Frequently Asked Questions

What is cyclocross racing?

Cyclocross is best described as an off-road bike race mixed with a steeplechase running race. Riders race laps around a short course (2.5 to 3.5km / 1.5 to 2 miles) that usually features some pavement, some dirt, some woods, some steep hills and for good measure, some obstacles thrown in that require riders to dismount, work their way through and then get back on and ride some more. Races last about 30 to 60 minutes depending on the classification of the rider.

Cyclocross races are held in the fall and winter and have been huge in Europe going back at least fifty years, though interest in the U.S. has picked up at a rapid rate in recent years (the fastest growing sport in U.S. cycling). If you’re interested in witnessing one of the most exciting cycle sports or looking for a new way to keep in shape, check out the 2013 Full Moon Vista Ellison Park Cyclocross race as a spectator or a participant!

What type of bikes do the racers ride?

Cyclocross bikes are more similar to road bikes than mountain bikes, though they do usually have knobbier tires and cantilever brakes that help keep mud and leaves, etc., from getting clogged up in them.

What does UCI Elite mean?

That means some of the world’s best cyclocross racers will be right here in Rochester racing in Ellison Park!  Including a bunch of current and past national champions, the competition will be fierce – so don’t miss a second of it!

What else can I expect to see at the event?

The race is free to spectators, and while racing headlines the weekend the event has much more to offer. Other entertainment includes music with an amazing professional race announcer, a BBQ pit brought to you by Good Smoke BBQ, an amazing beer garden featuring brews from Rochester’s own Rohrbach Brewing Company, and artisan brewed coffee from Joe Bean Coffee Roasters.

Where can I park my car?

Ample parking is available on Blossom Rd. Here is a link to the Parking MAP & DIRECTIONS


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