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Yeah, rules. We used to have just four:

1. If you hurt yourself, it's your own damn fault.

2. Cross bikes only.

3. All mistakes in timing, finish order and reporting of results are final.

4. If you cheat in a race that takes place place in someone's yard and has its crux in a foot sprint through a kid's sandbox, you are a dick.

Now there’s a bunch more because we’re, like, an offiical licensed event. You can read all about them at if you want. On top of all those, and just to clarify some of them even if we’re duplicating, here’s all you really need to know to race ecstatically:

1. Cross bikes only at FSX. We know what the USA Cycling rules say, but sorry.

2. All mistakes in timing, finish order and reporting of results are arbitrary — this is a noncompetitive training event, not an official race, remember — and therefore final.

3. Still and all, don’t show up and be a dick.

Fifth Street Cross is open to any licensed USA Cycling rider, or anyone who purchases a one-day license at the site. All you have to do to participate is show up with a cross bike and a helmet and light and a license and not much sense. You’ll find people more friendly if you’re not a jackass but, unfortunately, we can no longer keep jackasses out by policy. Here’s the breakdown:

A FOF (Friend of FSX): $50, which covers all events in our 2010 schedule and includes the number. You have to be licensed to be one of our friends. Life’s cruel that way.

A Licensed First-Timer: $10 ($5 for the event, plus $5 for a number)

An Unlicensed First-Timer: $15 ($5 for the event, $5 for a number, $5 for a one-day license)

A Licensed Single: $5 (assuming you have your number with you)

An Unlicensed Single: $10 ($5 for the event plus $5 for a one-day license)

A Numbskull: $5 every time you need a new number. This year there’s no, “I forgot mine, can I borrow one?” and no scribbling your number on a paper plate. If you don’t have the official FSX number, you have to pay another $5.

We don’t accept credit cards. We got in a real bad fix once in Vegas on account of plastic. And we only do registration day-of.


About Cyclocross
Cyclo-cross (sometimes Cyclocross, CX, cyclo-X or 'cross) is a form of bicycle racing. Races take place typically in the autumn and winter (the international or "World Cup" season is September-January), and consists of many laps of a short (2.53.5 km or 1.52 mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike whilst navigating the obstruction and remount in one graceful motion.

Races for senior categories are generally between 30 minutes and an hour long, with the distance varying depending on the ground conditions. The sport is strongest in the traditional road cycling countries such as Belgium (and Flanders in particular) and France. -from Wikipedia