In what is seen as a year of tremendous growth, the Pearl Izumi Ohio Valley cyclo-cross series finishes off for the season with the Ohio State cyclo-cross championships at John Bryan state park in Yellow Springs, Ohio on December 10. In addition to state championship medals and Ohio Valley Cross Series overall awards going out, the overall John Bryan prize purse has been raised to a guaranteed $1000 overall by BioWheels bike shop in Cincinnati.
The John Bryan race course, now in its fifth year, provides the perfect series finale: a course that rewards the well-rounded rider that can power through the flats, but also let her rip through the off-camber turns and winding sand section. It is UCI race-course inspired with wide lanes and a completely taped-off course. Top that off with multiple barrier sections, and a tiny smidge of non-technical singletrack, and you've got a final race not to be missed.
The Ohio Valley 'cross series is still tightly contested, and most, if not all of the categories are still up for grabs going into this final race. With double series points on the line, not too many riders will have the luxury to coast into the finish as every place counts. The weatherman is calling for race day highs in the mid-40’s, and a local coffee brewer will be on hand to help warm racers up. For directions and race info, visit www.biowheels.com or www.ovcx.com