Alec Donahue wins pig

And this little piggy could be yours this summer.

In honor of Mother’s Day, the New Jersey State Fair SpectaCross is offering free entry for the “Mother’s” class during the event’s Classy Clas(sic) race. To get the free coupon, register for the race at and use coupon code “Mama”. Entries will still be responsible for the registration service fee, and only 20 coupons are available.

The New Jersey State Fair SpectaCross on August 6-7 is two days and nights of slimy mid-summer stadium cyclocross. Taking place in the 5,000 seat Miller Lite Outdoor Entertainment Arena normally used for monster truck shows and demolition derbies, and surrounding pits, the SpectaCross races are the main event with during the opening weekend of the 2010 New Jersey State Fair. And after watching last year’s races, Fair management decided on their own that they want to flood the arena with thousands of gallons of water to make sure that there’s plenty of mud on race day.

Last year’s inaugural race got rave reviews. Blogger Colin Reuter said “This was more “pure” than all the grass crits you will do in September.” Another blogger, Christine Fort, called it, “…one of my favorite race weekends ever.” And Jake Sisson, reporting on the race for Cyclocross Magazine, concluded his article by saying, “If you weren’t there this year, do make a point of getting there next year. If you miss next year? I’m afraid there’s little hope for your soul.”

This year, SpectaCross promoter Ken Getchell of SpectaSport, LLC, has again added a few new twists to the program:

Friday Night sees the return of the Cyclocross Magazine Sprints followed by the debut of the Revolution Wheelworks World Final (and Beginning) of Poker Cross. The Poker Cross will be a mass start event with competitors collecting poker cards for every lap they complete. Whoever collects the best poker hand by the end of the time limit wins a new pair of cyclocross wheels from Revolution Wheel Works.

The Garden State Open, the weekend’s main event for Category 1-3 riders, will be run in a format similar to Sprint Car Racing with riders seeded into brackets and heats according to their ranking, America’s only true results database and ranking, with the winners of each heat moving on to compete in the next bracket and the chance to compete for the Chip Baker Trophy piggy bank stuffed with at least $250 in cash.

The Battle of the Sexes returns, with Elite Women competing against Junior Men. This year HUP United is guaranteeing that the best-placed woman in the Battle of the Sexes will take home her own piggy bank, the HUPiggy Trophy, and at least the same amount of prize money as the winner of the Garden State Open (probably more).

The Classy Class(sic) is one of the fun “extra” events of the SpectaCross weekend and consists of unusual  and unique classes that riders themselves can design specifically to make sure they have the best chance possible of winning and becoming a SpectaCross Champion. According to Getchell, “Divisions such as ‘Lawyers Age 50+ Behaving Badly’, ‘Clydesdale 40+ over 200 lbs with Facial Hair’ and ‘Red Sox Nation’ provide riders who normally have no class with a place to race against their peers.” We suspect some New Englanders may want to attend the race just for the opportunity to prove they do have a little class.

No fewer than three opportunities for novice riders to compete, including a women’s-only scrimmage, plus multiple novice clinics.

For more information on the New Jersey State Fair SpectaCross, see The free race entry for mothers last only through the end of Mother’s Day weekend.