A cyclocross rider in a bright MASH kit runs up a muddy hill at the Surf City Cyclocross.

All Hallow’s Eve Cyclocross Racing

It’s been a while since I had been to a ‘cross race. Maybe even a few years. And it had been just as long since I stood in a considerable, torrential downpour for hours on end. The Surf City Cyclocross All Hallow’s Eve event was my reintroduction to the world of cyclocross racing and my introduction to monsoon season in California.
Huge props to the Santa Cruz Factory Team for racing fast and keeping things positive in spite of the conditions.

A cyclocross rider in a bright MASH kit runs up a muddy hill at the Surf City Cyclocross.
A rider in a custom MASH kit and Santa Cruz Stigmata lighting up a dark day.
A large pool of rainwater on the side of the All Hallow's Eve course
It rained. Hard.
A black and white photo of two bike racers at the Surf City Cyclocross event in Aptos, California.
Justin Robinson chasing the leader on the last lap. Justin eventually took first for Santa Cruz Factory Racing.

Santa Cruz Factory Racing rider Zach Wick ducking a tree on a tight corner.
Santa Cruz Factory Racing rider Zach Wick ducking a tree on a tight corner.
Running through the mud with a Santa Cruz Stigmata bike
Heavy rain turned the Surf City course into a slip ‘n slide.
Santa Cruz rider Justin Chapin running up a steep muddy hill at a cyclocross race.
It was dark, muddy, and fast in the trees.
A muddy bike racer hoses off his legs after the All Hallow's Eve cyclocross race in Aptos, California.
Hoses are for bikes—or people when the conditions are wrong.
A cyclocross racer digs in up a muddy hill already packed with footprints.
CARDIO… in brown mash potatoes.
A group of cyclocross racers push their bikes through the mud during the Surf City All Hallow's Eve cyclocross race in California.
Final hill. Final push to the finish.