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Cycling Wed Oct 27 2010

Halloween 'Cross

For some reason, cyclocross brings out the crazies. Blame it on the fan-driven atmosphere, the slow speeds that allow great viewing, and of course, lots of beer. It seems that beer is the engine that fuels 'cross scenes across the country and Chicago's scene is no different.

But what happens when you combine cyclocross, beer, and Halloween? Oh, it's just the more ridiculous fully-sanctioned parties around. Runners don't have nearly the amount of fun that 'cross racers enjoy at this time of the year.

This weekend features two parties worthy of costuming and bikes. The first is the Velo Trocadero Halloween race on Saturday in Milwaukee. Click here for a sample of the race from a couple years ago. Milwaukee is a short drive away from Chicago. Plus, cheese curds. Registration is here.

Then on Sunday is ANOTHER Halloween race, the Bicycle Heaven race in Compton. Last year, this course was sloppy, muddy, and fun. The weather looks reasonably promising for the weekend, but maybe the predicted shower spell could liven things up. Oh, and if you're in costume, you get a call-up to the front of the pack after call-ups for top-10 riders. The race is in the ChiCrossCup -- and with the season half over, times running short for CX fun.

Costumes that allow full range of motion and mobility are highly recommended, but if one wants to curry favor with the crowd, the more debilitating the costume, the better. And bulky is best.

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