Top-flight cyclo-cross returns to south-central Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 25 with the running of the 2006 Sutliff Hummer Pennsylvania state cyclo-cross championships at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle. Organized by Yellow Breeches Racing, the event will crown state champions in a dozen categories racing in five individual events. Also on tap is the 'Lil’ Belgians' kids race and the second running of the non-championship cyclo-cross relay.
The featured event will be the non-championship team relay race that follows the individual championship races. A unique race, the cyclo-cross relay race debuted at last year’s championships and was such a huge hit that there was no doubt that it would be reprised for this year’s event. A slightly shorter race than last year, the eight-lap race will be contested by four-person teams comprised of an Elite Man, B-Man and Master teamed with either a Woman or Junior racer.
Since every lap is done at first-lap intensity, and there is no prescribed start order for the different riders, the Sutliff Hummer Team Relay promises to be a fast, entertaining event, even without hijinks. But just to add to the fun, the promoters have announced that awards will be given to those teams who best express individuality, imagination, and ambition via costumes, chants, and other imaginative schemes as judged by a panel of peers.