I'm another local cycling nut and my name is Mike Sirott. I started riding bikes as a kid and it's never gotten old. During the last 10 years I've developed a passion for bike racing in all shapes and sizes. You'll also find me doing various cycling things around Spokane like commuting and urban riding but thats for another post.
John asked me to contribute to the blog, and we figured I could talk about bicycle racing. So here it goes.
It's cyclocross season! So what is cyclocross? Cyclocross is an eccentric kind of racing characterized by riding in the dirt, grass, pavement, and gravel with the odd addition of requiring the riders to dismount the bikes and run over various obstacles. The Inland 'cross scene seems to be getting bigger each year. The local races consistently draw over 100 riders and probably as many fans. It's not too late to give it a shot this year. There are two more local races left in this year's series. Learn more about the Inland Northwest Cyclocross Series here: http://www.emdesports.com/Race_Flyers/2009/2009_cyclocross.html
Those die hard cyclocross freaks among us will be traveling to a few other very big events in the region. The final weekend of the US Grand Prix of 'Cross is hosted in Portland, December 5-6, followed by the Cyclocross National Championship in Bend, December 10-13.
More action to come.