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This past weekend I took part in the California/Nevada District State Championship Cyclecross in Glendale California.  With some rain the night before, the temp dropping, and the wind picking up, I didn't really know how the course would be, but it turned out to be dry and fast.  A bit chilly for CA standards and some headwinds that proved to keep any real breakaways from happing were maybe the only changes to some of the other races this year.  


The race started similar to the others I have done this year, I got the holeshot, lead for at least half the first lap, then let some others take the lead to watch things unfold.  A few times we had a small break of 3 or 4 of us, but then nobody wanted to keep the pace high into the headwinds, so a group of 4-5 would always latch back on.  With 3 to go the group we had about 8 left in our group still and I told myself I wasn't going to the front anymore until the last lap.  On the bell lap I moved up into the 2nd position and planned my move.  There was a steep short down with a U-turn at the bottom, then straight back up the steep hill and all race I felt much fast than the rest here and I figured nobody would expect a move up this hill as most were creeping just to make it back up.  I gave the front rider a small gap so I would not run up on him too fast on the down, then jumped out of the turn up the hill and went right past him up the other side, then continued to attack.  There was one more little technical section which I knew I could get a few more bike lengths on and after that it was a matter of being able to keep the hammer down.  With about 1/3 of the course to go I opened up an 8-10 second lead, keeping it there until the last corner when I looked back and knew I had won my first CA State Championship in Cyclecross.  I cruised across the line with my hands up, quite a bit different from the ways of winning 4x World Titles, but almost as sweet.  Being only my 3rd Pro Cross race and beating some fast guys I am pretty happy and feeling fitter than I ever have for endurance racing.

So if you see a Big Grizzly bear on my jersey next to those rainbow strips you all know where he came from... ha ha.
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  • Richard_Picarelli

    12/9/2010 6:29 PM

    If you thought that districts was hard you got to go to the Nor Cal vs So Cal California State Cyclocross Championships!

    This will be arguably the Hardest Cyclocross Race in California - to be held in Bakersfield, Jan 16, 2011. At this event, riders from Nor Cal and So Cal will battle it out... to claim the the California State Cyclocross Championship. Whichever region has the most combined points at the end of the day will take home a six foot tall trophy and bragging rights for the rest of 2011.

    The Course: Classic European style. Long pavement start, 2 road sections, the rest is dirt and grass. 2 Run Ups and a fly over ramp. Lots of room for passing. Course will be set up by 2pm Saturday, January 15th for pre-riding.

    Entry: $30 for pre-registered racers, $35 race day ($25 and $30 for single speed). Additional races are just $15. Juniors with a USAC license race for free (non-licensed juniors race for free also but $10 is required to cover insurance costs).

    Register online by Thursday January 13, 2011 at socalreg.com

    Extra: Third Annual Bidart & Ablin Hill Climb Challenge. After all the races are finished, everyone is welcomed to enter the hill climb challenge to win $100. Rules are easy, be the first to the top of the moutnain (*with your full sized bike), ring the bell, collect $100

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  • Richard_Picarelli

    12/9/2010 6:23 PM

    If you that districts was hard you got to go to the Nor Cal vs So Cal California State Cyclocross Championships.

    It is arguably the Hardest Cyclocross Race In California will be held in Bakersfield, Jan 16, 2011. At this event, riders from Nor Cal and So Cal will battle it out... to claim the the California State Cyclocross Championship. Whichever region has the most combined points at the end of the day will take home a six foot tall trophy and bragging rights for the rest of 2011.

    The Course: Classic European style. Long pavement start, 2 road sections, the rest is dirt and grass. 2 Run Ups and a fly over ramp. Lots of room for passing. Course will be set up by 2pm Saturday, January 15th for pre-riding.

    Entry: $30 for pre-registered racers, $35 race day ($25 and $30 for single speed). Additional races are just $15. Juniors with a USAC license race for free (non-licensed juniors race for free also but $10 is required to cover insurance costs).

    Register online by Thursday January 13, 2011 at socalreg.com

    Extra: Third Annual Bidart & Ablin Hill Climb Challenge. After all the races are finished, everyone is welcomed to enter the hill climb challenge to win $100. Rules are easy, be the first to the top of the moutnain (*with your full sized bike), ring the bell, collect $100.

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