What'S 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 includes 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.
Go Cross Goes Green!: As a green event, Go Cross will not be serving beer out of single use plastic cups. Please BRING YOUR OWN REUSABLE PINT as well as your own water bottles to refill onsite. The first 100 people to visit the Virginia's Blue Ridge tent at Go Cross will receive a free stainless steel pint. If you forget your cup we will have reusable cups available for sale for $5.
Best Viewing Areas: See the map of Fallon Park (Roanoke's permanent cyclocross course) below. Parking areas are marked with blue triangles, there are two major spectator viewing areas, one beer garden, racer check-in in the pavilion, etc. Full racer instructions will be sent out via email. Spectators please follow us on Facebook for last minute details.
Outdoor Beer Gardens: Thanks to Deschutes Brewery you can sample craft beers onsite. We have also added a "can bar" with exclusive canned beers from Deschutes which will be on the hill next to the sand pit. They will also be offering a variety of "beer-tails" or mixed drinks made with beer. Try the Black Butte Porter with cold brew and whipped cream, or a "beermosa" for a refreshing juicy version of their famous Fresh Squeezed IPA.
Food Trucks Onsite: Hanu Korean BBQ food truck, Longfin Grill, and Blue Cow Ice Cream will be onsite at Fallon Park all weekend.
Tailgating Experience: You tailgate at football games, why not a bike race! If you're interested in setting up a party tent and hanging out all day then let us know. We'll find a special spot on the course for you and your friends to grill out in sight of all the action. Shoot us an email.
Shenanigans: Even if you aren't a biker...you can get in on the action with the Run Cross 1 Hour Running Race, craft beer tastings, lawn games, giveaways, heckling and more.
Parking: There is quite a lot of parking onsite at Fallon Park. If however the lots are full please park at the elementary school at the top of the hill. We also recommend carpooling or riding your bike if you live locally, because biking is awesome. :)
Post Race: There are tons of fabulous nightlife and dining options in Roanoke. Join the GO Cross Race Crew for an after-party Saturday evening (6-10pm) at the new Deschutes Tasting Room in Downtown Roanoke.