2019 Cyclocross Nationals, Fort Steilacoom WA - Dec 10-15, 2019
It’s been 23 years since the last US Cyclocross National Championships have taken place in Washington State and in 2019 the City of Lakewood and Ft. Steilacoom Park welcome national championship racing beginning Tuesday, December 10th through Sunday December 15th. Racers from cyclocross meccas such as Boston, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Boulder, Portland, Seattle, and Chicago will travel to Lakewood to race in their respective age-graded categories throughout the week, and concludes with Elite Women, Men, and Junior racing on Saturday and Sunday.
We’d love for you to come out with your family and friends to watch this one-in-a-decade opportunity. You’ll be treated to up-close access to teams like Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com, Education First, and Trek Factory Racing. The event will feature two beer gardens, three food trucks, two coffee vendors, and the opportunity to watch daily podium presentations where all podium finishers will be awarded medals, and all race winners will be presented with fresh stars and stripes National Champion Jerseys from Assos.
Access to the event is just $20 for the entire week of spectating, and there are also non-championship racing opportunities kicking off on Tuesday, and a push bike race for kids on Sunday right before the Elite Men and Women’s races. Sunday will be the dramatic conclusion of the racing week with top professionals competing for the coveted Elite titles and selection to the US national team competing at the 2020 Cyclocross World Championships.
Please also consider contributing to the local cyclocross community by volunteering at this event. All volunteers will receive free entry to the event, a t-shirt, and a cap. Details for the event and for volunteering are below.
Unfamiliar with Cyclocross? Cyclocross is roughly the equivalent of Steeplechase running for bicyclists. The sport, which originated in Europe more than 75 years ago, was intended as off season (Oct.-Jan.) training for road riders. Riders practiced on forest trails, parks, and soccer fields, etc. This often meant crossing streams, climbing over fallen trees and carrying their bikes through sections that cannot be ridden. Today it is a full-blown cycling discipline with a devoted following of racers and spectators.
The typical 'cross course consists of a 1 to 2-mile loop of varied terrain, including dirt, pavement, steep run ups and off camber turns. Natural and artificial barriers are often used to force the riders to dismount and remount their bicycles at speed. The races are timed events which last between 30 and 60 minutes each, depending on the riders' age and/or ability level.
For more information:
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Event Volunteering Opportunities:
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