Cyclocross in Flagstaff

PhotogbikerPhotogbiker Exploring the desertRegistered Users Posts: 351 Major grins
edited November 8, 2015 in Sports
Up to Flagstaff to visit our boys at NAU, one in marching band and one on cycling team. If you haven't witnessed a cyclocross event it is worth venturing out and watching the spectacle. Serious athletes (mostly) having a lot of fun. Being Halloween it was a bit more crazy than typical. Generally it is a time limit race--those on lead lap when time runs out finish that lap for winner. Others pull off course. Unofficial crowd points awarded for style, tricks, and appreciated beer stops mid-race. Often there will be prizes for finding--and grabbing--a rubber duck or stuffed animal dangling somewhere on course.

1. Obstacles are the norm
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If you like cycling action this is the sport. Courses are generally in a park or fairgrounds and weave around fields and barns for multiple laps. That means you can be in center of course are walk to various vantage points for pictures, often getting there before the rider.

Cheers,

Comments

  • ThelensspotThelensspot Mentally grainy! Registered Users Posts: 2,041 Major grins
    edited November 1, 2015
    You captured some great action here and from your description this sounds like a blast. I love #5.
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  • PhotogbikerPhotogbiker Exploring the desert Registered Users Posts: 351 Major grins
    edited November 7, 2015
    Thanks. Very fun sport to shoot. Another one coming up Saturday after Thanksgiving.
  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandAdministrators Posts: 12,582 moderator
    edited November 8, 2015
    Great photos of a very tough sport. I've gotta say that's some of the best weather I've ever seen for a race. Usually it is rainy, dark, slick, muddy, and overall dangerous because of those conditions (which makes cyclocross what it is). Love the guy with the fake beard!
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  • PhotogbikerPhotogbiker Exploring the desert Registered Users Posts: 351 Major grins
    edited November 8, 2015
    My first view of Cyclocross was when I lived in Portland. Rainy day with wet muddy fields and brown mud puddles. Riders finished and all looked the same--brown. A friend tried to get me into it but I stayed with mountain biking in the summer. Fast forward a few years and I live in Phoenix and cycloross here is dry grass, gravel parking lots and no snow. All fun, but I am not sure AZ cross riders would have taken up the sport if they lived in Oregon. It is always entertaining, but this race was on Halloween so really brought out the fun.
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