• 2019


  • start schedule

    Please see our BikeReg page for the start schedule and registration fees.

  • Win An EA90 SL Wheelset!

    pre-register, and you’ll be entered into a random drawing for a set of @eastoncycling EA90 SL hoops!

    That's one set each for gals and guys. Drawing is at the event on October 27!

  • Win A Complete Bike!

    Enter now, and for the cost of your post-race burrito and beer ($10), you could win a Santa Cruz Stigmata or a fully built steel Rock Lobster with Easton components. Our goal is to raise $19,000, all of which supports MBOSC's efforts to improve trail access in Santa Cruz County.

    Closes 11/11/2019. Drawing takes place 11/12/2019.

Sun, 27 Oct 2019

CX1: All Hallow's Cross

Antonelli Pond

Shaffer Road and Delaware Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060

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Course design: Brendan Lehman

Emery Wedel cresting Surf City's inaugural flyover at the CalFire course, 2018. photo: McCullen Murphy

This year, Surf City Cyclocross will be a collaboration between Team Rock Lobster and the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz to host the classic Halloween themed race on Sunday, October 27. We couldn't be more excited that Surf City will be held at a brand new venue on the Westside of Santa Cruz at Antonelli Pond!

Is this Surf City or the Rock Lobster Cup? Who cares! What we can promise is everything you've grown to love about cyclocross racing in Santa Cruz County -- a top-notch course, free kid's race, the annual costume race, great prizes, food, beer, live music, a big-air flyover, Paul Sadoff playing the national anthem. All proceeds will benefit local trail access and grassroots racing.


We can't do this without your help! There are a lot of volunteer opportunities available and sign-ups are posted now. Come join us and get a free beer for helping out!


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.