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Questions For: Bill Mulder, SLO Cross enthusiast

Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., El Chorro Regional Park

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NEW TIMES What is SLO Cross?

MULDER SLO Cross is a cyclocross event of short-course road racing, trail riding, and an obstacle course, all on a hefty road bike with skinny tires.


 

NEW TIMES How often do these events take place?

MULDER Once or twice a year.

 

NEW TIMES Who organizes it?

MULDER Team SLO Nexxus hosts cyclocross in San Luis Obispo.

 

NEW TIMES Are you racing?

MULDER No, this is a spectator/participant sport for me. I will be there with my bamboo fishing pole and dollar bills as bait; I hope to catch a buzz.


 

NEW TIMES How far is the race? How long does it take to complete?

MULDER It’s within the El Chorro Regional Park property, so it’s like a criterium—you see the same racers pass many times within the 30 to 40 minute race.


 

NEW TIMES If you had to bet money on the race, who would you put it on?

MULDER The one who plucks the most dollar bills from my fishing pole.


 

NEW TIMES Is this an all-ages race?

MULDER Yes, 6 to 9 years, through 55-plus. 


 

NEW TIMES Do you remember the moment you fell in love with bicycling?

MULDER The chrome chopper my dad and I built together when I was 10.


 

NEW TIMES Do you name your bikes?

MULDER Only my skip tooth Fat tire Elgin rat-rod “Scarlet Begonia.”


 

NEW TIMES How many bikes do you have?

MULDER Never enough.


 

NEW TIMES Anything you’d like to add?

MULDER Cyclocross is the best spectator sport where you can drink beer, fish, and taunt the cyclo-martyrs that use bikes for self-flagellation. GO!


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