Cyclocross Competition in Le Mars this Weekend
(Le Mars)-- An extreme biking event will be taking place in Le Mars this
Saturday and Sunday at the Le Mars Municipal Park. Up hill, downhill, through
sand, off the bike jumping barriers, on the bike jumping barriers... this is not
your typical bike ride. It's called cyclocross and it has been introduced to
the community by the guys at Bike Central in downtown Le Mars. This fall Kevin
Richards, Monte Brent and Mark Strub wanted to make sure people knew biking
wasn't just a warm weather sport. They began hosting cyclocross training events
at the park in October and now plan on hosting a competitive race...The Bike
Central Christmas Cross. Mark Strub says the easiest way to describe cyclocross
is cross country running, but on a bike, oh- and throw in an obstacle course.
There will be two different divisions in the competition this weekend, and
beginners are welcome, but Strub recommends maybe heading out the park and
giving it a try, or watching on Saturday and before deciding if it's for you. B
Divison, the less experienced division, starts at 12 noon both days and A
Division begins at 2pm. Strub says having this event over 2 days not only gives
riders more opportunity to participate, but it also encourages people to spend
time in Le Mars.
Bike Central has plans to grow the Christmas Cross each year, and riders have
already expressed interest from Sioux Falls and Sioux City for this weekends
Pre-registration is not required, but if you would to participate in this
weekends cyclocross event give Bike Central a heads-up by calling the shop at
546-4076. And the public is more than welcome to come and cheer on the riders
this Saturday and Sunday at the Le Mars Municipal Park.