A ‘cyclocross’ (cross country bicycling racing) was held on a cold Sunday in the Cincinnati suburb of Fairfield. The event took place throughout the streets and fields of a park.
With teams from throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and beyond the pits were filled with an impressive collection of tents, trucks and bikes while the technicians readied them for the races.
There were numerous classes, including this one the start of a multi-group female race. This race had under 23s and over 35s.
Miles of blue tape outlined the course up and down throughout the park.
Some racers were more bundled for the cold weather than others.
Famed baseball player Satchel Paige had a quote ‘don’t look back someone might be gaining on you’ – clearly she didn’t head his advice.
A sand pit results in some small jumps, although nothing like a BMX track would yield.
It did however cause some of the racers to get a bit off course.
Given Halloween is near a couple of riders dressed for the occasion, like the human taco.
A few got hung up on a small hill and had to dismount.
Racing to the finish.
The Cleveland Crusaders are an amateur rugby team that plays Division 2 Rugby with other teams in the Great Lakes area. On this Saturday afternoon they played a team from Pittsburgh at a makeshift field in Edgewater Park.
I have played, coached and seen many sports but my rugby knowledge is very limited. Thanks to google, we could follow along with the game’s rules. Additionally by watching it for a bit it was easy to follow the strategies, and the identify the skills that were necessary.
The action was intense, coupled with the quick pace it makes for an enjoyable sport.
The tackling is fierce.
When a ball went out of play, it is thrown back in. Unlike soccer teammates will literally lift one of the players up in the air to get the ball.
The most basic rule that was noticed is the ball is always thrown to the side and beyond where the player who previously had the ball is stopped.
A ruck starts with the interlocking of most of the players, while another rolls the ball in.
Eventually popping out, and play ensues.
Rugby is something I will have to check out more often, in my opinion far more interesting that football, but not as good as hockey!
A day and night in Victoria, British Columbia.
BC Parliament Building
Totem Poles at the BC Museum
Yachts and water taxis in Victoria Harbor
The coastline along the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
A cricket game in Beacon Hill Park
More Canadian palm trees in the same park.
More harbor action.
On our way to Port Angeles, Washington and Olympic National Park – which we could easily see from Victoria almost 50 miles away.
A perfect ending to a week in Canada.
A beautiful sunny Saturday was perfect for boat racing in the prairie, specifically at a man made lake that used to be a quarry, at the county fairgrounds, in Springfield Ohio.
The boats started from the ‘beach’, which meant their support team has to hold them in place then try not to get blasted by the water when they take off.
While focused on the boats, in the end the water spray patterns added to the photos.
There were two classes of boats, all with great paint jobs.
The boats could corner at nearly 100 MPH.
This boat lead his entire race until the last lap.
When he got caught up in lapped traffic and was passed down the final straight.
Scioto Downs Racetrack has been in business for over 50 years just south of Columbus. Their feature is their ‘Googie’ style grandstand, which is unfortunately having some structural issues and is closed so you sit on plastic chairs along the apron of the track. Nevertheless the racing goes on…
The Cincinnati Remote Control Airplane Club has been around for over 50 years. Once a year they host a ‘Flying Circus’ at the Butler County Airport in Hamilton, Ohio. This event allows them to showcase to the public their love of their airplanes, as well as their skill in flying them.
There were a number of models both in scope of the time of aviation design as well as scale.
One of the highlights was an event to break balloons by flying low and fast and clipping them with (hopefully) their wheels. Not all used their wheels.
A few slammed into the display holding the balloons.
Some of the landings made it but a bit off course.
The pilots went to pick up the remains of those that crashed.
A Wright Flyer model was flown, albeit very briefly before crashing.
The models were amazing in detail – from a distance it is tough to tell they are models.
The coordinator had a great hat.
A model Valkyrie deloyed a chute to slow it down when landing.
Some of the landings were dicey, but made it.
A trio of Red Baron bi-planes put on a great show.
Some model jets made an appearance.
Another close landing.
In the end it was a great show.
While researching what to do for the year one event I found that was highlighted in red letters not to miss is Dangerwheel – Adult bigwheel racing down a hill in Cincinnati!
East 12th Street in Over The Rhine is not the steepest street in town, but it is more than sufficient to get the riders moving quickly.
Aided by sometimes over exuberant pushers, the racers head down the hill.
Not satisfied with just going down a hill on a trike with no brakes or pedals, the audience pelt the contestants with water balloons.
The second round featured large balls in the course for the racers to ride through.
Costumes, and props are encouraged.
Without brakes mayhem usually ensued at the bottom.
In the end the entire event was great. We unfortunately were unable to stay to the end (they take about 7-8 hours to compete, we only had 4 hours) – next year we will spend the night in Cincinnati and stay for the entire event.