Monday, February 23, 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

2009 Junior Points Series

The 2009 Junior Points Series was announced today--with more races than ever. Winner is from best 6 of 11 races for 13-14s and best 8 0f 13 for 15-16s and 17-18s.

2009 NCNCA Junior Pts. Series

For the tenth year, the NCNCA is promoting a junior point series for boys and girls, ages 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18. There will be a perpetual trophy awarded to the top boy and girl in each age category, as well as other prizes to the top five in each category. The awards ceremony will be held at the final race of the series, after the junior races. Last year the prizes included cool swag as well as cash.

For the 13-14 age groups, the best six out of eleven races will count towards the final tally. For the 15-16 and 17-18 age groups the best eight out of thirteen will count. If you can't make all of the races it won't hurt your standings, as several of the races will not be counted. Please take careful note of the calendar as several races/dates have been changed from previous years.

To encourage and recognize the achievements of NEW riders to the sport, we are again promoting a BEST NEW RIDER category this year for 15-16 junior men. Prizes will be awarded to the top three riders. To qualify for this category, riders must be a Category 5 rider or previously unlicensed as of 2/10 /07 and for 2007 not have raced in more than two of the following races: Jr. Point Series or District Championship races. ("New Riders" will also be eligible for awards in the overall 15-16 category.)

Scoring system and reminders:

  • Riders will be eligible for awards in their own age group with the exception that all riders 14 and under will qualify in the 13-14 bracket.
  • Riders are strongly encouraged to pre-register for the point series races. With over 200 licensed junior racers in the NCNCA, several of the combined 15-18 fields are expected to be full.
  • The results posted by the officials at each race are considered final. Riders are encouraged to check preliminary results at each race within the allotted timeframe and reconcile any disputes with the officials before they become finalized.
  • For 15-16 and 17-18 categories, points will be awarded as follows: 1st-20, 2nd-17, 3rd-15, 4th-13, 5th-11, 6th-9, 7th-7, 8th-5, 9th-3, 10th-2, 1 point for all other starters. Riders must race a minimum of four series races to qualify for awards in the final standings.
  • For girls 13-14, 15-16, 17-18 and 13-14 categories, points will be awarded as follows: 1st-10, 2nd-8, 3rd-6, 4th-4, 5th-2, 1 point for all other starters. Riders must race a minimum of four races to qualify for awards in the final standings.
  • Any tied rankings in the final standings will be broken by total # of wins in the six (for 14 and under) or eight (for 15-18s) qualifying races each rider uses for the final series points. If still tied, then the most number of 2nd places would break the tie, then if still tied most number of third places, etc. If all placings are exactly the same among tied riders then the tie will be broken by the results in the series' final race.
Date Race 13-14 B&G 15-16 B&G 17-18 B&G
February 8 Cherry Pie Criterium * * *
February 15 Davis Junior Criterium * * *
February 21 Snelling Road Race * * *
February 28 Merco Criterium * *
April 11 Copperopolis Road Race * * *
April 25 Wente Vineyards Road Race
* *
May 3 Cat's Hill Criterium * * *
May 9 Pleasanton Criterium * * *
May 17 Panoche Hills RR (Jr. State Champ) * * *
May 25 Sugar CRM Memorial Day Criterium * * *
May 30 Jr State Champ Criterium * * *
June 7 Dunlap ITT * * *
June 22 Mt Diablo Hill Climb * * *

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Team Ride with Scott Nydam, Dec. 7

Team Ride with Scott Nydam, Dec. 7

Scott Nydam has been a generous mentor for the Team Swift riders for over two years. Team Swift will be joining Scott for a ride from West County Revolution around the Sebastopol area where he lives. We will be taking video coverage for -- so be sure to join the fun. After the ride we are looking into making lunch plans. Additional details will be emailed soon. Parents and friends are invited to join the ride and all youth under the age of 12 are required to have a participating parent or guardian in attendance. For those not current registered members of Team Swift you need to bring a signed waiver and release to join the ride which can be found at Be sure to read the Team Swift Riding Rules below so you come prepared.

1. All Team Ride:
· All Team Ride is December 7, 2008
· 10 AM at West County Revolution in Sebastopol
· Ride Leaders: Coach Laura. Parents are invited to join the ride and must abide by the Team Swift Ride Rules.
· Skill Level: All levels invited. Riders under 12 years old must have a riding parent in attendance.
· The ride will be between 2-2.5 hours.
· Heavy Rain will cancel the ride but not if it is just light rain.

