FUSAC is taking place in a matter of hours, and the question still remains: can the popular series continue growing as exponentially as it did last year?
The SoCal Fixed Gear Series is known to break fixed-gear attendance records. Last season, attendance was so successful, that even USAC wanted in on the action. In fact, now a portion of the FUSAC bonus races are taking place during the fixed-gear race at California Bicycle Racing. We know that men have a larger field, however, it’s the women’s numbers that have floored some of the biggest race organizers in Southern California.
“I hope the field size can reach at least half the size of the men’s field by the end of the series,” said Engine 11 athlete and second-place winner Evelyn Delgado. “I think FUSAC can accomplish that.”
Delgado’s wishes are certain to follow through if as many women show up to race as last season. Already, team Zero Miedo of Long Beach has recruited three new racers, Linda Kaiser, Amy Luu and Zianna Rivera. With the expected influx of new riders, the pressure for female athletes is bound to increase especially for racers who are defending their throne.
“My expectations are to do well in the fixed-gear crit circuit,” said reigning champion Asia Morris. “That includes CBR, So Cal Fixed and possibly Red Hook.”
The Long Beach Post reporter feels the need to perform as well as she did last season, especially after the race was named in her honor.
“I definitely feel a little more pressure than usual to perform well since the race is in my name, but I’m really looking forward to it,” said Morris.
Another cyclist who was shocked to hear a race named after her was Kym “Nonstop” Perfetto, who will be racing in the series “as much as [she] can.” She also expresses that SoCal Fixed is so unique and well-organized. Perfetto is currently visiting Southern California and travels often between New York and the west coast.
“I think all races should be named after me,” said Perfetto jokingly. “But Nonstop instead of Perfetto because for a fixed-gear crit that’s way funnier.”
Many strong racers that lived and raced in Southern California have moved to other coasts. Jo Celso, for instance, has relocated to Oakland to attend San Francisco State University.
Celso was known for completely obliterating her competition at every race she attended, making each lap seem like a walk in the park. Her departure last season left big shoes to fill, but Morris took the task and succeeded with ease. Celso says she will be attending races this series, which will certainly shake things up for the women on the scoreboard.
The first SoCal fixed series takes place this Sunday at 5701 N. Skylab Road in Huntington Beach starting at 11am. For full racing coverage, be sure to follow CycleFeed on Facebook and Instagram for exclusive content.