Sunday was a beautiful day for the inaugural Northumberland Nasty, a 65km cyclocross event held by the Cobourg Cycling Club. The Cobourg CC was very welcoming and laid out a very well-marked course with two checkpoints stocked with tubes, water and gels.
The 65km course itself was quite challenging with about a thousand metres of climbing and encompassed mostly gravel roads, tons of sand and rock-strewn double-track with the odd piece of pavement. The course was very fast with some crazy switchbacks bringing you from slaloming down sand trails at 45km/hr into 6-7% grades on sand and rock. While the course was not closed to traffic, there was very little traffic on the route, which was fantastic. I was quite shocked at how hilly the area was and where these trails kept going.
This event has been a few years in the making and the Cobourg CC is hoping plan to hold it again next year. It was a fun and challenging ride, very much akin to the Paris-Ancaster, but with rock/sand chutes instead of the mud chutes. The good thing was there were no places you had to get off and walk the bike, although some sections I almost got rattled off, and in fact, did lose one water bottle!
Cobourg CC did a fantastic job in organising and putting the information out on this event. They had an interesting registration using facebook and good communications on the event. Check out the facebook page and the photos.
The event started and finished at the Baltimore Community Centre, which had great facilities, including washrooms, showers, a canteen, picnic areas and lots of parking. Travel time to the event was about 1h 20 mins.
I would highly recommend this event and will definitely plan to do it again next year.