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                          Nov 17, Dec 15, Jan 12
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE: LOU FEST NIGHT RACE
Date: Nov. 2, 2013
Where: Woodward Park, Fresno, CA
Time: 4:30PM
First Race: 6PM


UPDATE: Our Title Sponsor, Table Mountain Casino has pulled out at the last minute with no warning.
BUT, the Lou Fest will still have $500 for both Cat.A Men & Women to shell out. With a10 rider field,
less than 10, 100% payback.

On November 2, 2013 JP Sickler, with Sick Promotions will be hosting the 9th annual
Lou Fest Cyclocross Night Race in Fresno, California at Wood Ward Park.  

This event is very special. It promotes three key elements: Cyclocross (CX),
the use of Woodward Park and a healthy, family friendly activity for both spectator
and participant to enjoy.  Sure there are 12 and 24 hrs mountain bike races that under the lights,
 stadium style but the Lou Fest CX Night Race is unique in every way. The course is laid out with
flashing lights and no stadium lights are used.  With the exception of the main staging area it is
dark elsewhere else. This is done purposely to create an authentic night race experience.
The start/finish line is lit well to score the riders and provide an opportunity for spectators
to cheer on (or heckle) their favorite racers. As a racer you must have helmets and lights on
your bike to race at all time.

 For those who are spectating, do not expect this to be a boring event where you will only
see the racer you are cheering on once or twice. The course is packed in for optimal viewing.  
People are encouraged to walk around the venue as they may find an obstacle or two with
"entertaining" things to see, i.e. splats in mud, tunnels and steep run ups. The atmosphere
and purpose of this kind of racing is all about having fun and racing hard.   When the element
of night racing is thrown in the mix it becomes a party!  Racing in the dark with great food,
live and DJ'd music is the perfect way to hang out with family, friends and co-racers.  This is
what has made the Lou Fest so successful.
It is about honoring a legacy, racing hard and having fun, fun, fun!

JP has developed a fantastic event in order to honor his best friend, Lou Casiano who passed
away October 27, 2003. From a founding member of Central California Off Road Cyclists (CCORC)
to mentoring riders, racers and promoters his positive impact is still felt in the cycling community.  
JP's success as a race promoter is directly related to Lou's friendship, mentorship and encouragement.  
A few of JP's accomplishments are: US Cycling Team Manager for Bike Trials and a US Delegate for
International Bike Trials.

Cyclocross is the OLDEST form of off road bike racing.  Originating in Belgium in the early 1900's
road racers began "cross" racing as a way to maintain fitness during the harsh Northern European winters.
As the fastest growing cycling sport in the United States cross racers encounter many challenges
including: dirt, mud, gravel, sand, grass, water, steep hill run ups, mounting/dismounting, and the
most fun… barriers!  This sport is fun for all age groups and abilities.  Parents, there is a kid-friendly
course where you children can have fun with out the advanced obstacles. Lou Fest promotes a healthy,
family friendly event that is just as much fun for the spectators as well as racers.

Anyone and everyone with ANY kind of bike is encouraged to participate. There are free races for children
on tri-cycles and training wheels. Beginners, juniors, masters and yes, pros all have their own races too.
The best races to watch are the women's and pro men.  The women's races are separated into beginner,
intermediate and expert/pro.  JP has been hosting free clinics for local women who want to try this
exciting sport out.  It gives the mommies of Fresno and surround areas an opportunity to shed their
"nice-mommy" persona and tap into their rough and tough side.  The Pro's are amazing to watch because
they are flawless and make the most difficult obstacles look easy.

Clinics are available for children and beginners of all ages.  There will also be a mid-morning clinic
the day of for any beginner who is interested in trying cross out and learning some basic skills.

Over $3000 in cash and prizes will be paid out to racers who podium.  The Pro payout is 100% PAYBACK.  
Sign ups open at 4:30 pm on the day of the race.
The Free Kids Race 8 & under, begins at 6pm.

There are a few things to bring in order to maximize the Lou Fest, 2013 experience. Warm clothes,
chairs and a light source of some kind to use for walking around with are all great items to use.

People can go online to https://www.facebook.com/TheLouFest for more information.
Viva LaCyclocross!



