SCPS 13: Southern California Cyclocross Prestige Series

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SoCalCross Prestige Series SCNCA 2016 District Championship Guide

Sunday, Dec 4th - Greek Theatre/Vermont Canyon Park:

SoCalCross Prestige Series to host 2016 SCNCA District CX Championships Sunday, December 4th at Griffith Park – Greek Theatre/Vermont Canyon Park which sits directly below the Griffith Park Observatory.  The Park is the City of Los Angeles largest and most storied park.  Visibility is unmatched in venues across the region and a prime location for the District Championships.

Home to SoCalCross Prestige Series since 2010 including two weekends of UCI racing as CXLA, this weekend is primed for a hard fought battle-tested race course.  Distance will be shorter than most traditional courses 2.3km but with the sloped hillside and course design features will have lap times at a more than legal course minimum.  2014 course UCI women were doing 8 min laps and the men 7min.  We estimate 6 min for fastest riders and longer from there.

Date:  Sunday, December 4, 2016

Where:  Greek Theatre/Vermont Canyon Park - 2715 N. Vermont Ave.  Los Angeles CA 90028

(34) District Championship Categories are being offered:

 Non-Championship Series categories offered:

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License requirements:  A USA Cycling annual license is required to compete  in all championship categories except Juniors.  Renew or apply online for 2017 license at or paper applications will be available at race registration.  CX Elite A and Masters A Men license must hold a CX licensed category 1-4 to be eligible to compete in Masters 35-30, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54 championships and Elite Men A category races.  

Non-Championship and Youth riders can race with CX5 Men or new riders can compete on a new annual or one Day license $10 purchased online or at race.  One Day licenses can be credited back toward the cost of an annual license.


Awards:  The SCNCA will award medals to Top 3 in each championship category.  SoCalCross will award cash and prizes to select categories.  See p.3 schedule for breakdown.


District Champion jerseys available for purchase.  Details at:


Race Online registration:  Pre-registration is available online via and found  at:

Online registration ends Saturday – December 3rd at 12:00N - Pacific Time.

Race day registration will  be available at venue  for all USAC Categories and opens at 7:00AM then 2 hours before each category start and closes 20 minutes prior to each wave start .



Staff & Crew:

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COURSE Description:  The 2.3k course will start on paved parking lot road slightly uphill turning left into park with loose dirt bunny hop logs then uphill on dirt road into the grass sections of the park including two  stairs sections, one double barrier section, one log section.  Lap times will prove to be slower than a traditional course due to the elevation gain and number of turns per lap.

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SCNCA District Championship Rules and regulations:

The race shall be held under the 2016 USAC regulations: notably, safety, course guidelines, and duration of events.    USAC rulebook:   CX rules can be found in Chapter 4:

 Call up order:  Last year’s SCNCA champion.  Top 20 in the SoCalCross Prestige Series standings.

 Riders with a foreign license  may not enter Championship races.  Out of District riders can compete for the prize list, but are not eligible for the medal or option to wear/purchase district championship clothing.

Racing Age:  A rider's 2016-17 cyclocross racing age is the category to which the license-holder belongs on 1 January of the civil year following will be used for his participation in events for the whole season.  A rider's CX racing age is determined by his/her age on December 31, 2017.  The age rule applies to all categories except Youth Age 6-9 racing age is age as of 12/31/2016. 

Helmets must be worn at all times while riding your bicycle.  Mountain Bikes (no bar ends) are allowed though CX bicycles are strongly encouraged.

Race Bibs must be worn horizontally on the same side passing timing scoring judges. Confirm with registration in the morning to be sure.

Timing: SoCalCross provides chip timing at each race.  Timing chips to be worn on your ankle.  Please make sure to return your chip to registration at the end of your race.  VIP Season Personal Pro Chips are available at registration or with online race registration.

First Aid:  Medical support will be located at the red medical tent located near registration supported by certified EMT for the duration of the race day from course open to close closure.

Emergency Hospital: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center - Burbank

501 S Buena Vista St. Burbank, CA 91505 -- (818) 843-5111

Bike Washing Area:  Spray washing will be available within the pit area as needed. There will be an auxiliary wash area near the team VIP parking as well can be set up as needed for pre-post race cleanup at the South end of the parking lot.

Portable Restroom Facilities will be location in Main Parking Lot near staging as well there is a permanent restroom structure at South end of Vermont Canyon Park.

Parking – VIP Team Parking available in race parking lot. Reserve yours online at  Street parking is available first come first served.  No racer parking at Golf Course or Tennis Courts.

 Respect Park Rules:  No bicycles allowed on park trails.  Respect the locals.  No alcohol allowed in parks. Coyotes are prevalent in the area so keep your pets and young children close by.

About the Park:

Griffith Park is a large municipal park at the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.  Covering 4,310 acres, it is one of the largest urban parks in North America.

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Directions to Greek Theatre-Vermont Canyon Park:

2715 North Vermont.  Los Angeles, California 90027 -- Google Map Link:  HERE

From Beach Cities and South Bay:  Take the San Diego Freeway (405) North to the Santa Monica Freeway (10) East to the Vermont Avenue exit, left on Vermont, which leads into Griffith Park.

From Pasadena: Take the Pasadena Freeway (110) South to the Santa Ana Freeway (5) North to the Los Feliz Avenue exit. Turn left onto Los Feliz.  Go to Hillhurst, turn right. Go to Vermont, turn right into park.

From the San Fernando Valley:  Take the Hollywood Freeway (101) South to the Vine Street exit. Go straight under the underpass and you will be going East on Franklin. Turn left on Western and follow it around as it becomes Los Feliz. Turn left on Vermont and follow it into the park.

From Orange County/San Diego:  Take the Santa Ana Freeway (5) North to the Los Feliz Avenue exit. Turn left onto Los Feliz. Go to Hillhurst, turn right. Go to Vermont, turn right into park.