It’s been 10 years since Clif Bar’s Gary Erickson played a bit part in our DVD/video for OLN on a rainy December Sunday at Coyote Point – and that bit part describing his infatuation with our sport has come full circle during our 10th anniversary season as Clif Bar has requested the Title sponsor position in the 2012 Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross season.
The 2012 Clif Bar Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross events kick off September 30th with the first of 2 visits to Candlestick Point – opposite the 49’ers stadium in San Francisco. Podiums this season will be graced with the variety of organic energy bars and food products that have made Clif Bar synonymous with the movement to help create a healthier, more just and sustainable food system. From Clif Bar itself - the original energy bar - to Clif Shot Bloks/Clif Shot Roks to Clif Shot energy gels – athletes reaching the 18 different podiums at each race will be rewarded with Clif Bar products to sustain their Cyclocross adventures.
10th Anniversary archives – digging into the BASP vaults we have uncovered this series of videos featuring Richard Fries when he interviewed athletes for inclusion in OLN’s coverage of the US ‘Cross scene in 2003. Since his first involvement with “Super ‘Cross” series in 1997, Fries has continued to foster the growth of the sport via the New England “Shimano Series” and “Providence Cyclocross Festival “ as well as his personal growth culminating in his live official commentary of UCI World Road and Cyclocross championships since 2010. He’ll be heading out to Holland this month to get ready for World Roads in Limburg on the Valkenburg and late January just down the road to Kentucky for this year’s historic World Cyclocross championships.
The 2012 Clif Bar Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross events began in 2003 with 5 UCI-permitted events, the most anywhere in the US that year. Since starting operations, Pilarcitos Cyclesports have produced 45 ‘Cross events including a total of 8 UCI events and the grand finale of the 2005 US GP of ‘Cross at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Their course venues have been stable since 2004 with racing returning to each of our 4 traditional course locations. With athlete registration reaching an average of 700 per event in 2011 and many "B" and "C" fields sold out for the season, Pilarcitos Cyclesports installed field limits for their 18 different race categories to make sure all competitors can actually race to the finish of their events and not just participate in the culture. Registration opens Sept. 1st at BikeReg.com