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Cyclocross Hits the County’s Civic Center

Photos from the Weekend

Jason Whittaker navigates the wooded section of Sunday

Last week I received an email that ended with the message:”bring the kids. Bring the cowbells. Rain or shine! See you there.” It was from one of the riders for Einstein Cycles who yesterday hosted a cyclocross race at the Civic Center in Traverse City.

Cyclocross racing is a specific type of racing that mixes trail riding with pavement and grass, hills with flats, and typically includes obstacles that require riders to quickly dismount to clear. Since it takes place on a short course, it makes it a perfect spectator sport. It also makes it a perfect fit for the County run Civic Center–cowbells and all.

Unfortunately, I missed the early races, including the women and the youngster race-hopefully, there is a next year. Photographer Erik Olsen has also posted some images from the day.

Einstein Cycles shop owner Jason Lowetz stays on the wheel of teammate Ty Schmidt

Oak Park resident Ty Schmidt represented well for the

Whittaker clearing an obstacle.

Photos by Gary L. Howe

  1. tschmidt
    November 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Thanks for the write up and sweet photos Gary! It was cool to see so many OakPark neighbors out racing, cheering and supporting the race yesterday. As we wait for snow in our post-iceman funk, the CivicCenter was a perfect venue to get people outside on a brisk fall afternoon. Hopefully just the start of things to come.

  2. November 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Thank you for posting the photos, and bringing attention to such a great event.

    It was certainly a new event at the Civic Center, but we hope one of many to come. Right now our department relies on great community members/businesses like Einstein to take a leadership role to manage events like this. If you know of a community event, or would like to create a new event, and are looking for a venue, please contact our department. I would be happy to work with you, or your group, to create new and exciting recreation opportunities for our community.

    Great job, and thank you Einstein!

  3. November 22, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Can’t wait to do this again next year! Couldn’t ask for a better venue. The Grand Traverse County Parks & Rec. Board have been huge in supporting cyclocross with this race as well as our permanent course at the Vasa Trail Head. Great volunteers, fans, and overall atmosphere! Thanks again Gary for the great photos & Comments.

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