Bicyclists battle terrain in Sunday's Campton Cross

CAMPTON TOWNSHIP – Mary Ann Sedor's pants were caked in mud after her bicycle couldn't quite make it up a muddy hill that was part of Sunday's Campton Cross – Chicago Cyclocross Cup Halloween Race at Anderson Park in Campton Township.

"I totally wiped out," Sedor said. "My bike tipped over."

Despite the setback, the Warrenville resident said she enjoyed the challenge of the race.

"It is super hard," Sedor said. "You are pretty much at your threshold the whole time."

For Jostein Alvestad of Elmhurst, dressing up was as much fun as riding in the race. He came dressed as Tonto, with his black wig doubling as a bicycle helmet.

"I saw the movie 'The Lone Ranger' with my kids and decided to dress as Tonto," Alvestad said.

Participants and spectators were encouraged to dress in costume in the Campton Cross, which consisted of 12 different races. The course provided plenty of challenges for Alvestad as well.

"There are some tricky turns and some challenging bumpy parts," he said.

Cyclocross is the sport of racing bicycles over rough terrain. Bicyclist Matt Howley of Glen Ellyn discovered just how rough the course was after participating in the event.

"It's mostly uphill," Howley said. "Jostein talked me into doing the race. I did my best today."