Cross racing has been part of Harbin Park, OH since 1996, with 15 riders attending the first race way back then. In 2010, over 500 registered riders made the trip for the third race of Cincinnati’s UCI3 Cyclocross Festival. The impact was positive for the area, according to the Fairfield, Ohio Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, the economic impact was close to $200,000.
The November 2010 Advantage Newsletter also provides the following quick facts:
- The average distance traveled to race at Harbin Park was 250 miles. Riders from as far away as Seattle and southern California flew into greater Cincinnati to race.
- 25 states in all were represented. Canada, New Zealand and Denmark, as well.
- 70% traveled in from over 100 miles away to compete.
- Over 80% stayed 2 nights or more in Cincinnati.
- On October 10th, the Harbin Park event was the most heavily publicized cycling event in the U.S. by the national cycling press.
- Over 500 spectators came just to watch the racing.
- The Harbin Park race course has developed a reputation as one of the hardest courses in the United States, specifically the 300 yard uphill leading into a 40 yard uphill sand pit.