Pro cyclocross race moved to Marymount Event Center from PLU

One of the venues for a professional Cyclocross race coming to the South Sound on Dec. 6-7 has changed to Spanaway’s Marymount Event Center, event organizer Zac Daab said.

The Dec. 6 race was moved when Pacific Lutheran University cancelled its plan to host the race on land that used to be the school’s golf course. The Dec. 7 race will be at Lakewood’s Fort Steilacoom Park.

Organizers hoped to have both days of the Waves for Water races at Fort Steilacoom Park, but the park is being used for an orienteering competition Dec. 6.

The Dec. 6-7 races are expected to draw more than 600 racers each day. And while the events will be highlighted by the elite races, there will be races for all ages and experience levels, Daab said.

Competitors are coming from as far away as Denmark. The events give racers opportunities to earn points to qualify for the national championships Jan. 7-11 in Austin, Texas. Registration for the races is open at usacycling.org.

Cyclocross, one of the most popular forms of bicycle racing in the Northwest, combines elements of road and mountain biking on courses that can include sand, asphalt, grass, trails and steep hills and obstacles that require riders to dismount and carry their bikes.