BE A PART OF CYCLING HISTORY AT LOS ANGELES STATE HISTORIC PARK
Altadena, California, Nov. 28, 2012 — Los Angeles State Historic Park received its designation primarily because in the late 1800s its location was one of the most important railway hubs on the West Coast. After the first weekend in December its historical significance will need to be re-written to include the role it played in the sport of cycling and its connection with the community.
On November 30th through December 2nd this quiet park near downtown L.A. and Chinatown will be rollicking with big-time cyclocross bicycle racing, neighborhood health and fitness activities and considerable fun for the whole family. It’s FREE to spectators.
We’ll be making history at the park all weekend:
· The first ever UCI Junior Men’s class, as part of two days of UCI racing. UCI is the international sanctioning body for bicycle racing). Elite Men, Women and Junior riders from around the country will vie for valuable UCI points. They will be joined on Saturday by a wide variety of competitors, from youth to masters and beginner to elite, during a full day of SoCalCross Prestige Series racing.
· The first ever night race in Los Angeles, featuring the UCI Cross After Dark Series Finale under the lights on Saturday evening. Some of the best riders from around the world will be in attendance, including Tim Johnson, Ryan Trebon, Adam Craig, Chris Jones, Craig Ritchey, Katerina Nash, Meredith Miller, Julie Krasniak, Nicole Duke, Courtney McFadden and others. They will be battling for their share of a $5,000 purse, putting Saturday’s race payout at a prestigious UCI C1 level.
· The first ever Single Speed CX World Championship event to be held in Los Angeles. Riders use bicycles with one gear only, a challenging sport that has reached almost cult-like status. This edgy, boisterous event is a party in itself with an emphasis on serious fun. An example of the character of this racing: the winners will each receive a mandatory tattoo, on the spot.
· The first ever Steeple Cross to take place at this park. On Sunday morning, trail runners will do several laps around the 2-mile cyclocross course, tackling a wide variety of terrain and obstacles.
There will be plenty of non-competitive activities as well, including fun rides, walks, yoga, a kids ride, live music, displays, food and beverage, and even a Best Bike Lights and Costume contest. There’s something for everyone, and the entire community is welcome to join in the fun.
Los Angeles has never experienced a weekend like this. It will be a fantastic festival of cycling and community from the highest levels to the grass roots. This 32-acre plot of protected open space in the heart of the big city brought people of all cultures and classes together with a high level of excitement over a hundred years ago, and will do so again the first weekend of December 2012.
We hope you can be a part of the occasion!
Special thanks to the following parties for helping to make it all happen: SPY Optic, Jenson USA, Shimano, Cadence Collection, Voler, Jamis, Planet Bike, Bailey Bikes, Clif Bar, Kool ‘n Fit Sport, Universal Sports Network, Avid, Golden Road Brewing, Castex Rentals, Quixote, Bike for Bender, Knogs, Kool ‘n Fit Sport, Young Riders, Downtown LA Bicycles, Rock N Road Cyclery, Cynergy Cycles, Golden Saddle Cyclery, Surf City Cyclery, Velo Pasadena, Squareone, The TEAM SoCalCross, California State Parks, UCI and USA Cycling.
ABOUT THE SERIES: Cyclocross is a historic form of bicycle racing that typically takes place in the autumn and winter. It is a timed event consisting of multiple laps of a 1.5- to 2-mile course consisting of pavement, wooded trails, grass, hills, sand, mud and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry their bike, and then remount. The SoCalCross Prestige Series was launched in 2006 and has grown over 500% in terms of participation since its inception to become one of the nation’s leading cyclocross racing organizations.