Cimarron Chacon with GRO Races announced the second edition of the Utah State Cyclocross Championships to be held November 26th in Washington, Utah at Staheli Family Farm.
Chacon, Race organizer of the long standing Southern Utah Cyclocross Series, said, “Utah is filled with great traditions and this is the continuation of another.” Last year, P-Town organized the first edition in Ogden and it was a great success.
Cyclo-cross is the fastest growing segment of the cycling industry and its growth in Utah is equally as impressive. Cyclocross is the only spectator friendly hybrid sport where road cyclist and mountain bikers compete against each other on an aggressive course consisting of man-made features and natural obstacles.
“I have been working with Joseph Johnson in Ogden to help engage the northern athletes.” Chacon added, “This race also serves as the Utah Cycling Association (UCA) district championship, which covers Utah, as well as parts of Idaho and Wyoming. The state of Utah geographically massive so it is a pleasure to be inviting our Northern counterparts to the Southern part of the state for this championship weekend. State Championships that takes place north/south each year is a great solution.” This race is planned to return north for 2017
The race is taking place on Thanksgiving Weekend, Saturday November 26th, 2016 will be a sanction USA Cycling (USAC) Cyclo-cross race where anyone can enter into their licensed category but only the highest finishing UCA members will receive the State Champion Titles. Those not part of the UCA are also invited to join. Racers from NV, CA, or AZ can still get USAC points for the race. The race is also the second in the Southern Utah Cyclocross series. All racers will receive series points. More than 300 riders are expected on race day including younger riders racing the kiddie course and the youth categories.
The competition will take place at Stalehi Family Farm, located in Washington Fields off SR 7. The Venue will feature new improvements to the farm, which will make the course more challenging and spectator friendly. The terrain will consist of grass, loose gravel, stairs or run-up, barriers, tight turns, and some natural sandy sections.
GRO Races have also been partnering with Team Las Vegas Cyclery to create a “Double header” weekend of Championship Cross. Participants can drive just a few hours south to Beatty, NV on Sunday, November 27, and join the Nevada State Championship race. Discounts are being offered for those who want to enter both events.