Brannan Fix on his way to winning Sunday's Cross of the North. Photo by Paul Kumm.
Cross of the North 2018 turned out to be the perfect weekend for mudders and fair weather crossers alike. Saturday was sunny and dry with race day temps from the upper 20s to low 60s. The course at New Belgium Brewing invited you to ride fast but brake checked you at every loose corner. Winds started picking up and temps started dropping just as the races wrapped up on Saturday, a sign that something was blowing in. Racers went to sleep as snow was just starting to accumulate and awoke to 4-6 inches of fresh powder. For the early races, Dog Town was a sheet of ice, and the off cambers were impossible to ride. With the UV rays barely peaking through, midday racers saw melting snow and mud starting to develop. Afternoon races started muddy but some corners were actually beginning to tack up. The off cambers even became rideable again by some of the Elites and Masters. Everyone's bike was accumulating mud and ice. Bikes that went into the pit and saw the pressure washer came back clean and light but shifting and braking were compromised, at least temporarily, with frozen brakes, shifters and derailleurs. The initial inconstancy in braking and shifting was considerably better than the 20lbs of mud and lost watts due to wheels, cranks and brakes being caked with frozen mud.
BRAC already crunched the overall numbers so I'm not going to reinvent that wheel but it always interesting to see how cold temps, mud and snow affect participation in a sport that prides itself in taking place during the worst of conditions. Here are the numbers taken from the BRAC newsletter.
They had 596 riders the first day. That is a single-day record for the event and the highest attendance for this season. In fact, they had more total riders over the two days than last season, despite the change in weather. On Sunday, the cold and snows came, dropping their numbers a bit, but still 370 true cyclocrossers came out to prove their mettle.
The biggest group of die hard crossers was the MM 50+ open, with 34 riders, followed by the SS men with 30, and the SM 3 with 27. The biggest women's group was the SW Open with 17, followed by the SW 4 with 11. The biggest junior group (those crazy kids) was the JM 13-14 with 18 riders.
Northern Colorado had roughly 101 racers on Saturday and 71 on Sunday.
Big thanks to James Scott, Jason Gugelman and Paul Pass for all of their hard work again this year. Without these volunteer race directors, COTN wouldn't be possible. Those 3 spent countless hours preparing for this weekend and developing a cyclo-cross dream team and have already started planning for next year. They worked and reworked that course for months until it was perfect. They were supported by over a hundred volunteers from the area with specific support from the 1st City Cycling team. Thanks to all the individuals and teams that spent their free time supporting COTN. We would be remiss in not mentioning previous race directors, Tim Lynch, Tommy Taylor and Jay Zorn, these guys spent years building the brand and positioning it to be as successful as it is today. Their attention to detail proves that a local race can be national caliber. They insisted on double tape, hung properly, and developed things like the Homan Prime, a cash prize for the first person up the run-up on the first lap for every race, both days, and laid the ground work for the New Belgium Brewing relationship. Speaking of the Homan Prime, I'm not sure exactly how much of their own money Deb and Jeff Homan kicked in again this year but I'm sure it was close to $1500. This was done for no other reason than for the love of the sport and the race, it's not like they're promoting a product or anything. #superneatpeople
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Here are full results for the weekend
Please keep in mind that I pulled these via the BRAC results so if you aren't listed, it's probably because they didn't have your city listed for whatever reason.
Here is racer information sent out by Cross of the North Race Director, James Scott. There are a lot of words but they are important words so please read through it.
Thank you for pre-registering for Cross of the North 2018! We are beyond excited to be back at New Belgium, and we’re so happy you’re going to join us. Please read below for important information about the race weekend.
Not to start on a negative note, but there are a couple of things we need to avoid in order to maintain our relationship with New Belgium:
Don’t bring outside alcohol. The terms of our event liquor permit do not allow alcohol to be brought onto the venue for consumption. So just don’t.
Don’t enter the Buckingham neighborhood. There’s a small neighborhood immediately south of New Belgium, and they put up with a lot as it is. They shouldn’t have to put up with bike racers parking on their curbs, changing in full view of everybody, and generally being annoying in those ways that only bike racers can do. So again...just don’t park or warm up in the neighborhood.
For GPS: enter 500 Linden Street, Fort Collins. But be aware that the racer parking entrance will be west of the main New Belgium storefront, across Linden Street.
From I-25: Take exit 269B Mulberry Street/CO 14 West. Go 0.8 miles then turn right onto Lemay. Go 0.5 miles and turn left on Buckingham. Proceed on Buckingham 0.6 miles to the intersection with Linden. Cross Linden and primary parking will be on your right.
