Baker Orchard Welcomes Cyclocross Bike Racing Sat., Oct. 4th

How about those apples? Baker Orchard welcomes Cyclocross Bike Racing Sat., Oct.4

CENTURIA—Baker Orchard will be hosting their 6th annual Minnesota Cycling Federation Cyclocross Bike Race Sat. Oct. 4, with the first event rolling off at 10:00 a.m.

Riders from all over the Midwest will be challenged by a typical cyclocross course, with barricades, run ups, mud, water, sand and even a pass through a 100 year old barn on the property every lap, making this race one for some great spectating and photo opportunities.

Relatively new as a bike racing format in the United States, cyclocross racing has been a fall signature end to the bike racing season in Europe for years. Long before mountain bikes started to appear in the United States in the early 80’s as way to enjoy biking off road, the crafty Europeans took their road bikes, fitted them with wider tires having an aggressive tread, and went out in the countryside racing off road on varied terrain courses.

The bikes have now been further improved with brake designs that work better when wet, and more clearance between the tires and the frames when the mud builds up. All the major brands offer cyclocross specific models.

The courses are set up with barricades that require riders to dismount and carry their bike over them, steep uphill sections that must be climbed on foot carrying the bike, sometimes a section through a tent filled with spectators, and on the Baker Orchard course, a section that goes through a historic century-old barn.

Riders make several laps of the course, going through the feature sections every few minutes, so watching the races is easy and action packed.

A perfect day for a cyclocross race in Belgium would have about 4 inches of wet snow on the un-frozen ground, and by the third lap it would be a mud bog, but, the weather in Centuria will be dry and warm that weekend.

Baker Orchard will be open as usual with all their fall specialties, and yes, there will be apples.

To check out an event poster with detailed start times and registration information visit: www.mcf.net look for the calendar and click Baker Orchard

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--Polk County Tourism Council

Frank Lundeen of CyclovaXC will also be there with a tent to assist riders with service issues.

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