West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix Designated as Official International Bike Race

River Walk Race Also Attracts Major Sponsors

 The West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix (WSCXGP) will hold its fourth annual race on West Sacramento’s River Walk Park on September 30 and October 1, 2017. The homegrown race has risen to one of the top cyclocross races and has been honored with two official designations: the newest U.S. international bike race with a Union Cycliste Internationale designation and as a USA Cycling Pro Cyclocross race.

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WSCXGP is one of 22 UCI sanctioned cyclocross bike races in the U.S. and provides an equal prize package for women and men and the largest women’s cash prize in the state. WSCXGP is a City of West Sacramento event that is co-hosted by the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) and the West Sacramento-based grassroots group Northern California Cyclocross Association (NORCALCX).

“We’re thrilled to host this growing international event that brings a festival atmosphere with bands, a local brewery, and food trucks together with exciting cyclocross races,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This event brings a spotlight to City while also providing two days of fun for the community and allowing racers to tear it up—literally—in one of the region’s most beautiful parks.”

Cyclocross is a bike race is held on mixed terrain with racers riding laps on a two-mile compact course. CX is a very accessible form of bike racing; amateurs ride the same course as professionals, and all races pass by the crowd of observers several times. USA Cycling states that Cyclocross is one of the largest growing sectors of bike racing, especially among women. WSCXGP is open to riders of all skill levels and age divisions, and registration will open soon at http://www.norcalcx.org/.

Emily Kachorek, co-owner of Squid Bikes and one of the WSCXGP organizers, is a professional racer who finished 13th at CX Nationals last year and is a former Team USA road racer. She stated, “We started this race four years ago to provide more opportunities for professional cyclocross racers in Northern California to compete at the highest level. Its success shows the growing popularity of the sport and its accessibility to non-professionals. The equal pay out for women is unusual for the sport and attracts some of the top women competitors from around world to West Sacramento.”

WSCXGP also attracted its first presenting sponsor, Toyota Mirai. Toyota will use the two-day event to highlight its Mirai fuel cell vehicle and its commitment to zero-emission transportation and sports. “We’re excited to have Toyota Mirai featured at the race,” said Chris White, communications director at the West Sacramento-based California Fuel Cell Partnership. “It gives us an opportunity to show how hydrogen and fuel cells are an important element in our community.”

Other sponsors include Capital West Realty, Bike Dog Brewing Company, Wicked West Pizza, Edible Pedal Bike Shop, and Bryan Miller Design. Atom Composites, Clif Bar, iHeart Radio, Jon Clay GR, Voler, and Squid Bikes are providing significant support.

Local resident and WSCXGP organizer Matthew Hargrove said, “This event highlights how awesome West Sacramento is. At every turn, we’re involving local companies and organizations, and their embrace of this crazy event just proves that West Sacramento is a great place to live and play!”

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What: West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix presented by Toyota

When: September 30 and October 1, 2017

Where: River Walk Park, West Sacramento

More information: http://www.norcalcx.org/.

 

 

 

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