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Cyclocross comes to Rocklin Oct. 8-9

Springview Park and Rocklin Golf Course
By: Amy Looney for the Placer Herald/News Messenger
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On Oct. 8-9, Sacramento Cyclocross will kick off its cyclocross race season with exhilarating events in two Rocklin locations, both are first-time venues for the organization. 

Placer Valley Tourism is teaming up with Sacramento Cyclocross to bring the first of their race series to Placer Valley and give exposure to this unique and exciting sport.

Cyclocross is a fall and winter sport that combines elements of mountain and cross-country biking, and elevates them to the next level in an adventure-filled, obstacle-ridden way.

Sacramento Cyclocross, a Northern California-based grassroots cyclocross race series dates back to the early 1990s, is currently run by husband-and-wife team Clint and Jennifer Claassen of Time Your Race.

The first race will take place at Rocklin’s Johnson Springview Park Oct.8. This new venue will be ideal for spectators as the entire park is visible from the center.

“The oak grove around the disc golf course not only provides great shade, but opportunities for interesting course changes and turns on rolling terrain. Combined with the open grass area at the front of the park that makes for an interesting and fun course,” said Clint Claassen, who races as well as co-organizes the series.

The racing continues on Oct. 9 at the Rocklin Golf Course and Claassen shared his perspective on this location.

“It’s a unique opportunity to host a cyclocross race on a golf course, period. But the terrain at the Rocklin Golf Course will add some challenging technical aspects for racers. The hillside in the center of the course that extends up from the driving range allows the course designer to include tricky off cumber turns, steep climbs and fast descents that are all visible from the deck of the clubhouse,” Claassen said.

The competitive racing age varies from 9-75 years old and there will be a total of seven different races throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday, with the first race starting at 9 a.m. and the last race at 3 p.m. 

In the spirit of family, fun and including everyone, Sacramento Cyclocross offers a free kids race to any child 9-and-under; registration is available on race day.

The races are free for spectators. 

Yolo Brewing Company will be featured in the beer gardens and El Fira will have their wood-fired oven onsite with wood-fired pizzas and other food options available to purchase.

Johnson Springview Park is located at 5480 5th St. and the Rocklin Golf Course is located at 4201 Midas Ave.

Come check out the action.