Today, the First City Cycling Team announced several exciting details with regards to the 2017 version of the Cross of the North cyclocross weekend. First and foremost, the race is going to return for the upcoming season. Although the race has the full and unwavering support of the First City Cycling Team, the direction the race was going was in question after race promoters, Tim Lynch, Tommy Taylor and Jay Zorn all decided to take on advisory roles in 2017. After 6 years and countless hours, it was time for those volunteers to take some time off. FCCT member James Scott stepped up to take over the Race Director position and will lead the COTN team during this new phase. James' cycling discipline of choice is cyclocross and his motivated to help grow the race and the local scene. He was the race director for the Blue Hills Classic Crit in Hingham MA, (in addition to working on that race in other roles for 7 years) the expo coordinator for COTN, the volunteer coordinator for the Canton Cup CX race in Canton, MA and a volunteer for the Boston Rebellion ProXCT.
Before handing over the reigns to James, Tim Lynch achieved two major accomplishments. Most importantly, he secured what is hoped to be a long term location in Old Town Fort Collins. The race will now take place at the New Belgium campus and will incorporate some Tuesday night features but will also expand on that footprint. This new venue will undoubtedly attract more grass roots racers, spectators and vendors and will be easier on race volunteers. Tim also secured new dates for the weekend festivities, this year the race shrink down to two days, still incorporating the night races, on November 11-12. These new dates at the peak of the CX season will attract racers from all over the region but will not lose the moms, dads and juniors to the high school mountain bike league races as in years past.
Full Press release below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FIRST CITY CYCLING TEAM ANNOUNCES NEW VENUE AND DATE FOR CROSS OF THE
Contact: James Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Collins, Colorado, January 24, 2017 - The First City Cycling Team, Northern Colorado’s largest and most successful amateur cycling team, is excited to announce that the 2017 edition of the Cross of the North cyclocross weekend will take place on November 11-12, 2017 on the grounds of the New Belgium Brewery campus in Fort Collins.
“Cross of the North represents the best of Colorado cyclocross, and we’re thrilled to partner with New Belgium Brewing,” said race director James Scott. “The opportunity to bring the highest quality of cyclocross racing to the heart of Fort Collins will result in an outstanding event for racers, spectators, and our community.”
“We’re very excited to deepen our ties to competitive cycling in Colorado by hosting Cross of the North,” said Emily Dufficy, Events Coordinator at New Belgium Brewing. “A high-profile weekend event that draws racers from all over Colorado and neighboring states is a natural extension of our involvement with the Ciclismo Youth Foundation Tuesday night races. We’re looking forward to hosting racers from anywhere and everywhere. They can be sure our facilities will provide an entertaining and exciting race venue”
Founded in 2011, Cross of the North has grown into Northern Colorado’s premiere cyclocross event, drawing more than 1000 racers over the weekend. The 2017 event will feature two days of racing for all ages and abilities, including the twilight races that have become COTN’s trademark. First City Cycling Team’s all-volunteer race staff is already hard at work designing a course to satisfy event the most demanding cyclocross racers.
To get updates as they become available, follow the Cross of the North on the Internet:
Instagram and Twitter: @crossofthenorth
Sticking with tradition, The First City Cycling Team and Cross of the North has again released its financials for the COTN CX weekend. Tommy Taylor, the Technical Director sent along this statement.
The FCCT/Cross of the North has always held itself to the highest standards of financial transparency. From day one, our commitment has been to put on an event with the focus on the racers and spectators with all proceeds going towards either awards, charity donation or reinvestment in infrastructure (i.e., race kit, which incidentally is available free of charge for other race promoters). We believe that providing our financial details to the public serves as an educational tool as we ourselves were very naive about the workings of race promotion prior to taking on this event. Year over year, as the COTN crew has gained experience, the event has continued to build on itself, as reflected in the historical summary.
As you can see by the numbers, the team is not in it for the money. Every bit of the race budget and some of the team budget goes into making a great CX weekend.
In an effort to draw spectators and build on our festival concept, the Cross of the North crew thought it would be good to provide some education on the sport of Cyclocross, and more importantly, the Cross of the North Cyclocross Race.
Let’s begin with the sport of Cyclocross. What is it? Cyclocross (also referred to as CX or Cross) is a competitive cycling discipline that began in Europe during the early 1900s as an off-season regiment for Tour de France competitors. A Cross race occurs on a closed course consisting of multiple terrains (i.e., pavement, grass, mud, snow, sand, gravel). In addition, barriers (i.e., sand pits, logs, plywood) are placed along the courses that require the riders to briefly dismount and carry their bicycle(s) over the obstacle and remount. Course lengths range from 2.5km – 3.5km (1.5 miles – 2 miles) where riders will repeat course laps until the race time period has been met by the lead rider – usually between 40 min. to an hour. The Cyclocross season begins in September and ends with the World Championships in early February and races are held rain or shine, hot or freezing cold, whether there is snow on the ground or not.
CX racing by itself makes for very spectator-friendly event given the multiple times to see riders during each race. Throw in the element of mud, snow, rain, and/or barriers, and the carnage and suffering really begins! Add a consistent flow of beer from local microbreweries, some tasty eats to keep your tummy happy, and you have the formula for spectator utopia!
So just what is the Cross of the North? The Cross of the North is all of the above and much, much, more. Our vision is greater than simply promoting the best CX race in the state. More importantly we wish to showcase the Northern Colorado community and lifestyle with local beers, local food vendors, local live bands, and local businesses for a full weekend of entertainment for the entire family. The fun begins Friday afternoon October 7th (racing from noon – 8:45 pm under the lights, Sat./Sun. racing 7:00am – 4:30pm). The Spex Vision Care Kid’s Zone will include a bouncy castle, inflatable “bouncy ponies”, and a U8 Strider-Safe CX Course designed by Oskar Zorn. U8 (8 yrs. and younger) kids races will be held both Saturday October 9th and Sunday October 10th @ noon. The Expo will be lined with Northern Colorado bike-friendly businesses offering some fantastic products and services.
The best part of the Cross of the North from a spectator’s point of view is that it is FREE to spectate!
Come out and join us October 7th, 8th, and 9th, for a weekend you don’t want to miss. Bring your friends and family! It’s going to be EPIC!
Race venue to be announced very soon!
Official COTN Resources
Registration is open for Cross of the North: https://goo.gl/JIA2fq
Volunteers are always needed: link coming soon.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1762925760600998/
Race Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/CrossOfTheNorth
Race Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrossoftheNorth
COTN Sizzle Video
USGP Sizzle Video
The First City Cycling Team has again released the financials for the Cross of the North Cyclocross weekend. The team that produces the 3 day 'racers race' allows us a look at why races cost what they do.
Several things jump out while reviewing the sheet; the team did an exceptional job raising sponsorship for a regional race but the major source of revenue is still participant dependent, USAC/BRAC fees are outrageous, building a world class course is expensive and while having a course that is guaranteed to be available rain or shine is nice, it comes at a cost. After seeing what happened at Cyclocross Nationals, that cost might very well be justified.
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