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Riders in the 45-plus and 55-plus age group jump over one of the obstacles during the 2007 Boulder Cup Cyclocross Race at Harlow Platts Park. This year s Cup is at FlatIron Crossing mall on Sunday.
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Riders in the 45-plus and 55-plus age group jump over one of the obstacles during the 2007 Boulder Cup Cyclocross Race at Harlow Platts Park. This year s Cup is at FlatIron Crossing mall on Sunday.

If you go

What: Colorado Cross Classic

When: Saturday

Where: Boulder Reservoir

More info: coloradocrossclassic.com

What: Boulder Cup

When: Sunday

Where: FlatIron Crossing Mall, Broomfield

More info: dbcevents.com/home/boulder-cup/

The forecast — sunny, highs in the 60s — won’t be very ‘cross-y for the Boulder Cup weekend.

“Last year, it snowed the night before, so it was a total mudfest,” said pro racer Amy Dombroski of last year’s cyclocross race at the Boulder Reservoir.

For some, the nastier the conditions, the better when it comes to ‘cross.

But despite the potential for stellar weather, the Boulder Cup weekend usually adds up to a big weekend of cyclocross racing in Colorado.

Organizers expect the races to draw thousands of spectators and 600 or so racers. Pros are coming in from around the country, said Tim Shea, event director for Saturday’s Colorado Cross Classic at the Boulder Reservoir, since both races are part of the eight-race North American Cyclocross Trophy series. They’re also Union Cycliste Internationale races, which means riders can snag UCI points for the World Cup.

The Sunday Boulder Cup, at FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield, is one of only seven UCI C1 ‘cross races in the United States, said race director Chris Grealish. That means it’s a good place to rack up extra UCI points.

Dombroski would have been one of those pros on the start lines this weekend, but she just returned from racing in Europe and is a little under the weather. She said the races will draw pros from around the country and bring out the state’s strongest racers.

“A lot of the local Colorado racers will be aiming to peak for this weekend,” Dombroski said.

Shea and Grealish both said they hope the races will be big spectator events.

“I have a wife and two little girls, so part of my thinking was, what are my girls going to do that day, and what would their friends do?” Shea said.

Both races will have a jumpy castle for kids, a beer garden (obviously for adults), food and expos.

Grealish also wanted a family-friendly event. The Boulder Cup will have free mountain bikes and a course to ride for kids, courtesy of Boulder’s Avid4Adventure. And the proceeds from the beer garden go to Boulder Valley Junior Cycling.

Shea also arranged a fun run on the course for the Saturday race at the Res, which he thinks is a first. Because cyclocross courses always include barriers — bike racers have to dismount and carry their bikes over boards along the course — he said it’s like a steeple chase or cross country course for the runners.

Proceeds from the fun run will support those who lost their homes in the Fourmile Fire. And since the run is just before the pro race, Shea expects to have a few thousand people there cheering on the runners.

Last year, the Boulder Cup was at the Reservoir, but Grealish moved the Sunday race to Flatiron Crossing this year to see whether a more urban setting will attract a new fan base. At the mall, he thinks people will be attracted to the race when they see the bounce houses for the kids, smell the barbecue and hear the cheering. Once there, they’re hooked — ‘cross is a great sport to watch.

“You’re basically watching these people suffer by you while you’re sipping a beer and listening to AC/DC in the background,” he said.

“It creates an overall visual appeal that is really unmatched.”

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