ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Professional cyclists will converge on Roanoke this weekend for the Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge GO Cross cyclocross competition at Fallon Park.
The competition, now in its third year, takes place at Virginia’s only permanent cyclocross course Saturday and Sunday and is expected to draw hundreds of professional cyclists to the region.
What is cyclocross? According to race organizers, the race is “in a steeplechase format with riders that hop on and off bicycles.” When off their bikes, competitors will “leap over barriers, slosh through mud, navigate sand pits, climb stairs and traverse the famous Avis Construction Flyover.”
“Showcasing the region to avid cyclists opens the door to building a reputation of hosting similar competitive events, putting Virginia’s Blue Ridge on the map for attracting more outdoor enthusiasts,” said Landon Howard, president of Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
The competition will end late Sunday.