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Golden Gate Park Race moves to Candlestick for November 25th

11/12/2012, 5:45pm PST
By Pilarcitos CycleSports

SF sand dunes no longer viable for bike races

Words paraphrased from the immortal Obi-Wan,

Dudes, I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if hundreds of voices were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”

Well, I don’t know about how terrible it is, but something has disturbed the Force, the CX Force, that is. If you don’t know your San Francisco history, Golden Gate Park was built by John McLaren in the latter part of the 19th century, way out in the sandy hinterlands of SF. The barren space was ¾ sand dunes and those gazillions of trees you enjoy today were planted to help stabilize the dunes. But in 2012, the sandy nature of the Park means we can no longer race – the Park is showing too much impact and can’t withstand the amount of wheeled traffic we pour onto it every Thanksgiving weekend.  The trails, the new plantings designed to continue to anchor the underlying dunes – they are all in jeopardy from an overabundance of wheeled traffic.

We had significant discussions with SF Rec/Park officials about methods they would require to alert and manage traffic on the course (we’d have to have our staff on site in the park during the week prior to the event to keep the course clear of off-road cyclists) but that combined with significant new permit fees – we can’t do it. We’re still going to be racing on November 25th – it just won’t be at GG Park again.  Hope whoever has enjoyed the Park since 2004 and our first event will keep those great memories alive and  transfer them to all other existing Cyclocross venues – they’re difficult to find and just as difficult to keep. Let’s enjoy our memories of some great events and move forward to more great events at our available locations.

So, we’re heading back to one of our venues that is NOT delicate and can take our thrashing – and would love to have you come out and train on it – it’s inside SF borders – it’s Candlestick! For November 25th.  

What do we call it?

Candlestick à Trois?

Candlestick Repechage Repechage?

Candlestick Trippel cross?

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