Iron Cross XIV Is Coming!

TARGET DATES: October 7-10, 2016, in Williamsport, PA

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Iron Cross XIV*

 

TARGET DATES: October 7-10, 2016, Williamsport, PA

Registration: will open and link when all Williamsport confirmations are in place

It was like a golden tunnel out there!

It was more like the start of a crit than an ultra cross race, in the way that we lined up in the closed- off streets in Williamsport, PA!

Iron Cross, Williamsport was awesome and we can’t wait to get back there! The dozens of great restaurants, bars, hotels and family entertainment options in the Williamsport and S. Williamsport area add just what is needed to take an incredible course and turn it into a spectacular event. And 2016 will only be better yet.

The new course is pretty perfect – basically everyone on the finish line feels like, ‘I shoulda brung the other bike’ and that’s basically what we’re after! We want it to be a hard choice between ‘cross and mtbs.

Iron Cross stalwarts Andrew B and Professor G said, “Whassup? We be thinking that was more mountain bikey.” But then Mr AA of the TSEpic crew did a little analysis and his stravalator showed his mountain bike was the best choice for only about 5 miles of the 100 Kuhnometer course. Ms. Jill thought her 700x38c equipped carbon hardtail was the B.O.M.B. While a pre-ride on a loop of the first and last quarters of the course had The Sledgeholzammer thinking hard about bringing out a road bike.

Literally could not have picked a better time to be in Williamsport for the fall foliage.

In the end, with three ‘cross bikes absolutely dominating the top three steps of the men’s podium in 2015 – one, two, three, baby!! – and miles out front (we all sat down and had a beer before mountain bikes showed up) and on top of the women’s podium too we don’t anticipate much change to this course and we don’t guarantee we won’t totally mess with it. This continues what has made Iron Cross legendary! We brought Ultracross to North America and Iron Cross, Williamsport continues our tradition of creating the best of the breed by mixing an incredible variety of road, gravel, doubletrack and a bit of singletrack into the mix.

Horse Path is already giving Wigwam a run for the title of “Best Run Up Ever” with the new version of Larry’s Tavern the best I’ve seen.  And amazing new spots in the Tiadaghton forest with names like The Vandyke, Route 44, Walters Rd and Webster Trail are already gaining reputations comparable to the loved/infamous Hogshead Rd and Lippencote Trail.

Abe found a good spot here to capture how steep the hike was.

A further expansion of the weekend events to include more fun gravel ride options, other events through the weekend and family friendly scavenger hunts by bike and foot through Williamsport while the race is in progress will complement the 2016 Iron Cross. Our partners in the Susquehanna Valley Velo Club are helping to bring these events together and we’ll be raising funds for local trail development through them.

It was a really cool hang out setting right beside the start/ finish area. Two different restaurants to pick from for post race grub/ brews!

The big news is that we’ll be adding at least one if not two shorter options to the fun!  

We’ll roll out the news on these in the first few months of 2016.

Gravel ride info led by the Susquehanna Valley Velo Club is gonna be right here. Family scavenger hunt info will be over here. But, do not look at this.

Bring the family, bring your friends. You’ll want to be part of Iron Cross in Williamsport, PA!

Can’t wait to see you for the 14th Edition of North America’s Original Ultracross Race!

and find us on Facebook @ Iron Cross Race

“Due to your support our events have raised more than $20,000.00 for PA trails and the effort to launch the PA Interscholastic Cycling League. Please help us to continue to support these efforts by coming out and having some fun at our events and by donating directly to the PA League PAMTB.ORG.”

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*We’re totally about to get confused on all this XXIVVIZDEJJJ stuff. Just so you know.

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