Ever heard of Cyclocross? It’s an off-road bike race that involves varying terrain and obstacles, and racers must occasionally dismount their bikes to run uphill. It’s fast and gritty; you don’t leave a race clean. And this year, nearly 2,000 athletes from across the nation will race on the ultimate course in Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.
Cyclists from ages 8 to 80 are preparing for the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championship held December 10-15, 2019. The six-day event schedule includes 37 races, matching up racers against the best in the country. The stakes are high. After all, it is a national championship.
There are many ways to catch the race excitement. As a spectator you can watch at Fort Steilacoom Park, where courses will be spread across the 340 acres. But there’s more fun to be had:
- Vendor booths from across the country
- Professional team riders and compounds
- Food, coffee trucks and two beer gardens (must be 21+)
- Daily podium presentations for medalists
If you go, make sure to catch Sunday’s elite races and the free, one-lap race for kids ages 10 and under. Spectator tickets are $20 for the whole week. Athletes and spectators ages 10 and under are free.
Get close to the action
Bikes, mud and glory calling your name? Sign up to volunteer and help with set-up, registration and more—you’ll get the best seat in the house. Volunteers get free admission, a T-shirt and hat. Volunteer time slots are filling fast, with more availability mid-week.
If you’re visiting from out of town, make a vacation out of it! You can explore local activities from mountain to city to sea. Hike at Mount Rainier National Park, just 35 miles away. Check out downtown Tacoma’s walkable museum district or the South Sound Craft Crawl, a craft beer trail with over 30 locations. Details at TravelTacoma.com.
Learn more about Western Washington cyclocross events (especially for novice riders) at MFG Cyclocross.com.
Mark Your Calendars
- Dec. 10-15: Cyclocross National Championships