Monday, November 9, 2009

Intro to Mike

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.

Chris Kelsey and I(the two SRV riders)at the Tour of Walla Walla crit, photo by AJ

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:

Me at USGP in Portland (total mudfest) photo by Sarah Wilson

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.

Tony Aleto at USGP, photo by Mike Sirott

More action to come.


Sarah said...

A fun spectator race--most races you see the pack start and then hours later you see them finish.I think that may be how I became overly interested in geology =)
However, with 'cross races you can run across the course with your camera and cow bell, from the run up to the barriers, you get to see it all!

John Speare said...

Thanks for the post Mike.

Between this post and my buddy Glen's eyerolls at my excuses, I'm inspired to race this Sunday. See you there.