It has been pretty close the to the same the last few years. It is not technical. there is a bit of pavement. a couple of short climbs, lots of grass. if it is muddy it really sucks. I am sure you could ride it on a cross bike but I don't know if it would be benificial, for the most part stxc are at slower speeds than cx races and with courses that are that short there just isn't enough sustained pedaling to warrant cx bikes if it did then all the guys would be on cross bikes or at least 700c wheels with cross tires and you only see those wheels by a couple of guys at few races each year.