Report & Photo Gallery: SoCalCross Season Opener Sets Costa Mesa Ablaze

There was enough pent-up cyclocross energy to power half the air conditioning units in Orange County. And on a day like this, it was needed. Almost as much as mass quantities of sunscreen. Temperatures were high, turnout was approaching record levels, intensity and excitement were sizzling, the racing itself was torrid, and at the end of the day, emotions finally boiled over. It was clear that SoCal cyclocrossers were ready to light a fire under the 2012-13 Prestige Series season.

It was a hot one at “CX in the OC,” held for the first time at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa, Calif. Mostly full fields burned laps around a relatively flat, dusty, fast course that included one unique feature: a BMX-like dirt bowl area which course designer Jeff Herring utilized to the fullest. Bike handling skills were on display for all to see at this popular spectator destination.

Check out the photos and captions to get a brief view of how this new SoCalCross Prestige Series was ignited. In the meantime, we’ve got to get ready for round two, which takes place at Los Angeles State Historic Park with the “DTLA Historic CYCLO-VIA!” this coming Sunday, October 7.

Words & Photos by By Phil Beckman / PB Creative

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