Get Ready for the 2011 Idaho State Cyclocross Championships


What could be better on a Saturday than rowdy fun with bicycle races, fried deliciousness, live music and (maybe) beer? Only all of the above plus the chance to do some good in the community, that's what.

The 2011 Idaho State Cyclocross Championships will hit the Treasure Valley on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Sandy Point State Park near Lucky Peak. If you want to participate, pony up $25 and bring whatever style bike you like, your U.S.A. Cycling license and your game face.

Not a racer? Come participate in the raucous spectator scene. According to race director Jared Rammell, the event won't have a golf-clap, quiet-observer-type crowd. People heckle and bring noise-making devices like cowbells.

"It's a very low-key event and a welcoming community. Everyone's very supportive of each other. It's a very family and communal atmosphere," Rammell said.

This year's championships will benefit Boise Bicycle Project's annual Christmas Kids' Bike Giveaway, which helps children in need have TV-commercial-like moments with a shiny new bike and helmet for Christmas.

Boise Fry Company will roll its truck up to Luck Peak for the day and dole out hot taters. There also will be a live music performance and maybe a beer garden—the deets on that have yet to get worked out. Specially designed BBP T-shirts will be available for $20, and proceeds will all go to BBP for tires, tubes, etc., that are needed to get the Christmas bikes rolling.

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