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IN VIRGINIA'S BLUE rIDGE
$10,000 is up for grabs at the Deschutes Go Cross Race in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Labor day weekend professional cyclists from all over the U.S. will race for the cash purse on Virginia's only permanent cyclocross course, located in Roanoke, VA. The Roanoke cyclocross race will also host a beer-mile run, a unique "cross-style" running race, spectator shenanigans, live music, Deschutes Brewery beer garden, food trucks, and more.
What is cyclocross racing?
Picture mud-splattered cyclists running up hills with bikes flung over their shoulders. Riders smoothly dismounting, leaping over barriers, then jumping back on. Loud cheers, the clanging of cowbells, camaraderie and fun. (performancebike.com) Cyclocross courses are typically 1.5-2 miles off-road, although may include pavement and include a variety of riding surfaces and obstacles including grass, dirt, mud pits, gravel pits, sand, stairs, barriers and a slew of other creative combinations. The races are based on a set time (measured by numbers of laps), not distance. Depending on your category, a race can be as quick as 30 minutes (for beginners), or as long as 60 minutes (for pros). Race officials will see how quickly riders complete the first laps before deciding how many total laps will be completed.
For more information watch these helpful videos:
- A Day in the Life: Racing Cyclocross
- How to Ride Cyclocross - An Introduction For Road Riders
- Spectators Guide to Cyclocross
This style of race is designed to entertain rowdy crowds with epic wipe outs and heckling encouraged. Deschutes brewery and colorful commentators will make this event fun for racers and spectators alike.