Scott Chapin and Amanda Schaper on their custom Rock Lobster tandem  CAL FIRE Training Facility  2018

Sun, 19 Nov 2017

CX1: Turkey Cross

CAL FIRE Training Facility

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

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Course design: Ben Jacques-Maynes


11/17: As of this morning we're confirmed by Cal Fire to use the training facility. Entrance is via the access road to the right of the main gate, and you can use Google Maps to route yourself directly to the parking area.

Dress warmly for this venue; overnight lows are in the 40s, daily highs in the low 50s, and wind chill can be significant in the late morning/early afternoon. Check the on site weather station for the current temp and weather forecast.

11/16: Due to the recent rainfall, the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds has cancelled us for this weekend. We're currently working on a new venue, most likely the Calfire training facility on Empire Grade in Bonny Doon. Updates will be posted here, on our facebook page, and twitter (#surfcitycx) as well.

Fairgrounds Redux

We're back at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds for CX2! There was some confusion at CX1 over which entrance to use; it's the Horse Showgrounds Service Entrance, not the main entrance as used in the past. Click this link to view the entrance in google maps. Also, enlarge the course map to view the parking location and mods to the course from CX1.

Note Earlier Start Times

Start times for CX2 are 15-30 minutes earlier than CX1 for Master Men A, Women, Men A and Singlespeed A groups due to the lack of the costume race.

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.