While you’ve been at the shop waiting for your ten speed to get fixed up, you’ve might have seen the cyclocross bicycles and wondered what they’re for.
Cyclocross is a type of bicycle race consisting of laps around a relatively small course containing a variety of terrain (pavement, dirt, and mud), short sharp climbs, many tight corners, and sections that require a rider to portage their bicycle over obstacles. Races last about 45 – 60 minutes. It started somewhere in Europe to allow for cyclists to stay in shape over in the winter. Now it’s huge in Belgium which means part of the culture and fun for spectators is enjoying a good beer and frites.
DC’s Cyclocross race, DC||CX is this Sunday at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in NW Washington, DC. You can view the course here (use satellite view to get an idea of the terrain). More details at DCMTB‘s site: http://www.dcmtb.com/blog/dc-cx:
Whole Foods Market will be on hand to distribute some goodies, host club DCMTB will be cooking up frites, and the DC Dutch club will make special mini-pancakes, all free of charge. Other sponsors include beer from Blue Ridge restaurant, yummy vegan baked goods from Sticky Fingers Bakery, and the Embassy of Belgium. There are no food concessions on site, so bring a lunch and enjoy the free refreshments while watching the premier afternoon events.
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