Spooky Cross Haunts Hidden Valley Park This Weekend

This weekend, Irvine’s Hidden Valley Park plays host to Weekend, ’s premier event and the finale of Cross After Dark UCI night race series.

In addition to nearly 1,000 amateur competitors, the elite professional men and women’s fields are loaded with world-class talent.

The series overall win will be a race to the finish line.  Early series races were dominated by riders who are either based in Europe or will be traveling to the first in the Czech Republic so look for a change of leadership on race day.

The men’s elite field is highlighted by Belgian star Ben Berden (Stoemper), reigning National Champion Todd Wells (Cal Giant/Specialized) as well as current US Gran Prix of leader Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt).  With series leader Jeremy Powers (Team -Focus) racing abroad at the events in the Czech Republic this weekend, an outright win by Berden or Trebon would seal the series championship and the Castelli Winner’s Jersey.  Also racing will be Sacramento’s Chris Jones (Team -Focus) who is beginning to show his strength.

On the elite women’s side, Gateway Cross Cup winner – the 3rd race in the Cross After Dark Series – Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant/Specialized) lies 2nd in the overall standings to .  Nash’s trip to her native Czech Republic for the race this weekend opens the door for Stetson-Lee to take the series overall title with a strong ride in Irvine.  While Stetson-Lee may look to have a lock on the Castelli Winner’s Jersey, current French National Champion Caroline Mani is showing great adaptation to the US style of racing and trailing by a few points.  In addition Sue Butler (River City/Ridley) will be bringing her early season form to the finale race.

Elite Men Points Standings

1 JEREMY  POWERS   80 pts. TEAM -FOCUS

2 BEN  BERDEN     71 pts  STOEMPER

3 BART WELLENS   69 pts  TELENET FIDEA CYCLING TEAM

4 JONATHAN  PAGE   62 pts  PLANETBIKE/BLUE

5 RYAN TREBON     60 pts  LTS/FELT

6     55 pts  RABOBANK

7 ROB PEETERS     50 pts  TELENET FIDEA CYCLING TEAM

8 TODD WELLS     46 pts  SPECIALIZED RACING

9   40 pts  CANNONDALE P/B WORLD

10 JAMES DRISCOLL  37 pts  CANNONDALE P/B WORLD

Elite Women’s Points Standings

1 KATERINA  NASH     110 pts 

2 TEAL STETSON-LEE     65 pts   GIANT /SPECIALZED

3 MEREDITH MILLER  65 pts   GIANT / SPECIALIZED

4 KATHY SHERWIN  44 pts   STAN’S NOTUBES TEAM

5 CAROLINE MANI  40 pts   CC ETUPES DOUBS PAY

6 AMY DOMBROSKI  40 pts   CRANKBROTHERS RACE CLUB

7 PEPPER HARLTON  32 pts   JUVENTUS CYCLING CLUB

8 SUSAN BUTLER  30 pts   RIVER CITY BICYLES/RIDLEY

9 KELLI EMMETT  30 pts   GIANT BICYCLES

10 MICAL DYCK  26 pts   PRO CITY RACING

Complete points standings and breakdown by race available at www.crossafterdark.com

Cross After Dark is an internationally sanctioned four race series with previous races held in Las Vegas, St. Louis, and Seattle.  The aim of Cross After Dark is to literally shine a light on the fastest growing cycling discipline in the by holding races under the lights and adding a festive, prime time party atmosphere. will feature a wide range of gourmet food trucks, live music and DJ’s, and stand up comedy. A novelty costume race and contest will help kick the Halloween season into high gear.

Cross After Dark is produced in conjunction with the Southern (SoCalCross) the organizing body of a 22 races spanning San Luis Obispo to .

Widely popular in Europe for over a century, has taken the by storm in the last decade. Using bikes that resemble heavy-duty versions of Tour de France race machines, competitors race on courses that are a mix of off-road terrain and pavement.  Varied surfaces and many twists and turns place a premium on bike handling skills. Sections of small hurdles known as barriers and other obstacles force riders to dismount their bikes and run.

is among the most spectator-friendly cycling events. Short, compact courses make for fast lap times and offer many prime viewing spots making it possible for fans to watch an action packed race unfold from a single vantage point.

October 15 – 16

Weekend/Cross After Dark Finale

Hidden Valley Park (Verizon Wireless-Wild Rivers)

8800 Irvine Center Drive

Irvine, CA 92618

Saturday- Racing goes from 1 – 9:30 pm. Professional events start at 7:20.

Sunday- Racing begins at 9am. Professional events start at 2:20pm.

For more information, please visit:

http://socalcross.org/2011/10/10/announcing-uci-spooky-cross-weekend/

http://www.crossafterdark.com

http://socalcross.org

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