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PHOTOS: Cyclocross National Championships Take Over Rancho San Rafael

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Scroll down for a photo gallery from the event.

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/

Ty O'Neil
Ty O'Neil
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.

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