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cyclocross?

Peterborough is hosting the Canadian National Cyclocross Championships this November 9 - 11. Here is your quick primer on what a cyclocross race is all about, and why you need to come to Nichols Oval - you don’t want to miss it!

 
 
 If Gretzky and Namath rode bikes instead, they still would lose to Sven.

If Gretzky and Namath rode bikes instead, they still would lose to Sven.

why are they doing that?

Think hockey is big in Canada? Football is popular in the United States? Well in Belgium cycling is king, and cyclocross holds court every fall to tens of thousands of fans flocking to venues and tuning in on their TV. Cyclcross is a unique cycling discipline in which the elements of road riding fitness, off road skills, obstacles, and running all come together into one event - its super spectator friendly and a great race to come out and cheer

 
 Properly served in a cone.

Properly served in a cone.

did you say mayo?

Watching a cross race is a great experience, made even better with the right food and drink in hand. Good thing the Canadian National Championships will have great beer, warm soup, and of course fries. Or frites, or pomme frites if you will - be authentic and cover them in mayo - that’s right mayo. The food and good cheer is part of the atmosphere that makes cross a great time for bringing out the family on a fall weekend. Pro Tip: wear rummer boots.

 
 photo @kris_sieber

photo @kris_sieber

local heros

Sure you can come and watch the best riders in Canada compete at the Canadian National Cyclocross Championships, but even better is getting to cheer on our local riders battling it out for glory right alongside them! Look for the High-Vis Peterborough Cycling Club clad riders all weekend long and give them some extra loud encouragement. The cowbell has become the noise maker of choice for cross fans, make sure to get your special edition bell at the race!

 
 
 
 All kinds of goodies for sale!

All kinds of goodies for sale!

where and when?

The Shimano Canadian Cyclocross National Champioships presented by Trek/Wild Rock comes to town Friday November 9th - Sunday November 11th at Nichols Oval Park in Peterborough. With events running all three days there is plenty of opportunity to come out and experience something new, support a great local event, and grab some frites with mayo. Can’t wait to see you this November! Learn more at www.ptbocx.com