Current US National Champ Jonathan Page to race Charm City. Who among the MAC regualrs can defeat him?
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Charm City Cross, Rounds 3 & 4 of the Fuji Bikes Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross Series Presented by SRAM invades Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park
Kona Factory Team elite racer and former British National Champion Helen Wyman and current US National Champion Jonathan Page scheduled to race in Baltimore this weekend against a strong international field September 21 & 22.
Baltimore, MD (September 15, 2013) — Get your cowbells out. Over 1400 elite and amateur races from near and far have already registered for this weekend’s Charm City Cyclocross race, sponsored by Hampden’s Twenty20 Cycling Company.
Since the inaugural race 9 years ago, Charm City Cross has become the Mid-Atlantic’s pre-eminent race, drawing competitors from all over the globe. French, Belgian and British compatriots will line up with Wyman in the UCI 2 races vying for the podium against a talented American field.
For the uninitiated, cyclocross is a cycling discipline that involves racing mainly on grass, sand, and gravel with occasional dismounts and remounts to clear manmade and natural barriers. Racers compete on bikes similar to road bikes but with subtle modifications that enable them to traverse the tricky terrain.
Since it’s first incarnation in 2005, Charm City Cross has grown dramatically to become one of the most well-attended and beloved races on the east coast. Located in Druid Hill Park, the race draws crowds of spectators and boasts a course that will make your heart shoot out of your jersey and sand pits that will have you rinsing sand out of your chamois for weeks.
In addition to an awesome venue and course, Charm City’s success can be attributed to the hardcore support from Charm City Cycling, the team who organizes the race under the guidance of
Director Kris Auer who owns Twenty20 Cycling Company in Hampden. The race was born out of C3 (Charm City Cycling) members’ passion and guided by Auer into what it is today.
Increased sponsorship has also nurtured the event, with sponsors like Bikereg.com and Champion Systems lending their support. The 2-day race, part of the 8 race Mid-Atlantic Series, benefits from title sponsor Fuji Bikes and presenting sponsor SRAM.
Get Your Cowbell On
As they did last year, Fuji Bikes who will provide one frameset per event and 2 carbon framesets for the overall series winners in the women’s B (3 /4 ) and men’s B (2 /3) categories. Stop by the Fuji Bikes tent where Jonathan Page will be signing cowbells prior to his race.
“With increased sponsorship from Fuji Bikes, SRAM, and Bikereg.com and a strong UCI presence in the Mid Atlantic, the MAC offers a unique opportunity for regional, national and international racers to test themselves on some of the finest courses on the US circuit,” Auer said.
Last year France’s Nicolas Bazin (Big Mat-Auber) and Britain’s Helen Wyman (Kona) claimed the top spots both days, bring European panache to their victories.
Look to regional star and C3 Twenty20 Cycling elite racer Arley Kemmerer, fresh of a UCI win at Nittany race #2, to challenge Wyman in the women’s field. Perennial podium topper Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom/Van Dessel) should also be in the mix.
Former Philadelphia Cyclocross School rider Lukas Winterberg (Mueller Landscape/BH Bikes) of Switzerland, coming of a strong second place finish behind Tim Johnson at last weekend’s Green Mountain race, will certainly be in contention for a podium spot. Other favorites include Weston Schempf (Haymarket SEAVS), Ryan Kanpp (Pony Shop Cyclocross) and Justin Lindine (Redline).
Racing in Druid Hill Park begins at 9am and ends at 4pm. Bring the kids their bikes or trikes and sign them up for the Lil’ Belgians race. They’ll get a chance to scoot around through the sand and grass just like the big people.
Spend the day cheering or competing. You won’t know if you’re in Baltimore or Bruges.
The 2012 MAC Series Presented by Fuji Bikes Schedule:
- Nittany Cross, day one: Sept 7
- Nittany Cross, day two: Sept 8
- Charm City Cross, day one: Sept 21
- Charm City Cross, day two: Sept 22
- WhirlyBird ‘Cross: October 12
- FSVS CX (Fair Hill): Nov 9
- HPCX : Nov 10
- Kutztwon: Nov 17
- Limestone Cross at the Kiln: Nov 30 (tentative)