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Old 11-16-13, 10:05 AM   #1
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Architectural proposal - what could be improved at Cyclocross events?

Hi all,

I'm a postgraduate architecture student working on a design proposal in conjunction with Sustrans with the potential to develop a Cyclocross events/ training centre in the Nottingham area.
I'm a keen road cyclist myself and have always been curious about the sport.

I was wondering if anyone could share their opinions on any or all of the following questions to help inform the design?
-What facilities do you need/ would like to see at Cyclocross events both from the perspective of a participator and a spectator?
-Is there anything that frustrates you about the way events are run at the moment?
-What would make it easier for people who are new to the sport to get involved?
-What would make the events even more exciting for spectators and cyclists?
-What was the best event/ race you ever went to and why?
-What makes a course/ track fun to ride?

Assume that money is not a limitation.
I'm sure there's more questions I could ask so if you think of anything else that might be useful please say!

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Since It's just a Arch School drawing, how about having fun with the Project ..

a course that is like an amusement park ride,
Miniature golf, course? Time that windmill blade section
Steeple chase hedge rows followed by wet pools.. Have you seen the Wipeout TV show?
its a take-off from a Japanese Show,

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In an ideal situation, the main parking lot, the start/finish stretch, and the pit (ideally a double pit with dedicated bikewash station) would all be pretty close to each other.

Boulder has a dedicated CX park that has some nice features.

Check out the UCI and USAC cyclocross course rules, and follow them.
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Better races that I've been to had an obstacle or section, where spectators gathered to see the action close up. For example, one course had racers going down through a sand volleyball pit. The pit was down in a depressed area surrounded by grass and spectators gathered on the grass to cheer on the racers as they went through. Spectators were putting dollar bills in beer bottles and taunting the cyclist to get the money as they went through the sand. Too much fun for racers and spectators.

Another course had a DJ set up on the back side of the course, far enough from the start finish to avoid interfering with the announcer at the start/finish line. Lots of spectators enjoying the music and racers getting beer handups as they go by. It was quite the party scene for a few hours.

Lots of variety in the surface (grass, pavement, dirt, sand) and terrain make a good race. Most of the races I've been to are held in a public park or fairground and use the features there (stairs, horse race tracks, levies, even a BMX track) in the course. Also, races can be held day or night. Night races under the lights are fun too.

Just don't design in too much sand. A couple of sandy spots are good, but long stretches of sand are just plain mean!

Best event I raced at was a wet as hell park in the middle of no where. It rained all week long and cleared on day of the race. Sun was shining, course was wet and tough. Lots of standing water and deep puddles. Mud was sticky and the grass was long. Getting around the course took every ounce of energy you had. The racing that day was epic.
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