CJ here, race director of SICX. It’s with a sad heart that I have to announce that there will not be a Staten CX race in 2013.
Due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, Wolfes Pond park continues to be closed for an indefinitely amount of time. I was working closely with the parks department to find an alternate venue in the NYC area, but to no avail.
With some luck, I’m hoping that we can return to the park in 2014, with a bigger and better race.
I want to thank all the racers for their support. Last year’s last minute cancellation was a sad event, but we turned it into something positive by heading out to Staten Island to volunteer. That says quite a bit about our group of NYCX’ers.
CX season will be here before you know it- have a great season and be on the lookout for us in 2014!
Hi Everyone, Here’s a quick update for our Volunteer day on Saturday, November 10th:
We have created a Facebook Event in order to better gauge how many people will be coming- RSVP and invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/492325694132077/
We have been speaking to a contact at the Mayor’s office who is coordinating Staten Island recover efforts. He’s going to be sending us specific addresses that need help, but we’ll be heading to the relief center on the corner of Father Capadano drive and Hunter to coordinate first. Here’s the google map:http://goo.gl/maps/4wU5K
From there we will go where we’re needed in the area.
How to dress and what to bring:
- Wear warm, comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes.
- Bring gloves, scarf and hat and eye protection if you have them
- Bring Food and water for yourself for the day- there will be minimal support
- They DO NOT need food or clothing as donations. Bring food for yourself for the day.
- They DO need: Cleaning supplies : mops, brooms, large sponges, cloths, bleach, mold control solutions, rakes, work gloves, rubber gloves, pry bars, hammers, shop towels, shovels, buckets, contractor bags.
- They DO need: Toiletries and hygiene kits. Wipes, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, contact solution, anaglesics (acetaminophen, ibuprofen), lip balm, hand sanitizer, etc.THANK YOU ALL for volunteering. See you on Saturday!
Hello Racers and friends,
CJ here, race director of Staten CX. Many of you have been eagerly waiting for news of the race and whether it will be going on after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area. I would like to apologize for taking so long to respond as we were working hard to try and find contingencies to make a CX race possible on November 10th.
Unfortunately, it’s not the case. Our beloved Wolfe’s pond park had a front row seat for hurricane sandy and suffered extensive damage. The parks department did a valiant job trying to clean up the park in time for the race, but it is still closed to the public and also being used as a staging area for recovery efforts.
It leaves us in a sad position, but we want to make the most of it and help people so here’s what is going to go down:
We have worked out an arrangement with the race director of the SuperCross Cup which takes place the following week on 11/17. All Staten CX race registrations will be rolled into the corresponding category for Saturday’s SuperCross Cup race. Profits from Supercross will be donated to a charity that directly benefits Staten Island Residents who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Now, for those of you who are (a) already signed up for the Supercross cup or (b) can’t make it to the race, you have one of two options:
1) Do nothing and your registration (less fees/overhead) will be donated a charity that directly benefits Staten Island Residents who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, or
2) Request a refund by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday.
While I prefer that you choose #1 we will honor refund requests because it’s the right thing to do.
In addition, we will be spearheading a day of volunteering on November 10th in place of the race. We encourage you to join us in helping the residents of Staten Island and the Rockaways- many of them lost almost everything and they are in need of manpower and donations in order to help everyone get back on their feet. It only makes sense that we do what we can to help the residents of our city in which we’ve enjoyed 4 years of awesome races (and many more to come)
Details on the volunteer day:
We will be meeting at NYC Velo on Saturday, November 10th at 8:30AM. if you have a car please bring it and we will arrange car pooling at the shop. If you have a bike and want to carry supplies over to affected areas, we will be coordinating that as well Please feel free to bring any cleanup supplies/nonperishable food, etc… that would would like to bring and we will have these dropped off as well. Please email us at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering that day, and if you will be coming by car or bike. If you’re driving, let us know how many free seats you have to spare. We will send an additional update via email and our social media channels.
If you can’t make it on Saturday but still want to help, we’ve got you covered. NYC Velo and King Cog will both be accepting donations this week. Just stop on by either shop during business hours and drop off your supplies. Needed supplies include: contractor bags, batteries, buckets, blankets, water, shovels, flashlights, cleaning supplies etc…
Above all, I would like to give a heartfelt thanks to people that worked so hard to come together for this year’s race.Thanks to our sponsors: NYC Velo, Lucarelli & Castaldi LLP, The Century Road Club Association, Kona Bikes, Rosko Cycles, and Grimpeur Brothers Coffee. I would also like to thank my race crew: Chris Clark, Claudette Lajam, Myles Romanow, Jed Kornbluh and Alan Atwood. Year in and year out they are the people who make this race a reality, and I’m lucky to have them as friends. I would also like to thank our food trucks: Wafels & Dinges, Rickshaw Dumplings, and Valducci’s Pizza. Many of them have been spending the week feeding people in need all over the city. I would also like to give a big thank you to the NYC Parks Department for working so hard to accommodate us for the past four years.
Most of all, I want to thank you, the racers. This race is all about you- it’s the grassroots culmination of everything I love about cyclocross without any of the BS that has been plaguing the sport of cycling as of late. While we won’t be riding around in circles in Wolfe’s Pond Park this year, It’s up to us to turn a cancelled race into something that helps others, and look to next year, where SICX will return with a vengeance.
Staten CX sponsor NYC Velo is putting on a rad CX season kickoff party and fi’zi:k shoe demo on Thursday Sept 27th from 8-10 PM. Come hang with your fellow cyclocrossers, drink awesome beer and coffee, and debate what pedals and tubulars you prefer.
