This past January, I flew from balmy Vancouver BC to a surprisingly frigid Austin TX to hang out at the US Cyclocross National Championships. The trip itinerary included meeting friends from the internet, watching some racing (the ones that didn’t get cancelled), and most importantly, racing John’s Crash Nationals Race. Unsanctioned “Bandit Cross” style races were new to me at this point in time and I didn’t really know what to expect…
Once the megaphone siren went off, sending racers scrambling up a steep embankment past pizza and fried chicken wielding spectators, I knew I was in for a treat. To date, this was the most fun I’ve had participating in a bike race. The premise of bringing the cycling community together for a fun, social night of racing really resonated with me and at that point I knew I would have to try and recreate this atmosphere back home.
Fast forward 10 months and here we are in the middle of our cyclocross race season in Vancouver. With Halloween fast approaching my Funeral Cycling teammate Dave Struthers and I knew that it would be the perfect opportunity to get weird in the woods with new friends and old.
Enter The CX-Orcist. Refreshments were drunk, the forest was dark, and the weather dismal.
Sometimes the race scene can take itself a little too seriously, so it was refreshing to see cyclists from all different backgrounds come together and make this a race to remember.
Can’t wait till next year!
Keep it KVLT!