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    • CommentAuthorprotijy
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2011
     
    evster:Well it's that time of year again! I've personally never rode CX before, but this year I really want to give it a shot. Is anyone up for doing to UCSD rides like I saw mentioned on here in years past? I plan on entering a few races this season in the beginner category and I'd like to get as much practice in before then as possible.



    I am trying to organize a weekly Cx ride/practice for all levels just come out and have fun and ride here is a poll as to when we are trying to put these together it has to be mid week as the CX racers need mondays to recover form weekend of racing and last week to prep for the weekend :)

    http://www.facebook.com/questions/10150285491792595/
    • CommentAuthorevster
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2011
     
    Thanks for the info. I voted for Thurs. nights, but any night is good for me except Tuesdays.

    I see you guys are riding tomorrow as well. I'm going to try to make it if I can get my bike set up and ready in time.
    • CommentAuthorprotijy
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011
     
    Time
    Wednesday, Nights ea week ยท 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Location
    Hopkins Drive San Diego CA
    Created By
    North Of The Border Bicycle Shop
    More Info
    Starting Wednesday 9/21/11 (then every Wednesday after that)


    6pm Corner of Hopkins Drive and Voigt drive , San Diego, CA
    We will take a warm up lap around the nights course and then we will do a 45min practice race.

    (Lights will be needed esp as the sun goes down sooner and sooner later in the year. If you do not have lights let me know I can try and arrange for a demo set from http://www.bikeempowerment.com/)

    Best parking area is over by the glider port and ride over to Voight Drive (careful they will ticket you on campus if you do not have a permit)
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2011
     
    Does anyone have more information or is familiar with this?

    http://thebikebootcamp.com/
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2011
     
    • CommentAuthorAn.dy
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2011
     
    wpstoll:Sunday Oct. 30:

    http://socalcross.org/events/adams-avenue-cyclo-cross/


    Looking forward to it!
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2011 edited
     
    Looking forward to some gnarly cyclocross action tomorrow!
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2011 edited
     
    The art of Cyclocross: Dismount and Remount.
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    Great time at the Velodrome today and pretty much enjoyed hanging out, hiked, and cheered for the riders. Awesome day. My son got to ride one lap of the course. It was a beautiful day.

    Single speed-ers was more interesting to watch on the course. There ought to be a beach cruiser category just for fun ;-)
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2011
     
    Here's a couple shots:



    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2011 edited
     
    221 riders at yesterdays' GS Adams Avenue CX at the Velodrome makes it the best attended CX race in San Diego history. The once arcane discipline is growing year by year. Next year should be even bigger.

    I arrived at the track at 7 am. I pre-rode the new course on my new vintage Colnago MTB with course designer and CX champion Brent Prenzlow. Made a couple of changes for safety and signed off on the course certification. First race was off at 9:15, a little late due to the course changes. Back on time by the end of the day, the last race for Cat. 4 beginners went off right at 3:30. By 5 pm the results were official and awards had been presented. My feet are sore.

    The judges did a great job of scoring the race. There were no protests.

    Ralph Elliott bailed us out at the eleventh hour by assuming announcer duties.

    We had a couple of very close finishing lap sprints on the track.

    The U-T posted seven photos this morning:

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/photos/galleries/2011/oct/30/cyclocross-2011/26391/#galleries
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2011 edited
     
    I must say this photo of Dorothy Wong riding a single speed cross bike is one of the best photo I've seen so far from last weekend's X-race
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    I found it particularly amusing to see this and thought what if there was a "beach cruiser category?"
    • CommentAuthorevster
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2011
     
    Well I did it! First CX race ever at Balboa Park this past Sunday. It was so tiring, but so fun! I got 13th out of 23 riders in the beginner category. Would have been 12th but I dropped my chain entering the velodrome on the final sprint lap. Talk about bad timing there...

    The lap times for the podium finishers seemed inhuman to me, but maybe with more training I'll get there one day. I definitely want to race again, and now I want to get a better CX bike too.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2011
     
    SoCal Prestige CX Series director Dorothy Wong is an energetic powerhouse who somehow found time to ride in two races on Sunday.

