We're fortunate here in Philly. We have many renegade cyclocross events in and around our town: Spooky Cross, Bilenky Junkyard Cross, X-Mas Cross, Fifth Street Cross—and even rumors of new races to come. This year there was a new unsanctioned cross race added to the mix: Cross The Tracks, presented by Snow Pigeons Bicycle Club. Daniel and Jed of Snow Pigeons B.C. put on a great little cross race in a tiny slice of park in Center City Philadelphia. The race had everything you want in an unsanctioned, renegade cyclocross race: a Le Mans start in an active, dark, sketchy train tunnel, single track trails, paved hill climbs, train track crossing, a steep pedestrian bridge run up/flyover, loosely piled up log overs, and an entire course littered with joggers and dogs. The race was great!
Renegade cross races like this are so much fun because it reminds you of being a kid. Tearing around the neighborhood on bikes with your buddies, racing each other through parks, jumping off dirt piles in construction sites, and enjoying the freedom that a bike offers you. Cross The Tracks has that same freedom—no entry fees, no licenses, no categories—just racing your buddies. Everyone raced on different types of bikes; some people were wearing kits, and some guys had on t-shirts and cut-offs, but everyone had a blast. We all had fun racing and enjoyed hanging out afterwards drinking beers and eating snacks on a rock cliff overlooking Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill River, watching the sun set together.