Cyclocross: Take high-octane bike racing, then shake things up with terrible weather and tough terrain. My friend Paul calls cross, “The hardest hour in cycling.”
Started in Northern France 100 years ago and featuring a deep history, cross is a lap race in the sharp teeth of incoming winter. REAL cyclocross happens in pouring rain, sleet, mud, and cheery chaos.
For a variation, there’s the Cross Crusades Halloween race in Bend, Oregon. It’s cross racing, but mixed with a generous dose of hilarious costumes. The result is a fine way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Pictures are the only way to convey this scene, so I’ll let them do the talking. (I was snapping photos, not racing, to be clear.)
If you get a chance to see a cross race, make it happen!