With the cyclocross season just weeks away, the organisers of the Southern California Cyclocross Cup series have announced the dates and venues of this year's 15-race series.
The series starts on September 18 at Peninsula XC Running Course in Palos Verdes Estates with the first of four urban cyclocross races and finishes with the series finals - dubbed Santa Cross - on December 18.
Organisers say the European-style courses will offer "true cyclocross racing action" as some of the best riders in the state compete for the overall series title. The 2004 series brought out a few big names such as Lance Armstrong and sure to compete for 2005 will be national champion Mark Noble and So Cal cross stars Brent Prenzlow, Dorothy Wong and Chris Gallup.
Wong is also the promoter of the series cup, and says, "The 2004-2005 season was an exciting year for us and we saw some growth in all areas of the sport. The coming season should be bigger and better with new venues and more riders than ever interested in cross. We truly want to promote cyclocross in our neck of the woods and share our awesome courses. We encourage everyone to come out and at least spectate, but hopefully we can convince even more roadies and mountain bike riders to join in. The response thus far is overwhelming!"
For more information see: www.socalcyclocross.org
2005 SoCal Cyclocross Schedule
SoCal Cyclocross #1 - September 18: Urban Cyclocross
SoCal Cyclocross #2 - September 25: Scary Fast Cyclocross
SoCal Cyclocross #3 - October 2: Urban Cyclocross
SoCal Cyclocross #4 - October 9: Adams Avenue Bicycles Cyclocross
SoCal Cyclocross #5 - October 16: Celo Pacific Cyclocross
SoCal Cyclocross #6 - October 23: Santa Barbara Cyclocross
SoCal Cyclocross #7 - October 29: Urban Cyclocross - Black Cat Doublecross #1
SoCal Cyclocross #8 - October 30: Bicycle John's Cyclocross - Black Cat Doublecross #2
SoCal Cyclocross #9 - November 6: Bakersfield Cyclocross
SoCal Cyclocross #10 - November 13: Urban Cyclocross
SoCal Cyclocross #11 - November 20: Adams Avenue Bicycles Cyclocross
SoCal Cyclocross #12 - November 27: Turkey Trot Cross
SoCal Cyclocross #13 - December 3: State Cyclocross Championships
SoCal Cyclocross #14 - December 4: Celo Pacific Cyclocross
SoCal Cyclocross #15 - December 18: Santa Cross - Series Finals