Products Presents The Sierra Cross Country
This past weekend was the kick-off of the new
West Coast cross country series, “The Precision
Racing Products Sierra Cross County Series”.
This first race was held at The Falling Waters
Ranch in Grass Valley, CA. The weather was
perfect with temperatures in the low 60’s.
A light rain had fallen the day before the event
started making track condition virtually
perfect. The race site; Falling Waters
Ranch is a gem in the Sierra foothills of
Northern California. The waterfalls, pine
trees, and natural elevation changes made this
site perfect for cross country racing.
This isn’t desert racing; this is cross country
racing with tall trees, hill climbs, creeks, and
tight technical turns. Most importantly,
it is “family fun racing” with a good attitude,
camping, a community bon fire, and a “race what
you brung” style of racing.
The event started on Saturday with an open
practice before the first Pee-Wee race.
Since cross country racing is new to Northern
California, and there were so many entrees new
to racing, the race promoter, John Scott, felt
an open practice would help riders become more
comfortable with this type of racing.
Saturday’s second race after the Pee-Wee racing
was the open C class, over 30 C, youth under 16,
open ladies, Moms, and Novice class. This race
was won by a racer who registered as one Sandy
Bagger. “Sandy” was informed after the race the
he would need to run in the B-class next race.
The 60 minute race had lots of smiles and great
sportsmanship, even to the racers who didn’t
realize that they needed to let faster riders
by. The third race was a Sportsman class race,
mostly for racers that wanted to race both days.
Sunday only had one race; it was for the expert
riders, A-B riders, over 30 B, and under 24.
This race had a blistering pace, just past the
half way point Keith Carnalli was able to take
the lead and hold it for the remainder of the
The SCCS crew did a fantastic job making a
track that was technical, with hill climbs that
were just steep enough to be challenging to a C
rider but still fun for the A riders. The
event ran smoothly with only minor delays.
All the racers are looking forward to Round two
at the 4C Ranch in Portola California, an old
tree farm at 4000 feet above sea level which
should make for another great race weekend.
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