CX1 schedule

Peter Dahlstrand. - 1997
photo: Markham Johnson

Sun, 30 Nov 2014

Merry X-Mass!

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

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Course: Ben Jacques-Maynes

Weather: Yes. And lots of it according to the NOAA Graphical Forecast. The handy thing about this page is that it shows both probability (PoP12) and quantity (QPF) of expected precipitation as well as wind speed and direction. PoP is predicted seven days out, QPF two, so save the link and keep checking back.

Course: Similar to the second course we did at the fairgrounds in 2012: three runups (the first of which has Ben's patent-pending off-camber downhill approach), 2000' of pavement, and lots of hardpack dirt access roads. There will be no pressure washers in the pit, but plenty of hose bibs in the vicinity of registration and S/F, and we'll provide a quantity of 6-8' hose sections for spraying off bikes after the fact.

Parking is right here to accomodate the weekly Farmer's Market.

Toys for Tots: Please bring unwrapped toys; Shauna wants to see our bin overflowing!

A Marin Bikes Cortina CX Pro Frameset will be raffled to a lucky Men C, Women C, or Junior rider this weekend. Your entries are your tickets, and you('ve) receive(d) one ticket per race. Must be present to win. If you're not in one of the above mentioned categories, don't forget our raffle for a Hakkalügi frameset (details in the sidebar).


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 NABRA athlete release form signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Locations subject to change. Check this site, our facebook page, and/or twitter regularly for venue updates.

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.


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.

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.