Wednesday, December 5, 2012
This Weekend's Bike Race: The Luray Caverns CX
Yesterday I got in touch with Hawksbill Bicycles/Page County Cycling’s Chris Gould, who reminded me that the Luray Caverns CX “Cyclo-cross” bike race returns to Page County this weekend on Sunday December 9.
It takes place on the grounds of the Luray Valley Museum at the Caverns – check out the Google Earth image of the route to the left, and the Vimeo link to video highlights of last year’s race below.
Here’s the video link: http://vimeo.com/33513568
And a link to the Page County Cycling event page: http://www.pagevalleycycling.com/Luray_Caverns_CX.html
Spectating is free, and they have a beer garden(appropriately featuring “Face Plant” ale from Rhino). But if you want to participate in the race, you’ll need to register. Here’s a link to a site where you can register on-line: https://www.bikereg.com/Net/11804
Now, I’m just learning about the sport myself (and for now, I'm going to focus on how to spectate properly), but I found the following description of the event on the Luray Caverns page:
“Cyclo-cross is an exciting and spectator-friendly discipline of cycling which involves a variety of surfaces (grass, asphalt, gravel and mud) and which includes barriers that require participants to dismount and carry their bikes. It was originally developed in Belgium as a way of keeping road racers in shape during the off-season, but has developed a strong following in Europe and in the United States, with crowds at some events rivaling those at football games.
“Traditionally, cyclo-cross courses wind around a central viewing area and often involve a festival-like atmosphere that includes live entertainment, food, and drink. Luray Caverns CX will carry on this tradition, with local vendors selling food, as well as a beer garden. We will also feature a “dueling drum lines” competition between Page County High School and Luray High School, and a short and safe free-entry “Lil’ Belgians” race refereed by Santa Claus for the young children.”
I put up a post about the even last year – there’s a link here: http://hawksbillcabin.blogspot.com/2011/12/luray-caverns-cx-cyclo-cross.html