In response to popular demand, we’ve scheduled a pre-ride session from 3-4pm on Friday. Access to the course is subject to the following:
All pre-riders must sign a waiver before riding the course. We will have a volunteer in the registration tent in employee parking with waivers. At least, we expect the reg tent to be up by 3pm. If you don’t see a tent in employee parking, look around for somebody with a stack of waivers.
Exercise caution on the course as volunteers may still be putting the final touches on it.
Remember that pre-ride is open to riders of all ages and abilities, and this isn’t a race. Show courtesy and respect to your fellow pre-riders. We honestly don’t know how many people will show up for pre-ride, so please be patient and flexible.
Follow instructions from race staff. If a staffer tells you to get off the course...get off the course.
On the off chance that we are still working on the course when your pre-ride is done, it sure would be awesome if you pitched in.
Riders who fail to follow these instructions may be subject to disqualification without refund for Saturday and/or Sunday races.
Also remember that sign-in and number pickup will happen in the New Belgium Liquid Center from 6-8pm on Friday, so plan to stick around, have a beer, and sign on for Cross of the North!
Friday parking: Since we are not using the CYF parking on the East side/Dogtown this year, please don’t use it on Friday, either. See instructions below.
You can place your team tent on Friday. Please find Paul Bass or James Scott to get to your assigned spot. Generally, team tents will be in the employee parking lot or the area to the east, near the volleyball court/sand pit. We will send a separate email to registered team tents regarding Saturday/Sunday dropoff.
Read carefully, as this has changed from 2017. Primary parking for the races Saturday and Sunday is at the New Belgium “Matrix” lot on the NW corner of Linden and Buckingham St. (https://goo.gl/maps/LXWAYkG7Pmt), just west of the main New Belgium entrance. Parking is also available along Linden St. You may also park on the north side of Buckingham St. Please do not park on the south side of Buckingham or along 1st, 2nd, or 3rd St. We do not want people parking in the far east dirt lot this year.
Same location as last year: the northeast corner of the employee parking lot off Buckingham St. The best way to reach it from the main parking is to cross Linden and walk East along the North sidewalk of Buckingham, right past the New Belgium Liquid Center. The entrance to employee parking lot and race venue is about 200 yards east of the intersection of Linden and Buckingham (https://goo.gl/maps/i9H4mmNr8a12). There should be signs and race staff to point you in the right direction.
Registration closes 40 minutes before start time.
The start is on the north side of the venue. From racer parking, go through the eastern course crossing, then follow the dirt road north. From the expo area, follow the walkway from the northeast corner of the parking lot.
Do not ride west of the start grid into the loading dock area.
The pit is located west of the lime pile. Power washers will be located near the pit for in-race use.
Portable restrooms are available near the expo area and the pit.
Beer is available in the expo area and on the lime pile. Bring $1s and $5s, just in case. Those make pretty good handups, too.
The kids race will take place at 12:05 pm on a separate course on top of the lime pile, east of the pit. Sign the waiver at the registration tent.
On behalf of the entire COTN team, we hope you have a great time this weekend!
One of the biggest weekends in Northern Colorado Cycling and arguably the best weekend in Colorado 'cross is coming up on November 10th and 11th with the Cross of the North presented by OtterBox. #cotn2018 offers two full days of cyclocross racing action at the Fort Collins New Belgium Brewing campus. Last year 945 racers competed (524 Saturday, 421 Sunday) and this year looks like it will meet or exceed those numbers. Racers that have been able to race the first 4 of 5 Ciclismo Youth Foundation Tuesday night cyclocross races have been able to get a sneak peak of the course although race promoters promise they have a couple new tricks up their sleeves. The final opportunity to race on the COTN course before the race weekend is tonight, 10/30/2018. CYF race information here: http://yourgroupride.com/index.php/local-races/new-belgium-cyclocross
If you can only make it to watch a few hours of racing during the weekend, I highly recommend coming by for either the SW Open (senior women) races at 210 or the SM Open (senior men) races at 310 (same times on both days). You'll get to see some of the best cyclocross racers in the nation take on a national caliber course, many of which are professional cyclists.
In addition to all the senior, master and junior categories, free kids (aka pre j 0-8 years old) races will take place at 11:50am.
Registration is open and volunteers are needed!
Schedule (both days)
GPS address - New Belgium Brewing, 500 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524.
