Suggestions on Cross Races around CO Springs Halloween weekend
I think i'm headed to the springs Oct24th-29th and think I might bring my cross bike. Mainly to get some local riding in but it could be fun to get my A$$ handed to me at 6000 ft. I looked at the CO schedule on line and it looks like the Zombie Flyer and the XILINX are my options.
Also I wouldn't know what category to enter, I'm 35 and race open in Anchorage which i'm thinking might be closer to cat3/4 there. I hold no UCI or USA license.
xilinx is a pretty flat / fast course. Fat asses like me do well there. It's in Longmont and would be a pretty good drive for you but nothing too crazy.
I didn't get to ride the Zombie/Parker course last year (I had a boo boo) but it will be MUCH closer to you and last year got good reviews.
If it's at a school like I think it is, there probably won't be beer there
an email was circulated a few days back:
First and foremost, the course is complete and I think people are going to like it. Some features from previous years have been carried over and I've added a few new wrinkles. The course has technical areas and power sections, fast down hills, a little climbing, sand, single track, pavement and a small bit of grass. There are spots that will be ridden by some, but many will have to run. The "Run-up from Hell" is back (****************SqryKQ). I recommend pre-riding the course on any of the following days:
Wednesday 10/23 - Several of us will be meeting at the venue from 4:00 - dark.
Friday 10/25 - I'll be out there most of the day and I can show you the course.
Saturday 10/26 - We will be setting up and taping the course. You're welcome to ride and/or help out.
More good stuff:
-The Tender Belly food truck will be onsite serving their delicious, high quality meats and dishes. They're providing bacon for hand-ups, bacon prizes, bacon you can buy. Bacon.
-Flippin' Flapjacks will be flipping pancakes.
-Several vendors will be showcasing their products.
-Equal pay-out for women's pro cat.
-Mechanical support will be provided by City Velo.
-Trick-or-treating for the kids. Vendors, teams, registration, announcers have been told to bring candy to pass out.
-There are two playgrounds at the park for the kids.
-Prizes for best costumes. Heckling is strongly encouraged of anyone racing and not wearing a costume. It's the Halloween race, come on people!
-Teams are encouraged to bring their team tents. I'm not charging for space because that's ridiculous. Put your tent anywhere on the course but not on the sports fields.
Thanks, I think I'm leaning towards parker just because its closer and gives me an extra day to acclimatize. Altho no beer may be a deal breaker... bacon sounds good though.
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