CX3: 17 Nov 2013
CAL FIRE Training Facility
'cross in the Doon
Unlike CX1 and CX2, this course is much flatter than the previous two courses. No run-ups (unless we force a short one with a barrier), no significant hill climbs, a lengthy hard pack dirt access road, two single track sections, and Jed with CalFire has weed-wacked and box-scraped the H shaped chicane in the open field.
Lane Closures on Hwy 17
According to the overhead freeway signs and the Caltrans District 5 page, one lane each of northbound and southbound of Hwy 17 near the summit will be closed from the evening of 11/16 through the morning of 11/18, meaning there will be traffic delays for those coming from the SF Bay Area to CX3 this Sunday. It will probably be best to avoid the closure altogether by using this route from San Jose, and alternatively this one from San Francisco. Though these are twistier than the preferred route of Hwy 17 to Mt Hermon Rd via Scotts Valley, travel time is about the same because the total distance of each is shorter.
Don't Forget Your Race Number and Chip!
You're issued a single number and rfid chip for the entire series, so please bring them with you to each race. Pin numbers on the left for CX3.
Round one of the Calfire/Muscular Dystrophy Association raffle drawing will be held at CX3 on Nov 17th. The drawing will be for tickets purchased on-site only and we'll be giving out a broad assortment of Voler bucks, clothing items from Giro, Rapha, Glacier Gloves and others, hydration kits, the list goes on - 75 items in total. You must be present to win.
Warm-Ups on Course
SCCX has allowed course pre-riding during races since its inception (that's 35 in cyclocross years). The rational is that riders need time to preview and dial the trickier parts of the course before their race, and, because the courses aren't enclosed in hard fence and we have limited staff, it's impossible to enforce a closed course during races. It's vital that as a warm-up, you're acutely aware of the racers on course and not blocking their progress! If you've been impeded by a warmup rider during your race, report the number to staff. We'll warn the rider of the infraction, and multiple warnings will ultimately result in a retroactive DQ.
Registration opens at 8 am on race day. There are no field limits or late fees. Online registration is available assuming the registration button at the top of the page hasn't disappeared. For the 2013 season, we've returned to a non-USAC sanctioned format, so no license is required. We now accept credit cards for race day reg and merchandise.
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 cloth number and a passive timing chip to be used for the entire series. The number is placed on the torso above the hip and the chip is placed on the helmet out of harm's way, ie, somewhere near the top, but not on the sides.
SCCX is run as a points series.
- Overall prizes are awarded at the last race of the series to the top three riders in each category.
- Day of race cash prizes are paid to the top three riders in the Men A, Women A, and Master Men A categories
Riders must be present at podium awards ceremonies to receive prizes
Though this is an unsanctioned event, categories generally follow the age-graded USAC format. Groups are divided by gender, age, and, depending on the size of the group, ability level:
Typically beginners to the sport. Also a good group for those getting back into it, but still in a state of training deficit.
Generally intermediate to advanced skillset. Also called the "Working Person's" category because the reality of life gets in the away of being competitive at the A level.
This is serious. Expect the fastest riders in the district to be in this group, and you never know who will show up. Thomas Frischknecht, Bart Brentjens, Tim Johnson. We're still waiting on Nys and Vos.
Race a subset of the main race loop. May do multiple laps depending on age and course distance.