Cyclocross in January!?! ($3,000 purse)

They don’t stop racing in Europe just because it’s winter. Cyclocross in January is positively Belgian. Time to clean the bike off one more time and bring it  to Virginia Beach Sportsplex on Saturday Jan. 17 for the cyclocross race at Virginia Beach Winter Endurance Challenge.

This race weekend, brought to you by the City of Virginia Beach, Kale Running and Conte’s Red Mill, features a cyclocross race on Saturday and a cross country run and off-road duathlon on Sunday. And the duathlon course is cross-bike friendly, so make a weekend of it.

All events will be run out of the Sportsplex where there will be live music from cool bands, food and even beer both days. Participants can get free food and libations.

Saturday’s cyclocross races, promoted by Team TriPower, offer $3,000 in prize money. The races will be run over course featuring a trip inside the soccer stadium to enjoy the large berm there and a fast asphalt finish. This race is held under a USA Cycling license. Register here at

Sunday’s duathlon will start with a 5K cross country run, followed by two 10K loops over a mix of terrain, then another 5K run. It promises to a be a challenging, fun race. Teams are welcome. This is a USA Triathlon event. Register here at

The cross country race is a 5K run over the same run course as the duathlon. Registration is here at

All participants will receive a t-shirt and the first 100 registered for either event will receive cotton cloves.

Hope to see everyone out there.

Also there’s rumblings of another two cyclocross races in the 757 the following weekend. Keep your ear to the mud.


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