we’d like to know what you all feel about them.
So if you’re a future Boggs V participant and you had your choice, on the table are:
April 3rd (Easter weekend) — our first choice
March 27th (NOT Easter weekend) — our second choice
Keep in mind that April 3rd is 1 week before the Napa Valley Dirt Classic. We don’t want to impose on such a long-standing event so we stayed away from April 10th out of respect for the race that gave me my first introduction and serious beat-down to mountain bike racing back in the day.
A little more clarity on the 2010 US Cup schedule:
The US Cup is pleased to announce the 2010 dates for its inaugural Triple Crown All Mountain Series.
The opening round of the US Cup Triple Crown All Mountain Series will be held at Bonelli Park on March 13-14. The second round will incorporate the Mountain States Cup series at Chalk Creek Stampede May 15-16 and the final has been awarded to Massanutten resort on June 19-20th. This concept embraces all parts of the country and we hope the racers will be excited to see a US Cup triple crown come to their home town race.
“The Triple Crown All Mountain series will test the rider’s ability in multiple disciplines to declare the Triple Crown All Mountain winner. We have decided to make this series more appealing to the riders, sponsors and media by incorporating Cross Country, Super D and Short Track into the series concept," continues Kady. “A rider’s best 2 of 3 events will be calculated to crown a winner at each race and ultimately the overall series Champion.”
In addition the US Cup will continue with its network of Kenda Cup’s, that act as local and regional qualifiers. The Kenda Cup’s feature over 15 locations across the US, from Ashland Oregon to French Lick Indiana. The US Cup Invitational shootout will be on September 11-12, The US Cup will also manage a high level west coast based series that incorporates the Triple Crown opener, Pro XCT race and other California favorite venues.
Look for more details on Triple Crown scheduled payout and presenting and naming sponsors of this inaugural event as well as updates to our ever growing Kenda Cup qualifiers.
I don't know any more about this race than what I've read on MTBR and their website, but it sounds interesting:
The Trogs are hosting an MTB TT and Food Drive on December 20th at Red Hills Rec Area (ed: South of Sonora). It'll be cold, maybe wet, definitely brutal. Red Hills is a favorite winter riding and this winter we're going to combine a fun day on the bikes with a food drive.
USA Cycling confirmed that the 2010 Mountain Bike National Championships, scheduled for the weekend of July 15-18, will return to Sol Vista in Granby, Colorado. When 2010 the US National Championship calendar was released in recent weeks, USAC had confirmed only that the mountain bike nationals would be somewhere in Colorado, with no certainty that they would return to Granby.
12 races Wednesday evenings from March 1st until June 23, 2010 (We will count your 10 best finishes toward your points total) NOTICE!!! There will NOT be a race on May 26 due to the Hang Town Motorcycle Races!
MARCH: 31 APRIL: 7, 14, 21*, 28 MAY: 5, 12,** 19 (NO RACE the 26th!) JUNE: 2***, 9, 16, 23
This XC series runs weekly on Wednesday nights near Folsom, CA. Every race has a different course design, but all of them consist of several laps (depending on skill) of two to four miles in length. The races are held at Prairie City Off Highway Vehicle Park [ MAP ] near Folsom, CA (just east of Sacramento on Hwy 50). Prairie City OHV is a off-roads motorsports (i.e. Motocross) mecca where the annual Hang Town Motorcycle Races are held. You race over the same enduro style course, with numerous steep, short climbs and quick descents on the hardpack trail. Check out the race gallery photos for a better idea of the course conditions. Better yet, check out the previous several year's archives and see GPS maps of the actual courses.
Trail traction is optimal currently at Toro Park. Recent rains have made the traction sweet and the forecast is set for a clear weekend of racing action. A course similar to race #2 of the Fall/Winter Series will be used for race #4. Please have a look at the photos from race #2. Berms and additional jumps have been added to the new trail created for the CCCX DH races. The course is going to be railing and very high speed for race #4, as the trails at Toro Park keep getting better and better. This time of the year trail work is being done on a regular basis to the Downhill routes in Toro Park. The berm turns have been built up and new additions to the trail have been added. Course #4 is going to be good!