Staten Island Cyclocross is canceled. Want to go watch a bunch of people on bikes and in various forms of spandex try to make it through sand, barriers, up and down hills and go around sharp turns? There are cowbells involved. And waffles.
Staten Island Cyclocross
is happening on Saturday, November 10th. Cyclocross has been described as a steeplechase race for bikes. Essentially, a bunch of people on bikes go around a technically challenging course that includes things like 180o turns, two foot high barriers, steep hills, rocky areas, and sandpits. A FPP on cyclocross
My +1 does this almost every weekend and I've been going to these things for a few years now. The crowd tends to be fun, people bring dogs and kids, you get to ring cowbells to cheer for people, and unlike most bike events, you don't stand around waiting for hours for a bunch of guys to whiz past you in 5 seconds. They come around somewhere between four and ten times; in fact, after the first lap, everyone is strung out through the course and there's pretty much always something to watch.
And if that doesn't interest you: the Wafels and Dinges
truck is there.
Cyclocross is great in that it tends to take place on lovely autumn weekends in nice locations and this race is not an exception. Wolfe's Pond Park has grassy fields, woods and a beach. (Last weekend we were at a race hosted by the USMA at Westpoint, the leaves were gorgeous).
This is the only cyclocross event in the five boroughs, so far as I know. It is accessible by public transportation as well as by car. Event provided directions and public transit options
The races go on all day; we'll be there fairly early in the morning, but it would make more sense to have a scheduled meet up at a fixed location at some point during the day. (so ignore that it says 8:30 am and suggest a time!)