SoCal Cyclocross – 5 November – Anza

Bob Moision decided to enter a cyclocross racing series, the Southern California Prestige Series, and was nice enough to share his experiences with the rest of the club. Words and pictures by Bob.

  

Another CX race to report from this past Sunday (Nov 5). The race this week was at the Martha Mclean – Anza Narrows Park in Riverside. The course was mostly on grass, but had sections of dirt, sand, and sidewalk. There was also a fair amount of climbing along the course. It rained in the morning, but by the time my race came along (~11 am) the rain had stopped. The pictures are from one of the barriers located on the course. Very good riders can bunny hop these and good riders are able to dismount and remount their bikes without losing much speed. It is impressive to watch. More mortal riders aren’t quite as smooth, but being technically sound at getting off and on your bike can save a few seconds per lap, enough to make up time on somebody with better fitness but less technical skill. As for the race, I came in 12th for my division while sporting my (now old) Aerospace jersey.

Next week the CX series moves to San Luis Obispo, which I’m pretty sure I’ll miss.  However, the week after (Nov 18-19) is a UCI sanctioned race in Moreno Valley. Some big name CX riders may attend and it should be a fun weekend.  

In case anybody in the club is interested in trying cyclocross, more info about upcoming races can be found at http://www.socalcross.org. The course location moves from week to week throughout the SoCal area and they even rent bikes for $10/race, so you can try it out with minimal investment. 

SoCal Cyclocross – 29 October – Corriganville

Bob Moision decided to enter a cyclocross racing series, the Southern California Prestige Series, and was nice enough to share his experiences with the rest of the club. Words and pictures by Bob.

 

This weekend (10/29) was the Corriganville cyclocross event. Corriganville was an old western movie studio in Simi Valley. All of the structures were destroyed by fires some years ago and it was converted into a regional park. Part of the course wound its way through the old building foundations which were also littered with lots and lots of broken glass. I’m shocked that I didn’t see any punctures. On one of the pictures you can see the concrete structures behind me. The other photo is from the start of the race and you can see me on the left side of the photo. 

The race went OK for me. My chain derailed on a fast and bumpy descent and I had to stop to put it back on, so I lost a little time and probably a couple of places. But my legs felt good and the weather was much cooler than the previous weeks race. A write up about the race and more pictures of the course is here (although it does not have any mention of my pedestrian C race).

In case anybody in the club is interested in trying cyclocross, more info about upcoming races can be found at http://www.socalcross.org. The course location moves from week to week throughout the SoCal area and they even rent bikes for $10/race, so you can try it out with minimal investment. 

SoCal Cyclocross – 23 October – Lake Casitas

Bob Moision decided to enter a cyclocross racing series, the Southern California Prestige Series, and was nice enough to share his experiences with the rest of the club. Words and pictures by Bob.

The race was held on Sunday at Lake Casitas in Ventura county and was pretty tough. It was hot, in excess of 95, and dusty. The course was filled with lots of short steep climbs and drops with much of it taking place on loose packed dirt. The climbs in particular can be difficult for those who might be, ahem… challenged by gravity. All in all I had a pretty solid race, but I crashed when my front wheel washed out on a tight turn on my first lap and the heat also started to take a toll as the race wore on.

Other race highlights… at the top of a short climb, a group of people were hanging mini doughnuts from a tree for riders to grab as they rode by. I did grab one, but found it impossible to actually eat a doughnut with a dry mouth so I tossed it to the side of the course. On subsequent laps I noticed other discarded doughnuts in the same area. Next time maybe I should fill my water bottle with milk. I ended up finishing 11th in the Men’s 35+ C division. Next time, I’ll aim to crack the top 10.

In case anybody in the club is interested in trying cyclocross, more info about upcoming races can be found at http://www.socalcross.org. The course location moves from week to week throughout the SoCal area and they even rent bikes for $10/race, so you can try it out with minimal investment.