From I-25, take exit 269B Mulberry Street/CO-14 west for 2.9 miles. Turn right on Lemay, go 0.8 miles, then turn left on Buckingham. Follow signs/volunteer instructions to parking.
Pre-Registration available at www.bikereg.com/2018COTN . Online: $35 for adult racers. Under-18 free in any category. A service fee applies to online registrations. Online registration closes Thursday, November 8th @8pm MST. Race Day registration: $40, closes 45 minutes before race. 2nd race (same day) $15 via pre-reg when registering simultaneously with 1st race, or when registering for 2nd race onsite. Pre-reg refunds considered on a case-by-case basis.
USAC regulation course of approximately 3km with challenges for every rider: sand pit, run-ups, off-camber, tight turns, and power sections. One two-way pit will be located midway through the course. Course will be open for preview 7-8:00 a.m. and 12:05-12:30 p.m. each day, and when the green flag is displayed per BRAC protocol. Riders inspecting the course who pass any rider still competing may lose their call up position and/or be disqualified.
Based on USAC CX Rankings. Report to call-up area 10 minutes before start.
Food and vendor expo on both days, with New Belgium Brewing beer available. Race announcements by Larry Grossman and Meredith Miller. Scoring by D&L Sound.
All USAC rules apply. Entry Fee includes BRAC Rider Surcharge of $1.75 and USA Cycling Insurance Surcharge of $3.75. USAC waiver must be signed by all racers or parent/legal guardian for anyone 18 years of age or younger.
Important rules for racers and spectators:
Do not bring alcohol. New Belgium is a brewery, their beer is good, and you should buy it. Not to mention the fact that outside alcohol is prohibited by the terms of our event liquor license.
Do not park in the Buckingham neighborhood. Do not park on 1st, 2nd, or 3rd streets, on the south side of Buckingham, or any of the cross streets in the Buckingham neighborhood.
USA CYCLING RACE LICENSE REQUIRED
Annual licenses available online at www.usacycling.org . USAC 1-Day Beginner license: $10, only for Cat 5 men, women, and juniors. Can be purchased online at https://legacy.usacycling.org/events/state_search.php?state=CO, select appropriate event, then click on Purchase One-Day License. Bring receipt to race. Check USAC website for availability and instructions for USAC 1-Day Experienced and Ride/Ride Plus Licenses.
BRAC Annual membership recommended to avoid BRAC 1-Day membership ($5) on race day. (BRAC 1-Day Membership exempt with USAC 1-Day or Out-of-State riders). BRAC annual membership is required to obtain points for BRAC CUP competitions.
Event held rain, snow, or shine.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Race Director James Scott, email@example.com
CROSS OF THE NORTH ANNOUNCES PRESENTING SPONSOR
Fort Collins, Colorado, October 3, 2018 - Cross of the North is excited to announce Otter Products, LLC, as its presenting sponsor for 2018. The race will be known as “Cross of the North presented by OtterBox.”
“Otter Products represents an outstanding combination of innovation and social responsibility,” said race director James Scott. “Their support enables us to bring the high production values and outstanding course design that our racers expect.”
“We’re proud to extend our relationship with Cross of the North,” said Jason Griffin, OtterBox Assistant Marketing Manager. “Our growing outdoor product lines go great with cyclocross racing, and there’s no better place for cyclocross that Cross of the North.”
About Otter Products, LLC
OtterBox innovates bold products that deliver confidence and trust in any pursuit. From its humble beginnings with a drybox in a Fort Collins, Colo., garage, OtterBox has honed and leveraged its expertise in manufacturing and design to become the No. 1-selling smartphone case brand in the U.S. and a leader in rugged outdoor lifestyle products.
At the center of every OtterBox innovation is a deeper goal to effect positive, lasting change. In partnership with the OtterCares Foundation, OtterBox grows to give back by inspiring kids to change the world through entrepreneurship and philanthropy. To learn more about this mission, visit www.otterbox.com/givingback.
For more information, visit www.otterbox.com.
About Cross of the North presented by OtterBox
Founded in 2011, Cross of the North presented by OtterBox has grown into Northern Colorado’s premiere cyclocross event, drawing more than 1000 racers over the weekend. The 2018 event will feature two days of racing for all ages and abilities at New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins on November 10th and 11th.
For more information, visit www.crossofthenorth.com
Cross of the North presented by OtterBox Information
Information, results, photos and race flyer will be posted here shortly.
Races will take place:
Information from previous years can be found below.