Colorado’s Tough Girl Cycling will host the first annual Queens of Cross in this weekend. The 2011 Queens of Cross event was created to ease the entry into the world of cyclocross racing. Cyclocross has increased in popularity in the US over the past 2 years, and for some it has become the sole focus of their cycling careers. For many Cyclocross offers a day of family fun filled with short, spectator friendly races.
Although fun to watch, and perhaps inspiring, the sport of Cyclocross can be intimidating for neophytes, which is why the 21 woman Tough Girl Cycling team decided to produce the Queens of Cross event.
“It is overwhelming for beginners to be out on the course with big hitters like Georgia Gould, Katie Comptom, and Amy Dombroski with fear of being lapped multiple times or being in the way, ” says Tough Girls founder, Lynn Bush. “The goal of Queens of Cross is to bring emphasis to the women’s categories and allow them the space to race their own event.”
In addition there is a women’s first time racer category. Lynn just wants “everyone to have fun in a friendly environment and get the taste of cyclocross racing they have always wanted to try.”
Not to be left out, men have their own special contest alongside the women. Men are encouraged to come dressed in Drag to lighten the mood– and aim for the prize for best Drag costume.
For first time women, the fee to race is only $15. 12 women are pre-registered for the first time race.
The winner of each Senior Women’s class will receive a “Queen of Cross” Jersey.
Tough Girl member Lisa Strong of Fresh Paint Murals is sponsoring the women’s Pro field to ensure equal prize money for men and women– a rare occurrence in cycling.
Happy Coffee, a local coffee shop in Denver with a drive up window for bikes, is partnering with Tough Girls to run the event.
For more information, visit the web site.
Queens of Cross
CALLING ALL LADIES!! (and gentlemen of course).
Ever wanted to try out a cyclocross race??? Here is your chance! Our focus is providing an atmosphere where women and beginners can come and try the sport of Cyclocross without feeling pressured! But don’t worry guys… we aren’t leaving you out… there are plenty of categories for you too… we really just expect you to come out dressed in drag for a day to cheer the women in your life on!
-Presented by the Tough Girl Cycling Team in conjunction with The Happy Coffee Cyclocross Team.
$25 / race. Senior Women 1st Timers ONLY $15! Juniors race free. Second race is $15. Day of event registration available with NO LATE FEE!
Or pre-register at http://mad.sc/QOC2011
Non ACA licensed riders must purchase a one-day license for $10. Annual license NOT available at race site. On Site Registration opens at 7:15am and closes 20 mins before each race start. Call-ups 10 min before each start. Race will proceed rain or shine. No refunds. ACA Racing Rules apply. MTB’s allowed without bar-ends. CX racing age is determined by your age on 12/31/12.
North Area Athletic Complex, 19500 West 64th Parkway, Golden, Co. 80403
Located at the Southeast corner of Highway 93 and 64th… just 20 mins outside of Boulder.
From Boulder… head south on CO-93 (Broadway). Make a left on 64th Parkway, destination will be directly on your right.
From Denver via US-6… head west on US-6, merge onto CO-93 North, turn right on W 64th Parkway, destination will be directly on your right.
From Denver via I-70 W… head west on I-70W, merge onto CO-58 W, turn right onto CO-93 North, turn right on W 64th Parkway, destination will be directly on your right.
Please email Melissa Marts at QOCinfo@toughgirlcycling.com
Interested in supporting or sponsoring our event? Please email Lynn Bush at email@example.com