Before moving to Boise, I was on the organizer’s side of the course tape for the first four years of this event so it was really fun to experience Moose Cross as a racer for a change. At various times throughout the weekend I tried to pitch in where I could but Victor Velo truly had everything under control. JayP did let me help him setup the “Grassy Knoll” on Friday afternoon so I got my fix of course design this year.
Some might ask, “I can race cross close to home so why would I travel all the way to Victor, ID?” In my opinion, the number one reason is that Victor Velo genuinely cares about putting on a quality event and wants every racer to enjoy their Moose Cross experience.
The fact that 120+ (unofficial number) racers turned out again, despite several competing regional events, made me smile. Moose Cross racers were rewarded with the following:
- Two Days of racing in the shadow of the Tetons
- Custom Moose Cross socks to every paid racer on Saturday
- Kate’s Real Food bar to every paid racer on Saturday
- A HUGE Raffle
- Free Kid’s races
- Free Live Music immediately following Saturday’s Men’s Elite race
- Fat Bike keg-pull competition
- Food Vendors
- Great prizes for top-three in each category
- Free waffles Sunday morning sponsored by The Bunnery
- Peeto on the mic calling all of the action
- Fitzgerald’s Bicycles sponsored repair tent
- New computer-based timing system with animated race results playback (so cool!)
I know first-hand how much time & energy it takes to pull off organizing Moose Cross weekend. As a traveling racer this year, I want to say thanks again to everyone who made it happen!
PS – As far as my racing is concerned, let’s just say that I am trying to race my way into cyclocross shape and I am getting crushed in the process. Oofta.