How the Cincy3 CX Festival Can Help You Survive a Filibuster

Jonathan Page at the 2006 Cyclocross National ...

Jonathan Page at the 2006 Cyclocross National Championships on his way to 2nd – 20061216, by David Chiu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Filibusters have done nothing but slow the already slow process of democracy to a crawl. Would you rather watch CSPAN, or get muddy? I vote on GET MUDDY. Hop on that cyclocross bike and ride away from the droning noise that is a politician.

This is a reminder that this weekend is the Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival. Three, count them THREE days of cyclocross madness! To top it all off, the Pan-American Continental Championships will be held on the final day! These are UCI races so you will see pros racing all three days. It’s awesome to watch how fast these riders go when they’re paid to ride a bike.

Friday, October 31st is at Harbin Park. Saturday, November 1st is at Kings CX, and Sunday, November 2nd is at Devou Park. Clicking on the venues will open up Google Maps in a new window.

So dress warmly, dust off those cowbells (if you’ve been slacking and not attending any sporting events), and bring a cooler full of beer handups because it’s going to be a good time!

Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival

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Inside the Peloton-Stage 1 Tour de France

Although this video is frustratingly brief, it is an awesome look at being inside the peloton at the most famous bicycle race in the world, the Tour de France.

Break Time: Tour de Grandview

Tour De Grandview
Tour De Grandview (Photo credit: simplyliving)

Taking a break from writing for a bit as I prepare for a bicycle race that I was talked into. The race?

The Tour de Grandview

From the website:

The Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic attracts an international field of several hundred professional cyclists to central Ohio each year, as well as cycling enthusiasts and spectators from throughout the Midwest. The Tour de Grandview is organized by the non-profit Grandview Community Association with the support of the City of Grandview Heights and a host of local volunteers and corporate sponsors.

The Tour features world-class bicycle racing through the streets of suburban Grandview, as well as a number of events and activities for spectators and cyclists alike. The races feature both men and women cyclists in multiple professional categories as well as Juniors. The course is designed to delight spectators with fast-paced action, sharp turns, and down-to-the-wire excitement as the pros close in on the finish line. The event also spawns an enjoyable collection of yard parties, neighborhood gatherings and family reunions that give the races a fun and festive feel.

Yeah. It’s crazy. If you’ve never been to a bicycle race in Columbus, Ohio, this is the one to go to. There is an accompanying street festival with a beer tent. A BEER TENT. All sorts of vendors are present from local bike shops to food. Live music is playing as well. The racing is spectacular. Local racers as well as regional pros come out for this race. Even better: the pros are racing under the lights! That’s right, nighttime racing in Grandview Heights. So as I take a break, and load up on articles, contemplate a trip to the race in Grandview. First race is off at 6:30 p.m. That’s the hot mess I’ll be in. Then stick around for the rest of the races if not the festivities!