CX is now. There is no more #crossiscoming, there is no more #therewillbemud. Cross is here and mud is being. On Sunday, October 12, Semi-Tough and Yeah You Ride officially launched New Orleans cyclocross with an unofficial swamp-jammin’, beer-chuggin’, bike-racin’, family friendly gnar-fest.
The course was comprised largely of the City Park Singletrack, and was familiar to Thursday night practice race attendees, except for a few added twists. A Le Mans start separated racers from their rides, and introduced an element of chaos as racers sprinted and scrambled to right their bikes and launch free amidst a flurry of mounting riders. Sections of the cross country running trail were utilized to change the flow and add some new turns. By far, the biggest curveball of all was the PBR sponsored Handup Shortcut at the final turn. Racers arrived at a split where they were forced to choose between taking and finishing a cold frosty beer before the end of the handup zone, or else navigate a tight chicane and barrier section. Racers were required to complete the barrier section a certain number of times, and few elected bonus barrier sections over surplus handups.