"In words immortalized and paraphrased from the immortal Obi-Wan,
"Dudes, I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if hundreds of voices were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."
Well, I don't know about how terrible it is, but something has disturbed the Force, the CX Force, that is. If you don't know your San Francisco history, Golden Gate Park was built by John McLaren in the latter part of the nineteenth century, way out in the sandy hinterlands of SF. The barren space was ¾ sand dunes and those gazillions of trees you enjoy today were planted to help stabilize the dunes. But in 2012, the sandy and delicate nature of the Park means we can no longer race – the Park is showing too much impact and can't withstand the amount of wheeled traffic we pour onto it both every Thanksgiving weekend and during the frequent training sessions. The trails, the new plantings designed to continue to anchor the underlying dunes – they are all in jeopardy from an overabundance of our wheeled traffic.
We had significant discussions with SF Rec/Park officials about methods they would require to alert and manage traffic on the course (we'd have to have our staff on site in the park during the week prior to the event to keep the course clear of off-road cyclists) but that combined with significant new permit fees – we can't do it. We're still going to be racing on November 25 – it just won't be at GG Park again. Hope whoever has enjoyed the Park since 2004 and our first event will keep those great memories alive and transfer them to all other existing Cyclocross venues – they're difficult to find and just as difficult to keep. Let's enjoy our memories of some great events and move forward to more great events at our available locations.
Are you looking for some great training grounds? How about Sierra Point and Candlestick for pretty close SF venues - and the trails are now well marked.
For November 25 we are racing - at Candlestick."