Inland Northwest Cyclocross to have races here this weekend

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WALLA WALLA — The Inland Northwest Cyclocross Series will hold its races three and four here this weekend.


Saturday, the race will be on land off Highway 12 between Walla Walla and Dixie. Signs at Sapolil Road point towards the course. Sunday, it will be at Rooks Park.


Cyclocross racing is bicycle competition on a roughly two-mile closed loop on varied terrain and surfaces. Obstacles force riders to dismount to cross before remounting.


Local riders and spectators are welcome. The cost to enter is $20 per day, plus $10 for a one-day license from the U.S. Cycling Federation. Youths 18 and under pay $10 to enter, plus the one-day license fee, and they must have a parent to sign the waiver form.


Experienced racers have races at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and new or relatively new competitors race at 12:30 p.m.


The first race for Elite Women, Intermediate Men and Master Men is for 45 minutes. The divisions in the second race, a 30-minute affair, are Rookie Men, Beginning Women, Juniors (youths) and Mountain Bikes. The last race for Elite Men will last 55 minutes.


Helmets are required of all competitors. Bar ends on mountain bikes must be removed, and bar plugs installed to cap the ends.


Registration is the morning of each race only, from 9:30 a.m. until 30 minutes before the race start. There is no pre-registration.


The remaining three races in the series are on successive Sundays in Ephrata, Spokane and Couer d’Alene.

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