Flow attended our first ever cyclocross event today. Not as racers, but a spectators, keen to get a feel for what this malarkey is all about.
CX has been booming in Victoria for the past couple of years, and in the last 12 months or so has taken off in Flow’s hometown of Sydney too, which is where the latest Rapha Supercross event took place.
We’ve got to say, it was an absolute hoot. As an event, the Supercross blew most mountain bike races out of the water for atmosphere; having the event so close to the centre of the city obviously really helps, but it wasn’t just proximity that made it a good day. A simple, but challenging course that had riders visible then entire time (1.1km long), a well-stocked bar, a costume race and a foam cannon all played a part in creating the very fun vibe.
There was an elite race too, of course, with mountain bike legends Andy Blair and Nick Both both having a crack. Blair came awfully close, but Shawn Lewis (no, not Andy’s regular team mate, but another Shawn Lewis… confusing!) turned it up a notch in the last two laps and Blair ended up second. National CX Champ Allan Iacuone was there too, but a crash on one of the many off-camber grass corners ruled him out.
Anyhow, enough blabbing. The shots tell the story!