I know some of you cyclocross fanatics are interested in the sport and all but the news that was most important to me was if the Beer would be flowing in the beer tent.
Well according to the Twitter Feed Of The GP of Gloucester- they have approval for beer and wine in the Beer Tent at The Brewers Gran Prix at Stage Fort Park
Take a dramatic harborfront park at the height of fall foliage season. Set up a twisting grass, dirt and asphalt racecourse with challenging obstacles. Unleash a crowd of world class cyclists to charge through the sharp curves and jump the barriers. Add screaming, cowbell ringing fans incited by a dynamic announcers. What do you have? One of the premier bicycle races in the country, right here in Gloucester.
The Gran Prix of Gloucester is two days of national calibre races where competitors from all over the US, Canada & Europe converge to race on the most beautiful race course in North America.
The most spectator-friendly form of bicycle racing, regardless of whether you’ve seen a bicycle race or not, cyclocross can be enjoyed by everyone.
Cyclocross (or just ‘cross to the throngs that race week in and week out) is a relatively new discipline of cycling in the US. Though it’s been around since the early 1900’s in Europe, it wasn’t until the 1970’s that cyclocross races started sprouting up in the US.
Often called the “steeplechase of bicycle racing” cyclocross races are fast-paced and are dramatic for spectators. Riders compete on a twisting course comprised of grass, asphalt and dirt. At several parts of the course, riders are forced to dismount their bikes and run up steep terrain or jump over obstacles.
To learn more about cyclocross, check out our Cyclocross 101 featuring video clips from the 2003 race.
The Verge New England Cyclocross Series is a six-race series of internationally sanctioned events where competitors from all over the US & Canada compete for points
The North American Cyclocross Trophy (NACT) created in 2008, is comprised of “the classic cyclocross races” of North America. Each race on the tour has a long history and represents the essence of the sport. Overall series prizes totaled over $7,000 in addition to daily prize totals making it the richest cyclocross series outside of Europe.
Overlooking historic Gloucester Harbor and bound on two sides by Cressey and Half Moon Beaches, Stage Fort Park offers picnic areas with barbecue pits, a full Visitor Information center, a playground for the kids, and plenty of parking!
For additonal information on Stage Fort Park, the Essex National Heritage Area website is an excellent resource.
Just what is ‘cyclocross’?
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