My old buddies and former teamies at First City Cycling Team are putting on their annual Cross of the North Cyclocross Race on October 10-12 (this weekend). If you’ve ever thought it might be fun to hit up a bike race, either as a spectator or even to pin on a number, cyclocross is a perfect place to start.
Cross is run on closed courses on grass and dirt and mud. The courses are short loops, which makes for great spectating and means you’re not all by your lonesome if you’re not at the pointy end of the race. It’s also quite a party. Cyclocross is synonymous with beer and food trucks and (respectful) heckling.
And costumes. Yes, costumes. Cyclocross is bike racing’s equivalent of the muddy buddy. It’s lighter on the shaved legs and lycra (though if you stick around for the separate pro race, you’ll see some of the best professionals in the US battling it out for the win) and heavy on fun. And this year, thanks to the support of Lee’s Cyclery, the citizen race categories are only 16 bucks. There’s also free kids’ racing, a bouncy castle, music and more.
Cross of the North is located at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, just off of I-25. There’s ample parking (though it’s a very manageable ride from Fort Collins–consider giving it a try). Check out this link for schedule and other info. This is one of the best cycling events in Northern Colorado and the forecast for the weekend is perfect autumn cross weather.