What: Come out to the Tarrant County Resource Connection in south Fort Worth for the Great Southwest Bike Swap Meet and new for 2009 – A Cyclocross Race.
When: Sunday, January 11th, the week after the State ‘Cross Championship. It might be your last chance to put on afine display of your ‘cross skills!
The Course: A wide open, gently rolling course with hard pack and plenty of room to race. Few dismounts means the course is perfect who are not ‘cross regulars. But don’t kid yourself, only the hardmen/hardwomen get to stand on the top step of the podium.
Directions: The Tarrant County Resource Connection is on the south side of Fort Worth on Campus Dr., one exit east of the I-20/I-35w interchange. The Resource Connection is generously allowing our two clubs to hold the swap meet in the gymnasium (in building 2300). So, no matter how ugly the weather, we will be dry and comfy.
Greg (no last name on his blog that I can find) decided to substitute a Houston cyclocross race for his normal mountain bike riding. He posted this on his blog (The Official Blog of Greg the Caveman) describing his weekend in Houston at Eleanor Tinsley Park (not far from I work).
The post starts out, “I decided to skip the Camp Eagle marathon mountain bike race to do a few cross races in Houston. Normally, skipping any kind of mountain bike race for a race that involves tires skinnier than 1.9” is blasphemy and not in my nature especially if it involves going to Houston. This go round, though, I wasn’t really feeling like riding 42 miles of Camp Eagle, not to mention it’s a longer drive and I’ve already been twice this year for Xterra and the XC race. I didn’t really have a good bike setup either. So, I made the decision Friday night to head for Houston in the morning.”
Visit Greg’s blog for his full post.
By DAN X. McGRAW / The Dallas Morning News
High-speed crashes, muddy courses and screaming fans sound more like the makings of a monster-truck rally than a cycling event. But cyclo-cross isn’t your typical bike ride around the block.
A cross between mountain biking and road cycling – with a few makeshift obstacles in between – the sport of cyclo-cross has moved into North Texas.Each Tuesday, Bill Cody Park in Garland transforms into a course riddled with caution tape, logs and 15-inch wooden barriers.
Read more at the Dallas Morning News. There is a video as well.
If you have not watched or participated in cyclocross you can do so at one of these upcoming events.
December 6th at the Tinsley Park Cyclocross Festival (bikereg.com/events).
December 7th at the Bikesport Cyclocross Challenge, Mason Park (txbra.org/db/events).
December 14th at the Cross Through the Woods, The Woodlands (txbra.org/db/events).