Originally Posted by aerodynamic
Thanks, Stuart. My priorities aren't point-to-point at all, but rather locale (i.e. IN Toronto, not 50-100km outside of it). My attempts to look at various cycling event calendars tends to be tharted because those calendars have to date have been pretty much empty. With licenses plus entry fees but whatever else comes up, cost is starting to raise it's head, too.
Know of any good races that fit my specs?
Yeah for some reason the OCA and Cylcocross organizers are horrible at announcing details about the events in the fall. Some events last year didn't have their final details announced until like a week before. So if you were new to cyclocross, it was hard to find simple things like where to park etc.
Anyways I would definetley recommending trying out the Mid Week Cyclocross Clinics. Even if you can't drive you can get there on bike paths or via the road in about 40 mins from downtown and it gives you a good taste of riding cross, without the pressure of an actual race. Usually the way it works is that it starts at around 6 or 6:30 and people just informally do loops around the course for an hour or so, then the finish off the night with a little "race" that goes in waves of good folks then new folks. It is nice albeit a bit unstructured. The did however have one night were it was a bit more structured and they went through some drills like jumping over barriers, doing the tight turns etc. and that was pretty great. There site is here : http://www.midweekclub.ca/
No info no the nights yet but I did see a poster at a local bike shop advertising it again for this year.
They also do a two day cyclocross actual race at Centennial in October. Last year the Saturday was a Citizen Race and the Sunday was an S Cup.
From what I understand about this year, there actually a lot more races, pretty much every weekend. The Saturday's will be Citizen Races and the Sunday will be Southern Cup Races. The only difference is that the Sunday Races are for points for the series.
Last year I did Durham Cross in Oshawa, The Toronto Race, and Esteem Cross at Albion Hills and they were all good. Although at the Albion Cross my crank arm came off on my final lap, but I still came in sixth. I just one footed it back in. I think Albion was my favourite. They had chilli and baked goods.