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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 Beer Relay Run, craft beer tastings, lawn games, raffles for TWO bike giveaways, swag, 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.