CX 4: 01 Dec 2013
Aptos High School
...Thanksgiving, whichever. It's becoming harder and harder to make the distinction. Points will remain as normal (no double points) for this final event of the series and there are no throw-aways; all four races count toward the overall total.
For reasons too numerous to mention, the final race of the 2013 series returns to Aptos High School. Thanks once again to the school principal, Casey O'Brien for getting us out a jamb in the final hour. This will be a different course than the first, run in the opposite direction of CX1, and utilizing a singletrack section to the north of the school not used since the Velo Bella era. Podiums for race day and overalls will be awarded at this race, more than $14,000 worth of great stuff not including the benefit raffle, and you must be present to receive overall prizes.
Final Raffle Drawing
The drawing for the online portion of the Muscular Dystrophy benefit raffle will be held at CX4. An Ibis Hakkalugi is the grand prize, but many other cool/useful things are up for grabs as well. An ION HD camera, a set of Velocity A23 rims, and Sidi Spider SRS shoes are on the short list. See the sidebar for a link to the full inventory. Tickets will be available online through 11/30. Best of all, you need not be present to win!
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.
Spares In/Spares Out
The Bicycle Trip will again provide mechanical support, bike racks, and a location for staging your spare bike and wheels at CX4. The Trip doesn't provide spare wheels or bikes, but will help you swap your own if you've put them in the pit.
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.