Just as Europe is ramping up for its biggest races, certain regions in the U.S. have plenty of racing left. You just need to know where to look. NorCal, SoCal, Florida, Texas, and Virginia are just a few of the area with racing still going strong.

Saturday’s Virginia Beach Cyclocross Winter Endurance Challenge offers a rich, $3,000 prize purse for east coasters willing to dust off the ‘cross bike for some fun in perfect ‘cross weather. And then on Sunday, you can try a new type of fun with your ‘cross bike in the off-road duathalon – you won’t even need to run with your bike.

It’s worth a drive to check out this new event in a spectacular setting and support a creative promoter. It’s also neat to see a visitor’s bureau using cyclocross as a powerful vehicle to showcase a destination. Perhaps most importantly, it’s a great way to help kick-start your road to fitness after the gluttony of the holidays, and if you’re lucky or fast, get paid handsomely for it.

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