Cyclocross racing in April? Yes. In a major city like Zurich? Yes. With cyclocross pros racing? Yes. With racers jumping out of a van and running down stairs? Yes and yes.

Sand, gravel, water, stairs, van ride-through and a mini pump track were all present to challenge the racers.

Sand, gravel, water, stairs, van ride-through and a mini pump track were all present to challenge the racers.

The cyclocross-crazy folks behind the EKZ Cross Tour pulled off another amazing feat for the second year in a row with its Urban Cyclocross race in Zurich. The event built on last year’s successful debut, and attracted top cyclocross pros including Simon Zahner, Lucie Chainel and eventual winners Marcel Wildhaber and Jasmin Egger-Achermann.

The pros showed up to race at the 2017 EKZ CrossTour Urban Cyclocross race.

The pros showed up to race at the 2017 EKZ Cross Tour Urban Cyclocross race.

The event is the first of two high-profile cyclocross races in the northern hemisphere in April, followed by next week’s Sea Otter Classic cyclocross race. Both offer creative non-traditional courses that take advantage of what’s available in the local environment.

It's not the SSCXWC but it looks just as fun - The 2017 EKZ CrossTour delivered another exciting day of racing in the city streets of Zurich with Urban Cyclocross.

It’s not the SSCXWC but it looks just as fun – The 2017 EKZ Cross Tour delivered another exciting day of racing in the city streets of Zurich with Urban Cyclocross.

Have a watch of the Urban Cyclocross highlights in the top video, followed by onboard footage of one of the races that shows you the entire awesome urban race course.

2017 EKZ Cross Tour Urban Cyclocross Zurich Race Highlight Video:

2017 EKZ Cross Tour Urban Cyclocross Zurich Onboard Race Footage:

The EKZ Cross Tour Urban Cyclocross race is the second European urban race that we’ve seen this offseason, after the WOW Cyclocross race in Reykjavik, Iceland this February.

Might such urban racing become a thing? We sure hope so. Sure, we’re biased, but they look a lot more fun than crits. See more urban cyclocross racing here.

More info on the EKZ Cross Tour 2017 Urban Cyclocross race here.