INTERNATIONAL CYCLING EVENT RETURNS TO MONROE COUNTY

07/01/2021

TWO-DAY EVENT IN GENESEE VALLEY PARK IS THE ONLY INTERNATIONAL CYCLOCROSS RACE IN THE USA AND CANADA TAKING PLACE THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 25-26

Genesee Valley Park will play host to the highest level of international cycling when the Rochester Cyclocross returns to Monroe County the weekend of September 25-26, 2021. Following cancellation of the event in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, event organizers are thrilled to announce the return of Rochester Cyclocross to Rochester in 2021. The Rochester Cyclocross will be the only professional international cycling event taking place anywhere in the U.S. or Canada the weekend of September 25th and 26th, meaning the event will attract the most competitive and top cyclocross racers in the world to Rochester. 

Rochester Cyclocross, an off-road bicycle race at the highest level of international cycling, was started in 2008. The two-day event features men’s and women’s professional cycling each afternoon, amateur cycling each morning, locally-brewed beers from Rohrbach Brewing and some of Rochester’s famous food trucks. The Rochester Cyclocross is family-friendly and admission is FREE for spectators.

Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport (the same company that produces the Rochester Twilight Criterium) and Monroe County are hosting the only UCI (Union Cycliste International) Class 1 Cyclocross event in New York State and 1 of only 4 in North and South America in 2021.

Rochester Cyclocross will feature some of the world’s top male and female cyclocross racers. This event takes all the excitement and action of the Criterium, off-road. Professional athletes are expected from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the USA.

Cyclocross is a hybrid between road cycling and mountain biking. Riders race around an off-road circuit on bicycles that look very similar to road bikes but have been built to take on the demands of rougher off-road racing. Circuits are typically 1.5 to 2 miles long, and feature obstacles that may force the rider to dismount their bicycle. Multiple laps showcase these elite riders’ phenomenal skills and amazing speed.

New for 2021, the Rochester Cyclocross has become part of a UCI 4-race international series called the USCX Cyclocross Series. These four events, held in Rochester, Baltimore, Iowa City and Cincinnati, have partnered with GCN (Global Cycling Network) and each will be livestreamed to a global audience.

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