‘Cross is Back and It Won’t Go Away

Katie Bergart on the Pioneer Park track

A few years ago, I wandered into cyclocross and I still can’t seem to get it out of my system. I’m not sure if it’s the laid-back style of the races (complete with “beer stations” and costumed participants), the hearty group that gathers to do them, or the fact that I get to ride in mud, rain, or snow throughout the season. Or, maybe it’s because it harkens back to being a kid and getting dirty. Regardless, I’m coming off a long injury-ridden hiatus from the sport. But…the upcoming weekly Cyclocross Training Series has got me thinking that I might be able to ease myself back into it. (See below.) I’m going to show up on Wednesday and give it a go. Nothing too fancy, really. I’ll probably do the course on a mountain bike and see how I feel. If all goes well, I may transition into using a real ‘cross bike. It definitely makes a difference and is much faster than my full suspension. Either way, I’m just excited to see everyone out there and to have fun. Plus, I can imagine there might be a beer or two waiting for me at Grand Teton Brewery afterwards. I’m so there!

Cyclocross Training Series – Every Wednesday at Pioneer Park from 9/18 – 10/23. The first race is at 6 p.m. and the second is 10 minutes after the first completes. 3 laps/race. Points to top 10 finishers for each race & payout to top 5 women & men for the series. $30 for the series or $5 each race.

Kross Kick-Off – 9/21 at Pioneer Park. Grand Teton Brewery’s Oktober Fest is going on at the same time.

Teton Valley Gravel Grand Prix – 9/22. I think this is a new one?

The Cube – 10/5 at Rexburg. Win a bag of potatoes!

King Cross – 10/9 & 10/27 at Snow King

Moose Cross – 10/12 and 10/13 at Pioneer Park.  Check out www.moosecross.com for info.

Rolling Thunder – 10/19 & 10/20 in Missoula, MT.  It’s one of the Rocky Mountain’s biggest races.

Spooky Cross – 11/2 at Pioneer Park. Halloween costumes are welcomed!

Village Cross – 11/3 at Teton Village

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