Welcome to the Surf City Cyclocross Halloween Weekend, Aptos High School

Welcome to Surf City Cyclocross.

Surf City Cyclo-X Series (SCCX) kicks off its 2013 race season with a clinic on October 12 and the first race on October 13. The series features the largest prize list and the greatest number of women’s categories of any on the NorCal cyclocross scene, and each race benefits a local charity.

The first race will be held at Aptos High School in Aptos, CA, on October 13th. There are 21 categories offered at SCCX with the beginner category C race starting at 9 a.m. and ending with the Elite Men A at 1:45 p.m. Registration is available both online as well as race day. Open and Masters categories are $35, Juniors categories $20, and the Kiddos under 10 race for free. Additional details, including schedule and category information are available on the Surf City Cyclo-X Series website at

In addition to the race, SCCX offers a cyclocross skills clinic on October 12th led by 2013 World Cyclocross Champion and former mountain bike pro Don Myrah. Held at Aptos High on October 12th, Myrah will be assisted by the dynamic husband/wife duo of Paule and Julie Bates—Paule’s ten years of experience racing ’cross and organizing events in the NorCal district, and Julie’s experience as a globe-trotting bike fit specialist will add additional talent and perspective to the clinic. Clinic Director Shauna Potocky adds yet another ten years of experience to the mix and will provide separate instruction for juniors. Clinic registration is $50 and juniors participate for free thanks to generous sponsorships by The Spokesman Bicycles, The Bicycle Trip, and Family Cycling Center.

The overall 2013 series prizelist is valued at over $13,000, thanks to the increased commitment of long-time sponsors such as Family Cycling Center, Ibis Bicycles, Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel and Clif Bar.

SCCX has historically been supportive of women’s cyclocross racing and currently offers the most women’s categories, eight in total, of any other series in the NorCal district. We also offer equal daily cash prizes to both the Elite Women’s A/Pro & Elite Men’s A/Pro fields.

Each of the races of the 2013 series will benefit a different organization:

  • October 13: First Cross, will donate $2.50 per rider to the Aptos High School Mountain Bike Team
  • October 27: All-Hallows Cross, will sponsor a Canned Food Drive benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank. SCCX will match a cash donation for every pound of food donated, and as a bonus, everyone donating food or money will be entered into a drawing for a Gizdich Ranch pie during the race.
  • November 17: Pie Cross, along with the California Firefighters Local 2881, will host two drawings to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The first drawing will be held on race day for those local to the area. The second will be held online as well as at our December 1st series final. Tickets will be sold at all four races as well as online For more info, see the facebook page, Cross out Muscular Dystrophy. You need not be present to win.
  • December 1: SCCX will host a Toys for Tots drive and offer free framed photos with Santa Claus!

SCCX is the first series to offer skills clinics and that tradition continues with the 2013 season. We’ve had two successful clinics to date and will finish up with the clinic scheduled on Oct 12th at Aptos High School. SCCX is also the first cyclocross race in the US to offer a Women’s C (beginner) category. The series has a long history of women promoters – Mary Perez, who has been with SCCX since 2004 as both racer and staff, became Series Director in 2012, and is currently one of only two female cyclocross series directors in all of North America.

Surf City Cyclo-X could not happen without the generous support its many sponsors, and thanks Ibis Bicycles, Family Cycling Center, Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel, Clif Bar/Luna, Mt. Hermon Redwood Canopy Tours, Spokesman Bicycles, The Bicycle Trip, Cyclocross Magazine, Praxis Works, Golden Chiropractic, Cycles FANATIC, Totally Tubular Designs, El Toro Brewery and Gizdich Ranch for their continued support.

More information is available on the SCCX website at