Countdown to the Throw-Down

Junior appropriate technology major Baird Sills dismounts to hop a barrier during the Boone Bike and Touring sponsored cyclocross race. Photo by Paul Heckert  |  The Appalachian
Cyclists gear up for North Carolina Cyclocross series race

Appalachian students, professors, alumni and others are participating in “Countdown to the Throw-Down” cyclocross series put on by Boone Bike and Touring.

Lead organizer Shaw Brown described cyclocross as the “steeplechase of bike racing,” saying that the training course typically required participants to get off their bike to maneuver the course’s obstacles, which may include wooden hurdles and steep hills.

The “Countdown” includes six training sessions, which are small races held at the High Country Fairgrounds leading up to a statewide series race in November. The training course is approximately one mile.

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