By Bill Plock
Cyclocross, like football, homecoming, school pictures and finally some cooler weather, lets us know Fall is in the air. With the explosion of gravel riding enticing more people than ever to try some dirt and the road bike and triathlon season pretty much done, cyclocross rolls in just in time to keep the heart rates high and the fun times flowing until Christmas.
It’s really the perfect chance to blend all sorts of racing into one, relatively low stress chance to push yourself, learn better bike handling skills, get a bit dusty and hang out with friends and family in atmosphere that just has a different vibe than other racing. People race on mountain bikes, gravel bikes, and pure cyclocross bikes–some even on single speed versions and many people, triathletes in particular, find cross racing a fun way to try a bike race.
Says owner of Without Limits, Lance Panigutti, and host of the race this past weekend’s race at Harlow Platts, “It’s Mario Kart on bikes – the environment is one giant playground for adults and kids, making it perfect for families who love bikes!”
Race director, Barry Lee adds about why he likes cyclocross so much, “I feel it is the supportive and family style vibe and spirt that make it one of the most unique cycling disciplines. The club, teams, shops and families all work together, offer advice, mentor others, and cheer for everyone.”
The turnout for the first race of the season at Harlow Platts in South Boulder was big. 538 riders lined up in various categories on Saturday. Says Lance, “Harlow Platts was a picture perfect season opener; with the flatirons as our backdrop, a record number of beginner athletes, and great racing from the veterans! We can’t wait for race #2 at Valmont on Sept 21st!” Here is a link to all the results from Harlow Platts–click HERE
There are plenty of cyclocross races to choose from, check out our cyclocross tab and our calendar to find them all!