CX1: Sun, 30 Oct
Aptos High School
The first event of the series includes our annual Halloween Costume Race; it starts at 11:30 and is only $5. Factoring in the cost of a regular race,that's $40 for two races; the same price you'd pay for just one from the other guys. Throw in the fact that we don't charge late fees, cover your online charge, andraffle off free, mile high Gizdich pies, and it's hard to imagine why you'd race anywhere else.
The course will have 150-200' of climbing per lap, fast pavement sections, and depending on Ben's decision, one or two solid runups. Just like a real cross course, minus the mud. Marin Bikes will be on hand with first class neutral support and spare bikes.
ALCOHOL: None. Please do not violate the terms of our contract with the school by consuming alcoholic beverages on-site.
Kid's race: Demo bikes aren't just for grown-ups.The Bicycle Trip is providing five kids bikes (12" and 24" wheel pedal bikes as well as balance) throughout the series.In addition to Clif bar goodie bags, trick or treat bags, and medals, there's also a pumpkin decorating station for all under age 10!
Get your series pass here.
On-site registration opens at 7:30AM and closes 15 min before each race.
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.
Riders are issued one number for the entire series. Please bring it with you to each race. Pin the number parallel to your torso above the hip for maximum readability by the scorers.
Racers are self-categorized based on age and gender, and categories divide riders into fitness and ability levels.
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.
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.
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.
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.