Sure, there's plenty more cyclocross racing on the horizon with the 2016 Cyclocross National Championships and of course the World Championships at the end of January 2016. But the end of the calendar year has us thinking back over the last 12 months and reflecting on those moments that had the cyclocross community talking.
Here, we look back over some of 2015's main events, our favorite moments from the last year and the tech that shaped this season thus far.
Creative Events with a Focus on Fun
A few data points don’t necessarily make a trend, but we’re liking some of the new, creative approaches to competitive cycling events. Clif Bar and Giro both got involved in event promotion this year, with the Clif Bar’s Cykel Scramble relay race in Marin, California, and Giro’s Grinduro gravel/enduro race in Quincy, California.
Both events were held just a drive from the Bay Area’s Silicon Valley, known as the center of tech innovation, and perhaps that out-of-the-box thinking played in a role in these two events. But the best part of them, besides their unique format, was that all athletes, including weekend warriors like us, could attempt to get by World Cup winner Katerina Nash on a flyover, or briefly chase SSCXWC Champ Adam Craig on a timed downhill, and then laugh with them about the memorable times afterwards.