FEATURE ARTICLE

MUERTE ’CROSS

| October 26, 2017

As November approaches, so do Day of the Dead festivities, including the eerily exciting Boneshaker Cycles Muerte ’Cross event, an afternoon of local cyclecross competition, local brews and musical entertainment on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista.

Boneshaker Cycles of Buena Vista along with co-sponsors South Main Arts and Parks Trust, Buena Vista Recreation, Eddyline Brewing Co. and bike company Cannondale are excited to present a fun opportunity for families and bike lovers to get to know the sport of cyclecross in the South Main area of BV. On Saturday, Nov. 4, the sponsors will not only host fun and serious competitions for all types of cycle enthusiasts, but there will also be live music, raffles, prizes, a kids’ clinic and Eddyline beer.

Race Director Matt Wells of Boneshaker Cycles is enthusiastic about bringing cyclecross competition back to Buena Vista and being able to donate to a good cause at the same time. “In the past, there was a very successful annual cyclecross race in BV that was part of a larger statewide series. However, this year we are keeping it local, and we want it to be fun and affordable as it’s only $20 to participate,” Wells said. “All proceeds from the event will be donated to BV Trails, which is our local trail-building organization. Hopefully, in the future we can grow and continue to be able to pump money into building more trails and building more infrastructures for recreational opportunities.”

The event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. with live music and beer to follow at The Beach in South Main. The schedule of events, a map of the competition area and registration information can all be found on the BV Recreation website and at Boneshaker Cycles. Wells said pre-registration is not necessary. Onsite registration will be available for both the “fun” and “serious” competitions.

Though cyclecross is a specific type of cycling event, any and all varieties of bicycles and cyclists will be allowed to compete. Cannondale will be on site with free demo cyclecross bikes so people can try them out and become even more familiar with this stylized cycling sport.

“Cyclecross racing is typically held during the winter and is a cross between mountain and road biking and partying. The course itself is very urban. It will utilize South Main as well as trails by the river and around the disc golf course,” he said. “We are utilizing the existing infrastructure in a very creative way. It’s designed to be goofy and spectator-friendly. This year is a very grassroots effort by all the sponsors, but we hope anyone who’s interested will come out and get involved.”

Wells also said that volunteers are needed to help direct traffic on the course and to assist with clean-up. Volunteers who would like to participate in the cycling events will have their entry fee waived for their services. To find out more about becoming a volunteer, email Wells at boneshakermatt@gmail.com.

The “fun” competition will be a 45-minute race for those who would like to participate but are not very competitive. The winner will receive some type of merchandise or gear. The “serious” competition is viewed as just that  for more legitimate cyclists  and will be an hour-long race with cash prizes for the top three men, top three women and top three single-speed riders. Local band KellyAnne Conway Stole my Bike and other musical guests along with Eddyline beverages will bookend the raffle and award ceremony at the end of competition.

“I am really stoked to bring back an event or try to revive this less-than-traditional cycling event that was once really successful here in BV and just breathe some new life into our growing cycling scene,” said Wells. “Most people have been exposed to what mountain biking or road biking is, but this is something that kind of breaks both molds and will hopefully bring traffic and economic stimulus to town during what is traditionally our offseason.”