Cyclocross is a type of bicycle racing that typically takes place in autumn and winter. A race consists of many laps of a short (1.5–2 mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry their bike over the obstruction and remount in one fluid well-choreographed motion. Races are generally between 30 minutes and an hour long, with the distance varying depending on the ground conditions.
North Seatac Park was the venue for a full day of traditional cyclocross racing (10/3/09). The final event of the day however, was a costume relay race. After the first rider of each 3-person team completed their lap, they had to drink a beer at the New Belgium Beer Garden or do 20 push-ups before tagging their team-mate who then headed off on the next lap. Immediately out of the gate, riders carried their bikes up a steep sandy hillside staircase. Once at the top they mounted their bikes and sped off along the course.
Here’s a sampling of photos from the event. If I took your photo or you’d like to see more, shoot me an email and I’d be happy to email photos for your wall or wallet. Same goes if you’d like to use the photo for blackmailing a friend or co-worker.