Cyclocross

Exciting bike course returns to popular San Antonio park – mySA

Cyclocross is a unique, non-Olympic discipline of cycling that can best be described as a cross between road cycling, mountain biking and steeplechase. 

Dan Rosales and Robert Mercado

Attention cyclists! The hidden paradise course at a popular San Antonio park is returning soon. The organizer of SA Cyclocross Rob Kane told MySA that the green tape will be back up starting September 6 at Lady Bird Johnson. It will run every Tuesday until the end of November.

The tape is available for everyone to enjoy and practice during those Tuesday evenings at the Northeast Side park located at 10700 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, TX 78217. However, Kane said people can register for night races on September 9 and September 23. The Cyclocross season will officially kick off on October 1 and will run through mid-December. 

Cyclocross is a non-Olympic sport that can best be described as a cross between road cycling, mountain biking, and steeplechase, according to USA Cycling. Riders ride along different types of terrain and maneuver around obstacles, sometimes even dismounting, and carrying their bike to the next segment. 

The cyclocross course at Lady Bird Johnson Park. 

Priscilla Aguirre, MySA.com

Kane and a group of passionate cyclists – who later formed SA Cyclocross in 2019 – started organizing cyclocross races in 2015 as a way to promote both the cycling style and getting kids outdoors. In 2016, Kane and the crew began working with the city to create a more permanent cyclocross course at Lady Bird Johnson Park. 

Over the years, the course has grown to about 1.5 miles in length. In 2019, the city installed lights so cyclists can stay out at the park during the evening while SA Cyclocross added more obstacles and soil for smoother races. 

The course varies week to week, Kane said. He added that they try to mix things up a bit with a new obstacle or section. However, the general theme is the same. Kane noted the faster folks can finish in about four to five minutes. 

Cyclist line up to race in a paradise cyclocross course at Lady Bird Johnson Park on the Northeast Side of San Antonio. 

Dan Rosales and Robert Mercado

SA Cyclocross hosts these night race events to prepare for the state-wide series that take place throughout the fall in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco and San Antonio. Kane said he has a junior development team where he’ll take them out to all the races or majority of them throughout the state. 

If you’d like to join SA Cyclocross, you can visit the group on its Facebook and Instagram accounts