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Mud, Sweat and Gears Cyclo-Cross Series kicks off in Kingsport

Staff Report • Sep 25, 2012 at 4:09 AM

Kingsport Parks and Recreation and the Tri-Cities Road Club are proud to announce the opening weekend of the Mud, Sweat and Gears Cyclo-cross series. Racers from around the region will be coming to Domtar Park, in Kingsport on September 29-30, This is the beginning of the 9th season of the MSG series, and the 8th time that Domtar Park has hosted a cyclo-cross race over the past 4 years. Cyclo-cross is a mixture of road and mountain biking. The bike looks like a road bike, but has wider knobby tires like a mountain bike, and cantilever brakes like a mountain bike. Courses are a mixture of grass, pavement, dirt paths, gravel, sand and mud, in any combination. Courses are minimum of 10' wide, 1.6 miles long, and are closed, marked by plastic fence posts and caution tape. Each race usually has one set of artificial barriers that extend across the course, the barriers are 16'" tall and require most riders to dismount, run across the barriers while carrying the bike, and the remount after crossing the barriers. Some riders are able to bunny hop the barriers. Races are 30 to 60 minutes long depending on the skill level of the racer. Categories are provided for beginners, Juniors, Masters, and Pro. The MSG opening weekend is sponsored by: the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kingsport Parks and Recreation, Piney Flats Bicycles and Fitness, Hampton Trails Bike Shop, Energy Fitness and the Tri-Cities Road Club. Races will begin at 11:00 AM and continue all day. Pro Women race at 12:00 PM and Pro Men at 1:45 PM. For more information: http://www.msgcross.com/wordpress/ email: roadclub@gmail.com

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