Southern California Prestige Series & West Coast
The Inaugural West Coast Division Cross Championships - SoCal Prestige Cross # 8
& 9 Report and Photos
WCCC & SCNCA CHAMPIONSHIP & ECO-Sportfest Weekend
The West Coast Collegiate Championship (WCCC) hosted by University of
California, Irvine Cycling
Team, and the SCNCA CX District Championships hosted by Team Velocity:
Dave Sheek &
Fall weather finally showed for a historic two days of racing in Southern
California “cooling” off the memories of two weeks ago and the “heated” Prestige
Series’ UCI Dam Cross Weekend battles.
Captain - Ned Overend) Photo © 2008 Johnny Dalton
West Coast Collegiate Championships
SoCal’Crossers were filled with excitement, many participating for the first
time ever as part of the West Coast Collegiate Cycling (WCCC) and the 2008-09
SCNCA cyclocross championships. The two-days brought incredible racing with
local battles, new collegiate ‘crossers and names to town everyone should know,
“The Lung” That’s right Ned Overend. THE Mountain bike legend was visiting and
decided to come out to play at the State Championship race on Sunday!
Oak Canyon Park nestled in the hillside of Irvine Lake was a picturesque,
family friendly and the perfect setting to have the SoCal ‘cross family
hanging-out, having beers, talking 'race' leading up to the final awards... it
was a cool site to see, and even better to be part of!
The championship course, now touted as the best course of the season, was a
labyrinth of challenging tight grassy and loose gravel turns, lots of
accelerations, taxing run ups, fast pavement, even a set of steps built into the
hillside! Racers twisted, turned, bumped up and down, jumped over barriers and
rolled along the 1.5 mile course!
SoCal Prestige Series # 8 & Inaugural West Coast
Saturday, November 22
It was day one of the Championship weekend and the UC Irvine Cycling Team (UCI)
with some help from their sponsor, Bike Religion took on the challenge of
bringing cyclocross to a lot of new riders out on the course for their first
experience many wearing tennis shoes and riding flat pedals and ‘cross bikes for
the first time. The number of Collegiate B racers filled almost half the men’s
Collegiate Boyz Photo © 2008 Rebecca Siegel
The Single Speed and Collegiate B races were exciting as college students
rode their way onto the first ever WCCC podium. The Occidental women, led by
Rebecca Siegel swept the women’s B podium while
the Men’s B saw three different schools represented with
Jason King, SDSU Cycling taking the gold, Bryan
Larsen of UC Irvine silver, and Joseph Patterson, UCLA taking the bronze.
Thanks to SRAM for providing neutral support for the weekend, racers who may
have rolled a tire or crashed in a corner were treated to Orbea CX bikes and
West Coast & Southern California Nevada Cyling
Association Cross Championships - SoCalCross Eco-Sportfest ’08
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Day 2 at Oak Canyon started off with low fog and significantly cooler
temperatures… a chilling start for the third stop of the SoCalCross Eco-Sportfest
’08 presented by Landmark Insurance. The day began with a 5k ‘cross country (XC)
run followed by a full day of CX racing. The SCPS leads the charge to promote
and support green living and is striving to become the greenest sports series in
the nation. Each Prestige Series event is Solar Powered thanks to Energy
Voler Team Apparel had provided the series with GoGreenRacer custom
sublimated jerseys and awarded to weekly green racers. The Best Team trophies
will be made from donated used bike parts. YUBA Transport has donating a bike
for series transport use and will be given away at the end of the series as a
fundraiser for CICLE.org as the series supports their mission of transportation
bicycling. The Green Truck run on BioDiesel served lots of organic treats and
the best veggie oil french fries ever known!!! KreativeShots.com captured the
day for the racers while Kool N Fit Sport warmed up the racers and Fluid
Recovery drink was there after the race.
Racers were loving the course improvements, plus the grass and sand had
packed down to become much more smooth from day one of the weekend. Slight
modifications to the course increased lap times by almost a minute. The Shimano
Barriers were moved and a much faster approach. The Ellsworth Stairway saw more
loose dirt taking racers quickly downhill. The Fluid S-TURN in gravel… still
proved tricky and the edge coming to the smoothest racer.
The Juniors took to the course first showing the future ‘cross stars of So
Cal. Although young, many were more than experienced cyclists and ‘crossers with
a number of years of competitive cycling under their belt, including 15-18 year
old champion, Peter Morris of Bike Religion.
In the 10-14 Men it was up and comer, Duncan Reid
of Bike Palace/Back-on-Track taking the title. In the Junior women,
new to cross yet veteran of the road and track, Tara
McCormick (Ouch Pro Cycling) took the 10-14 title and Echelon Santa
Barbara’s Somersby Jenkins took the Women 15-18 title. Somersby is new to CX
this season and we look to see her challenge the elite women in the coming
Oxy Girls Photo © 2008 Rebecca Siegel
Jim Pappe of Bakersfield (Action Sports)
took the men’s 45-49 title, national medalist, Jon
Miller (Sho- Air/Rock N Road took the 55-59 title with ease.
