The wild world of international cyclo-cross racing lands back in Fayetteville this fall. In its second year, FayetteCross has been selected as the 2020 Pan-American Cyclo-cross Championships!
The selection was made by the Pan-American Cycling Confederation (COPACI). The organization encompasses 43 nations from North America, South America and the Caribbean, spanning from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.
The two-day annual event will be held November 7-8, 2020 at Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain - the future home of the 2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.
If you’re new to the sport, cyclo-cross racing consists of a feature-filled racecourse designed for optimal spectating. A compact course creates countless views as cyclists of all ages tackle an assortment of obstacles including off-camber corners, arduous climbs, shin-high barriers, and uneven stairs. Held rain or shine, weather conditions only add to the unpredictability of cyclo-cross racing.
Last held in Ontario, Canada, in 2019 the “Pan-Ams” offer continental championship titles for elite racers and masters athletes. FayetteCross will provide an opportunity for both elite and amateur racers to compete for the coveted Pan-Am Champion jersey - awarded to winners of each category.
“Continental championships are exciting and the pinnacle of midseason racing,” said Race Director Brooke Watts, president of Parkven Productions. “We’re thrilled to be able to host this important weekend of racing and showcase this very special, bike-friendly region.”
In addition to the amateur and elite racing titles, relay races in which co-ed teams of five racers can compete will be new to Fayettecross in 2020.
Watts explained, “On Saturday, we’ll offer both a fun relay race and a pro relay race. It’s a great way to gather your friends or training buddies and see how you match up against others. And, racers for the Pan-Am categories on Sunday now have a way to preview the course under race conditions on Saturday.”
The Pan-American Championships will look to build on the success of the inaugural FayetteCross in 2019. Last October, two distinctively different days of cyclo-cross racing brought athletes from 31 states and 3 Canadian providences to compete in Fayetteville. Over 6 inches of rain Saturday night changed Sunday’s race significantly, creating memorably muddy conditions fans have chattered about all season.
Fayetteville 2022, the group behind the 2022 Walmart UCI World Championships, is partnering with Experience Fayetteville to host FayetteCross 2020. Parkven Productions will produce the event.
Complete race details, including hotel information, can be found at FayetteCross.com. For more information and updates, follow the event on Twitter (@FayetteCross) and Facebook (@Fayetteville2022).