It’s usually smart to pack your bike away at the first sign of snow.
However, that doesn’t always apply to members of the Blizzard Bike Club, who almost never pack their bikes away for very long, especially not after Mother Nature gives them some snow to play in.
Six members of the club raced on a sunny Sunday, Oct.2, for the start of the cyclo-cross season, a race where riders disembark from their bikes for a portion of the race. It was originally designed to help warm up the riders during fall races in Europe where it has grown a cult-like following.
Davide Loro went from king of the street to king of the cross after he edged out Pat Ferris by two seconds and Darren Guliov by another four. The trio was neck and neck through the entire eight laps.
“Probably the easiest 30 minutes of my life,” Loro said with a wry smile. “Just kidding, that’s so hard. You are 100 per cent right from the start, and you go 110 and you keep going.”
Loro added that battling Ferris was tough because there wasn’t much room to pull ahead throughout the loop, until the sprint finish, an area that Loro has been known to excel at during his time with the BBC.
“Felt good though, me and Pat battled it out for five laps. Each of us took a big dig, then the other guy would drop back. Just a battle of attrition,” he said.
The club will take a break for the Thanksgiving weekend, and return to Surerus Park for the last three cyclo-cross races of the winter.