Surf City Cyclocross returns to Crest Ranch Christmas Tree Farm, just 20 minutes into the mountains above Santa Cruz!
Bay Area Super Prestige Series
Surf City is the third event of the Bay Area Super Prestige series and both races, CX1 and CX2, contribute to the overall standing. The BASP series begins in Castro Valley in September and ends with Coyote Point in December. Check the BASP page for further details.
Like last season, the race course has smooth (yes!) fast dirt sections, singletrack descents, and run-ups. Crest Ranch has made additional terrain availble us, so expect some new features!
Car camping will be available at the venue on Friday and Saturday night. Make sure to include a camping pass when you pre-register for the race on our BikeReg page. There's tons of space, but be aware this won't be a five star hotel experience and there won't be showers or even a creek to jump in. We recommend bringing your own food and water, though Boulder Creek, a 20 min drive, has restaurants and a couple of grocery stores, all of which are open until 9 pm. There's a cel tower at the venue as well, so you'll have excellent internet. Plan to stay and join the party!
We’ll have evening activities provided by the Good Times Crew, live music by Hank and Ella with the Fine Country Band featuring Paul Sadoff on guitar, a movie screening, and a nighttime dance party DJ’d by Jose Marin.
There will be food on Saturday and Sunday being served up by the Good Times Crew.
Free Entry for First Timers!
If this is your very first cyclocross race, we're inviting you to join the fun for FREE! You read that correctly: your race is free if you've never raced cyclocross before. First-timers can sign up by sending us a message via the contact form with name, birthday and contact info, or by just showing up on race day.
Kids Race for Free!
In keeping with another tradition, kiddos get to race on a shortened lap around the expo in front of their adoring fans. Parents are invited to ride the lap with their kids if they'd like. You can just show-up at the start line to join the fun!
Surf City is a community event and we can't do this without your help! There are a lot of volunteer opportunities available. Please consider lending a hand, you can reach out via our contact form.
Support the photographers
If you see a photo you like in the photo gallery above, show your support by buying it from the photographer! The "buy pic/view album" link (when visible) is a direct link to the photo in their album page, and the photo credit is a link to their website or social media page. Jeff Vander Stucken in particular shoots the majority of races in NorCal (road, track, cyclocross, and MTB), has an extensive collection on his smugmug page, and has been generous in donating his photos to event organizers. His low-res (1 Mb) photos can be had for as little $10
If you have an album page, send us a link via the Contact form an we'll post it on the site. If you have no album, but images you'd like included on our site, let us know and we'll send you a Drive folder link and will include a selection in the gallery. Thanks!
On-site registration opens at 8:00AM and closes 15 min before each race.
- No field limits or late fees.
- Cash and checks only accepted for on-site registration.
- HELMETS REQUIRED
- Riders under the age of 18 must have an athlete release form signed by a parent or guardian. If you aren't able to register online, please download this form and bring it with you to the event.
Ride what you brought. Most of our courses favor a cross bike, but to minimize barriers of entry to the sport, mountain bikes are allowed, particularly in the beginner categories.
Racers are self-categorized based on age and gender, and categories divide riders into fitness and ability levels.
Typically beginners to the sport. You're either completely new to the sport or have ridden a cross bike on training rides, but haven't competed yet.USAC cat 4/5 equivalent.
Intermediate to advanced racers in both skillset and fitness. Also considered the "Working Person's" category because the reality of life gets in the away of being competitive at the A level. USAC cat 3 equivalent.
The fittest, most experienced riders race this category.USAC cat 1/2 equivalent.
Aged 9 and under, kids usually race a subset of the main race loop, and may do multiple laps depending on course layout. Everything from push bikes to miniature cross bikes with 24" sewups are seen in the kids race, and prizes of fun bags with Clif Kids bars and the occasional medal (no cash or start money, sorry) are awarded to all.
Riders can race "up" in category, ie, Masters can race in groups younger than their own, and Juniors can ride with older age groups. All age groups can race in the Open A, B, and C groups.