Urban Treads running and cyclocross race series in Grand Junction runs until December
Grand Junction Free Press
The change of seasons is here, and, for many cyclists, it means a change in bikes. Road and mountain bikers take this time to bring out the cyclocross bike. Mountain and Desert Racing kicked off the cyclocross season in Western Colorado on Sept. 13 at Matchett Park, just outside of Grand Junction.
If unfamiliar with cyclocross, it’s a cycling sport, which incorporates natural and man-made obstacles where riders race on a half-mile to mile-long courses. Riders often use mountain bikes, but some use a cyclocross-specific bike, with the look of a road bike (thin frame, no suspension, thin tires) and knobby tread.
Series organizer, John Klish, hopes the expanded race series will bring more locals out to participate, from beginners to experts.
Each race will host both a running and cyclocross race. Runners will take on the same course as the cyclists, running over obstacles and for a few laps, depending on category.
Klish got the idea to incorporate a running race after running a cyclocross course himself.
“It helps break the barrier and is a good introductory to cyclocross,” he said.
He added cyclocross is a fast-growing sport, especially on the Front Range. He hopes to share that excitement on the Western Slope.
There will be six different races held throughout the fall and winter months, as most cyclocross races are held rain, snow, sleet or shine.
The remaining five races are set for Oct. 4, Oct. 23, Nov. 8, Nov. 21 and Dec. 13. Races are set for Studt’s Pumpkin Patch (Fruita), Canyon View Park (Grand Junction), Palisade Produce’s orchard (Palisade), Little Salt Wash Park (Fruita) and Watson Island (Grand Junction) on the respective dates.
Races cost $25 for an individual preregistered cyclocross racer or runner and $10 for each individual race. It costs $35 for day-of registration. Children under 10 cost $10.
Never done cyclocross before? Klish will host a cyclocross clinic on Sept. 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Camp, located at 171 Dike Road in Grand Junction. Clinics cost $10 each and includes instruction on equipment, technique and tactics.
For more information, visit madracingcolorado.com.
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