Santa Cruz county enjoys its second straight weekend of cyclocross festivities after last weekend’s Rock Lobster Cup. Mother Nature seems to be cooperating with some great cyclocross weather. See the event’s press release below.
Surf City Cyclocross returns for our 38th year in 2016 with the ever-popular All Hallow’s event on October 30, complete with a costume race, kids’ race, and cash awards to top male and female Elite and Masters riders. We are a family friendly event in Santa Cruz county that draws top competitors from throughout Northern California.
The event is hosted by Aptos High School, a favored venue in the region known for its forested climbs and long sandy descents. We will donate a portion of the proceeds to support the Aptos High School Mountain Bike Team.
This year brings a change in leadership for the Surf City race, as local residents Josie Jacques-Maynes and Sarah Jordan will co-direct the event. Josie and Sarah raced together at the 2005 Cyclocross Elite World Championships and have each won Masters National Championship titles. They are excited to bring their love for the sport and years of experience in UCI racing, as well as a history of having a merry good time on the race course, to continue the tradition of women promoting the longest continuously-running cyclocross event in North America.
With generous support from local sponsors Family Cycling Center, Spokesman Bicycles, Ibis, and Cal Giant we are providing gender-equal cash payouts to each of the Men’s and Women’s Elite and Masters 35+ and 45+ fields. Every category winner will receive a Surf City Cyclocross jersey made by Jakroo. Jerseys can be purchased on race day, and online now at shop.jakroo.com/Surf-City-CX-2016.
While others may argue otherwise, we think West Coast ’cross riders invented Costume Cross, and we are enticing our raucous bunch to bring forth the most creative costumes of all time, by awarding a dozen fresh-baked Gizdich Ranch Pies to the most admirable ensembles.
More great prizes will be awarded in our epic Cross Raffle. Ibis has donated a Hakkalugi Disc frame and fork as the Grand Prize. First prize is a Fox Transfer dropper seatpost, second prize is a Giro helmet, and 3rd prize is a package of four wine tasting passes and a bottle of wine from Alfaro Winery. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the race (Need not be present to win.) Totally Tubular Designs and Cyclocross Magazine round out our prize list sponsors.
The venue will be hopping with a full expo, and Spokesman Bicycles will provide top-notch neutral support, offering to fix and replace broken parts on the spot, gratis! Trips for Kids will set up their playful Kids Rodeo bike course, and kids race participants will get to trick or treat in our expo for lots of great prizes. Golden Chiropractic will be in our expo providing brief treatments, and don’t forget to pick up one of their free custom cowbells for your heckling pleasure. There will be plenty of food to purchase, but please, no alcohol per school rules. We’ll be setting up a very cool Spooky Forest with lots of theatrical Halloween decorations, conveniently located near our two-way mechanic’s pit on course.
The first race of the day (Beginners and Junior riders) begins at 8:30am, the free kids race is at 11am (open to ages 0-9), the costume race ($5 to enter) will take over the course at 11:30am, and the final event (Elite Men) begins at 2pm. Races are $40; $20 for juniors and riders entering a second event. 24 race categories are offered, and range from 30–60 minutes in duration. A complete schedule can be found on cyclo-x.com.