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RENO, Nev. – An alternative breed of bicycle racing is making its way to Northern Nevada and Silver Legacy Resort Casino invites the community out to not only see these cyclists in action, but also participate in the races! The Northern California and Nevada Cyclocross is bringing its championship races to Reno on Saturday, Nov. 20, beginning at 8:45 a.m.
Cyclocross isn’t the type of racing for the average cyclist, it is a short yet intense course made up of pavement, wooded trails, grass, sand, mud and steep hills with obstacles that require riders be able to quickly dismount and carry their bikes when necessary. A typical cyclocross race is usually 30-60 minutes; whoever makes it the farthest as time runs out wins.
Popular in places like Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Colorado and New England, this is the first time in a decade that Reno has been awarded the Cyclocross Championship races which will be held at Clayton Middle School on November 20. Six races for all levels of riders will be held beginning at 8:45 a.m. and finishing up with the 60 minute long Elite Men’s Championship race at 1:30 p.m. While there are different age and ability categories not all will have Championship status. Racers will be competing for championship medals and jerseys along with $5000 in cash and other prizes.
Silver Legacy Resort Casino invites all riders and fans to a pre-race CarbFest dinner on Friday, November 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Race registration packets will also be available for pick-up during this time.
Interested in participating? Pre-registration costs just $30 or $40 on the day of the race. A USA Cycling racing license is required. Register for the Cyclocross Championship races online at www.athleteinyou.com and visit www.renowheelmen.org for further information.
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