Crosstoberfest happens each October in Hailey and is a festival designed to promote the cyclocross revolution and showcase brewers and hand-crafted beer and microbreweries from the United States and Europe. The focus of Crosstoberfest remains cyclocross racing combined with the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them, topped off with great live music and wacky fun.
The Beer! Up to 30 different breweries from around the world and across the country will showcase their unique libations. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak directly to the companies and brewers responsible for some of their favorite suds, in addition to offering a venue for discovering new flavors.
The Bikes! Cyclocross (sometimes cyclo-cross, CX, CCX, cyclo-X or ‘cross’) is a form of bicycle racing. Races typically take place in the autumn and winter (the international or “World Cup” season is September–January), and consist of many laps of a short course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount and carry the bike while navigating the obstruction, then remount. Course length ranges from 2.5 to 3.5 km (1.5 to 2 miles). Races for senior categories are generally between 30 minutes and one hour, with the distance varying depending on the ground conditions. The sport is strongest in the traditional road cycling countries such as Belgium (and Flanders in particular), France and the Netherlands. It is a perfect match for a handcrafted brew tasting festival!