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