Lou Fest CX Night Race

Nov. 2, 2013
#2 Home Grown CX Series

Woodward Park, Fresno, CA

$3000 in Cash & Prizes




The tradition continues this fall with the 9th annual,
The Lou Night Race for 2013.
This years event will be on Nov. 2, 2013!










The Lou Fest Night Race Schedule

#2 Race of the CCORC
Home Grown CX Series 2013

4:30PM Sign-ups Open
Race Fee's;
$20. Jr's & Women
$25. Non Pro/Expert
$35. Pro/Exp M/W



Free Kids Race
6:10pm 8 & under


1st Race 45 Min
6:20/7:05pm
Men B
Men B Master
Single Speed


2nd Race 40 min or 25 min.
7:20/8:00pm
Women B 40 min
Women C 25 min (15 min delayed start)
Juniors 25min
Free Kids Race 9-12yrs

3rd Race 30 min
8:05/8:35pm
Men C
Men C Masters

5th Race 60 Min
8:50/9:50 pm
Men A
Men A Master
Women A


Awards/Raffle 10:00

Must have Lights on
your bike to race!


All bikes are welcome!


The race will be at;
Woodward Park, Fresno, CA
7775 Fiant Rd.
Fresno, California 93705


 

RULES

•All ABR rules will apply.
•Race day ABR licenses available for $25.
•ANSI or SNELL approved helmets required.
•No warming up on course during races.
•Parent or guardian of those under 18 will be required to sign, no exceptions!
Races are held RAIN or SHINE.

You are not required to use a cyclocross bike.
ALL BIKES ARE WELOME: Mountain bikes, crossbikes, fixed gear, single speed, 29ers…
Courses will favor a cyclocross bike.



Please note: NO Bar-Ends are allowed on mountain bikes -remove them before you race.


All riders MUST have a light on their bike
or helmet to compete in the races...




We need Volunteers !!!
Go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lou-Fest-Volunteer-Page/

Would you like to help?

e-mail us at jps@sickpromotions.net

and let us know, Thank You!!!


Check us out on facebook, "The Lou Fest CX Night Race  Nov 2, 2013 at WWP "




Presented by,

Fresno Cycling Club, Herb Bauer Sports, Rubber Soul Bicycles


Welcome to the “Lou Fest” aka “Lou Night Race”         
and thank you for checking out the website !  
The “Lou Night Race” will be celebrating its 9th year!






Rider entries will close 20 minutes before each race start. Their could be a late fee...





                                                            

The “Lou Night Race” is a very unique race as it is one of the few actual NIGHT RACES in the USA.  When competing in the Lou Night Race, you use headlights on your bike and headlamps on your helmet – Yes, that’s right – NO other lights in the area!  Well… other than your competitors lights on your ass – What a cool sight it is!!!   
This REAL night racing here at the Lou…

The “Lou Night Race” has gotten a pretty good rap of being one of the FUNEST races around!  And, we don’t just mean for the riders, as it is a pretty awesome sight for the spectators too !  Another thing that makes the “Lou Night Race” unique is that the course is lined with flashing barrier lights on either side of the race track with lots of white ribbon and chalk.  This makes it very safe and user friendly in addition to a hell-a-fun to race on.  Picture yourself standing on a hill watching a string of lights coming through the trees right at you!!!   Just as you start to say O-SHIT, "I better move my ass", they jag to the right and don’t even come near you, Psych!

The “Lou Night Race” is held in honor of Louie Casiano Jr.  “Lou” or “Louie” as some of those the closest called him; went onto his next Great Adventure in the fall of 2004.  He has been greatly missed ever since…  Lou was of one of our first Mountain Bike Promoters in the San Joaquin Valley.  Lou was a local bike shop manager, in addition to one hell of a fast BMX racer and a pretty damn good trials rider too.  He was the first promoter to bring Ot Pi, BikeTrials World Champion (many times over) to the USA in the mid 80’s.  Lou could climb a hill like no one that I knew. He was a wonderful father of two great boys who have grown into to fine young men.  Tyler is 21 and Luis is 20.   Lou was a great friend to all that knew him.



Lou's 2 son's Tyler and Luis

Lou had been my best friend since childhood, We do this event in honor of him and all that he did to promote mountain biking here in the San Joaquin Valley.

“Louie” always wanted everyone to have a good time racing at his events and most importantly, have them go away with a smile on their face.