    The second photo above is Adams Avenue Bicycles mechanic Keven Lee. He drove my assistant referee crazy by jumping into the single speed race unregistered with no number, cutting the course, accepting beer handups, and laying down on the course sitting out laps. If he had a license I could have referred him to the Federation for suspension, but I also trust him to build me bullet-proof wheels back at the shop. CX is a circus and as ringmaster I have to choose my battles.

    Where did you find the photos, Mark?
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    Got those from Jinna's FB page
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.284519844901534.68950.100000305622243&type=3

    I took some photos but haven't posted those yet from my GoPro
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2011
     
    It was a beautiful day on Sunday and the course looked great. I would have loved to do it but I couldn't pull it together in time; however, I did enjoy seeing everyone else punish themselves... ;-)
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    Lots of action behind the Velodrome. It's had the flat (faster) trail where most racers try to overtake one another. While walking on one bend we witness a racer try to pass another but he was too close to the edge of the trail. So he wiped out on the dry bushes. It was a nasty crash but he got up and started riding again...Another racer started cursing because he crashed and cut his arm and got a flat. So it was worth watching different parts of the course.
  5.  
    SoCal cyclocross in Long Beach this weekend will be interesting to watch: wet grass, mud, and rain is in the recipe for lots of action.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2011
     
    SF really knows how to do Cross. It should be about 30% racing and 70% shenanigans

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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2011
     
    My bud Kurt from Escondido had a rad costume for this race

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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2011
     
    Velo Cult:SF really knows how to do Cross. It should be about 30% racing and 70% shenanigans


    Looks like a lot of fun! I dug the use of the model helicopter camera. Cool overhead shots.
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2011 edited
     
    That is RADically hilarious! I like the water bath.

    There's a Turkey Trot CX in Glendale this Sunday. Laurel from Alternabike will be racing this weekend.
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2012 edited
     
    Missed it last weekend at CSU San Marcos http://socalcross.org/events/spyclocross-csusm/
    There's a a cyclocross race this Saturday in North County some of you may be interested in- beginner categories and no license needed. There are even bike rentals! Cyclocross is like the punk rock cousin of bike racing; super fun to do and to watch. Come by and hangout even if you aren't interested in racing!

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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2012
     
  6.  
    Now that's gnarly :face-devil-grin:
    1950 Cyclocross Race
    No carbon fibre or shiny lycra here boys. Theses dudes are tuff... Check out http://www.whatsoninsligo.com/sportsligo for more classic cycling videos

  7.  
    I Like the Pushing Forward back soundtrack on this cross race in Utah
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    Anybody seen this film?

    PURE SWEET HELL tells the story of cyclocross, a sport that has emerged as bike racing's punk rock cousin. Told from an insider's perspective, the filmmakers traveled to 'cross competitions throughout North America, dug up vintage photos and film footage, and followed 'cross luminaries Justin Robinson, Gina Hall, Barry Wicks and Rick Hunter. Shot entirely on Super 8 and supported by experimental rock music, PURE SWEET HELL surfaces both the strong community behind the solitary sport and the grace that arises amidst all of its grit.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2012
     
    I like the shots of motorpacing behind a Moto Guzzi G5, although I'm not sure what that has to do with CX.
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2012
     
    San Diego Cx weekend thanks to some truly astounding organizers!

    October 27 at 8:00am until October 28 at 4:00pm

    The So Cal CX Prestige Series comes to San Diego for a weekend of racing in Balboa Park in conjunction with the San Diego Velodrome Association!

    Two full days of racing with categories for everyone from kids and first-timers to elites!

