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.
FUN FOR EVERYONE AT GO CROSS-
Beer Mile Relay Run: On Saturday (1pm) at Go Cross we will be hyping spectators up before the elite races with a team beer relay. Bring 2-4 of your closest friends and battle it out for prizes from RunAbout Sports Roanoke and Deschutes Brewery. Each lap will be ~1/4 mile on the in-field of the cyclocross course, with a total of four laps. Each lap someone from your team will have to chug a beer. Costumes encouraged, best costumed team gets a prize. All beer is included in the $25/team rate, which basically means the race is free. REGISTER YOUR TEAM ONLINE.
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. For a fun game grab a rubber ducky from the kiddie pool before the elite racer number. Root for your duckie racer and get fun prizes from Deschutes! Learn more on the SIP & ROOT FOR YOUR RACER Facebook Event.
Costumes: Maybe it’s just us, but we love an excuse to wear costumes. Cyclocross racing has a steep tradition with costuming for racers and spectators. We’re doubling down by adding themes to each of our races. The 2019 theme is LUAU! Leis will be provided. 🌺🌴☀️
Food Trucks Onsite: Taqueria Rosita, Fork in the Road (pizza, burger, dogs), and Blue Cow Ice Cream will be serving food and treats all weekend long.
Pool Access- Bring your swim trunks as the Fallon Park Pool will be open and free to all riders and spectators from 11am-6pm.
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.
Raffles & Giveaways: Head to the East Coasters tent onsite for a free entry to win a Trek bike and Bontrager wheels! There will be a giveaway on Saturday and Sunday at 2:45pm, must be present to win. Many other vendors will have fun swag too, so come check it out!
Kids’ Bike Races: Nothing is cuter than little kids on strider bikes. All “little belgians” racers are free to participate and will take place within the in-field spectator perimeter this year. If you have a child age nine and under then bring their bike & helmet and they can get in on the action! These races will start at 11am on both Saturday & Sunday mornings, and will have two heats for age categories. You will need to sign up online or onsite.
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. We will have Otterbox Insulated Pints with Lids for sale onsite for $15. Retail price is $24.99. Post a picture with your pint (tag @otterbox and @gocrossrace) for a free drink token.
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.
Coming from out of town?: Make sure to reserve your rooms through our Hotel Portal. The hotel portal filters rooms by proximity to the Go Cross course and date for easy searching. The room rates are pulled from the same data as booking sites like Hotels.com and Expedia, so the pricing is the best possible option on that day. Pricing will go up as availability becomes limited, so book early!
Parking: The primary spectator parking lot is at 502 19th St. SE. Only UCI Elite Racers with permits will be allowed to enter off of Dale Ave. Click here for parking information. 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.