If you go

What: World Cyclo-cross fundraiser

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Pro Peloton Cyclery, 2516 Broadway, Boulder

Cost: Suggested $20 donation for fried chicken plate from Yellowbelly Chicken and beer from Ska Brewing

Maxx Chance, a 20-year-old student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, will miss the first two weeks of school because he'll be representing the United States in the 2017 Cyclo-cross World Championships in Luxembourg.

Cyclo-cross is cross-country bicycling, where competitors race around a course that could include obstacles such as steep, muddy terrain or other sections of the course where cyclists might opt to hop off, shoulder their bikes and run instead.

Chance has already overcome one important obstacle — raising enough money to get himself and his bike to Luxembourg.

The championships start on Jan. 26, but Chance and two other Boulder natives just found out this month that they qualified for the prestigious cyclo-cross competition.

"Cyclo-cross isn't an Olympic sport yet ... so unfortunately right now you have to pay to play," Chance said while pedaling around Boulder. "Oftentimes you have to pay out of your own pocket to go to nations or other races in the year. (Worlds) is a big accomplishment and an awesome feat but then you're like, 'Oh, wait, I need to come up with $1,500.'"


Chance started a GoFundMe fundraiser on Wednesday with a goal of $1,500 to offset the cost of his flight and the $200 fee airlines usually charge to fly bikes.

By Friday morning, Chance said he woke up to find the $1,500 goal met.

"I was so surprised," he said Friday.

Now that his goal is met, Chance is focusing on raising money for Denzel Stephenson and Ross Ellwood. The two Boulder natives also qualified for the world championship in Luxembourg, in the juniors division.

Chance works at Yellowbelly Chicken in Boulder and his Cyclo-cross teammate and boss, Michael Friedberg, helped coordinate a fundraiser for the Boulder cyclo-crossers traveling to Luxembourg.

Friedberg, who owns Yellowbelly Chicken, said the fundraiser will be held at Pro Peloton Cyclery on Sunday at 6 p.m.

For a suggested donation of $20 per person, there will be fried chicken, sides and beer from Ska Brewing, which is a team sponsor.

"We want to raise the money to ensure that these Boulder natives in our small cycling community get this opportunity," Friedberg said.

Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, antonaccik@times-call.com or twitter.com/ktonacci