Southern California is creative in their promotion of ‘cross, and it has resulted in tremendous growth of their scene. This weekend, SoCal hosts California’s only UCI race, as well as a 5k “Cross Run and an eco festival. Rachel Lloyd headlines the list of racers looking to grab some Southern Cal UCI points. See the promoter’s release below.
Don’t miss Dam Cross Weekend beginning Saturday, Nov 8th at CICLE’cross as the SoCalCross Prestige Series presents… ECO-SPORTFEST ’08 making its second stop at Hansen Dam Park in Los Angeles starting out with the 5k ‘Cross Country Run at 8:00AM.  The ‘cross 5k course is a mix of pavement, dirt, and grass with a couple of race obstacles in between.  Runners will do two laps of the 2.5k course.   With our focus on youth fitness the 5k is FREE to all Juniors 18 and under!   The day continues with a full schedule of cyclocross racing from Juniors to Masters and Beginners to Elite.  Demo bikes are available in all sizes.  Junior sizes bikes from Redline provided by the SCNCA!  Each day the Clif Kids GoGreenRacer run and bicycle race will treat young ones to a part of the racing action.  Kids treats, helmets and jerseys will be given away thanks to Montrose and H&S Bike Shops, Clif Bar and the LAPD with its focus on bicycle safety will provide goodie bags.

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 male/female finishers overall for 5 race eco-sport series!  LAST CHANCE TO SAVE $$$ ON SERIES PASSES!  Go to: and sign up at Sportsbase Online by 9PM tonight!

Don’t miss Sunday’s UCI Dam Cross presented by Calrad Electronics.
The day will feature a full day of cyclocross racing complete with national-elite cyclocross.  The best ‘crossers from the Western US will make their way to Southern California as they chase UCI points in their quest for national and international glory!

So Cal’s elite men favorites include:
Celo Pacific/Alan’s, Brent Prenzlow
PAA/Vitamix/Sixtufit’s, Frtiz Bottger
Action Sports, Michael Easter
Bailey Bikes and 2-time National CX Champ, Mark Noble
Team CICLE’s Jason Siegle, Jr. elite Morgan Ryan
Team Bearclaw’s, Jason Lowetz and John McKeen

Cal Giant’s Team:
Featuring two-time US World Team racer, and local U23 Elite Male, Chance Noble,
Elite Woman, Rachel Lloyd, currently on fire finishing 2nd at the Boulder Cup.
Junior elite male, Cody Kaiser,
Elite Male, Justin Robinson
Elite Male, Jeremy Ferguson

So Cal’s elite women favs include:
Team CICLE’s, Carolyn Popovic, Elite Jr. Kendall Ryan, Dorothy Wong, Heidi Kanayan, Lisa Crowe
Coach Garth’s, Joy Duerkson

Redline Factory Team:
Featuring two-time Junior National CX Champ and home town favorite, Coryn Rivera,
’07 Bonze medalist in the Master women-Kristi Berg-of Arlington, WA Elite Master, Chad Berg-of Arlington, WA Elite Male Lapierre USA rider, Ryan Iddings of Bellevue, WA Elite Male Team Redline rider, Russell Stevenson, of Seattle, WA

Velo Bella’s Team:
Bringing their powerful women,
Elite Female, Barbarella Howe
Elite Female, Kari Studley
Elite Female and 2007 US National Masters Champ, Shannon Gibson

… look for more VIPs of cyclocross to challenge the SoCal’s best in a West Coast Showdown!   Rumored to make an appearance is Chris Jones – top elite CXer (Team Type 1) and Sid Taberlay (Rock N Road) Australian World Cup and Olympic MTBer.

SRAM Neutral Support will be in the bike pit for the entire weekend and will provide Zipp wheels and Orbea CX bike and tech support for all racers!

Look for the Dash for Cash CX Sprint Time Trial over the weekend where racers will race the clock to see who is the fastest ‘crosser male, female and juniors.  Proceeds will benefit the new Children’s Museum of Los Angeles located at Hansen Dam Recreation Area.  Awards and Prizes from, Stone Brewery, Williamette Valley Vinyards, Cyclocross Magazine and more!

The Prestige Series will strive to educate racers and spectators by promoting reduction of car use and transportation bicycling.  Each event in the Series will be solar powered by Energy Efficiency Solar.

Pre-reg on Sportsbase Online by 9pm tonight and save $$$ win a Fuji CX Pro.