Here’s some racing terrain you don’t see every day: Via Deadspin, we just learned that this year’s Rock Cobbler, a notoriously (and creatively) difficult cyclocross race held each February in Bakersfield, California, had one segment that went straight through someone’s house.
As you can see in the video below, the unsuspecting riders followed the route into someone’s backyard, past a swimming pool, onto the porch, through the house, and back out the front door before they continued to the street, laughing at the absurdity of it all.
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Reportedly, the homeowner removed part of his fence to make way for the race, dressed in a taco suit, and handed out beers to surprised riders as they passed. (No, they didn’t know they’d be biking through his living room.) We appreciate that the host assembled a crowd inside to cheer everyone on. We also like the AC/DC.
The Rock Cobbler started in 2014 and bills itself as a “stupidly hard ride.” Last Saturday’s edition ran for some 90 miles, featured more than 6,800 feet of elevation, and took riders onto gravel, dirt trails, paved roads, and across rivers and creeks. This year also saw the introduction of a less challenging lower-level race, The Pebbler (get it?), which ran for about 50 miles and included more than 4,000 feet of elevation.
More than anything else, the Rock Cobbler is known for pulling zany, unpredictable antics. Last year, as riders pedaled up an impressively steep incline, organizers made sure to roll inflatable beach balls downhill. You know, for kicks. The race also features a tandem category, for anyone who wants to risk their friendship or love life tackling these ridiculous routes together.
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