In January 2014, the Cyclocross National Championship will be coming to Boulder Colorado! Valmont Bike Park will host the championship, as 1,400 cyclists from around the country will compete for the honor of being the 2014 cyclocross champion. Boulder was one of three finalists to qualify to host the event and won the honor for a couple different reasons… The Valmont Bike Park has a very unique track featuring a staircase the riders will have to endure as they embark to cyclocross fame and glory. The second reason is Boulder has hosted the event before. It was an obvious choice for the Cycling Organization that was forced to decide where this awesome event would call home for the 2014 championships. Boulder was in competeion with Austin, Texas and Asheville, North Carolina and committee that met had thought it best to have all three finalists host cyclocross in subsequent years, Austin will host in 2015 and Asheville in 2016.
As it turns out, there are a lot of people that are not familiar with this awesome sport. So, you might be wondering what is cyclocross, well I have the answer for you. Cyclocross is a style of bike racing; it is kind of like the cyclists version of the Tough Mudders event. The race usually takes place in the fall and winter months and has a short course that consists of many laps (2.5-3.5 km or 1.5-2 miles). The track does consist of pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and in Boulder, stairs! To conqueror some of these challenges, the riders will have to dismount their bikes and carry them while navigating the obstruction and remount. His sport is a lot of fun to watch, if your interested in joining me at the 2014 Cyclocross National Championships, please click on the link below for directions from the Best Western Plus Boulder Inn. I look forward to seeing you at the races!
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For more information about Cyclocross, visit the USA Cycling Cyclocross Nationals webpage.