One of the many stories about the origin of cyclo-cross is that European road racers in the early 1900s would race each other to the next town. They were allowed to cut through farmer's fields, over fences or take any other shortcuts in order to make it to the next town first. This was sometimes called a steeple chase as the only visible landmark in the next town was often the steeple. This was a way for them to stay in shape during the winter months and put a twist on road racing. As an off season training method riding off road in more difficult conditions increased the intensity and improved their on-the-road bike handling skills. "Cross" is it is oftened referred to has become wildly popular in the Southeast with a full schedule of races running from early September through January each year.
NCCX Series Race #13
Sunday December 17, 2017 - Pinehurst, NC - The Premier North Carolina Cyclo Cross series.
5th Annual High Tea Gravel Ride
Monday January 1, 2018 - Collettsville, NC - The 5th Annual High Tea Ride is on! This is our way to ring in the New Year with a low stress dirt road ride, potluck, with a little hair of the dog thrown in for good measure!
NCCX Series Race #14
Saturday January 6, 2018 - Triad Area - The Premier North Carolina Cyclo Cross series.
NCCX Series Race #15
Sunday January 7, 2018 - Winston Salem, NC - The Premier North Carolina Cyclo Cross series.
Saturday April 21, 2018 - Lenoir, NC - This is the most scenic and challenging dirt road ride you will do this year!
Sunday April 29, 2018 - Leesville, SC - Saluda Roubaix 68 ⁄ remote ⁄ all road ⁄ cycling race ⁄ dirt ⁄ gravel ⁄ bedrock ⁄ farmland ⁄ timberland ⁄ countrified bridges ⁄ levees ⁄ rustic pavement ⁄ no towns ⁄ one specifically remote ball field ⁄ some fun. Saluda Roubaix and 28AVG nonprofit work to donate 100 percent of all proceeds to US Military Endurance Sports.
Asheville Gravel Grinder
Sunday September 16, 2018 - Asheville, NC - The Asheville Gravel Grinder Bike Events come packed with something for every type of rider, a 20, 40 or 60 mile option. Whether you are a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior or scenery seeking rider, these events are for you! The Gravel Grinder Bike races are the only bike events at the estate that allows the participant to access the front of Biltmore House on their bike.