By Ty O’Neil
The second annual Cross Reno cycling race took place this weekend at Rancho San Rafael Park.
Saturday alone had over 270 racers competing for cash prizes. The track featured a variety of man-made obstacles like the Hayzing, where riders either had to dismount their bike and run through a hay-filled box or attempt to ride a 2X6 across the hay bales.
There was also the Flyover, an audience favorite, where riders rode up a ramp over the track and down the other side.
The terrain varied greatly from grass and dirt to sand and wood. A few crashes were had and the first aid tent was kept somewhat busy treating mostly road rash, though at least one serious accident did take place.
Despite being competitors, riders were very supportive of each other both during and after the race, taking time to encourage the youth riders. As with any race there were a few minor spats but the mood was distinctively a supportive one.
The audience was allowed access to nearly all of the track and the more popular obstacles were easily accessible. Photographers, racing fans, supporters and park attendees got an almost non-stop race. Live music and food trucks provided something for everyone to enjoy, even those that weren’t race fans.
Ty O’Neil is a lifelong student of anthropology with two degrees in the arts. He is far more at home in the tear gas filled streets of war torn countries than he is relaxing at home. He has found a place at This Is Reno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday be a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad.