2008 Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross Series presented by Kaiser-Permanente/Team Oakland Releases Full Schedule, Includes First Night Race
Seizoen Zes (and for the Dutch challenged that’s “Season Six”) is scheduled to launch on October 19th as Pilarcitos Cyclesports kicks off their 2008 season in San Francisco’s McLaren Park. The BASPCX has been invited back to the same 5 venues used in the past seasons and celebrates a remarkable 11th return to Coyote Point Park in December to close out the season for Pilarcitos Cyclesports.
The five-event series has signed Kaiser-Permanente/Team Oakland as their presenting sponsor for 2008 and the new support will allow the staff to light up not only Elite prizelists but their 3rd event of the season in Brisbane will also benefit from the special “illumination” provided by Kaiser-Permanente. Elite Men and Women will earn podium cash at each event in the series as well as contribute to the overall series payoff – and will include Masters for 2008. And for the first time the BASPCX series will feature a signature night race, with great respect for the pioneering efforts by Washington’s “Star-Crossed” event and the new “Cross Vegas” extravaganza. Sierra Point in Brisbane will be the scene on Saturday night, November 15th for Round 3 of the BASPCX series with the final 4 events run “under the lights”.
Round 1 – McLaren Park, San Francisco – October 19th – features the most significant run-up in the entire series – almost 50 yards long. Park staff have allowed a greater extension of the course on nearby football fields that will slightly alter the characteristics of former McLaren Park races.
Round 2 – Candlestick Point Recreation Area – November 2nd – in the shadow of the 49′er football stadium, this former landfill may have a few new surprises if Northern California gains it’s first noticeable rainfall prior to this date. But with a refurbished “Gater” that holds a 40 gallon water tank, the dust will be partially “tamed” even if the course remains dry.
Round 3 – Sierra Point, Brisbane – Saturday Night November 15th – the tightest circuit on the BASPCX schedule and the only one where judicious use of portable construction light units would allow a night circuit, Sierra Point will bring out the glamour and excitement of night time events. Just like football, baseball, and tennis displayed at night – cyclocross is made for the razzle-dazzle showcase of night racing.
Round 4 – Golden Gate Park, San Francisco – November 30th – site of the USGP finale in 2005 and a season favorite for many, the soft dirt horse trails and electric atmosphere racing “in the PARK!” make Golden Gate Park a highlight for many racer’s seasons.
Round 5 – CCCP – Cyclo Cross @ Coyote Point, San Mateo – December 7th – the infamous “Beach Run” with San Francisco Bay just a few feet away during winter high tides create a great finish to the season and a race that has held C1,C2 and C3 UCI status in previous seasons.
2008 Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross Series, presented by Kaiser-Permanente/Team Oakland
- Summit Bicycles
- Palo Alto Bicycles
- Sheila Moon
- Big Swingin’ Cycles
- Louis Garneau
- Cyclocross Magazine
- Sports Basement
- Roaring Mouse Cycles
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