SOCK-GUY CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2007, October 19-21
For years mountain bike racers have enjoyed the California State Championship Series. With races as far south as San Diego and as far north as Humboldt County, the series provided racers with opportunities to experience the varied terrains and beauty of California. But the series was also at times very difficult due to the sheer size of the state, with racers sometimes facing a weekend round trip of 1500 miles or more. So for 2007 USA Cycling divided in two to create a Southern California State Championship Series and a Northern California State Championship Series, with Team Bigfoot coordinating the NorCal races and Team Big Bear seeing to the details of the SoCal series.
It wasn’t long before some sharp racer asked, “If I win my NorCal title and someone down South takes my category’s SoCal title, who’s the overall California State Champ?” So Team Bigfoot CEO Vic Armijo worked with Tom Spiegel of Team Big Bear in taking a page from NORBA’s pro championship and doing one-day events for each discipline, Cross-Country, Short-Track XC, Super-D and Downhill. For ’07 the coveted overall California State Championship will be decided at the Sock Guy Lagrange Fall Classic in Weaverville, California. Next year the overall will be decided in SoCal, probably Big Bear and Fontana. “Ideally we would have liked to have the overall event earlier in the season,” says Armijo, “But the only other NorCal venue on the calendar that could host all the disciplines is the Bigfoot Classic, which due to scheduling constraints has to be the same July weekend as the USA Cycling National Championships in Mt. Snow, Vermont.”
So Weaverville it is, located about 30-minutes West of Redding. While the town of Weaverville is small, the Weaverville Basin Trail System is a maze of miles and miles single-track trails, most of which were dug by hand during the gold rush era of the 1850’s. Those trails have been the site of the Lagrange Fall Classic since the 1980’s.
Those riders who have never made the trip to NorCal are in for a treat. Even if they aren’t one of those who win their class to take home a State Championship medal, a pair of California State Champion socks from Sock Guy, and the right to purchase and wear a California State Champion jersey. The low-key, grass-roots flavor of this event keeps riders coming back, year after year.
CROSS-COUNTRY: It’s a classic big loop course that has some of the most fun, most flowing single-track imaginable. Many of the trails follow the contour-line routes of the water flumes that brought water to they high pressure hydraulic hoses used by the 1850’s gold miners. Beginners get a fun 10-mile route. Sport/Expert/Pros get a full 22 miles of fun! The start/finish at the local high school with paved parking, real bathrooms and hot showers!
SHORT-TRACK CROSS-COUNTRY: It’s a fun ¾-mile loop right behind the high school for easy spectating. There’s some fun single-track, some wide fire-road for passing and an oh-so-steep drop-in to keep things interesting.
DOWNHILL: This one has it all. It starts way up Weaver Bolly Mountain where riders on the start-line can take in the view of all of Weaverville before launching themselves down a steep, steep chute. Below wait a few jumps and drops, some more hang-off-the-back steep stuff, some wide-open spin-that-big-ring fire-road, a drop-off through a creek and finally a roller-coaster ride of twisting-turning single-track to the finish.
SUPER-D: This course uses some of the upper 2/3 of the Downhill course, then veers onto a 3-mile section of the famed flume trails of our cross-country course for a total of 5+ miles of swooping, speeding, roller-coaster ride fun!! The Downhill course is about 3.2 miles and has over 1400' of altitude drop. It’s a real run-what-ya-brung course with riders doing well on all types of bikes—full on downhill rigs, cross-country bikes and everything in between.
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