Murphy Mack's next edition of the SF Enduro (nee Enduro III) is coming up next weekend:
Mark you calendar now... the next Enduro is Saturday, November 20th, 2010. Route details are getting finalized now. This is going to be a big one... not only is a fantastic Enduro event, it's also my 40th Birthday BBQ bash. To accommodate more types of rider, I'm adding a medium and a short route too... you don't have to be able to do 10k in a day to play now!
I always wanted a Titus RacerX, but never got one:
“Our largest lender is foreclosing on an outstanding loan. Commencing immediately, they will initiate an orderly liquidation of company assets. Please direct any inquiries to email@example.com”
Titus has always been one of the more popular brands, however they have seen quite a bit of change in recent years. Titus Cycles founder Chris Cocalis left the company and started a new company (Pivot Cycles) not too long ago. Longstanding employees were recently “let go” a few weeks back. There was much writing in the Titus forum walls.
Ride the Divide is an award-winning mountain bike documentary about the Tour Divide race down the Rockies from Canada to Mexico, and won best adventure film at this year's Vail Film Festival. This feature film is about the world's toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film weaves the story of three characters' experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border.
Here's a preview of Sunday's CCCX DH #5, which is the continuation of the downhill series from earlier this year:
This Sunday's Downhill event at Toro Park will be using the Center Canyon Course, which is the race route that was created specifically for the CCCX DH races. This course is always ripping, fast, and fun! There is a mix of berms, off camber trails, small drop-in sections, and some natural jumps and rollers to keep things interesting. Traction has been super dry and slick toward the top of the course, but in the trees toward the lower canyon sections the dirt is grippy and in perfect shape. A little rain will only make this course better, because it has been overly dry at Toro Park recently. Practice is available on Saturday & Sunday, with racing starting at 12 noon.
All information on the racing plus current point totals for the 2010 season have been updated on the www.cccxcycling.com web site. Rick Rasmusen is scheduled to make a appearance to shoot his awesome photos, and there will be some video footage of the racing and practice session that will be recorded.
This year's expo will also have a cyclocross race from the Bike Monkey folks:
Cross Palace once again promises to be one of the hardest CX events around with a nasty cocktail of barriers, run-ups, and staircases straight to the sky ... We’re including admission to the SF Bike Expo ticket with your race registration, so you can absorb all the day’s bicycle delights. Check out the event website at www.crosspalace.com for advance registration, schedule of races, and directions.
It all starts tomorrow (Saturday 11/6/2010) at San Francisco's Cow Palace - $10 Pre-sale. $12 at the Door. A percentage of the door will go to building the potential bike park at McLaren Park.
Registration for next year's 2011 Sea Otter Classic is now open. As usual, the Sea Otter will feature cross country, downhill, super d (canceled due to BLM maintenance), dual slalom and (pro only) short track events on April 14-17, 2011 in Monterey, CA.
Click over to Sea Otter MTB registration to get signed up. Registration closes on April 10th, 2011, but if you register before midnight Pacific on Dec 31, 2010 you can get $10 off with the code "EarlyBird".
Although I was without my new cyclocross bike (in the shop over at Folsom Bike & Grind with some rear wheel repairs, thanks guys), I headed down the series opener for the Folsom Rodeo Cross. I've always wanted to race at night, and really like that the Rodeo grounds are so close to my house.
I've captured some video of the Men's A & B race, from near the first downhill in "Sherwood Forest."
Overall, a fine start to the season - good course (although a bit technical at night), good crowd and superb organization as always by Bicycling Events. I am pretty sure that I finished near the back of the pack, but I'm going to blame that on racing my SuperFly (2.2" wheel and all) :)
I hope this means continued growth for the bike park and MTB racing:
Vail Resorts, Inc. today announced that it has closed on the acquisition of Northstar-at-Tahoe™ Resort in North Lake Tahoe, Calif., one of the premier mountain resort destinations in North America. Vail Resorts acquired the stock of the companies that operate Northstar-at-Tahoe from Booth Creek Resort Properties LLC and other sellers for total consideration of $63 million ... Vail Resorts now operates two mountain resorts in the Lake Tahoe region, also operating Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe. The Sierra-at-Tahoe resort is not part of the acquisition and will continue to be operated by Booth Creek.
