Monday, July 26, 2010

Velo Girls Cross Clinic 2010

Clinic info. from Lorri Lee Lown - Velo Girls Coaching Services has our annual co-ed cyclocross clinic on the calendar for Saturday, August 7th @ 1:00pm in San Mateo. This year, the dynamic duo of Julie + Paule Bates from Team Roaring Mouse will be our guest coaches, sharing their skills + experience with the masses.

Newbie ready to learn skills and the ins + outs of the sports? This clinic is for you!

Been racing a while and want to take your game up a notch or two? This clinic is for you!

Heckler who wants to see Paule demonstrate his infamous "showgirl kick?" Yeah, we've got that, too.

This 4-hour clinic focuses on fundamental skills (mounting, dismounting, barriers, and carrying the bike) as well as tips on tactics, equipment, and race preparation. After skilling + drilling, we'll finish the day with a simulated race and de-brief (code for a frosty beverage while bragging about your day).

Registration is here:

Space is limited and this clinic is filling quickly, so I would encourage you to register soon!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Which Cross Bike For 2010? Disc Brakes? Carbon Jumping Machines?

With disc brakes now being allowed for Cyclocross bikes on a UCI level, and bunny hop board sections being recommended by the UCI for most courses, it will be very interesting to see how bicycle manufactures piece together the 2010/2011 Cross bikes. Cyclocross Magazine always has up to date info on the most trick rides & newest equipment from the worlds leading Cyclocross manufactures. Below I put together a few links to study up on as the 2010-11 Cross season becomes a reality in a few months time. Yet some of the reviews are only a few months old and already seem ancient. The 2011 Cross bikes will be amazing and I am sure Northern California will have some of the most sweet Cross rides available before too long. Nor-Cal is all about bike porn, with competitors racing on Pro Tour level equipment even in the beginning divisions of the sport. It will be very interesting to see what transpires with Cross equipment design in the near future and beyond...

Cyclocross Bicycle Review

Friday, July 23, 2010

Compton Tunes Up For 'Cross Season At Mountain Bike World Cups

National champ address recently diagnosed health condition
With her eye toward cyclo-cross season, Katie Compton (Planet Bike / Stevens / Kenda) has been honing her form in some mountain bike races this summer. Most recently, at the US Mountain Bike National Championships in Granby, Colorado, last weekend, Compton made the trip to the podium twice. She backed up a fifth place in the elite women's cross country race with a gold medal winning ride in the elite women's short track the following day...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Memories Of U.S. Cross Nationals

Ben Ross snapped off some great shots from the 2009 US Cross Nationals in Bend, Oregon...
His collections are sure to bring back some good/bad memories from the proceedings. Velonews has the Ben Ross collection here...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Alteeza 40 Racing Delivers Solid Surf City Video Action

David Pederson of Alteeza 40 Racing captured some quality video action from the Elite Men's race at the Surf City final. Tim Johnson and Nor-Cal's best Elite riders put on quite the display of speed at Aptos High, and Pederson was able to catch many viewpoints from the race route during competition with his Flip Video Mino. Then apparently Pederson and Johnson both collaborated on the choice of music for this production......

Tuesday, January 05, 2010


Bike Station Aptos racer Courtney Shipman, who has had a excellent Cross season of racing herself, passed along some info about a great chance to meet and greet America's current Elite Men's National Cyclocross Champion Tim Johnson at Bike Station Aptos. Johnson will then proceed to take on all of Nor-Cal's best Elite racers at the Surf City Series final the following day at Aptos High School. It will be interesting to see Cal Giant Inc's Justin Robinson & Alan Coats, and the Rock Lobster "A" team, take on Cannondale's Johnson on equal terms. At the bigger races around the country Robinson was never called up to the front row, and was already at a disadvantage to the higher ranked Johnson when the gun went off to start the race. For this showdown at Aptos High, Robinson will get a front row call up, along with Wyandt, Snead, Coats, Kereluk, Bradford, Chapman, Falconer, McGovern, and Odell. Johnson will have to get past six Rock Lobster riders to get on equal terms with Robinson, who is no doubt going to savor a chance to fight it out with Johnson at a local race on his home turf. It is sure to be a good show! Please read on to check out the details from Courtney Shipman on the meet and greet at Bike Station Aptos.

Timothy Johnson, 2009 cyclocross National Champion (Cannondale Factory Team), will host a meet-and-greet on January 9th from 4-5 pm at Bike Station Aptos, in Aptos CA.

This social event aims to bring the cycling community together to celebrate Timothy’s recent success at Nationals in Bend, Oregon, in addition to generating interest and educating cycling enthusiasts within the local community about cyclocross and what it is like to be a professional cyclist.

Timothy will be signing autographs, after his account of racing in the freezing and icy temperatures in Bend, in addition to fielding questions from the audience about his career, Cannondale, and his plans for the rest of the 2009/2010 season.

For additional information, please contact Courtney Shipman or Bike Station Aptos at, or 831.688.4169. Bike Station Aptos is located at 8061 Aptos Street, Aptos CA.

About Timothy Johnson
Timothy Johnson (born August 5, 1977 in Middleton, Massachusetts) is an American professional racing cyclist who has found success in cyclocross and road bike racing, and is first the United States rider to stand on a UCI Cyclocross World Championships podium. Johnson has six career national championships - three Elite, two Espoir and one Junior - and a bronze medal from the UCI Cyclocross World Championships that he won in 1999 in Poprad, Slovakia. Johnson spent his 2009 road season riding for the Ouch presented by Maxxis team, of which he is the Road Captain. For 2010, Johnson will ride on the road for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team presented by Maxxis. Johnson is married to fellow professional cyclist Lyne Bessett.

About Bike Station Aptos
Bike Station Aptos is a locally owned and operated bicycle shop located on Aptos Street next to Aptos Street BBQ. We offer state-of-the-art 3D dynamic RETUL bike fitting and the finest cycling products the industry has to offer. We understand the importance of personalized service and attention to detail, and we have everything you'll need when it comes to cycling -- both on elite and recreational levels. For more information, visit our website at

Monday, December 21, 2009

The "Lou" Night Race At Woodward Park In Fresno On Jan. 23

J.P Sickler will be hosting the 6th annual "Lou" Cyclocross Night Race at Woodward Park in Fresno on January 23. This event is a one of a kind Cyclocross classic race held in the cycling friendly environment of Woodward Park. I have personally raced this event on multiple occasions, and it is one of the best times of the year for having fun while racing your Cross bike. The course is put together on a awesome piece of land in Woodward Park and the riding here is very good even in stormy conditions. Headlights or handle bar lights are mandatory for this event making it the only true night Cyclocross race in Nor-Cal. When you are out on course your bike light is key to your success. They line the course with highway bot-dot lights, and they have plenty of lights near the start-finish area. Yet on course bike lights will be needed to race, and this makes it a true night race. There are no man made flood lights to line the route. Just darkness, which makes for a amazing spectacle when the racing gets going. Watching the night race, and the riders with lights is just as fun as participating. Seeing the long string of riders zoom off into the darkness of night, guided only by their high tech bike light systems, is a must see for Nor-Cal Cyclocross fans. This event is a must do! It is a party and a race, & I highly recommend you make the trip to Fresno for this great event. Info can be found here-