After a three-year hiatus, cyclocross bike racing returns today.
When the U of I property was sold and no trespassing signs were installed, the race lost its location, said Jason Welker, manager of Pend Oreille Pedalers. After previous organizers, including Team Autism 24/7, handed over to local cycling club and trail organization, Pend Oreille Pedalers, the next step was to find a venue. This brought the club and its race organizing committee to Hickey Farms.
After touring the 360-acre property, owned by the Hickey and Holt families, and spending hours exploring the vast forest on the western half of the farm, the committee realized this was the perfect place to a cyclocross race.
Starting at 9:30 a.m. today, Pend Oreille Pedalers and Syringa Cyclery’s Crosstoberfest cyclocross races and wrap-up party will kick off at Hickey Farms. Races covering 19 categories for runners aged 5 and over will run throughout the day, with youth and junior races lasting between 30 and 45 minutes and higher categories lasting up to 55 minutes , POP officials said in a press release.
The shape is simple. All runners start at the large barn at Hickey Farms, cross the cow pasture, cross a bridge in the forest, where they follow a 1.4 mile course through the woods on wide and narrow trails, over obstacles, steep descents. , eventually returning to the field where the final sprint to the barn will bring them to the start and finish area of the course. Riders will complete the course as many times as possible within their allotted time, and whoever completes the most laps in the shortest time (beyond the allowed 45 or 55 minutes) wins!
All skill and experience levels are welcome. Cyclocross bikes are the bike of choice, but mountain bikes are also welcome. There are even separate categories for racers on singlespeed bikes and fat bikes.
Proceeds go to support Pend Oreille Pedalers’ mission to expand cycling and mountain biking opportunities in the Sandpoint area, including through youth programs, trail construction and maintenance, and advocacy with public and private land managers for better access for cyclists.