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The Mud, the Muck and the Craziness: Cyclocross Emerges in Mississippi

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Wendi Garrison running through a sand pit in her first CX race

Wendi Garrison running through a sand pit in her first CX race

2013 saw cyclocross infecting Mississippi in a big way. Wes McWhorter, the founder and race director of The Delta States Grand Prix of Cyclocross, said, “…once you get into cyclocross, you’ll be hooked for life!” This year cyclocross is back and bigger than ever.

In fact, the Tri-County Mountain Bike Association will host a two-day cyclocross festival the weekend of December 6 at the Ridgeland Mountain Bike Trails off of Giles Lane in Ridgeland.

What is cyclocross? Here is an overview of cyclocross provided by Wes:

Cyclocross 101
The sport of cyclocross or CX is believed to have originated in Europe in the early 1900s. Its similarity to steeplechase is no coincidence, as early races were contested over farmland, hedgerows, muddy roads and other reasonably nonnavigable parcours. Riders were often forced to dismount their bikes and run with them on their shoulders or push them along as they battled the natural and man-made obstacles. And so it is today. The bikes may be lighter and the outfits flashier, but the mud and muck and general craziness that define cyclocross remain alive and well. Read More

Cycling With: Alison Harkey, Bike Racer

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Today we are cycling with Alison Harkey, one of my cycling idols.  I had never met Alison but had heard of her amazing cycling accomplishments over the years.  I finally got to meet her in October of 2013.  Alison grew up in Scotland and moved to Mississippi in 1982 to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  She found that life in Jackson was pretty sedentary and started running to stay fit. She met her husband, Louis Harkey, on Old Canton Road during an afternoon run – he chased her down!  They began racing (running) together on weekends and eventually decided to get married, which they did in Scotland in September 1984. Alison and Louis returned to Jackson in December of 1984 and, apart from spending a year in London, they have lived in Jackson ever since. They have 4 adult children  – 3 girls and 1 boy ranging in age from 19 to 26 years old.  Alison was a stay at home Mom until a few years ago when she returned to work, on a very part time basis, in the Department of Physiology at UMMC. Read More