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  1. #1
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    May 2010
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    Seattle, WA
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    Smile CX Team in Seattle area?

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    I'd like to try cross this upcoming season and am wondering if there are recommends for a Seattle-area cycling team. I'm looking for a team that is successfully competitive but also willing to foster newbies like me.

    It helps if the kit looks good. Mostly kidding about that part. LOL.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    WA State
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    Most of the teams around town have people who race cross and there are a few that are solely dirt oriented.

    That said most teams are a bit more road oriented and really cross is an individual sport (though there is plenty of camaraderie - people put up tents warm up together, do a lot of socializing) Most teams recruit and bring on new members after cross season has started. We've been grappling with this a bit. We start recruiting in September/October and usually have a final roster sometime near the end of November. That leaves out a good deal of cross season. We're thinking this year we may have a separate cross recruitment a little earlier (though we still have a problem of not having kits.... we can really only do one order per/year, so scaring up extra clothing is sometimes hard). But anyhoo, where I'm going is that it may be a little harder to join a team for this cross season, but there's a good chance you could get on one part way in.

    That's not necessarily a bad thing - cross is a pretty congenial crowd. You can go and hang out with people from all sorts of teams and get a feel for how they operate.

    For learning skills there are a few options. Cycle U runs some cross boot camps. Those I've heard a pretty good. For skills and to meet people I'd suggest going to the Kore Kross workouts at Marymoor this fall. People of all levels go and participate and experienced riders lead exercises. You will not only learn a lot, you'll meet riders from lots of teams (and this is one spot where teams will be looking for new recruits)

    A couple teams that I know are more dirt oriented are Ragnarok and 20/20 Cycles. I'm not sure how/when they recruit, both I could probably find out. If you want to just browse local teams you can check out the WSBA web site www.wsbaracing.org on the Links page there is a list of many Washington teams.
    Last edited by Eden; 05-13-2010 at 02:32 PM.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
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    Another voter for Cycle U

    I ride for Cycle U. Back in 2007 the purpose of the team was to take beginners and mold them into racers. Well, so many people wanted to stay with the team after upgrading that it's now open to everyone. I don't think we'll be meeting for the 2010 season until late summer so there's plenty of time to join.

    CX bootcamp start in late July I think and as Eden mentioned, you can also try the Kore Kross workouts at Marymoor.

    Check us out at www.cycleu.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Seattle, WA
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    Thanks for the info. I will look into the Cycle U bootcamps and Kore Kross workouts! I also just got the WSBA email about the women's rides coming up and will definitely try to make one or more of those.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    North Seattle
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    Thanks for asking this question thelawgoddess. CX looks like a hell of a lot of fun to me, and I'd love to at least observe some races!
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