The H2O Overdrive Triple Crown Series will have its first race in Bonelli Park, San Dimas, California this weekend. The series detached itself from the USA Cycling’s Pro Cross-country Tour. It has gained popularity in its first season because of the prizes offered amounting to a potential amount of $20,000 in combined pro payout.
Some of the competing cyclists are Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Fisher), Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing), Sid Taberlay (Sho-Air/Specialized) and Max Plaxton ( Sho-Air/Specialized). Women Pro cyclists who will be joining them are Lene Byberg (Specialized Factory Racing), Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Fisher) and Pua Sawicki (Team Mata).
The race will be a four mile loop with a climb of more than 600 feet per lap. A special loop was designed in the first lap to allow the group align itself before a bottle neck portion gives way to a hike-a-bike section of the lap. The race will have pro men do six laps while pro women will only have five laps to finish. Lap times are possibly from 15 to 17 minutes.
The XC race will be on Saturday and on Sunday, the riders will close with a Super D TT and a Short Track race.