15 November 2012
Mary Perez contributed to this article.
Originating in 1970, what became Surf City Cyclo-X continues its traditions this Sunday at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Its rich history started with “jungle ‘cross” and has seen several different organizers over the years. Rob Leibold turned Santa Cruz Cyclocross into the Surf City series in 1978. Over a decade later, Jeff Clark took up the mantle and remains with the series today.
The current rendering of the series is put on by Ciclista Bonita, a Women’s cycling team that focuses on beginners. The first race this season was a benefit for the Aptos High MtB team that had a beginners clinic, free admission for juniors, and discounted admission for first timers.
This (second) race has a canned food drive and benefit for the local Second Harvest Food Bank. The third will have free photos with Santa Claus, free kids races with prizes, and paid USAC One-Day licenses for all Juniors.
Mary Perez explains “We are trying to attract attention to the sport and show off the family friendly atmosphere of cyclocross. Not to mention we’ve secured over $9000 in prizes for the series final.”
Rain is forecast for the next days leading up to the racing on Sunday. It is likely to bring in the wet and muddy conditions that many ‘cross racers crave. Following the origins and traditions of the sport in Europe, and the culture of Surf City Cyclo-X, the racing is certain to be top-notch competitive and a feast for spectators.
Ben Delany’s article in Velo News, Santa Cruz ‘Cross: A four-decade tradition, has more historical perspective on cyclocross in Santa Cruz County.
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