SC State Cyclocross Championship Race Saturday Nov 13

The South Carolina State Cyclocross Championships are this Saturday, November 13 at Mill Stone Golf Village.  If you're a SC cross racer you don't want to miss this chance to win a medal.  They aren't just giving away medals this weekend either.  The flyer says there is some cash-o-la available for the fast and furious.  Sure this is a state championship event, but it's also fun for everyone.  Mountain bikes are legal and there are races for every category.  Check out the flyer.

You can preregister online at or sign up the day of the race.  If you have never tried cross racing before, this is a great time to start.  You might even win a medal! 

Cyclocross is an Ugly Sport

Cyclocross is an ugly sport.  It’s a sort of half breed of road racing and mountain biking created by some crazy European coach a long time ago to punish athletes that didn’t want to take a break from serious training during the winter.  Yes, it was probably a Belgian, due to the propensity of cross addicts to drink beer and grill sausages during any practice or competition.  If you can look past its ugly roots, it can be quite beautiful…especially when it’s 70 degrees and sunny.

Cyclocross is an ugly sport, but look at that sky!

This weekend, the Greenville Spinners hosted what might be considered one of the most uncross-like of cross races.  Not that it was a bad race.  On the contrary, it was fantastic.  Blue skies, 70 degrees and a course laid out on an abandoned golf course?  It doesn’t get much better for a bike racing weekend.  Purists might scoff at the conditions, claiming that they were a little soft for real cross fans, but I didn’t see anyone complaining.  As a matter of fact, I think we set a record for the number of smiles at a cross race.

Nathan's not smiling, but he did smile when he won a Tootsie Pop for getting the holeshot on the A race start.

If I wasn’t officiating, I might have suited up myself for a rare cross appearance.  I love mountain biking and I love road riding.  Cyclocross takes the best and worst of each and blends it together into a new discipline full of unique challenges.  I know I would love cross racing too, if it was contested in warmer and more favorable conditions…like this weekend.  No matter what the conditions, cross still brings out the best faces.

Andy raced his heart out both days and took home a Tootsie Pop of his own for his combined A race results.

If you live in Greenville and you missed this weekend’s events, you still have several opportunities to try it right here in our backyard.  Clemson University is hosting the Clemson Cyclocross Clash next Sunday.  If you want to practice your skills and get some pointers before the next race, come to one of the cross clinics hosted by the Greenville Parks and Recreation Dept on Wednesday nights.  This week they are at Piney Mountain Park and MTB’s are welcome. We hope to see you out there before the weather turns truly nasty.  True cross racing nasty!

For more pictures of this weekend's Greenville Spinners Cross Race action, click here.


Cross Photos

This past weekend I had a chance to watch my first UCI cyclocross race in Hendersonville, NC. The conditions were exactly what you expect for a cross race...cold, wet and muddy. Here’s some pictures from the event.

Cyclocross Weekend

This past weekend the Greenvillle Spinners Racing Team put on their first cyclocross race and it was a huge success. The turnout was great, the course was awesome and the atmosphere was fun. The race was held on an abandon golf course. It made for all the right elements of a cross race: smooth grass, paved golf paths, sand traps and some killer run-ups.

It was my first cross race so I wasn't too sure what to expect. I don’t have a cross bike, so I raced on Rich’s spare mountain bike. I quickly learned that there’s a reason people race cross on cross bikes and cross tires. It’s pretty much impossible to keep up with those bikes when you're using a fat, knobby tire bike. However, that didn't keep me from riding hard and enjoying myself. I can honestly say that it was some of the most fun I've had on a bicycle in a long time. It's strange to say that since it’s also some of the most suffering I've had on a bicycle in a long time too, but it truly was a great time.

If you missed the Spinners' first cyclocross race, they will be hosting the South Carolina state championship race on November 14th, using the same course. Even if you don't want to race, drop on by with your camera and a cowbell and join in on the fun cheering and heckling the riders. You won't be disappointed.

The Greenville Spinners Racing Team Crew
Flying through the woods
Ride those things!
Peter Mathern killing it.
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