New to Cyclocross? Learn how it works and how to participate, or jump straight to the link and start your registration.
If you have never tried Cyclocross but always wanted to give it a shot, this could be your year! Catamount always has the best atmosphere for those who are just getting introduced to the sport. Hungry for competition? Not to worry, there are always some of the best athletes to compete against if that is the crowd you’re looking for. Either way the atmosphere is always welcoming and family-friendly oriented. It all depends on what your goals are, and what you expect from yourself.
What is Cyclocross?
For those new to the sport you may be asking ‘What is Cyclocross?’ Well, Cyclocross isn’t mountain biking or road racing, although there are some common aspects. You’re on and off the bike, stepping over natural or artificial barriers, quick entry and exiting of corners, hard surfaces transitioning to soft, negotiating tricky off-camber sections, all of this is what the course will emphasize. Don’t let this intimidate you though, the course is designed to be tricky here and there but 90% of it is rideable and is always held on the Goose Hill side of our trail network, so you can be sure you won’t end up getting lost on any single tracks. The length of the course is 2.5-3.5 km and is designed for the skinny-tired cyclocross bike, not a full-suspension mountain bike (a regular mountain bike is tolerable, just expect more friction). Usually, our course is timed by officials but this year COVID is giving us a new opportunity and a new perspective.
This year, every rider will record their own time, race the selected number of laps (3, 6, or 9), and (after registration) you will receive a link to submit your times. Racer’s will have from Sunday to Thursday night to complete their race and submit their times. Results will be posted on Friday. Again, all racers will complete either 3, 6, or 9 laps and be responsible for recording and submitting their times by the end of Thursday, for that week of racing. This year we will still have 6 weeks of racing. This setup is paralleling the structure of our Socially Distant MTB & Running Race Series.