There would be mixed teams of novices/newbies and current racers racing on a fairly quick cross course. Riders would carry a baton, do a lap and pass it on to the next rider. Teams would complete as many laps as possible within 45 minutes. The top three teams would move on to the final round, during which they would have to ride two laps each and the team who completed all their laps in the shortest amount of time would be the winner.
We wanted to make sure that this race would be tough enough for hard-core cross racers, but easy enough for new people. Everyone had to wear a cycling kit i.e. Jersey and lyca/spandex bibs/shorts/tights or a skinsuit, and no costumes allowed. Everybody came together to make the race a tremendous success! Racers got to train and introduce new people without sending them to the hospital after.. And new people got to race, and learn from real cross racers, race on a real course, and feel like cross racers. Top that off the racers could try their had at a new style of cross, that turned out to be quite challenging for even the most seasoned racer.
Best of all… I was one of the new riders! That’s right… I finally raced in my first cyclocross race, and it was great!
Below are some photos & videos of the race.. Enjoy..