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Photos: Cyclocross at Forest Hill Park

If you drove past Forest Hill Park and wondered what was going on it was bike racing and we’ve got the shots to prove it.




Cycling VA hosts a series of races titled Sorry Honey I’ve Gotta Work Late. On Monday the second of three races took place in Forest Hill Park. These particular races are cyclocross. Cyclocross races typically take place in the autumn and winter (the international or “World Cup” season is October–February), and consist typically of many laps of a short course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and sometimes obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount. The race at Forest Hill Park was considerably shorter closer to a mile and there were no obstacles. The sport is strongest in the traditional road cycling countries such as Belgium (Flanders in particular), France, and the Netherlands. The races also traditionally take place in all types of weather. A concession that organizers have made to use Forest Hill Park means no racing if there is rain so as not to damage the park. The weather for the race last night was perfect. The next race in Forest Hill Park is October 7th. Cycling VA hosts all sorts of bike races check out their website if you would like to get involved as a racer or volunteer.

Full set of photos here.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.