Lou always liked riding in the cold weather, so come on out and have a great time with us. Enjoy a great course and help us show our respect and honor to a great guy and JP’s best friend “Louie”! 


 

The Lou Fest Special Events

Prize Money / As to date $1000.00

Men $500

Women $500
Must have a 10 rider field, or it will have 100% payback










Music by "Master OZ"

Raffle
Food By "Tasty Treats"



Special Contests



NiteRider




"Captain Candle Power"

Award


(Winner is the bike with the brightest light set up)
Winning Prize: NiteRider Light system worth $100


&



Best “Bling” Bike




(Winner is the bike with the most Bling! Bling!)
Winning Prize: Special Goodie bay worth over $100



Sponsor & Vendor Fair





The Lou himself,
Gonzo, The Team Port Member,
Luis Casiano Jr.



We need Volunteers !!!

Would you like to help?

e-mail us at jps@sickpromotions.net

and let us know, Thank You!!!




2013 The Lou Fest T-Shirts



 
$20.00
 

The “Lou” Night Race






























2011
Lou Fest Results


Cat C Men
1.#218 Steven Schiedel / Sunnyside Bicycles
2.#211 Adam Claes 
3.#209 Jake Liles / Project 321
4.#210 Jayme Plunkett
5.#205 Mike Brasier
6.#217 Ronald Sequeire /Trinity Cyclery
7.#215 Rocky Spain
8.#216 Oz Angel /Steven's Bicycles/Whole Foods

Cat C Master Men
1.#48 Les Hansen / Steven's Bicycles
2.#40 Scott Wilkinson /Cal Giant Berry Farms
3.#Max Orendorft /Vapor Racing
4.#212 Dyke Reese
5.#203 Brent Firmery

Cat C Woman
1.#51 Cherie Firmery

Cat Jr.
1.#76 Ren Cotter /CSC
2.#89 Cameron Sasser /Steven's Bicycles

Cat B Men
1.#114 Griffen Stone /Steven's Bicycles
2.#112 Matt Hansen /Steven's Bicycles
3.#101 William Foster/FresnoSt Bulldog Cycling
4.#108 Tim Lopez /Vapor Racing
5.#106 Patrick O’Rourke /Steven's Bicycles
6.#111 Cameron Sasser /Steven's Bicycles
7.#110 Brad Koomen /Steven's Bicycles
8.#105 Jeff Gledhill /CSC
9.#109 Eric Casares /Vapor Racing
10.#107 Jason Fuller /Steven's Bicycles

Cat B Master Men
1.#44 Craig (Rapo) Ranells /Zavorek Insuance
2.#242 Guy Vannatta /Momentum Cycling
3.#243 George Chinn / Steven's Bicycles
4.#46 Mike Panla /Comare Cylist
5.#45 Jess Couch /Comare Cylist
6.#42 Lance Burson /RuberSoul Bicycles
7.#41 Andrew Miguel /CCORC


Cat Single Speed Men
1.#136 Mark Sasser /Cycles Fanatic
2.#127 Ryan Brooks /Steven's Bicycles
3.#138 Mike Bergantzel
4.#135 Robert Woodward /Steven"s Bicycles
5.#140 Daniel Torres /BSI/Trinity Cyclery
6.#137 Jonah Miller
7.#129 Jesse Purks
8.#134 Brian Monty

Cat A Men
1.#12 Jeremiah Root /Steven"s Bicycles
2.#19 Steve Ray /Steven"s Bicycles
3.#17 Bruno Pitten /Davis Wheelworks
4.#16 Jon Stewart /Steven"s Bicycles
5.#11 Cody Pratt /Sierria Bicycle Werks
6.#15 Justin Morgan /Steven"s Bicycles
7.#18 Josh Houssiere /Steven"s Bicycles

Cat A Master Men
1.#240 Keith DeFiebre /Bay Bikes
2.#241 Winson Hong /CyclePath
3.#245 Michael Beers /SPOC
4.#244 Edward Lund /Momentum Cycling
5.#242 Guy Vannatta /Momentum Cycling

Cat A/B Women
1.Rustee Sasser /Cycles Fanatic




  













atch Video of the Ranch, copy N paste link below,
http://joshinthebox.pinkbike.com/blog/
Central-California-Hansen-Ranch-DH.html



The Ranch MTN Bike Park,

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