Hey Yeah its CX Season!
Zia Taqueria is back on board as our title sponsor so be sure to visit frequently/pump them up and hats off to Tim and his crew!
Here is the race schedule:
Oct 13 – #1 Silverton, CO – Grand Imperial Hotel
Oct 27 – #2 ShaefferCross Pagosa Springs, CO – Shaeffer Ranch
Nov 3 – #3 Dolores, CO – Joe Rowell Park
Nov 10 – #4 WhiskeyCross Aztec, NM – HydroPure Technology
Nov 17 – #5 Cortez, CO – Parque da Vida
Dec 1 – #6 SquawkerCross Durango, CO – Fort Lewis College Stadium
Dec 2 – Series Awards
Dec 13-17 – CX Nationals Louisville, KY
All races are $25 and no license is required, 18 and under always race FREE!
Categories will be the same this year except we will go back to the 50+ category. There will be kids races at the FLC race. Start times will remain 10am for kids, 11am for Open Women/Men B/ Men 50+ and 12noon for Men A/Men 35+ unless otherwise noted. The official website is:http://cycling.fortlewis.edu/4ccx/
PLEASE READ BELOW FOR CX PRACTICE INFORMATION:
The City is on board to have the practice course back at Smith Fields again this year and we’ll be able to have organized 11am-1pm (12noon is when the hot laps start) CX practices on Wednesdays, starting Wednesday 10/3! We will be having practice there for 6 weeks until Nov 14th when we can start using the FLC stadium and practice field areas on campus. The issue is that we can’t have any other organized practices over there because of the others sports using the fields and parking lot but they are aware that there may be some random individuals riding the course at different times. If you are one of those random individuals using the course at other times please be aware that there is a lot of action going on in the afternoon, evenings and weekends so you may have to scrap a planned ride there. We will not be able to use Folsom Park as it is organic and can’t handle the wear and tear.
The caveats on using Smith Fields is that we have to promise to NEVER ride across or on the playing fields and to not have courses go into soft drainage areas. We have to stick to the course we have laid out each week and they may need to be adjusted if spots start to look worn or too wet. Along the west side of the complex is a great sidehill for us to use but we can’t drop all the way to the bottom because it is the main drainage on that side and is very soft.
We will go in and out of gates in the perimeter fence and use some of the long hills on the outside for terrain, crossing but not using the Rim Trail, keep your heads up. May also have to deal with college kids walking from Hillcrest to campus as it is the preferred route. For the Wed Noon practices we’ll also close off a portion of the parking lot so we can have safe start/finish areas The bottom line is that we have to be good stewards of the park and limit conflict with other users. I’ll get a map going.
It would be really cool if next time you see Cathy Metz or Scott McLain, to thank them for the place to practice CX or even send them an email. We should be thankful… and our scene should be a part of any planning that goes on with bike parks, etc that are on the horizon.
McClain, Scott Scott.McClain@durangogov.org
Metz, Cathy firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me know if you have any questions.
Let the CXing begin!
Thanks to our great sponsors – Zia Taqueria, IHBC, Animas Orthopedic Associates, Chip Peddler, MBS, Carver Brewing Co., 2nd Ave. Sports, King Cage, and Durango Cyclery.
Credit: (Fort Lewis College)