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Ryan Rinn   Crest Ranch Christmas Tree Farm  2022

Sat, 28 Oct 2023

CX1: All Hallow's Cross

Crest Ranch Christmas Tree Farm

12200 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060

Surf City Cyclocross returns to Crest Ranch Christmas Tree Farm, in the mountains above Santa Cruz! We’re hosting a two-day event with racing on Saturday and Sunday. Camping will be available at the venue on Friday and Saturday night. Plan to stay and join the party!

Bay Area Super Prestige Series

Surf City represents races 4 and 5 of the newly expanded, seven race 2023 Bay Area Super Prestige series, and contributes to the overall series total. Check out the BASP Cyclocross page for more details.

The Course

Crest Ranch is perched in the forest on top of Bonny Doon Mountain, just 20 minute drive from Santa Cruz. The race course will feature smooth (yes!) fast sections, singletrack descents, run-ups and other fun features.


Car camping will be available at the venue. 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 cell tower at the venue as well, so you'll have excellent internet.


We’ll have evening activities provided by the Good Times Crew, live music, and a campfire gathering.


There will be food for sale on Saturday and Sunday.

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!

Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships

As many of you know, the Surf City crew is also hosting the prestigious SSCXWC here in Santa Cruz on November 12th. To celebrate, we are hosting a BASP omnium points series where the top single speeder from all seven BASP races will receive a special trophy and win the privilege to get the NorCal cx singlespeed champion’s tattoo.


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 the contact form.


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.
  • 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.

Bike Type

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.

Cat C

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.

Cat B

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.

Cat A

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.

Race Up

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.


We're celebrating 45 years of Surf City Cyclocross and 45 years of Rock Lobster Cycles this weekend! Grab yourself a custom jersey by Voler Apparel.

Order deadline: 11/06/2023