Even if you don't ever plan to try a 'cross race, I hope you'll come out to the clinic and ride bikes with us on Sunday! It will be super low key, a lot of fun, and a great excuse to spend a couple of hours outside on a gorgoeus fall day. Plus there's a group heading to refuel at Bell's afterwards, just in case you need an extra incentive! If you need a different type of incentive, drop by Fort Custer on your way to the clinic & ride a couple of loops on the mtb trail.
The clinic format is simple: For the first hour or so, local 'cross racers will teach technique as participants practice skills (mounts, dismounts, bike carries, barrier running, etc.). If you've already mastered these skills, don't be shy -- you're very welcome to help coach/teach too. As someone who is STILL trying to master the remount, I can safely say that there's no such thing as too much advice!
For the second hour or so, we will get a good workout riding a cyclocross course, which will be laid out on mixed pavement and grass on the church grounds. (No single track or rooty forest sections at this location, just caution tape or flags marking the course, so it's perfect for beginners.)
helmet & bike (suitable for riding on grass or sand -- mountain bike, cyclocross bike, or hybrid bikes would work well)
Gee, Kisscross sounds crazy fun. Bet you have a blast. I met with my masseuse today for some relaxation. She used to be a serious mountain racer a few years back up here in TC. Her name is Debi. She's mostly running these days. She did the Iceman 3 years straight. Sound like the P2P might be something I'd enjoy however I haven't really been riding much (mountain or road) in many years. Haven't made my decision yet as the Torch Lake 65 mile road ride is FREE and the P2P cost $50. I think it all depends on tomorrow if the mountain bike pedals and shoes I ordered come in by UPS. If they don't arrive, I'd have to do P2P with tennis shoes.
Are there mountain bike events throughout the year in GR?