Rolling Thunder Cyclocross, a classic Missoula bicycle race that’s as much a party as it is a competition, returns for its 17th year this weekend, Oct. 28 and 29.
But unlike most years, when Rolling Thunder is the biggest ‘cross race of the fall, this edition is also a lead-up to a major international championship coming to Missoula the following weekend. For the first time ever, Missoula will host the Pan-American Cyclocross Championships, the official joint continental championship for the entire Western Hemisphere: North and South America, and the Caribbean. The only higher-level championship event is the annual cyclocross world championship race.
The Pan-Am event will take place Nov. 4–5, the weekend mandated for all continental cyclocross championships by the Union Cycliste Internationale, cycling’s international governing body. The Pan-American Cycling Confederation announced their decision to place the 2023 and ’24 championships in Missoula in February. The confederation selected a bid from Missoula’s Shaun Radley, owner and operator of MTCX Skis, Bikes & Events.
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