Valley Cross in West Des Moines started last year with races in November and December. This year there will be only one day of racing, this coming Saturday, December 2nd. This is your last chance to race 'cross in Iowa in 2017, and in what looks to be surprisingly good weather, to boot.
Each lap of Valley Cross is 1.9 miles. The course is fast with sweeping turns, a berm with off-camber sections, a steep hill run up, and a fast 1/2 mile section around the Global Greens Farm.
"It's a great venue for those new to cyclocross since the course is mostly flat," explained U-ME COMPETE's Jeff Osborn.
"The berm off-camber sections can be fast when dry, or more difficult if it rains or snows. Also the purse for the Mens 1/2/3 race is $600." Despite the seasonal lack of daylight, Valley Cross offers fields for juniors, masters, fat bikes, men and women. Details are listed at USAC.
Proceeds from Valley Cross will help support Global Greens Farm (LSIowa.org). Registration will be inside the Valley Community Center. The race is right in the heart of the West Des Moines area, close to Valley West Mall and Jordan Creek Town Center. There are several hotels and restaurants within minutes of the venue.
Driving time from Iowa City is under two hours. And again, depending on when you race the sunny day Saturday is expected to top off at over 50*F.
Originally published by Goosetown Racing Club