The City of Covington and Devou Park host international cycling festival
The second annual Pan-American Continental Cyclocross Championships returns to Covington's Devou Park as the Sunday event of the three-day Toyota Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival this weekend.
On Sunday Nov. 1, the rolling hills of Devou Park will be transformed into a two-mile racecourse as the park and the City of Covington host the third largest cyclocross event in the country.
More than 700 riders from across the United States and Canada are scheduled to compete in the internationally sanctioned racing event. Nearly $10,000 in prize money is at stake.
“Compared to most bike races, cyclocross events are relatively short thus they are fast and thrilling from the start. Cyclocross is becoming very popular with the youth. Out of the 700 participants there will be over 200 kids, from ages 9 and up, racing at the park.”
Cyclocross is the fastest growing type of bike racing. It combines mountain biking and road racing and features obstacles including hurdles that force competitors to run for brief stretches while carrying their bikes.
“Many people came to the races last year and were blown away by the atmosphere and challenging course,” said the Event Director Mitch Graham. “It is one of the most challenging courses in the United States due to the typography. The entire course is compacted into a viewable area so spectators get to see every aspect of the race.”
The public is encouraged to attend this free event. Racing goes all day long Sunday from 8 a.m. to dark at the Devou Park Rotary Grove. Parking will be available throughout the park. Food and drink will also be available during the races along with free massages provided by the students at Gateway Spa.
To kick the weekend off, on Friday, Oct. 30 from 2–5 p.m. the bikers will complete a trial run on the course. Following the trial run, the Covington Rotary Club will host a reception at the Behringer-Crawford Museum from 5-8 p.m. to welcome the racers to Covington. The public is invited to come meet and mingle with the racers. Complimentary appetizers will be provided and guests can purchase Braxton Brewery beer or wine for $5.00.
The Covington Rotary Club will also be at the race on Sunday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. selling concessions. All funds raised from the welcome reception and the concessions on Sunday will benefit the Rotary’s Study Abroad program, which raises money to help send a Covington high school student to study abroad.
Key Cyclocross Events:
Friday, October 30:
• Bikers Trial Run – Devou Park in Covington, 2-5 p.m.
• Welcome Reception – Behringer-Crawford Museum, 5-8 p.m.
Sunday, November 1:
• Pan-American Continental Cyclocross Championships – Devou Park Rotary Grove – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.