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Race 1 - CandleStick CycloCross

September 29, 2013

CandleStick Cup Race 1

Our neighbors across the road have their heroes – Montana, Young, Rice, Garcia, Kaeperknick, etc. But we have our own band of brothers and sisters who have performed at the highest level during our tenure at Candlestick. Pontoni – WC in ’97, Brent Prenzlow from SoCal was our first champ in 2004, followed by Aaron O’Dell, Andy Jacques-Maynes, Justin Robinson,  with Gina Hall, Carmen D’Aluisio, Karen Brems, Shelley Olds, Barbara Howe taking ‘Stick titles.

We have used this former landfill on the edge of SF Bay over 15 times since 2004, through dry years as well as the rare, memorable wet and gooey seasons. This course is home to thousands of resident ground squirrels who disappear for race weekends only to reappear on Mondays to rebuild their burrow entrances that we’ve leveled to smooth out a notorious bumpy course – when it’s dry. Opening day for the 2013 Season (Saison Onze or Seizoen Elf) is going to see our traditional counter clockwise direction after the Start. It’s also a modified 1st lap to take competitors safely onto the course before they tackle the Summit Bikes “Bridge of Sighs” for the first time on Lap #2. And just like our other venues, all of them at the edge of the Bay, we’re taking you almost to the tideline before you return to dry land. Maybe we should call this the “Bay Edge Super Prestige” cyclocross?

And sometime in 2014 we’ll also witness the end of our neighbors when they blow up the stadium, Niners head south to their new techno toy home in Santa Clara – and we have the place all to ourselves. 

Race Schedule & Details

Category Start Time Distance Prizes Field Limit Entry Fee Pre-Reg Fee
Cat C Men 9:00 AM 40 minutes Raffle - See Notes 65 $40 $35
Cat C Men 35+ 9:00 AM 40 minutes Raffle - See Notes 65 $40 $35
SingleSpeed B 9:50 AM 45 minutes Raffle - See Notes 60 $40 $35
SingleSpeed A 9:50 AM 45 minutes Cash- See Notes 40 $40 $35
Master Men 55+ 9:50 AM 45 minutes Raffle - See Notes 40 $40 $35
Master Men 45+ Cat B 10:45 AM 40 minutes Raffle - See Notes 50 $40 $35
Master Men 35+ Cat B 10:45 AM 40 minutes Raffle - See Notes 70 $40 $35
KIDS CROSS 11:00 AM Seperate Course Working on Something FREE
Master Men 35+ Cat A 11.35 AM 45 minutes Cash- See Notes 70 $40 $35
Master Men 45+ Cat A 11.35 AM 45 minutes Cash- See Notes 50 $40 $35
Elite Women 12:30 PM 40 minutes Cash- See Notes 35 $40 $35
Cat B Women 12:30 PM 40 minutes Raffle - See Notes 35 $40 $35
Cat C Women 12:30 PM 40 minutes Raffle - See Notes 35 $40 $35
Elite Men 1:20 PM 60 minutes Cash- See Notes 85 $40 $35
Cat B Men 2:30 PM 45 minutes Raffle - See Notes 100 $40 $35



  • Registration opens at 8:00 am
  • Day of race registration will be available for non sold out categories, $5 late fee will be charged for all day of race entries.
Day-of wait-list protocol:

Riders will be allowed to sign on to the Wait-list when registration opens at the start of each day. Riders wishing to use unclaimed race numbers must add their names to the Wait-list, and fill out a blank release form.
30 minutes prior to the start of each race category, sign-in for pre-registered riders will close. At that point, any unclaimed start numbers will be given away on a first-come-first-served basis, according to the order of of riders on the Wait-list. Racers must be present at this time and have a completed release in-hand in order to be given a number.

There are no refunds or credits

Equipment – CycloCross or Mountain Bikes OK at all events.No forward facing handlebars. Entry includes insurance surcharges. $5 late fee. Juniors must have signed release from parent.

Category Description

Cyclocross racers in Northern California have selected their own race categories for decades before USA Cycling discovered the phenomena a few years ago. We still encourage riders to discover for themselves their best fit for competition. Is your first choice too slow? too fast? Too young? Too old? Go ahead and change whenever you want. For those of you looking for more direction, our corresponding categories with USAC are:

Beginner – Cat. “C” – USAC Cat. 4

Intermediate – Cat. “B” – USAC Cat. 3

Advanced – Cat “A” – USAC Cat. 1/2


Prizes for “A” fields – It will be cash payouts at each event. For “A”Elite Men and Women we start with guaranteed $150 per race and add $10 to the pot for each entrant – the bigger the turnout, the bigger the payout. “A” 35+ and 45+ Men Masters fields it will be $150 fixed for each field at each event and for SS “A”  there will be $75 fixed for each event.
Prizes for All other fields: Each race for our Amateur fields earns 1 entry into our end-of-season Raffle. We’ll have over $10,000 worth of merchandise prizes to raffle off to our Amateur fields who participate in our events – and all amateur podium places will earn extra tickets. The Raffle will be held on Saturday December XX, 2013 Must be present to win. Beer, Food, and door prizes along with the raffle.  Sports Basement on Bryant Street is hosting this year, from 5-7pm.