The chillier evenings of September bring with them one of my favorite family rituals. Each Wednesday evening we eat an early dinner or pack a picnic and head to Humboldt Park to watch one of the many weekly cyclocross practices that go on in the city and suburbs. This is the first practice we’ve made it to this season but the crew already looks to be in tip top shape bombing down the hills and across the dusty grass.
At last year’s practices plank barriers were regularly set up for impressive bunny hops. The kiddo loved to sit aloft on the branches of near by trees and get a bird’s eye view of the skills tests. We both hope they’ll make their first appearance at next week’s practice.
If you have a free evening this fall, this crew starts practice around 6pm by the diaper beach in Humboldt, approximately 1400 N. Humboldt Blvd. If you’re on the Northside, there’s a different practice at 6:30pm on Tuesdays at Cricket Hill by Montrose beach.
A list of other practice locations and times can be found here.