Bikes, Mud and Glory: Cyclocross National Championship Comes to Lakewood – The Suburban Times

Submitted by Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission.

Cyclocross is an off-road bike race that involves varying terrain and obstacles, and racers must occasionally dismount their bikes to run uphill. It’s fast and gritty; you don’t leave a race clean. And this year, nearly 2,000 athletes from across the nation will race on the ultimate course in Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.

Mud and obstacles will be part of the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships at Fort Steilacoom Park, Dec. 10-15. (Photo: Derek Blagg Photography)

Cyclists from ages 8 to 80 are preparing for the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championship held December 10-15. The event schedule includes 37 races with cyclocross athletes from 45 states.

As a spectator you can watch the races; visit vendor booths; enjoy food, coffee trucks and two beer gardens; and stay for the award presentations at the end of each day. You also can volunteer to help with set-up, registration and more. Volunteer registration is online at

If you go, make sure to catch Sunday’s elite races and the free, one-lap race for kids ages 10 and under. Spectator tickets are $20 for the whole week. Athletes and spectators ages 10 and under are free.