For years I've longed for a proper Halloween Cross race here in Colorado. Yes, we may have seen costumes here and there. Maybe an errant pumpkin roling down a run-up and perhaps even pumpkin beer. But all this will seem like child's play on Sunday, October 27th.
From Todd Hockenberry (of Frites En Mayo) last week:
The course is complete and I think people are going to like it. Some features from previous years have been carried over and I've added a few new wrinkles. The course has technical areas and power sections, fast down hills, a little climbing, sand, single track, pavement and a small bit of grass. There are spots that will be ridden by some, but many will have to run. The "Run-up from Hell" is back. I recommend pre-riding the course on any of the following days:
Wednesday 10/23 - Several of us will be meeting at the venue from 4:00 - dark.
Friday 10/25 - I'll be out there most of the day and I can show you the course.
Saturday 10/26 - We will be setting up and taping the course. You're welcome to ride and/or help out.
More good stuff:
- The Tender Belly food truck will be onsite serving their delicious, high quality meats and dishes. They're providing bacon for hand-ups, bacon prizes, bacon you can buy. Bacon.
- Several vendors will be showcasing their products; llliiiiiiiiike Oskar Blues.
-Equal pay-out for women's pro cat.
- Mechanical support will be provided by Jinji Cycles.
- Trick-or-treating for the kids. Vendors, teams, registration, announcers have been told to bring candy to pass out.
- There are two playgrounds at the park for the kids. [Editor's note: In my opinion there is no excuse to take your kids somewhere awful and crowded like "Boo at the Zoo" or some place equally horrid and miss THIS RACE.]
- Prizes for best costumes. Heckling is strongly encouraged of anyone racing and not wearing a costume. It's the Halloween race, come on people!
- Teams are encouraged to bring their team tents. I'm not charging for space because that's ridiculous. Put your tent anywhere on the course but not on the sports fields.
Bacon + Oskar Blues + Trick-or-treating + sanctioned heckling = I'm in. I will be there fully costumed. Probably to the point where it will be a detriment to my racing. I am also planning on bringing candy corn to throw at people while I heckle. Clearly I've been planning this in my head for years. Thank you, Zombie Cross for helping me realize my Halloween-Obsessed Potential.