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Photo courtesy of Micheal Boedigheimer

Photo courtesy of Micheal Boedigheimer

Photo courtesy of Micheal Boedigheimer

Photo courtesy of Micheal Boedigheimer

The Delta States Grand Prix of Cyclocross is the first large-scale race series of its kind to be organized and promoted in the Louisiana / Mississippi region.

Our goal is to introduce riders to the discipline of ‘cross racing and expose them to the energy, enthusiasm and fun of this quintessentially “European” style of racing.

Delta States Grand Prix

As a sport, cyclocross enjoys a rabid fan-base across Europe. Literally tens of thousands of fans pack the courses to enjoy a festival-like atmosphere that combines the speed and frenetic energy of competitive bike racing with mud, sand, beer and vuvuzelas to generate a spectacle that is as fun for the racers as it is for the spectators.

Cyclocross is enjoying a dramatic rise in popularity in the United States. In January 2013, the UCI held the World Championships in Louisville, KY -- the first time ever outside of Europe. Since that event, the groundswell of popularity has grown participation in the sport exponentially throughout North America.

Organized in a grand prix format, Delta States Grand Prix (DSGP) rewards participation in the series by allowing riders to accumulate points over the weeks toward the eventual crowning of a series champion. By hosting multiple events across the region, we are able to bring the series to teams, clubs and communities who might not otherwise have the opportunity to get involved due to travel restrictions. We see this series as a way to promote the long-term health benefits of recreational cycling in general and we use cyclocross as a fun way to encourage individuals to get involved at a competitive level.

Our primary goal is to grow participation in this series year over year, and to gain recognition and support on a national level from the elite level riders that have heretofore had limited racing opportunities south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Now in its second year as a USAC sanctioned event series, DSGP will host race races across the entire LAMBRA region during the months of October, November and December with the final race serving as the District Championships from which we will crown not only the champions of our district but also the series’ points champions in their respective categories. From there, we hope to encourage a large entourage of riders to attend the 2015 National Cyclocross Championships to be held in January in Austin, TX.

DSGP 2014 Schedule:

Sep 27-28, 2014
“Fall Into ‘Cross” Skills Clinic
Lafayette, LA, US

Oct 26, 2014
DSGP #1 // Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, LA, US

Nov 09, 2014
DSGP #2 // Covington
Covington, LA, US

Nov 15-16, 2014
DSGP #3 // Shreveport
Shreveport, LA, US

Nov 23, 2014
DSGP #4 // Natchez
Natchez, MS, US

Dec 06-07, 2014
DSGP #5 // Jackson
Jackson, MS, US

Dec 14, 2014
DSGP #6 // New Orleans
New Orleans, LA, US

DSGP 2014 Schedule:

Sep 27-28, 2014
“Fall Into ‘Cross” Skills Clinic
Lafayette, LA, US

Oct 26, 2014
DSGP #1 // Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, LA, US

Nov 09, 2014
DSGP #2 // Covington
Covington, LA, US

Nov 15-16, 2014
DSGP #3 // Shreveport
Shreveport, LA, US

Nov 23, 2014
DSGP #4 // Natchez
Natchez, MS, US

Dec 06-07, 2014
DSGP #5 // Jackson
Jackson, MS, US

Dec 14, 2014
DSGP #6 // New Orleans
New Orleans, LA, US

 
 

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