Local bikers enjoy cyclocross by Livetrainrace.com

Carrying his bike, Michael Shea, right, leaps over the second of two obstacles followed by Erik Hemsted and other racers Saturday during an early lap of the A race in the Livetrainrace.com cyclocross event at Sherwood Park. Shea took first place in the A race. More than 70 riders participated in the races, which were the first of five cyclocross races put on by Livetrainrace.com.

Erik Hemsted leaps with his bike in hand Saturday over the first of two obstacles during the A race of the Livetrainrace.com cyclocross event. The A division race was physical and had two spin-outs in the final turn.

Bikers from all disciplines came together Saturday morning at Sherwood Park to compete in the first of five cyclocross races put on by Livetrainrace.com.

“Cyclocross is meant to completely test a rider,” said Mike Driver, the race coordinator. “It’s a soft surface with obstacles and barriers where the rider has to dismount. It stresses a rider’s bike-handling skills.”

The course at Sherwood Park looped around the perimeter and featured one small hurdle before cutting back through the playground equipment, where riders had to either pedal through the wood chips or dismount and run, carrying their bike.

The B division race featured male and female riders from their early teens to late 60s. The race lasts 35 minutes, and the race is over when the leader crosses the finish line after 35 minutes.

Fruita resident Tyler McLaughlin, 26, normally competes in endurance mountain biking. Saturday he won his first cyclocross event by almost 25 seconds, with a time of 36:17.

“The toughest parts of it are your lungs blowing out of your chest and wanting to puke,” McLaughlin said. “But it’s cool to see all these guys from different disciplines get together at a ride on a Saturday morning.”

The A division race was a smaller group of men and was more physical, featuring two spin-outs in the final turn. Michael Shea, 29, of Basalt won the tightly contested race in 45:11.

“The best part of cyclocross is the communal aspects,” Shea said. “You can get a bunch of guys riding around for an hour and then go have a beer and share some laughs.”

The next Livetrainrace.com event is Nov. 5 at Long Family Park. Events are also planned this fall at Riverbend and Canyon View parks. For more information, including course maps, registration costs and race times, go to http://www.Livetrainrace.com.


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