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The 2018 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships took over Rancho San Rafael Regional Park starting Tuesday, Jan. 9 and culminating Sunday, Jan. 14.
Spectators crowded around challenging portions of the track to cheer for races. Even from a distance, the crowd’s yells would indicate to passersby exactly what had happened at that part of the route. Bells ringing and horns blowing meant a cyclist made it through with precision. A loud set of inhales followed by a barrage of screaming meant a cyclist had nearly crashed but saved themselves. And last, a set of inhales followed by hushed tones then the loudest cheering meant a cyclist had crashed but got back on their bike and back in the race.
Riders raced along a difficult course, especially towards the weekend as the track became drier and rocks became a bigger challenge, claiming bike tires and taking riders to the ground. The finishing line served as a show-and-tell of various injuries and mechanical malfunctions.
While some sports are perhaps best on TV, cyclocross is really a great sport to watch in person to get as close to the action as possible. Bells ringing, horns blowing, people screaming, dust flying, and photographers all vying for a good spot create an experience worth the trip.
For more information on the event visit https://www.renocx.com/