"We believe guests of Heavenly and Northstar will greatly appreciate the flexibility to enjoy both the north and south shores of Lake Tahoe as we introduce pass and lift tickets products that offer access to both resorts starting with this coming 2010-2011 ski season."
The good folks at Global Biorhythm has released the preliminary schedule for next year. It looks like most of the events have moved more towards the summertime, with Coolest 24 slipping into June and the Tahoe Sierra 100 coming up to August:
The 2011 race calendar is open for changes due to permits and regulations within National Forests and Private and State run organization.
May 21st, 2011: Boggs MTB Mountain Bash, Cobb, CA (Three lap, two lap and one lap courses in Single Track Heaven)
June 11/12th, 2011: HP Coolest 24 & 8 Hour Race Against Cancer, Royal Gorge Ski Resort, Soda Springs, CA
July 16/17th, 2011: Boggs 24 & 8 hour Race, Cobb, CA (Single Track Heaven)
August 13th, 2011: Tahoe Sierra 100, Royal Gorge, Soda Springs, CA (New Course)
Sept 3rd/4th/5th, 2011: Copper Creek MTB Mountain Festival, Greenville, CA (Big Family Event)
Sept 24th, 2011: Sugar Pine 50 & and 8hr MTB Endurance Race. Foresthill, CA (Single Track Hades)
Although not really a race (or NorCal for that matter), this weekend is the annual Kernville Fat Tire Festival down near Bakersfield, CA:
Kernville is where it's at for our 19th annual Kernville Fat Tire Festival staged over three days, October 22, 23 and 24, 2010. Come join us for one, two or three days of total immersion in biking activities for all riding abilities. Bring your riding club or come to meet other riding enthusiasts, just like you.
The town of Kernville uses the Sequoia National Forest for a playground, come play with us!
It's that time of year again! We are gearing up for our annual benefit dinner: Cyclefest 2010. This year the NorCal League is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and the event is going to be spectacular. Come join us for cocktails, dinner and a fabulous auction with special guest, two-time National Champion, World Cup Pro and Olympic athlete Mary McConneloug. The event will be held at the Mill Valley Community Center on November 6, 2010 from 6:00-10:00. All proceeds from this event go directly to the creation of quality, youth mountain bike riding and racing programs.
Interbike flipflopped its decision late today to move the industry's tradeshow to Anahaim in early August, saying instead it would return to Las Vegas.
The 2011 indoor show will be Sept. 14-16 at the Sands Convention Center, preceded by Outdoor Demo at Bootleg Canyon on Sept. 12-13.
"The announcement that we were moving the show dates and location elicited a very real response that surveys and discussions alone couldn't accomplish," said Andy Tompkins, Interbike show director. "Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to this year's show and the countless conversations we've personally had with exhibitors and retailers regarding the future dates and location of Interbike, we are reversing our earlier decision to move the 2011 show to Anaheim in August. We are hearing loud and clear that, at this time, the industry prefers September dates and the convenience of Las Vegas."
The 2012 show also will be held at the Sands in Las Vegas September 19-21 with the Demo September 17-18.
USA Cycling will now offer registration services for promoters:
After the successful development and implementation of an online registration system for its National Championship events, USA Cycling will offer its online event registration system for all USA Cycling sanctioned events in 2011. The system, which is designed to streamline the process and lower the cost of online registration, will be available to USA Cycling promoters beginning Dec. 1, 2010.
