Friday, October 17, 2014

Cyclocross back in Hailey this weekend

Crosstoberfest at Old Cutters Oct. 17-18

    Cyclocross and beer are blended into a fall festival this weekend in Hailey.
    The 11th annual Idaho Crosstoberfest cyclocross races are Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18 at Old Cutters Park, based out of Powerhouse Pub and Bike Studio on Main St.
    The event includes a beer festival and live music for rid-ers and spectators.
    Cyclocross events usually occur in autumn and early win-ter. They are short races, usu-ally under 60 minutes in length, during which the cyclists make laps on short tracks with chal-lenging terrain and obstacles that occasionally force the bik-ers to dismount and carry.
    Powerhouse’s Billy Olson, a former professional road bike racer, said about the grass-roots bike competition, “This event is just a lot of fun.”
    Time trials for start position begin at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Old Cutters Park. The time trials are free of charge, provided you sign up for Saturday’s main event. Entry is $20 per person.
    Categories are Men 1/2/3 and 35-plus, Men’s Cat. 4 and 45-plus, Women, Juniors and 1st Timers, Youth 12-and-under, 9-and-under and 6-and-under.
    Saturday’s first- and second-flight are at 11 a.m. and 12 noon, followed by the Shimano Youth Series events from 12:50-1:15 p.m., and finally by the third and fourth flights at 1:30 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.
    Visit for sign up details.
    Among the event co-sponsors are Sun Valley Maga-zine and the Hailey Chamber of Commerce. It benefits Road & Dirt, a non-profit organization that promotes local cycling event and encourages young people to try the fun of cycling.

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