Cyclo-cross brings new off-road experiences to North County cycling enthusiasts.
What is Cyclo-cross? Cyclo-cross is the blending of mountain or cross country biking with an obstacle course. Riders wind their way through a track comprised of diverse surfaces while facing challenges including some that are on foot with bike in hand or shouldered. A popular sport already in Europe, with Belgium being its “spiritual center”, Cyclo-cross is gaining momentum in the U.S. with road racers looking for an alternative to the summer season as well as the mountain biker who wants to jump on a shorter, more accessible course.
The CycloCross Course at El Corazon Park in Oceanside features gravel, rocky hard pack, deep soft sand, and areas of scrub brush which is in contrast to the San Diego Cyclocross Course which includes grassy hillsides and wooden terrain.
Over the next several months the CycloCross Course at El Corazon will be crafted to accommodate a variety of uses including:
- Cyclo-cross riding clinics
- BMX and pump track riding
- 2018 Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride training
- Bicycle and e-Bike manufacturer demonstrations
- Corporate team building events
- Youth cycling development programs
- Collegiate training and racing
- USA Cycling and US CUP GP Cross sanctioned race events
Please direct all Oceanside Cyclocross Course inquiries to the Oceanside CycloCross Facebook Page.
On November 11, 2017, Oceanside CycloCross held a soft opening, and first skills and training clinic for both beginner and advanced cyclo-cross riders. The Beginner Clinic included dismounting, remounting, carrying and shouldering the bike, cornering basics, starting, and tires and tire pressure. The Advanced Clinic focused on riding, practicing and repetition, developing skills to help negotiate a real CX course smoothly at speed, cornering and linking turns, dismounts and remounts, passing and defending position on course, bike exchanges, and general strategy. Announcements for a grand opening will be in the near future.
The course is not available for public drop-in. Instead, a fixed schedule for operations and events, will be posted at Oceanside CycloCross on Facebook. The space is open for locals and visitors alike to ride or hone skills in a park with no vehicle traffic intersections; usage fees per participant will apply. If you’re planning on joining us from out of town or simply do not have the right equipment, our local partners can hook you up with everything that you need.