Ruth Sherman, a Research Associate in the Department of Natural Resources, competed in the Women’s 50-54 2012 UCI Masters World Cyclocross Championship Race held in Louisville, KY, Jan. 12-15, the first time they’ve been held in the U.S. and took home the bronze medal.
If you’ve never heard of cyclocross, it is a fun, crazy bike race that is somewhere between road racing and mountain bike racing. The sport originated in Belgium as a way for bike racers to keep in shape in the fall and winter when the weather started getting too cold and rainy for road riding. The races are hard and fast and consist of many laps on a short course (2.5 -3.5 km) that typically are 30-60 minutes long. The courses feature pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles that require the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike through/over the obstacle (barriers, sand traps, stairs, mud pits) and remount in one motion. It’s a very spectator friendly sport – spectators ring cowbells, heckle the riders, and sometimes wear costumes- it’s generally a very festive environment.
There’s an article on Ruth’s race and photos here:
And more photos of the 4-day race event here: