What is Cyclocross?

Cyclocross started in Europe more than one hundred years ago when cyclist were looking for a way to stay fit in winter. In a few short years, this winter training program developed into a full fledged sporting event that has continued to grow in popularity. However, the last few years have seen an unprecedented boom in the growth of cyclocross around the United States.

Cyclocross epitomizes all disciplines of cycling within a single event. Cyclocross events are usually 1.5 to 2.0 miles in length and are held on tight spectator friendly courses. Part of the reason for the growth of cyclocross is that you can ride a bicycle off road, on pavement, dirt paths, gravel, sand and through fields. Cyclists also dismount, run across barriers, up stairs and steep hills.

Cyclocross requires the power of a sprinter, the speed and endurance of a time trialist, the bike-handling skills of a mountain biker and the tactics of a road racer. Physical dexterity is also important as the cyclist must dismount and run over barriers, then remount the bike in one fluid motion.

Tropical CyclocrossIt is not surprising that cyclocross has become the fastest growing part of the sport of cycling in the U.S. It is safer than other forms of cycling as the courses are closed to traffic, and the speed is slower compared to that of a criterium or road race. Crashes are few and much more forgiving than crashes in other races because cyclocross is held on grass and dirt, primarily. Perhaps the greatest reason for the growth in popularity of cyclocross is the atmosphere. It is low key and welcoming to new participants.

Events foster a festive atmosphere and encourage everyone to have fun while racing as hard as possible. Moreover, the races include events for children and are family friendly as they are held at parks and school campuses.

Tropical Cyclocross Race Info

Categories Both Days: Start
WAVE 1: Mens Master's 45+ / 55+ / (45 mins) 9:00
WAVE 1: Mens 3 (45 mins), Womens Pro 1-2-3 (45 mins) 9:00
WAVE 2: Mens Pro 1-2 / Open / Masters 35+ (60 mins) 10:00
Kid's under 9 and under 11:15
WAVE 3: Mens 4 / First Timers (30 mins) 11:30
WAVE 3: Womens 4 (30 mins) 11:30
WAVE 4: Singlespeed (30 mins) 12:15
WAVE 4: Jr. 10-14 / Jr. 15-18 (30 mins) 12:15
Sunday Mountain Bike Races at Virginia Key Mountain Bike Park 1:00
All Standard Classes and Age Groups.
First WAVE starts at 1:00

For more info on the Florida Cyclocross series, please visit: www.myFRCA.org, www.floridacx.com or usacycling.org and flcx.org.

Event held under USA Cycling Permit - Race day registration only. All riders must hold USA Cycling license or purchase one-day license at event. All non-licensed riders age 10 and over must buy a one-day license on race day for $10.

RACE ENTRY FEES: USAC rules apply. $35.00 First Race, $15.00 - For Any Additional Race. Juniors $5.00. Kids Under 10 Race Free.

Cyclocross Races held under USAC Permit # (pending). MTB Races held under USAC Permit # (pending). USAC rules apply to MTB Race.

   

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