by Dave Sheek
On Saturday, November 22nd, the SoCalCross Prestige Series presents Race #8: “Cross Religion” and the first ever West Coast Collegiate Cycling (WCCC) cyclocross race hosted by UC Irvine Cycling and Bike Religion. The weekend event will be held at Camp James at Oak Canyon Park beyond Irvine Lake. Saturday’s event will feature all the normal categories as racers vie for overall Prestige Series points. Racers will also get to preview the course used for Sunday’s 2008-09 SCNCA CX District Championships! Running alongside USCF and SoCalCross Prestige Series categories, the day will also tack on five new collegiate categories… Collegiate Men’s and Women’s A and B and Collegiate singlespeeders will be vying for WCCC cyclocross pride and determine the first collegiate cyclocross podium in Southern California. Come out and be a part of history!
Sunday, November 23rd: The day offers something for everyone. The early morning features SoCalCross Eco-Sportfest ’08… starting the day with a 5k ‘cross country (XC) 5k run at 8:00AM on the cyclocross (CX) championship course. Runners will do two laps totaling the 5k distance – the course is a mixture of pavement, dirt, grass and sand with a couple of obstacles in between. Beginner cyclocross clinics will be available to runners.new racers before the racing begins. Free Kids Fun Run and Kids CX race will highlight the eco-fitness festival including organic yummies from the Green Truck! All SoCalCross Prestige Series events are solar powered courtesy of Energy Efficiency Solar!
At 9:30am, Team Velocity hosts Race 9 of the SoCalCross Prestige Series also the 2008-09 SCNCA CX District Championships including a full day of elite, masters, junior championship categories. Non-championship CX categories are offered throughout the day as well including a true beginner race at the start of the day.
Don’t miss any of the action as racers speed around this tight and technical course, run up the SRAM “stairway to heaven” hill of pain, try to stay upright through the loose turns on the Fluid volleyball “sand” pit and keep it smooth over the Clif Bar barriers. Don’t miss this action-packed weekend!
Bring a friend to race any of our Eco-Sportfest ’08 events: 5k cross run and CX racing. Each time you bring someone new to ‘cross, you get a $5 discount coupon off the next Prestige Series race! Do the 5k run AND the cyclocross race for only $5 additional. Special prizes for best overall “IRON CROSSERS” best overall male/female/junior finishers in both XC and CX races in the eco-sport series!