Tour De Mud
There are many stories about the origins of cyclocross. One is that European road racers in the early 1900s would race each other to the next town over from them and that they were allowed to cut through farmer's fields, climb over fences, or take any other shortcuts necessary in order to make it to the next town first. It's also said that Tour de France riders in the early 20th century invented cyclocross as a discipline to help maintain shape during the off-season. Whatever the origin, the thrilling autumn and winter sport includes sharp turns, steep banks, hurdles, tree roots and lots and lots of mud.