Report & Photos: ‘Cross is the Cure for What Ails You

SoCalCycling.com October 25, 2012 0
Report & Photos: ‘Cross is the Cure for What Ails You

The age-old remedy for a hangover is, what? Anybody? The “hair of the dog,” right? The next morning when you wake up with a furry tongue and a revolting belly and a headache that can be detected from the International Space Station, you’re supposed to have a few more sips of what got you into this condition in the first place. Not that I would know. Can’t endorse it. Honest.

This past weekend some parallels could be drawn through SoCalCross racing activities. Speaking figuratively, of course, although I know there were a few cases where it was a literal comparison. There was plenty of Octoberfesting going on, after all.

Anyway, on Saturday night the infamous Spooky Cross event took place. It was epic. Chris Jackson might not agree, but a flock of fast riders battling this tight from the starting whistle to the timing stripe always makes me a bit giddy. It was hard to come away from Spooky Cross without feeling a bit, um, wasted.

So how do you recover from something like that? The next day you click in and imbibe some more! The follicles of the hound in this case was Krosstober-Fest, included in day two of the three-ring circus dubbed the L.A. Bikefest at the Fairplex in Pomona. That was extensively epic too.

Another few hundred amateur ‘crossers as well as the same cast of UCI Elite characters took a big swallow and did it all again. The only significant difference from the night before was it took place earlier and in much better light.

You’ve probably already seen the heap of exquisite images and words already posted on this site from Spooky Cross. Here are some from Krosstober-Fest I humbly submit for your approval. Don’t you feel better already?

For full results and more, visit the SoCalCross Prestige Series website.

Photos & Report By Phil Beckman/PB Creative

The course was universally praised by beginners and pros alike.

The course was universally praised by beginners and pros alike.

It was reported that some 500 race entries were registered both days.

It was reported that some 500 race entries were registered both days.

Kyle Skeen (Cynergy) was second in Junior Men 15-18 and later won Men’s C.

Kyle Skeen (Cynergy) was second in Junior Men 15-18 and later won Men’s C.

Winning the non-UCI Men’s A foray was Tyler Schwartz (SDG/Felt).

Winning the non-UCI Men’s A foray was Tyler Schwartz (SDG/Felt).

As usual, the kids had their time in the spotlight too.

As usual, the kids had their time in the spotlight too.

Spooky Cross Elite Women’s winner Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna) tried to repeat at Krosstober-Fest but had to settle for second.

Spooky Cross Elite Women’s winner Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna) tried to repeat at Krosstober-Fest but had to settle for second.

Elle Anderson (Ladiesfirst) goes for a run with Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna) and Courtenay McFadden (Clif Bar/Bicycle Centres/Voler).

Elle Anderson (Ladiesfirst) goes for a run with Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna) and Courtenay McFadden (Clif Bar/Bicycle Centres/Voler).

Eventual winner Elle Anderson (Ladiesfirst) rails a BMX bowl ahead of Mical Dyck (Stan’s No Tubes CX).

Eventual winner Elle Anderson (Ladiesfirst) rails a BMX bowl ahead of Mical Dyck (Stan’s No Tubes CX).

If looks could kill? At left, third-place Courtenay McFadden (Clif Bar/Bicycle Centres/Voler) shoots winner Elle Anderson (Ladiesfirst) some eye arrows.

If looks could kill? At left, third-place Courtenay McFadden (Clif Bar/Bicycle Centres/Voler) shoots winner Elle Anderson (Ladiesfirst) some eye arrows.

High school senior Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant) was in the Elite Men’s mix all weekend.

High school senior Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant) was in the Elite Men’s mix all weekend.

Spooky Cross winner Mike Sherer (Optum) settled for third on Sunday.

Spooky Cross winner Mike Sherer (Optum) settled for third on Sunday.

Elite Men’s riders pump the rollers. Aaron Schooler (Norco/SRI) holds his line.

Elite Men’s riders pump the rollers. Aaron Schooler (Norco/SRI) holds his line.

Canadian bike messenger Mark McConnell (Synergy Racing) surprised more than a few with his Elite Men’s victory.

Canadian bike messenger Mark McConnell (Synergy Racing) surprised more than a few with his Elite Men’s victory.

Mark McConnell (Synergy Racing) made his trip from Canada pay off.

Mark McConnell (Synergy Racing) made his trip from Canada pay off.

The Krosstober-Fest Elite Men’s podium, from left to right: Kevin Noiles (Cyclocrossracing.com, 5th), Mike Sherer (Optum, 3rd), Mark McConnell (Synergy, 1st), Cory Greenberg (VRC Get Crackin-MS Society, 2nd) and Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant, 4th).

The Krosstober-Fest Elite Men’s podium, from left to right: Kevin Noiles (Cyclocrossracing.com, 5th), Mike Sherer (Optum, 3rd), Mark McConnell (Synergy, 1st), Cory Greenberg (VRC Get Crackin-MS Society, 2nd) and Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant, 4th).

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