Each Thursday includes two races, the first is four laps, and the second is three laps in the opposite direction. Registration opens at 5:45 and the first race starts at 6:30. We keep score, but as long as you’re starting the race, you’re winning! We take a break between each race and we convene at Volpe’s Sport’s Bar immediately after racing.
We are sanctioned by USA Cycling as a “Fun Ride/ Training event,” and we thank our governing body for their cheap insurance.
We race after dark, so bring your lights.
- Don’t be a dick.
- Abide by all USAC cyclocross rules.
- Promoter’s ruling is final.
- Call out your number every time you cross the finish line.
- We will make every reasonable attempt to provide accurate results.
- All results are final.
- Mountain bikes are allowed without bar ends.
- Fat bikes are allowed, but only with tires wider than 3.8 inches. Narrower than that and it’s just a mountain bike.
- Tubulars are discouraged.
- You may cut the course to access the pit.
- There is no pit.
- Please inform finish line judges if you withdraw from the race.
- Awards will be awarded based on style and merit and solely at promoter’s discretion.
- Award ceremony is held at Volpe’s following each race
- You must be present at Volpe’s to receive an award.
- Don’t break the tape.
- Patronize our sponsors.
- If you get hurt, it’s your own fault.
- Sign a damn waiver
- You must check in with registration staff to be counted in the results.
- Rule 2 is crap, hand ups are not a crime.
- Seriously, don’t be a dick.
Entry fee is $10 per week and includes both races. Discounted season-long registration is available until the first week of the season.
A $5 number fee is assessed at your first race of the season.
Annual licenses are encouraged, but day-of Licenses are available for Cat 5 racers for $10 per week. But seriously, buy an annual license.
Park in the lot at the intersection of Kline’s Lane and East Minor Street in Emmaus, then ride toward the northeast along the road into the recycling center. Driving directions can be found by clicking here.
Please check in every week with event staff in the registration trailer.
History of Fifth Street Cross
Established in 2005, Fifth Street Cyclocross originally lived at the home and estates of Bill and Beth Strickland, on Fifth Street, in Emmaus. These days, the event is on its third promoter and has moved to the Emmaus Recycling Center. Each Thursday in the Fall we host two races — both are open to all category racers. Sometimes it’s warm, sometimes it snows — no matter the conditions, our course, which includes grassy fields, lots of turns, steps, barriers, and pavement — is the perfect venue to perfect your technique in a competitive training environment.