A little over 1 week to go to Iron Cross.
We're celbrating the 10th Anniversary of America's Original Ultra Cross Race!! Or Monster Cross if you're so inclined. Or just a dang good freakin' time doing things with a 'cross bike that probably void a warranty but make you feel like a bad ass mo fo. And the final stop of the US Ultra Cross Series!
Looking back, had 29ers been invented we might have called this thing "Iron Fully Rigid 29er with 1.8 Semi-Slicks Unless You Have A Penchant for Punishment and then You'll Choose a Cross" but that just doesn't have the same ring to it.
And besides, I hear that the Belgians have been doing this sort of thing for 700 years or so. You know, opening the back door with bike in hand. Choosing "Point B." And riding there with as much fun as possible along the way. Fun defined as "white knuckled, what the f*** kind of stuff is this?!?!" of course. What? You say it makes me tough like a Belgian? I'm in.
How'd did Belgians get to be considered so tough? Well, enough damn good beer (or drugs, not that anyone in the peleton was on anything stronger than a nice warm cup of tea) and any jackass will drag himself across cobles and dirt and all sorts of things at high speed on a bike not made for that it in crap weather that were you not so tough you'd otherwise curl up in ball in front of the fire place and wait for June. So, its not so much that they're tough as they just like beer and that takes care of the rest of it.
We got plenty of all of that at Iron Cross. You like it rough? We got that. You prefer smooth hard and fast? We got that too. Full of rocks? Its here. Climbing until you want to punch someone in the face? Oh yea. Dropping dirt roads at 40 and realizing that next off camber corner you can't see the exit on is coming up fast? A few of those too. Some vomit in the back of your throat? Probably. And plenty of beer? Hell yea. Larry's Tavern is open for buiness (though admitedly its not Belgian, but 90K into this thing you won't care what it is).
If you have a 'cross bike, bring it. That's the whole the point. Yes, kinda dumb. We know. But fun in a whole different way. If you don't have a 'cross bike (or if you're just like, "Kuhn, there is no way I'm riding Lippencote on a 'cross bike you idiot"), bring what you got, grin, grip it and rip it.
Join us for the party after with plenty of Toasted Head to go around. NoTubes Iron Cross (yea boyeee!!) Wheelset up for grabs. Other good stuff going out from Hammer and Cannondale and Mosholu. Everyone goes home with some sweet swag including the special edition 10th Anniversary pint glass. The woods are freakin' beautiful this time of year in Michaux. Camping and beds at the Ironmasters Hostel available on the site. Food available for friends and family. Very sweet Iron Cross 10th Year Anniversary Kits available from Lone Wolf Cycling. C'mon out.
Good, clean, hard, fun*
*You might need to put "mostly" in front or one or all of these. I'm just sayin'
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