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Riders from across the country will race specialty bikes through woods, sand, mud and other obstacles Dec. 7-8 for USA Cycling points, glory and a little cash. The ProCX elite national tour is the best American cyclocross racing has to offer. And when the 'cross riders come to Texas, they come to Garland and Winters Park.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Resolution Cross Cup is the lone Texas stop on USA Cycling's national cyclocross tour. With some paved straightaway, spaced trees in open areas, narrow paths through woods and steep drop-offs, the demanding terrain in the Winters Park amphitheater is exactly what the sport demands. But with space for the various teams' tents, ample parking at nearby schools and sports facilities, and a trail across Spring Creek to hotels and retail along the Bush Turnpike, Garland is also a convenient and unique locale for racers and spectators alike.
The action will be open to the public both Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8. Racing will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with women's elite scheduled at 12:45 p.m. each day, followed by the men's elite division at 1:50 p.m. Total purses for the pros will be more than $8,000. Other races are broken down into skill level and age divisions.
Garland is also home to the North Texas Cyclocross group, which drew about 100 riders to each of its fall events in the city. The final race in the local circuit is Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Winters Park. The local circuit also utilizes the City's trails at the Rowlett Creek Preserve.