Saturday 6 June saw a break in the dull Cape Town weather just in time for an experimental race. Olympic Cycles at The River Club, Black River Park hosted a cyclocross event, not sure what the up take would be like in this discipline and unable to guarantee the weather, entrants were lured by the promise of free beer and boy did that work! Not only did we get fantastic weather but also just shy of 100 enthusiastic entrants and many more very intrigued and “noisy in support” spectators.
Cyclocross not being as popular here as in Europe(for now) we offered a MTB bike section, youth and ladies with the main event being the CX bike division. Rounds were run as 10 minutes plus one lap and should you get lapped by the front riders you were to pull off the course. The course, which was designed in front of the Olympic Cycles store was roughly an 800m grass lap that had a few surprises for the riders: wooden pallets, a compulsory portage section and a pumptrack, all this and the abuse of the rowdy, cow bell ringing spectators as the course lead riders straight through the beer tent to the amusement of the onlookers. There was no official timing and people werent too worried by the odd corner cutting or “illegal” tactic to make the pass, everyone was there to have a good time riding their bikes.
It was a day to get on your bike and have a laugh with the whole family and friends. If you didn’t have your bike or you wanted to test the set up and handling of the CX bikes – Scott, Santa Cruz, Silverback, Giant and Trek were there for you to try out. There were food trucks to line the stomachs for the Jack Black kegs which ensured the cups were never half full. Redbull provided sound and energy that kept the spectators and riders smiling as the racing intensified in the final rounds.
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