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VSRTCX - 2022

Rancho Los Mochos, Livermore, CA

Saturday, September 24, 2022

 

Venue

Rancho Los Mochos is a historic Boy Scout camp in the Altamont Hills south of Livermore.

Parking is limited.

CARPOOLING IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED

 

Venue is located at approximately the 14.9 mile marker on Mines Road (i.e. 14.9 miles from the intersection of Tesla Rd and Mines Rd., in Livermore), and the road is quite narrow in spots, twisty-turny, and is frequented by both cyclists and ranch trucks/trailers. Allow enough time for slow travel to the site. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY to and from the site.

There is no cell phone service on-site.

Plan accordingly.

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Tent camping sites are available!!! 

 

Camping is FREE for volunteers!

     (help set up the course on Friday afternoon, or volunteer for 4 hours on race day)

 

Otherwise- low cost of $10/person ($5 for youth).

You may camp in the parking area with camper van/overlander/tuck topper, but must remain in a single parking spot (limited parking!).

NO FIRES. NO SMOKING (yes, that includes that type of smoking also)

Mines Rd is very narrow (single lane) in places, and is inappropriate for large RVs or travel trailers (but ok for camper vans).

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Course Description

 

Race Day Schedule

VSRTCX is excited to get you on the race course.

Please arrive early to check in at the registration tent to pick up your race number.

Registration tent opens at 7:30 a.m.

     -There will be no registration on the day of the event.

     -Pre-registration ONLY.

See the race day schedule, below:

 

Registration

Race Cost:  Juniors Races $20,
                    All others- $45
                    Second Race: $10

 

(WARNING: Sandbaggers will be mercilessly heckled)

Registration for the event can be completed at Bikereg.com

     -There will be no registration on the day of the event.

     -Pre-registration ONLY.

     -Registration closes 11:59 PM on Thursday, September 22.

     -No late registration.

     -Full refunds offered through Bikereg if you cannot attend due to illness (e.g. COVID).

     --DO NOT come to event with COVID symptoms, or other illness.

        If you are sick, PLEASE stay home and heal up for the next race!

     -- For Age-based categories, use your age on Dec 31, 2022

         (similar to road-racing USAC method, different than USAC cyclocross method...)

Registration Closes:

BASP Series!

 
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VSRTCX is part of a 6 race series:     

Bay Area Super Prestige cyclocross series (BASP)

To participate and earn awards in the BASP series-

  • Register individually for each race (approx $45 for each race).

  • To be also considered for BASP series points, thats all you gotta do! Registering for one of the races will automatically enter you into the race series.

    • reminder: you still need to register for each race...

  • Out of the 6 races, ALL 6 finishes will count towards BASP points.

  • Make sure you register for your same 'BASP' category in each individual race!

  • For Age-based categories, use your age on Dec 31, 2022.

    • (all the series races are non-USAC, and all end before Dec 31).

See more information at BASP84.com

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VSRTCX

September 24

Livermore, CA

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CCCX

November TBD

Prunedale, CA

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Mare Island Pedal Fest

September 25

Vallejo, CA

  • Mare Island Pedal Fest
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 Infestation

December 4

San Mateo, CA

  • Infestation
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Surf City CX (2 races!)

October 29 AND 30

Bonnie Dune, CA

  • Surf City CX
 

Race Day Photos

Several High-Caliber Photographers plan on attending the race.

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Jeff Vanderstucken

  • Instagram @JeffVSPhoto
  • SmugMug
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Randy Higashi

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Remy Schmidt

  • Instagram @JeffVSPhoto
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VSRT

  • Instagram @Valley_Spokesmen_Racing_Team
  • Facebook   @vsracingteam

Please email us with other links to photographers  and  great Instagram / Facebook posts we missed!!!

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Race Day Results

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Available at Bikereg/cross-results soon!

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • We try to hold ourselves, and all event participants, to high standards.

  • Bullying is not tolerated. Social or physical intimidation is not tolerated.

  • Athletes may self-select the field/category that best fits with their gender identity or that they feel is most athletically and socially appropriate for competitive purposes.

  • In need of help? for examples--

    • Need help finding cycling equipment/gear?

    • Need help with race entry expen$e? (we've all been there!) 

    • Need help finding car-pool or ride? 

    • Need help finding resources for LGBTQ issues? 

    • Need help finding juniors racing resources?

    • Questions / comments / complaints regarding diversity, equity, or inclusion?

  • PLEASE don't hesitate to contact the NCNCA Riders Support / Diversity Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

 

Code of Conduct

VSRTCX  Code of Conduct (Freely cribbed from Cross Crusade):

The VSRTCX Code of Conduct is set out to provide a safe and accepting environment for all peoples to enjoy the sport of cyclocross.

