Bicycle riders love the fall and all the season brings—crisp air, blazing colors and cooler temps. Add in a zig zag course, some mud and a handful of barriers at one of the most scenic spots around and you’ve got a cyclocross race. HoliMont is hosting its second annual HoliCX2 race Oct. 22.

Cyclocross originated in Europe and by most accounts it was a way to train during the off season for long bicycle races like the Tour De France. In 1910, Belgium hosted the first national cyclocross championship and in 1924, Paris, France was the location of the first international race, Le Critérium International de Cross-Country Cyclo-Pédestre.

In 1950, UCI regulated its first cyclocross race which happened to be the world championships in Paris. It wasn’t until the 1960s that cross racing got some traction in the US. Participation grew threw the 90s bike boom and is still growing today. Boulder, CO is one of the country’s hot beds for cross and hosts numerous races and events throughout the year.

As for the local scene, there are many sponsors and promoters holding races all over Western New York. Two years ago, a local legend and racer John Roden had the idea of combing the popular cross races in the area into an overall series with a focus on families. WNY Cross Series (www.wnycyclocross.com) was born.  There are classes for all ages and abilities and is a great way to get the whole family active and outdoors.

The first HoliMont Cyclocross race was held last year during Fall Festival and drew 100 racers from all around the region. The course offered challenging lines and features with the fall foliage creating a magnificent backdrop.

This year’s race will be held on Oct. 22, two weekends after Fall Festival, to give more focus to the race itself.

Registration details, times of events and other information can be found online at www.bikereg.com. Day-of-registrations will also be open at 8:30 a.m. race day. Racing, parking and spectators will all enter at the WestMont entrance located at Ridgeway drive, off Route 242.

There will also be a fun kid’s course free to all racers 8 and under. All other racers will need a valid USAC license or buy a one-day license for $10 on top of the registration fee. The first 100 people to register also get a free pair of HoliMont bicycle socks.

For more information or if you would to set up on vendor row, call HoliMont at (716) 699-2320 or email greg@holimont.com.