Here we go – 2016 Schedule coming together.

Yes, it’s only May…but ‘cross season is right around the corner. In year #11, AZ CROSS is adding race categories, re-visiting a former venue (Superstition Farms)…and continuing to partner with the Cranky Cross crew, to bring you all the best State Series in the southwest.

New Categories in 2016:

Master’s Men 30+ 1/2/3 – Open to USA Cycling CX categories 1, 2, and 3. Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License. Racing age of 30 years and older.

Master’s Men 40+ 1/2/3 – Open to USA Cycling CX categories 1, 2, 3. Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License. Racing age of 40 years and older.

Master’s Men 50+ 1/2/3 – Open to USA Cycling CX categories 1, 2, 3. Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License. Racing age of 50 years and older.

Master’s Men 30+ 4/5 – Open to USA Cycling CX categories 4 and 5 Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License or an USA Cycling one day license. Racing age of 30 years and older.

Master’s Men 40+ 4/5 – Open to USA Cycling CX categories 4 and 5 Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License or an USA Cycling one day license. Racing age of 40 years and older.

Junior 9 – 14 – available to all racing ages 9 to 14. Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License or an USA Cycling one day license.

Junior 15 – 18  – available to all racing ages 15 to 18. Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License or an USA Cycling one day license.

Women’s PRO/1/2 – must be a USA Cycling licensed rider in those categories. Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License in either PRO, 1, 2. No one day licenses available for this category.

Master’s Women’s 30+ – open to USA Cycling licensed  PRO, 1/2/3/4 riders – PRO, CAT 1/2/3 must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual License or CAT 4 may race with a USA Cycling one day license. Racing age of 30 years and older.

Master’s Women’s 40+ – open to USA Cycling licensed  PRO, 1/2/3/4 riders – PRO, CAT 1/2/3 must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual License or CAT 4 women may race with a USA Cycling one day license. Racing age of 40 years and older.

Master’s Women’s 50+ – open to USA Cycling licensed  PRO, 1/2/3/4 riders – PRO, CAT 1/2/3 must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual License or CAT 4 women may race with a USA Cycling one day license. Racing age of 50 years and older.

2016 Series Schedule (as of May 16, 2016)

October               15           Flat Tire Cross p/b Flat Tire Bikes – Cranky Cross              Globe, AZ                                  30          Cyclovia CX p/b U of A Cycling                                                 Tucson, AZ

November          5-6          AZ CX #3-#4 p/b Absolute Bikes (Tuthill)                       Flagstaff, AZ

12             Mooey Cross Cranky Cross (Superstition Farms)            Gilbert, AZ                                  13           AZ CX #6 p/b Bicycle Ranch (Crossroads Park)                Gilbert, AZ                                    26-27        AZ CX #7 p/b North Valley Bicycles (Horse Lovers)   Phoenix, AZ      December           3-4          TBA – Cranky Cross                                                              Phoenix, AZ                                   10-11     AZ CX #9-10 p/b UA Cycling                                                Tucson, AZ                                       17-18     AZ CROSS Series Finals / AZ State CX Championships       TBA, AZ

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Already thinking on the 2016 season

Reading up on obstacles and “plank” sections (barriers) as our Swiss (UCI)friends call them. It’s time for some new “planks” for the CLIF Bar AZ CROSS Series powered by SRAM.

From the UCI: “The course may include a single section of planks. This obstacle must consist of two planks placed minimum 4 metres and maximum 6 metres apart. The planks must be solid for their entire height, without sharp edges and not made of metal. They must have a maximum height of 40 cm and extend the entire width of the course.”

15 3/4″ is the conversion from 40cm. 

Obstacles, as mandated by the UCI: “The course may include no more than six man made obstacles. Obstacle shall mean any part of the course where riders are likely (but not required) to dismount. A section of planks as described in art. 5.1.024, must be considered as one of these obstacles. The length of an obstacle may not exceed 80 metres and the height may not exceed 40 cm. The total length of obstacles may not exceed 10% of the course. Non-natural sand pits should be minimum 40 metres, maximum 80 metres long and minimum 6 metres wide. The sand pit should be located on a straight section and requests a level entrance and exit. Descents of flights of steps may not be used.”

Course length from the international governing body: “The course must form a closed circuit of a minimum length of 2.5 km and maximum 3.5 km, of which at least 90% shall be ridable.”

Conversion – 1.5 miles to 2.1 miles.

Course width: “The course must be at least 3 metres wide throughout and clearly marked and protected on both sides.”

Conversion – 9.8 feet minimum width.

We will work on all the above in 2016 – continuous course improvements, from year to year, is our priority. So, it looks like a few (4)  – 10′ wide by 15 3/4″ high barriers (planks) are on the project list for this winter!12189031_10206625959080526_3776613846072169207_n12115625_10200894786648079_104151412756710769_n12182593_10206484562366011_797371489146817873_oOakley BridgeAZ CROSS Barrier 1AZCross CAt 4 race start

2015 Series and State Championships

It always feels a bit like the day after Christmas when the cyclocross season comes to a close. And this year, especially so, with the two awesome race days at Crossroads, and an amazing Series. In partnership with Cranky Cross, we would like to thank you all, our Series partners SRAM, CLIF Bar and VR7, and venue Sponsors like Ortho Arizona – and the complete list of supporting retailers like Flat Tire, The Velo, North Valley Bikes and Bicycle Ranch.

Each year we try to raise the bar on courses – mixing it up so that a true Series Champion is crowned. 2015 was  a great example of that – the best racers in Arizona were crowned Champions over the weekend.

Across all categories, participation was up – notably in juniors, women and CAT 5 men’s categories – thank you all for your support.

Look for a few tweaks for the 2016 season, maybe a new venue or two, and the Series Finals/State Championships will be in Tucson next year!

Clif Bar AZ CROSS Series powered by SRAM results here.

AZ State CX Championships p/b Bicycle Ranch results here.

Enjoy the holiday season.

Updated Series Standings posted

Updated CLIF Bar AZ CROSS Series powered by SRAM Standings posted (after Day 2 of Race Around the Farm).

Series Standings.

Double (2X) points are on the line on December 19th Finals event – and based upon several categories this race will determine the Series Champion.

And this is what each and every Series Champion will receive (plus more).

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Thanks to VR7 – and Bicycle Ranch. Nine days to the the throwdown at Crossroads Park!