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Backcountry Cross (BCX)

Thanks to the volunteers and racers who made the inaugural BCX so much fun !

On Sunday, October 12th, 2014 nearly 50 racers participated in this first year trail and dirt road race for CX bikes or MTBs. The 6 km circuit combined new tracks in an old pasture with single track and dirt roads. Although the turns and direction reversals were generally flowier than in real CX layouts, several single descents, tough hills , a sandy gravel pit, tight zig zags around an old farmhouse and two sections of barriers made the race arguably tougher and definitely hillier and longer than most CX events and more suitable for MTBs. The race shaped up to be a battle between Cyclocross and MTB bikes. Initially the rough surfaces of the freshly built course favored MTB setups but as the track became more burned in…it seemed to become advantageous to those with CX bikes.

Men and Women racers competed in either the 30 km or 18 km versions. The fastest finishers in each category were Matt Boobar (Masters), Eric Tremble (Mens Open), former Cyclocross World Champion – Marilyn Ruseckas (Women), John Hackney (Mens 18), Carrie Beck (Women’s 18), Austin Beard (Juniors) as well as a host of Under 13 and Under 10 Kids racers who all rode very fast several times around the 1.5 Km  mile kids loop.

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The landscape of the Victory backcountry, sunny weather and views of a snow capped Mt. Washington provided an exceptional backdrop to the race itself. Check out the photo album on Facebook. 

Strava Map of Course by Knight Ide

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Special Thanks to Sparta Synergy, a professional race organizer:

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