We expect all participants, spectators, officials, staff, sponsors and other people associated with any VSRTCX event or activity to adhere to this code of conduct as a principle of being a steward of the sport and spirit of cyclocross. In the unfortunate event in which a violation of these codes of conduct occurs, please contact any VSRTCX Crew member or race official, or email vsrt@vsracingteam.org, to ensure everyone feels welcome and safe at VSRTCX events.

Failure to adhere to the VSRTCX Code of Conduct may result in expulsion and future exclusion from VSRTCX events and activities.

Code of Conduct:

(a)  Be decent and kind to one another,  and treat each other with the same respect you would like to receive.

(b)  Follow all crew members’ and officials’ instructions without question or hesitation.

(c)  Have fun and participate well.

(d)  Be active in building and promoting the community of cyclocross.

Violations of the VSRTCX Code of Conduct:

(a)  Violation of rules established by NCNCA, USA Cycling, or other governing bodies of the VSRTCX events.

(b)  Discrimination or harassment of any type, including on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, political views, or national origin.

(c)  Any non-consensual physical or sexual contact or advance or other inappropriate sexually oriented behavior or threatening action directed towards any person. This includes, but is not limited to, physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse of any person attending a VSRTCX event.

(d)  Any act of fraud, deception, or dishonesty in connection with any VSRTCX-related activity.

(e)  Providing alcohol to a person under 21 years of age or the consumption of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age.

(f)  The illegal possession, use or dissemination of drugs or any controlled substances.

(g)  Excessive alcoholic or drug consumption while at VSRTCX events.

(h)  Any obscene language or gesture, or other threatening language or conduct directed towards any person at VSRTCX event.

(i)  Any intentional damage to or theft of private or public property while at a VSRTCX event.

(j)  Public urination, indecent exposure or any similar inappropriate public display or conduct.

 

Safety

Medical help will be provided onsite by MedicsPlus, a professional event EMT service based in Modesto.  They will have a ambulance for on-site minor injury treatment.

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Ambulance transport services, if needed, will be through Alameda county Fire.

The Closest Urgent Care and Hospitals are:

  • Stanford Health Urgent Care walk-in clinic -             1111 E Stanley Blvd, Livermore, CA 94550

  • Stanford Health Valley Care Emergency Room -      5555 W Las Positas Blvd, Pleasanton, CA 94588

  • San Ramon Regional Med Emergency Room-          6001 Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583

  • Kaiser Permanente Walnut Cr. Emergency Room-   1425 S Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

 

Please familiarize yourself with your preferred medical care center in case you need treatment.

Maps with these addresses will be available on-site at the medical tent area, but are for informational purposes only- not endorsements.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING COVID SYMPTOMS

Please do not come to the event. 

If you cannot attend due to illness, we will refund your race entry through BikeReg.

 
 

Where do I start?

​Cyclocross is an inclusive atmosphere.  Whatever your skill level, you're going to have fun and feel welcome.

We follow the tenants below--

"Run What You Brung"

There is 'proper' equipment, but there is no 'RIGHT' equipment for most categories.  in the beginning categories, you will see fancy cyclocross race bikes, but you will also see hard-tail and full-suspension mountain bikes, wal-mart bikes, and possibly a unicycle or tandem bike... if you have a bike that will travel off-road safely, you can bring it! (mountain bikes and cyclocross bikes are ok, road bike with skinny smooth tires may not work).  In the Pro and A categories, a cyclocross bike is required. See FAQ "do i need a cyclocross bike"

"Come As You Are"

Everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin- and cyclocross racers come with a wide background.  There may be fancy race clothing on one racer, cut-off jeans and no shirt on another, or perhaps a costume on the next rider... come dress as you feel comfortable and will be safe on the bike.

"Race your Race"

If you are a new inexperienced racer, you should register for the "C" category (beginners).

 

If you have a number of cyclocross races under your belt, or are starting cyclocross racing but are a very strong road or mountain bike racer, mayyyyyyybe consider registering for a "B" race.  Definitiely if you were hitting podiums in the "C" or "B" races, race up a category this year!

... Either way, we (mostly) wont stop you from registering in a category-- but know that obvious sandbagging will likely be mercilessly heckled by the crowd. (i.e. if you are really fast, but registered for a beginner category, people will jokingly tease you in order to encourage you to race in a higher category next time...)

Unless you are a true beginner, when in doubt, we recommend to race "up" a category.

 

One of the GREAT things about cyclocross is that you may not be winning the race and battling for first place, but you'll always be battling against yourself.  Race your race-- work on your own fitness, technique during the race, and you're going to have fun. You'll find that people passing you are polite and encouraging.

More Tips:

For more tips and general information about cyclocross racing, see some of the helpful links below:

https://www.cxmagazine.com/newbie-news-tips-starting-cyclocross-noob

 

https://www.cyclingplus.com/articles/beginners-guide-to-cyclocross/

https://www.velonews.com/news/cyclocross/cyclocross-what-is-it-where-did-it-come-from-and-how-to-start-racing/

https://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/beginners-guide-cyclocross-essentials-206312