Clif Bar/FSA Star Crossed Cyclocross has attracted a top-notch field to kick off the US cyclocross season for 2005-06 at King County's Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA, October 1. Headlining the men's field will be defending champion and US elite road champ Carl Decker (Giant), NORBA champion Geoff Kabush (Maxxis), and 2004 US Grand Prix of Cyclocross champion Ryan Trebon (Kona/Les Gets). The fourth edition of Star Crossed will also be marked by the return to 'cross by Tim Johnson, 2000 US national cyclocross champ. Adam Craig (Giant), who has enjoyed a strong 2005 on the World Cup MTB circuit will add even more class to the field.
Local favourites Jonny Sundt, Russell Stevenson and Barry Wicks will be trying to upset the big names in what is a highly-anticipated event. Race announcer Dave Towle believes that, "It's a lot more than a bike race, and the promoters deserve a lot of credit for creating what is now viewed as an event not to be missed. The quality of the riders, the 'Daytona 500 effect,' and the huge crowds leave everyone smiling at the end of the day."
Lyn Bessette and Anne Knapp, the top two female riders in North American cyclocross since the late '90's will resume their rivalry at the event, and will be joined by Wendy Simms, Canadian national cyclocross champ.
There's a host of activities off the course, including the Toña Cerveza Beer Garden, global cooling by Clif Bar, free raffles for spectators including a Giant Simple Single and TCX cross frame, and a live DJ. Races for beginning and intermediate riders start on the day at 3:00pm with the headlining senior men's race at 8:00pm. Beginning riders welcome on mountain bikes with the purchase of a one-day racing pass, available at the event. Rider entry fee is $20, spectators $5.