start schedule

The start schedule and registration fees will be available at BikeReg, RSN.

Mark Acker. Just happy to be here.   Aptos High School  2016

Sun, 17 Dec 2017

CX1: Merry-Xmas

CAL FIRE Training Facility

13575 Empire Grade Rd., Santa Cruz, CA, 95060

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Course design: Scott Chapin

Unusually warm

We're back at Calfire for the finals, and conditions are summery. Normally windy and cold, temps at the venue in the last week have been in the mid 60s-lower 70s during the day, 60 at night, with light breezes in the afternoon. Stay on top of conditions by checking the on site weather station but as always, prepare for the worst, expect the best. Eric the DJ will be back with tunes, Jason with his freshly roasted coffee beans and pour-overs, Jesus with his selection of carne asada, al pastor, and chorizo tacos, and Gene will be holding down the fort in the Spokesman Bicyles neutral repair pit.

The entrance is via the access road off Empire Grade Rd to the right of the main gate, and you can use Google Maps to route yourself directly to the parking area.


We expect to hold the annual raffle at 11am during the kids race 3pm, right after the Men A/Singlespeed race. Tickets will be for sale on race day; see the side bar for details, cost, and a link to buy tickets online.

Series jersey

Series Jersey

Designed by Ian Stowe and printed by Jakroo, a 2017 series jersey will be awarded to the overall leader in each category at the end of the series. Jerseys and shorts can also be ordered via the Jakroo webstore, but ordering from the Jakroo tent at the races allows you to check out display samples and nets you a 25% discount!

Volunteers Needed!

  • Sat, 9am-3pm - Course setup
  • Sun, 7:30am-3pm - Registration, course maintenance, course marshalling, etc.
  • Sun, 3pm-6pm - Tear-down (with help we'll be done before dark!).
Volunteers receive a free race entry, or if not racing, one for a friend. Contact us via our contact page with the position you'd like to work. Thanks!


On-site registration opens at 7:30AM and closes 15 min before each race.

  • No field limits or late fees.
  • Cash and checks only accepted for on-site registration.
  • Riders under the age of 18 must have an athlete release form signed by a parent or guardian.

Bike Type

Ride what you brought. Most of our courses favor a cross bike, but to minimize barriers of entry to the sport, mountain bikes are allowed, particularly in the beginner categories.


Racers are self-categorized based on age and gender, and categories divide riders into fitness and ability levels.

Cat C

Typically beginners to the sport. You're either completely new to the sport or have ridden a cross bike on training rides, but haven't competed yet.USAC cat 4/5 equivalent.

Cat B

Intermediate to advanced racers in both skillset and fitness. Also considered the "Working Person's" category because the reality of life gets in the away of being competitive at the A level. USAC cat 3 equivalent.

Cat A

The fittest, most experienced riders race this category.USAC cat 1/2 equivalent.


Aged 9 and under, kids usually race a subset of the main race loop, and may do multiple laps depending on course layout. Everything from push bikes to miniature cross bikes with 24" sewups are seen in the kids race, and prizes of fun bags with Clif Kids bars and the occasional medal (no cash or start money, sorry) are awarded to all.

Race Up

Riders can race "up" in category, ie, Masters can race in groups younger than their own, and Juniors can ride with older age groups. Anyone can race in the equivalent Open A, B, and C groups.


A contentious issue; beginnners to the sport don't know how they'll stack up against the competition, but it's expected that the series winners in the C and B categories upgrade next season. However, if you're able to win your first race with enough of a gap to hang out on the sidelines and watch the battle for second (or similar feat), congratulations! It's time to move up a notch.