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Ellison Park Cyclecross Race

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Although it has been around since 2008, this year the Rohrbach's Ellison Park Cyclocross Race will expand to cover two days of bike racing and beer in Rochester's Ellison Park (off Blossom Road) on Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9.

Cyclocross combines road cycling and mountain biking. Cyclists compete on 1.5- to 2-mile circuits that include obstacles that may require the rider to dismount to continue. This event — the first stop on this year's International Cycling Union international race calendar — will feature men and women racers coming from across the globe. Professionals will take to the course each afternoon, while amateurs have a go in the morning.

In addition to the racing, food will be available from Good Smoke BBQ, beers from local breweries Rohrbach's, ROC Brewing, and Genesee Brewery, and there will be children's activities available.

Spectators can watch the event for free, and a shuttle bus will run noon-5 p.m. both days taking people from the parking lot on Blossom to the race site on North Landing Road. For more information visit ellisoncyclocross.com.

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