Northern State Recreation Area :: Sedro Woolley, WA
The course we lay up for you at Northern State is now a staple in the healthy, balanced dirt diet of any good PNW cyclocrosser. This is considered by many to be a classic course of the north. Epic conditions during its appearance in the Seattle CX series some years ago stamped the site firmly into the minds of many mud aficionados, and it has come through for the Cascade Cross Series ever since. We can count on plenty of fun & challenges again this year!
The race is on a 2 mile course; 10' wide on rolling grass & gravel with runups and barriers. Skagit County Parks maintains the Northern State Recreation Area trails for middle & high school cross country meets and frisbee golf. It looks smooth and fast, but wet conditions will quickly bog you down and have you wishing for an easier gear.
This is part of the old Northern State (mental) Hospital, which is a pretty appropriate vibe for cyclocross racing! Registration will be under the group shelter in the center of the course.
Also on the specials list for this year's event is the second round in the Liv/QOD Women's Cyclocross Clinic Series at 8:30am with Cycle U Coach Kristi Berg! After a series of these in 2015, the clinics have proven to bring a lot of great women together and prepped for racing in the ladies-only hour at 10:30am. This will be in a beautiful setting on a fun & challenging course! See the excellent Bellingham Herald article on the mission Kirsten Jensen, Kristi Berg, and Courtenay McFadden are on to raise the numbers for women's cyclocross!
From I-5, take exit 230. Alternately, from the north (Bellingham), take the Cook Rd. exit to bypass Burlington. Head east on State Hwy. 20 for 8.6 miles. You will see a brown sign for the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe on the right just before the sign for Helmick Road. Turn left on Helmick and go north for 0.4 miles, past the main trailhead up a small hill, enter on the left near the barns. Drive past the barns in the morning for parking close to Registration. As that fills up, a sign will indicate to park near the barns. Also in inclement weather this is safer for non-AWD vehicles. These places are indicated in the image below.
Available on BikeReg.com until Friday at 3pm.
BONUS INFO (2015)
on this News page.
COURSE MAP (2015)
Click the image for a larger map, or see the Strava segment.