Hot off the press!

Here’s the original psychedelic art from the Black Sabbath Paranoid album gatefold:

 

And here’s our rad tee shirt designed by Marko and printed by Jeff at the Lion:

We have a very limited number of these so if you’d like one be sure to ask at the registration table!

 

It’s a beautiful day!!

Looks like a fine weekend for NorCal CX racine ‘eh?? Remember, parking is $5 a car and they don’t take cards. We’ll have food and beverage on-site for you and the course is super spectator friendly. We’ve ordered extra porta-potties and extra everything else too… it’s looking like a great turn out already from the pre-reg numbers.

Pre-ride happy hour today from 3pm-6pm, parking is still just $5 for this. (Normally parking here is $10 a car but we did some high-class negotiating so you only have to pay $5) Come on out and see the surprises we’ve kept under wraps!

See you there!

A heads up on finish line strategy…

Photo by Ronnie Lenzy

Last year there was a lot of discussion about the Belgian Farm Wall feature (people loved it). This year the Farm Wall is back! Note, however, that it is not 48″ high with hay bales this year. This time it’s 32″ high. That’s a foot and a half lower. Thus, no hay bales. The top has industrial grade grip tape on it too and all of the edges have been sanded round as well. It’s still 24″ from front to back.

The wall will be placed at exactly the point where if you’re going over it at the same time as another racer heading for the finish you have two choices once you hit the ground on the far side:

1) Shoulder your bike and run like a bat out of hell for the line.

2) Remount and try to ride your bike faster than your opponent can run.

If you run, be sure to pick the bike up off the ground. We saw people using this tactic last year and lose because they tried to push the bike by the saddle and as they ran and their front wheel flailed and augured. Also, why would you run on flat grass pushing a bike? The wheels against the grass slow you down. The carry here is essential.

We also saw people go for the remount to ride faster than the runner and blow the remount due to the tremendous noise of the crowd and the excitement. Or, they would nail the remount and then stall because they did not down shift before crossing the barrier.

We saw people try both ways and win, and lose using each. That’s the point here… it’s a fair match from the wall to the finish line so you’ve got to know what you’re capable of at the moment. Going for the run is less glamours but has a higher probability of success. Going for the remount and sprint requires greater presence of mind and you have to set up for it by being in the correct acceleration gear BEFORE you hit the barrier; however if you are in the correct gear and you don’t remount like a scrub you’re going to beat the runner.

It’s your choice.

Did I mention practice is Saturday from 3pm-6pm? See you at the park!

Advanced Autowerks gets on the CX train…

Randy and the guys down at Advanced Autowerks in San Francisco know what’s up. They’re the highest rated Audi/VW/Mini repair shop in the Bay Area on Yelp. Eight repair bays means that they can turn your repair around fast, and do it right the first time for much less than the dealer. You don’t get 4.5 star average ratings from over 250 reviews in this town if you don’t do it right. Go see them the next time you need service! Tell them SUPERPRO RACING sent you!

Saturday Pre-Ride Happy Hour!

We’re happy to announce that we’ve worked out a deal with the parks so we can offer you  Saturday Pre-Ride Happy Hour!

Normally parking is $10 a car at this park but as a result of some very high class negotiating you can get in for a mere $5 and your money goes right into making the park even nicer than it is now. I know, hard to believe, right?

So come join us from 3pm-6pm on Saturday for Pre-Ride Happy Hour! (BYOB)

Check out the course, find the good lines, check your tire selection, adjust your inflation… all the stuff that’ll make you WAY faster on Sunday. Refresh your memory on the corners and find your acceleration points after the turns… you can do it all Saturday!

See you there!

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Thank you to Cyclocross Magazine for being one of our returning sponsors for this years event!

Things we’re working on today…

Today we went and took care of the permits business. We planned and designed the New & Improved Belgian Farm Wall and got the EMT’s, Porta-potties and course building crew squared away.

Tomorrow we’ll post up more info on our progress and what the course conditions will be. We looked into making a real UCI regulation sand-pit and to get that much sand delivered would have cost about $2000… maybe next year on that!

We’re honing in the tee shirt design and some more odds and ends. If you have not done so, GO REGISTER!

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