    Rental bikes available and no USAC license needed.
    Series points both days.
    Beer, food and fun; the way bike racing should be!
    Proceeds to benefit Bike SD and the SD Mountain Biking Association

    So Cal CX Prestige Series: www.socalcross.org/
    San Diego Velodrome: www.sdvelodrome.com
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2012
     
    We all know that Cyclocross is big up in Portland but holy crap! 2000 racers at a local race is common!
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2012 edited
     
    I might want to try this, but I couldn't find a schedule of races. I would need to find out when the race for Old Guys Who Have Never Raced Before is. And what are the rules? Can I ride a rigid mountain bike? And what are the tire regulations? I did look on the Socalcross website and didn't see answers there.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2012
     
    ShadyGaga:I might want to try this, but I couldn't find a schedule of races. I would need to find out when the race for Old Guys Who Have Never Raced Before is. And what are the rules? Can I ride a rigid mountain bike? And what are the tire regulations? I did look on the Socalcross website and didn't see answers there.


    Shady, I'll get it up here as soon as we have it. First time racer category is only $10!
    Racing is 9-3 with clinics both mornings.
    We should have an official flyer up this afternoon - an inspiring amount of local shops are participating - Jinna has brought it all together.
    Also, exclusive beer (available like nowhere) from Automatic Brewing.
    Still lining up food and coffee (if anyone knows vendors who might be interested, whisper me!)
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2012
     
    Schedule and registration will be up shortly.

    Based on the schedules for the other races in the series, the clinic will be early in the am (8) and the first-timer's race will also be early (945)
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2012
     


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    Thanks for posting the schedule. Is there a age limit on the KIDDIE CROSS RACE? Most likely we'll get there by noon or earlier.
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2012
     
    Thanks Cecil! Is that for Saturday or Sunday or both? The online registration is still not accessible to me.

    I guess I would go for the men's C instead of the men's B 45+, because the later start would give me a chance to see how people handle the course before racing it myself.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2012
     
    Shady,

    That is the proposed schedule for both days. It could change a little. The online registration should open soon, just keep checking back. That site is run by the series and they have barely taken down the course they built at the Fairplex.
    It's my understanding that you can move up in class if you feel like you can handle it. Theoretically, you could race in the first-timers, then C and then B 45+ (as I understand it.)

    Mark, since you were there last year, you're not allowed in the Kiddie Cross!
  10.  
    My 11 year old wants to try it for fun
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2012
     
    ^^humor attempt
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2012 edited
     
    Raced mtb's a long time ago and I am over it. I'm happy to spectate and enjoy the action ;-)
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2012
     
    Registration is now live at http://socalcross.org/register/

    Tons of volunteers are also needed. Please whisper me or Sam if you can help.
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2012
     
    All that I (currently) know about Cx I learned from BSNYC.

    Volunteers are needed for this racing weekend benefits BikeSD and the Velo Youth Program. Let me or Cecil know what day you prefer: Sat or Sun, and what shift: morning or evening.

    If you can't volunteer and don't plan on racing, please beat your drums (or send smoke signals) for the rain gods to make mud. I believe mud is a critical component to a good Cx event.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2012
     
    For those of you not on Facebook, a fixed-gear race has been added to conclude day 1 festivities on Saturday. Probably 4-ish. This will be nuts.

    Also, we are still looking for volunteers to help with parking, marshal the course, and especially need first aid volunteers - hopefully EMT/ELS.

    Finally:

    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2012
     
    Mention of a fixed gear race made me think of this (I think it was up on the forum somewhere before, but what the hell):

    http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/5684963/hipsters-discussing-cyclocross
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    We enjoyed a day of amazing cyclocross fun last Saturday. There were, I think, more people than last year. Kudos to Paul, Matt and many others for their hardwork to make this happen.
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2012 edited
     
    Yeah Cecil! The course looked great today. I hope the racers had a good time...I certainly did!
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2012
     
    I'll add my thanks. It was a well-run event and a fun experience.
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2012
     


    Thanks to Cecil for sound rec. Sorry about the jumpy volume bits, consider it a "feature" of the video.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2012
     
    Thanks everyone. It was good to see everyone out there and also the forum/BikeSD members who came out and volunteered and helped - Lisi, Sam and Fred put in some major hours.
    Believe it or not, we had the course down and the park clean by 730 last night.