Cyclocross roughs up Steamboat
Racers participated Saturday in the first Steamboat Velo Cross cyclocross event
By Joel Reichenberger Saturday, September 11, 2010
Steamboat Springs — The bikes and jerseys are the same, as are the fans lining the course, but the first and last lap of a cyclocross event don’t always look like the same race.
They sure didn’t Saturday afternoon.
The top men’s competitors tore out from the starting gate raring to go and excited.
An hour later, the same cyclists who had flown around the 1.8-mile course at Wild horse Meadows, the Steam boat Ski Area towering above, lost most of their enthusiasm.
They grunted and groaned as they hauled their bikes through obstacles.
Eager eyes glossed over as they pushed bikes rather than carried them up a steep 100-foot section of trail.
“I’m hearing some weird sounds from the racers,” the public address announcer called out as the afternoon wore down.
They all finished, though, and by all accounts, they loved it.
Saturday’s inaugural Steam boat Velo Cross cyclocross event attracted nearly 100 racers. Some were regional pros, such as Avon resident Jake Wells, who won the men’s Class 1 division.