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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:  



NORTH 2017

Contact: James Scott,

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.


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