Sue Thompson in her first season rode to a
commanding victory in the women’s 45+ title. Genna
McMahon of Lake Forest (Team Velocity) won the Women’s CX4 title with
her podium contenders finishing close behind.
Singlespeed titles were handed out
with Matt Masters of Thousand Oaks (Mafia)
winning his first ever SS4 Championship. The SS1/2/3 saw
Noah Holcomb of the Cannondale Factory Team taking another gold,
followed by Charles Morris and Andy Anderson of Bike Religion in silver and
The Elite Women’s Championships (CX1/2
and CX3) was fast from the start as it seemed all ladies were saving it up for
the Championship race. Dot Wong (CICLE/Voler/Jamis) took the “Crash Innovations”
hairpin turn with ease getting ahead of Coryn Rivera
(Redline Bicycles) with a better line, but it was not long before Coryn took
back the lead continuing her dominance on the ladies of SoCal.
Making her debut this weekend, MTB Pro, Pua Sawicki (Ellsworth/Ergon) motored
her way into second place looking to make the podium both days. Junior
sensation, Kendall Ryan took up the chase moving her way into third place
overall in the race and first in the CX3 championship event. All rode clean
races and as the gaps grew, the podium was solidified. Coryn winning her third
straight elite women’s CX1/2 title, Pua her first silver and Dot Wong 4th
overall took the bronze in the CX1/2 race. Kendall Ryan finished 3rd overall but
first in the CX 3 was awarded a co-championship title along with Lisa Crowe (CICLE/Voler/Jamis)
in a gesture to award both on their merits and deal with the inconsistencies of
the new CX cat system.
eff Crosser - Photo © 2008 Christie Pleiss
The elite CX1/2/3 men’s field was stacked
again like it was another UCI weekend as Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific/Alan), Sid
Taberlay (RockNRoad), Ned Overend (Specialized), Chance Noble (Cal
Giant/Specialized), Mark Noble (Bailey Bikes) and others took to the start. It
was an exciting field and was interesting as many of the riders saved themselves
From the start it was Prenzlow and Taberlay battling again similar to the
prior day. It did not last long as Taberlay found himself unfortunate suffering
a flat tire in the first two laps and out of the race. From this point it was
battle after battle as riders worked their way through the field. The day
brought more phenomenal efforts as more riders presented themselves with a new
force this season.
Chance Noble was on his A game again, like the recent UCI weekend, as he tore
after Prenzlow for the title. And, while the two where battling it out they also
brought themselves up to a stunning pace to gap themselves from the field. Close
behind it was Chances father, Mark Noble, putting in an outstanding effort
himself as he too dropped the chase group on his way towards the leaders.
The excitement was phenomenal in the lead groups but the most impressive
racing was that of young Morgan Ryan, 17 of
Team CICLE/Voler/Jamis, just returning from his USGP effort in the mudfest of
the Mercer Cup vying for a spot on the Junior World Championship team. His
experience there, gained him new confidence as he battled it out with master
rider and legend, Ned Overend throughout the race. The two were taking turns
pushing the pace until they finally broke off from others going back and forth
to the end, where Ryan was able to stay with Overend to take the CX3
Championship. The final laps were exciting everywhere on course, no rider ever
giving up. Mark Noble put in some impressive efforts to grab the leaders but it
was just not enough as the younger Noble and Prenzlow battled to the finish.
It was Chance who looked good for a final attack on Prenzlow with about 10
turns to go and then Prenzlow fought back. It was a yo-yo as the two skirmished,
until Prenzlow took off for the win once he hit the cement for the final sprint.
In third it was Mark Noble taking the bronze in the CX 1/2.
It was another fantastic weekend of SoCal racing with more exciting events
soon to come. Next on the schedule is the classic, Gene Galindo Memorial Turkey
Trot, hosted by the Pasadena Athletic Association. Don't miss this one. Work off
the Turkey and look for some Turkey Gobblin’ loot on course. This year a new
design will be introduce including stream crossing bridge, a new run up and
tricky off camber fun!
Championships were handed out in 20 categories throughout the day. Thanks to:
Lightning Velo, KreativeShots.com, The Green Truck, Bear Naked Granola, Shimano,
Planet Bike, Protech Skincare, Voler, Crash, Fluid, Kool N Fit, Clif Bar,
Adidas, Hutchinson, Athletic Unlimited, Banning's Bikes for supporting the day
with lots of goodies for the podium.
SoCal Prestige Series of Cylclocross Remaining
11-30 SCPS #10: Gene GalindoMemorial Turkey Trot Cross : PAA: Glendale
12-07 SCPS #11: Hi - Desert Cross & ECO-Sportfest ‘08: High Desert
12-21 SCPS #12: Santa Cross & ECO Sportfest ‘08: Rocketparts, Encino Velo:
01-11 Cross Fever Series #1: Team CICLE: Los Angeles
01-18 Cross Fever Series #2: SLO-Nexxus: San Luis Obispo
01-25 Cross Fever Series #3
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