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Cyclo-Cross Practice

September 29, 2010

Jamie and Stephen have discovered a new sport – cyclo cross.  Here’s what it is: a bike race around a closed course on dirt tracks, steep hills, sand pits, through mud puddles, and over obstacles like tree trunks.

When you’re faced with an obstacle, such as two buckets with a two by four laid across them (…ok actually this one was for an embarrassing set up we did to practice in the park)

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You must hop off your bike as quickly as possible…

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Pick it up, and leap over the obstacle

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…like a mountain goat!

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Then you must get back on your bike

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and take off again as quickly as possible, because this is a race!

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Hurry, hurry!

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Continue on the course, try not to let anyone lap you, try not to crash, and try to finish the race without puking.  That’s what these Welles do for fun!

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Their first race was this weekend.  Isaac and I watched.  This is a very fun spectator sport because it’s a relatively small course so you can see a lot of what is going on.  There is also usually a rowdy crowd, cheering and ringing cow bells!  And sometimes you get to see exciting crashes.  They also sell Belgian Waffles.

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I didn’t get any pictures of my own at the race, but here are two pulled from the race photography website. 

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The Golden Gopher brothers!

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Jamie finished the race without puking, which he considered an accomplishment.  Stephen had a minor crash at the beginning of the race and somehow completely destroyed his bike, so he hung out with Isaac and I for the rest of the race.   We look forward to attending many more ‘cross meets!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2010 10:00 am

    That sounds AWESOME! I really want to do it too, and so I am definitely visiting in the spring so I can join in.

    • September 30, 2010 5:51 am

      Yes, it is so fun! I would give it a try if you raced with me – how fun. I would probably have to wear full body armor to prevent any more bone breaks though… 🙂

  2. Johanna permalink
    September 29, 2010 4:22 pm

    Sarah, our parallel lives never cease. Terry just built a cycle cross bike and hopes to race this fall. Plus his brothers both race.
    So since we just bought a house I am positive you guys will be as well soon =)

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