The fall is a special time for bicyclists on the west coast and especially in Southern California. With endless sunshine and events through to New Years, it truly is the land of 4 seasons riding. For fall, the category is cyclocross, and this year schedule is packed with events for both participants and spectators alike.
For the uninitiated, the racing is fast and furious with short races that lap around grassy parks and trails, taking advantage of natural undulations. Sand pits, tree roots and additional obstacles require a dismount and carry or bunny hop, depending on skills and confidence. We went in search of a bike that we could recommend for someone starting out in cyclocross and we came across the Garneau Steeple XC Performance. It’s a balance between value and performance that offers all the requirements of a veteran cross racer, while keeping the price manageable. See our article on page 10 and look for the CX in the event calendar for events taking place near you.
If you’d rather skip the on-bike experience of cyclocross and would instead enjoy watching the professionals battle it out, the World Championships of Cyclocross are coming to Las Vegas for the 10th year of CrossVegas. The September 21st nighttime race has been redesigned for maximum action. For photos from last year’s event and a look at the new course, check out our profile on page 24
The same week as CrossVegas is the Interbike industry trade show, opening the Mandalay Bay convention Center doors September 21. Though the majority of the Interbike show is closed to the public, the last day of the show, Friday September 23, is Customer Appreciation Day, is open to the public. This is your opportunity to see and experience the latest bikes and equipment being released for 2017.
While you’re out there or next time you’re passing through Vegas, be sure to bring your bike and take a tour on the River Mountains Loop (page 8). It’s a 40-mile path and entirely separate from cars. No matter your opinions on vehicular cycling vs. separate infrastructure – it’s an awesome ride with great opportunities to see wildlife – including bighorn sheep, a frequent sitting along the route.
For those that read the print edition, we hope you enjoy the new look and feel of the magazine.
Stay safe and keep in touch.
– Chris Reynolds | Editorial Director