Last Sunday the inaugural Super Cross on the European Continent took place in Munich with the support from one of the oldest cycling clubs in the city, RC “Die Schwalben” 1894 München. Situated at the Olympiapark, the iconic setting featured the track that staged both the 1985 and 1997 UCI Cyclocross World Championships.
A beautiful autumn day attracted over 2000 spectators to Germany’s biggest cross event with a beer tent, brass band, tequila short cut, wall of foam, three ‘cross clinics’ (for those addicted to cross and those about to become addicted), an expo with Focus test bikes, Enve wheels, Muc Off service station, Rapha booth, more beer, sausages, frites. Oh, and cowbells.
Almost 170 kids raced, with 40 licensed riders (Masters & Women elite) stepping up later, 170 hobby racers got involved across 11 different races. There were seven nationalities represented from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK, USA, Hungary, and Spain. And only one collarbone was broken…
“An incredible day of Cyclocross out in the Olympic Park in Munich today. Rapha put on a great event, the course was near perfect, the categories were well filled and there were lots of spectators. This shows that the amateur sector of the sport in Germany is healthy and growing and should be a call out to the sanctioning bodies and promoters out there to look after and foster the growth of the sport by looking after these riders – not catering only to the elite level riders. Thanks to all who helped to put on this event and for everyone who came out. See you next year!”
– Ken Bloomer, Crema Cycles, Füssen/Allgäu
“Rapha Super Cross is first and foremost one thing: A lot of fun. Foam on the course and tequila shortcuts are definitly borderline but if you have never shot through a beer tent on a crosser…you missed out. And if you still manage to follow the course after downing a shot with a heartrate of 180 you are ready for the Oktoberfest…you gotta find out yourself, save the date for 2015.”
– Robert Wolf, Rad Core, Vienna
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