Well the leaves are starting to change and there is a definite chill in the air. Fall is the best time to be outside enjoying the colors and just about everything in Central Oregon. Not only is the trail running, mountain biking and foliage great right now but it is also a special time of year that means lots of heavy breathing and a sport that makes you continuously ask yourself why the hell am I doing this to myself. That sport is Cyclocross. As the Sunnyside team used to say "Cyclocross, the next best thing to a good beating". For those of you who have never heard of it Cyclocross is a sport that takes place in fall and winter. It consists of riding your cross bike (a beefy road bike to put it simply) through grass, mud, sand, snow, other riders while being forced to dismount and run over barriers and run up unridable hills with your bike on your shoulder. Webcyclery has hosted a small series called the Thrilla here in Bend for the past few years to help all of us get ready for the infamous Cross Crusade in Portland which started today. These pics provided by local legend Bob Woodward are of yours truly and Footzone Juggernaut Rob Declerk giving it the old pancake bacon at the last Thrilla race of the season. For those of you who have never done or seen a race check one out as it is really spectator friendly and super fun to do.