They are also raffling off some cool prizes, including a few SICX registrations.
For the CX noobs, NYC Velo is the CX shop in the city. If you’re looking for a new cyclocross rig this season, be sure to chat with the friendly staff about the bikes and cx gear they carry.
See you guys there!
Pre-reg is up on bikereg and ready to go. You may have noticed that we’ve messed with the master categories in order to ensure everyone can race as much as they want:
- We have an open masters field for 40+ and 50+ racers
- We also have a 3/4 35+ B masters race as well
- If you’re a cat 1/2 between the ages of 35 and 40- suck it up and do the 1/2/3 race. You’ll do just fine.
Thank you for making Staten CX 4.0 our best year ever! With more participants, fans, and waffles eaten than ever before, this year’s race was a resounding success. Staten CX will always be a grassroots race, which means that YOU are the reason it’s so fun every year. I would also like to give a big thank you to the Sponsors, vendors, and especially our volunteers. We left Wolfe’s Pond Park cleaner than we found it, which is a testament to the NYCX community.
Now let’s get down to business:
And more importantly, Photos:
Cycling Captured: http://www.cyclingcaptured.
And my photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/
Support the photogs! buy their pics!
If you still want to buy an NYCX hat, email me and i’ll get one to you. If you ordered one and didnt pick it up on race day, email me as well.
By the way, Next weekend there’s an epic two-day race even closer to the city!
The Supercross Cup, NY’s longest running CX race, is back! Two full days of racing minutes from New York City! Easily accessible via train at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow NY, it is one of the best courses in the northeast, and has over $8000 worth of prizes.
For more details, check out http://www.bikereg.com/events/
Beer is awesome. Belgian Beer even more so. It’s the very blood that pumps in the veins of cyclocrossers everywhere. So you can image how thrilled we are to be teaming up with NYC’s best Belgian beer bars, BXL Cafe and BXL East. Whether you are in the mood for a Trappist, Abbey or Belgian microbrew you’ve never heard of, they’ve got you covered. BXL’s Beer menu is carefully selected by their expert beverage director and they pride themselves on the fact that they serve beers that you will be unable to find anywhere else in NYC.
If you bike race and live in NYC, you might be familiar with one or both of BXL’s locations, They’ve been host to many of my bike race viewing parties over the years. Speaking of which, BXL proudly shows all major televised cycling events at their bars, which is a WAY better place to watch a bike race when you consider that you normally watch it in your room alone, maybe on the trainer (depressing).
In addition to sponsoring our fine sporting event, BXL will be offering pre-race dinner special for SICX racers. Stop by either BXL location on the night before the race and load up on all-you-can-eat mussels, fries, and a glass of stella for $22. For real. I recommend the Moules Grand-mere (Bacon and cream, yo)
And then there’s the small detail of an after party. here are the deets:
When: Saturday, November 12 from 7PM until CJ gets thrown in a cab
Where: BXL East: 210 East 51st Street
We’ll have beer specials going on that night, but do yourself a favor: let them pick the beer for you, you’ll be happy you did.
Staten CX, Presented by Senator Andrew Lanza,
to be held November 12
NYC’s only cyclocross race will combine thrilling races, fun activities for kids, local food, and support for local charities
Staten Island, NY: New York City’s only cyclocross race, Staten CX is set to ride for the 4th time on Saturday, November 12th. This year’s race is being held in conjunction with NY State Senator Andrew Lanza’s office, and will have a strong community focus.
Cyclocross is similar to mountain biking, but the race features short, technical courses of variable terrain, that is fun for racers and spectators alike. The Race will feature a race village full of local food, companies, and cycling brands. Children’s races will be held alongside the adults’ races. Cyclists of all ages and abilities, including newbies, kids, amateur competitors, and professionals will engage in a race winding around beautiful Wolfes Pond Park (Hylan Blvd, in Staten Island). Set along the Atlantic Ocean, Wolfes Pond Park is a gem of the Staten Island community. The event, produced and promoted by Sparkify, is free to attend.
“Unlike the traditional road races which fly by only once and in an instant, this fast, colorful and unpredictable race is above all, fun for racers and spectators alike. Riders of all abilities, from novices to veteran European professional riders, will have their skills tested on the short, challenging course, passing spectators every couple of minutes and chasing thrilling big money sprints,” said race director Christophe Jammet. “We want Staten CX to be a showcase for both grassroots racing in Staten Island and NYC as a whole.”
Partnering with the race gives Senator Lanza the opportunity to mix his love of bicycles with an event that enriches the community. Profits from the race will be donated to various Staten Island-Based charities, including the Grace Foundation, the Staten Island YMCA, and the Staten Island JCC
With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves Staten Island’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
CX racing in NYC was such a novel idea that it picked up national press coverage including CNN, The New York Times The Staten Island Advance, Cyclocross Magazine, Velonews, NYVelocity, and Cycling Reporter. The race has also features a host of diverse sponsors, including the Law firm of Lucarelli and Castaldi, LLP, BXL Cafe, NYC Velo, Sportique, Honest Tea, OrthoChick/ NYU HJD, and many more!
Cyclists can register in advance to compete at www.bikereg.com. Race day registration will be available onsite. For further information, please visit www.statencx.com
Pre-reg is now open for NYC’s favorite (and only) Cyclocross race!
This year the race has the honor of being the 2011 NY State Championship race, and we will also be taking part in the ECCC Collegiate series.
Hup Hup Hup!