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CYCLOCROSS: Muddy, grueling event coming to ESP on Saturday and Sunday

Matt Sagen/Cascadia Films A competitor takes on the mud at Extreme Sports Park in March during a demonstration cyclocross race. The real deal put on…

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Matt Sagen/Cascadia Films A competitor takes on the mud at Extreme Sports Park in March during a demonstration cyclocross race. The real deal put on by Peninsula Adventure Sports is coming back to ESP on Saturday and Sunday. PORT ANGELES — If you want to see an interesting, albeit a little bit weird, sport new to the Olympic Peninsula, head on out to the Extreme Sports Park this weekend to watch some cyclocross.

Cyclocross is a cycling event that requires competitors to ride through mud, sand, stairs, over obstacles and up hills so steep that the cyclists often have to pick up their bikes and carry them through “portage” sections. It’s an old sport going back to the 1800s and is wildly popular in Europe.

Cyclocross is also a winter event, so a lot of professional cyclists who ride in the Tour de France, etc., use cyclocross for crossfit offseason training.

Peninsula Adventure Sports is partnering with ESP to put on the “Extreme CX Port Angeles” event just west of Port Angeles, with races going from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The group, which also puts on the Gravel Unravel, the GOAT Run and the Big Hurt, gave the ESP a tryout during some demonstration races held in March.

What did Peninsula Adventure Sports race director Lorrie Mittmann learn about cyclocross during that March event?

“That’s it was really a lot of fun,” she said.

Mittmann said that while some of the distance events PAS puts on aren’t great for spectators because much […]

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