USA Cycling’s customized online event registration completes a full suite of online services designed to better serve promoters and riders. The suite of services will consolidate the entire online event sanctioning process from beginning to end, including:
Online registration with pre-populated license information pulled directly from USA Cycling’s database so there is no need for riders to set up a separate account for registration
Sale of one-day licenses online
Ability to file post-event reports online
If a promoter uses all of the online services available for permitting a USA Cycling event, he or she will be able to resolve their event account without writing a check or using a credit card. The necessary permit fees will simply be deducted from rider registration fees using the online system.
USA Cycling will continue to allow promoters to use online event registration through their preferred provider.
The online registration system will debut Dec. 1, 2010. For more information on USA Cycling’s online registration system, contact a USA Cycling Membership Representative at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-434-4288.
This Sunday (10/3/10) brings another edition of the Locust / MCBC Fun Ride -- "Private Locust":
Private property. There's a fair amount of it in Marin county. Usually, there's a locked gate and you can't ride through it. Wouldn't it be cool if someone got the property owners to throw open the gates and let us in?
Especially if it's right in Marin County... giant redwoods, rolling ridgelines, twisty private fireroads and some steep stuff both up and down? It's almost like ... Endor.
Be at the Java Hut in Fairfax at 9:00 and get a cup of coffee and sign up. We roll out at 10 sharp.
As usual, Superstar local riders, friendly faces and good times. Memorable aid stations and lots of snacks and refreshments. We've got loads of prizes from you favorites and a fresh new t shirt too.
The money goes to SFBC so they can continue to make a difference. Only $15!
Pre-ride data coming soon - Mixed terrain. Fireroads, roads and the occasional rock. Ride profile... Six Flags Rollercoaster. Miles and miles of places and stuff you've never seen. Several chances to let go of the brakes entirely...
Bring a bag with some dry clothes too... there's a chow down/gulp down/bro down at the finish.
USA Cycling announced today the 2011 edition of the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT). With seven total events in 2011, the Pro XCT calendar will provide world-class athletes with a national stage on which to accumulate UCI ranking points and top prize purses.
“The 2011 Pro XCT will expand slightly over the 2010 version, offering one of the best calendars of quality UCI mountain bike races we’ve had in many years,” stated USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson. “We are committed to our long-stated goals of providing athletes with consistent top-level competition opportunities, increasing exposure for mountain biking domestically, and maximizing U.S. start spots at the sport’s highest stages; and the Pro XCT national calendar provides a sustainable platform to help accomplish these goals.”
2011 USA Cycling Pro Cross Country Mountain Bike Tour
March 12: US Cup Triple Crown Bonelli Park (San Dimas, Ca)
March 26: US Cup Triple Crown Fontana City National (Fontana, CA)
April 16: Sea Otter Classic (Monterey, CA)
April 30: Mellow Johnny’s Classic (Dripping Springs, TX)
For those of you about to Cyclocross, Mr. Mack is throwing a kickoff party in SF tonight with CX Goldsprints to boot:
NorCal CX Season Kickoff Party!
Teams form all over NorCal will be descending on SF to push each other around and see who's the fastest... Come Friday night, September 17th (7 pm at 1090 Folsom Street, SF, CA) and get in on the fun. Team competition racing CX style GoldSprints.
Just $15 gets you beers and food all night, non boozy drinks too. All included for $15! DJ's all night. Prizes galore. Check out the sponsor list... we'll probably have TOO MUCH STUFF TO GIVE AWAY.
If you're coming from the East Bay or the South Bay, the venue is the Marin Bike's new factory store in downtown SF. SUPER EZ freeway access and tons of free, easy parking. After the event jump back on the freeway and you're in the rocket chair all the way home. Secure bike parking too.
Some people have asked me... "What's cyclocross style GoldSprints?" We set the distance at 800 meters. You race until you're at the 400 meter mark, jump off the GoldSprint bike, pick up a pixie bike and run a lap around the barriers and then you're back on the Sprint bike finishing the 400 meter distance to the end. We'll run a few heats of standard 500 meter races too as this is also a qualifying event for the 2010 GoldSprints World Championships being held in Las Vegas Thursday night during InterBike. It could be your ticket to fame and glory!