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.