For many Americans, Thanksgiving represents a day of giving thanks, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying turkey.

In the spirit of this holiday (but in a vegan-friendly way), we have some turkey fun for our cyclocross friends.

Wild turkeys racing on the grass. photo: fishhawk on flickr

Wild turkeys racing on the grass. photo: fishhawk on flickr

It’s rarely documented, but turkeys, like cyclocrossers, compete for the holeshot, race hard on dirt tracks, look for faster but questionable lines in a Zach-like fashion, and embrace full-contact racing in the corners.

And after it’s all over? They rub elbows and chow down with their competition as if they’re best buds.

We’ve captured it all on video in our Thanksgiving special for you:

 

Think turkeys don’t do call-ups and starting grids before their cross race? You’re wrong. Check it out:

 

If you think that type of racing may be for the turkeys, we’ve also seen some turkeys at “real” cyclocross:

The turkey can inspire cyclocrossers (© Jay Westcott)

The turkey can inspire cyclocrossers at Tacchino Cross. © Jay Westcott