The All-Team Ride is a chance for all levels of riders to learn cycling skills and start a ride together. Team Swift Alumni members, rider assistants, are also often on these rides which gives upcoming riders a chance to learn from their experience. Parents and supporters of Team Swift are welcome to join as well. We will start together and then break into different groups depending on skill level. There will be a coach and/or parent with each group. The ride will be approximately 2.0-2.5 hours depending on skill level and age.

Start Location:
West County Revolution Bike Shop
6731 Sebastopol Ave, Suite 130
Sebastopol, CA 95472 (map)
(707) 829-2192

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

2009 Schedule

The first three months of the 2009 road racing schedule is up at Some major dates:

Feb. 8, Cherry Pie Criterium, Napa
Feb. 14, Sausalito Criterium, Sausalito
Feb. 21, Snelling Road Race, Snelling
Feb. 22, Merced Criterium, Merced
Feb. 28, Merco Downtown Grand Prix, Merced
Mar. 1, Merco Foothills Road Race, Merced
Mar. 7, Berkeley Team Time Trial
Mar. 13-15, Madera Stage Race, Madera
Mar. 22, Bariani Road Race
Mar. 28-29, Ronde Van Brisbeen, Brisbane
April 16-18, Sea Otter, Monterey

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cycle with Champions, Oct. 26

Team Swift and BMC Pro Racing Team invite you to ride with our cycling celebrities this Sunday in Santa Rosa. The Cycle with Champions is a benefit ride for Team Swift Junior Development program and great chance to meet top Professional Cyclists.

Tony Cruz

Career Highlights:
(2006) 1st Overall Tour de Nez
(2000-2002) Member U.S. World Championship Road Team
(2000) 1st U.S. Olympic Road Race Trials
(2000) Member U.S. Olympic Road Team
(1999) 1st USPRO Criterium Champ
(2008) 4th USPRO Criterium Champss

Scott Nydam
Team: BMC Pro Racing Team
1st Place, 2008 King of the Mountain Leader, Amgen Tour of California
3rd Place Overall G.C. Tour de Nez
2nd Place Nevada City Classic

Mike Sayers
Team: BMC Pro Racing Team
2 Time World's Team Member
9 Time Team NRC Champion
1st Place, 2007 Tour de Nez Reno Criterium

Steven Cozza
Team: Slipstream/Chipotle
Top US finisher at Pro Worlds—23rd
4th Place, 2008 USA Pro ITT Champs
1st Place, 2005 USA National Time Trial Championships, U23/Espoir
1st Place, 2007 Best Young Rider at the Tour of MO

We have lots of auction and raffle items for the event this Sunday. Bidding is open online through Friday, October 24th at midnight and will have the final bidding end at 2:30PM on the day of the event. Raffle tickets are available at the event and the drawing will occur during lunch. If you unable to make it out for the ride then join us at 1PM for lunch at the SCDS.

We hope to see you this Sunday with Team Swift and the BMC Pro Cycling Team at the Cycle with Champions Event. All directions and event information is at:

Thank you,
Team Swift

For more information contact Laura Charameda at

Sonoma Country Day School
4400 Day School Place
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Sonoma Country Day School is just north of Santa Rosa. You can
find us from U.S. route 101 by following these directions:
Take the Airport Boulevard exit and head west.
Turn right at the first traffic light onto Aviation Boulevard.
Follow Aviation Boulevard for approximately ½ a mile.
SCDS is located on your right. Look for our colorful and distinctive entrance sign at the corner of Aviation and Day School Place.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Nationals U-23 and 17-18 RR

Lindsay Myers was 2nd in yesterday's U-23 Women's Road Race and has already received a grant from US Women's Cycling Development, who is flying her out to the Tour of Missouri!

Tyler Brandt had a strong 11th place in the 17-18 Road Race today, finishing 4th in the field sprint, which finished about 45 seconds behind a break of 7.

All in all a pretty amazing Nationals for Team Swift and Dewars Racing.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Nationals Road Race

The day was going so well, until . . .

The last race of the day, when RR favorite Ryan Eastman crashed on the first lap and broke his collarbone in the 15-16 Road Race.

The day started with a 10th place by Stanley Goto in the 10-12 Road Race and a 15th place by Joey Nygaard in the 13-14 Road Race, where he sprinted with the lead group on the finishing climb and ended up just 5 places behind 5-time National Champion John Funk.

Then Ashlyn Gerber got her first podium spot of this year's Nationals with a 5th place in the Women's 15-16 Road Race. Guess she can't say he isn't a climber anymore.

The course seemed perfect for Ryan, with a long gradual finishing climb and a bit of climbing on each lap, but the 15-16 race was filled with crashes, taking out many of Northern California's best, including James LaBerge, Joel Shaffer, and Zach Wick.