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Junkyard Cyclocross: Bikes, Bails and Brief Nudity by Derreck Delk

For one day each fall, the crew at Bilenky Cycle Works transform a working junkyard into a cyclocross racecourse.

Over 200 racers navigate the salvage yard -- twisting chicanes around rusted cars, hopping over barriers fashioned from tires, bumpers and miscellaneous eroding auto parts and over the top of scrap plywood, barrels and debris stacked in unidentifiable ways to outline the course.

The best ways to prepare? Physical training, sure. But don't forget your costume -- pagan horse mask, neon leotard or any sort of cape are all good choices -- and, most importantly, a fresh tetanus vaccination!

George Ryan relaxes between rides

Aaron Chase jumps his bike over a car

Competitors ride in a preliminary heat

Spectators cheer on the riders

Competitors carry their bikes across a car

Competitors carry their bikes across a car during a preliminary heat

Spectators react as Aaron Chase completes a jump

Luke Demoe rides to a first place finish in the single speed final

Aaron Chase poses for a portrait

Single speed winners Cole Oberman, left, 2nd, Luke Demoe, center, 1st, and Erin Young, 3rd, celebrate their success at the end of Red Bull Bilenky Junkyard Cross in Philadelphia, PA, USA, on 7 December, 2013

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2013 Junkyard Cyclocross from Nadine Fussell

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