Cathy channeled her inner cowboy (or cowgirl) at the Cowboy Cross Race. From the looks of the pictures, seems like this was one event you didn’t want to miss! Yee-haw!
What do you get when you throw some yellow tape up and a huge pile of dirt at the site of the National Western Stock Show? A cyclocross race, of course!
I have to admit that the sight of the monster truck -like jumps in the arena was a little intimidating, but once I was out there it was ridiculously fun. The course was a short, quick, and crazy loop that meandered inside, outside, through stables (that smelled much better than the last time I was at the Stock Show), and up and down enough runs to make you think you signed up for a running event. Oh, and there were three devilishly placed barriers just after a crazy roller coaster of an embankment. All super fun!
And just as in previous races, the women’s field was fairly large – 28 or so starters! I love that there are so many new crossy friends showing up. My goal at every race is to chat it up with a new face, and it’s inspiring to find out that many of these cowgirls are stepping up for their first races. I love it – especially when I can cheer them on as they pass me!
If you didn’t make it to this year’s Cowboy Cross mark your calendars for next year. And if the women’s fields keep growing it will have to be renamed the Cowgirl Cross!
Check out all the great Cyclocross photos on RacerShots.com!