Fair Hill: Presented by First State Velo Sport and Henry’s Racing Team, Fair Hill Cyclocross, the self-proclaimed Princess of the Mid Atlantic Cyclocross series, is excited about being the first race of the 2016 MAC calendar. With a new venue at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Area and the series season-starting date on September 10, 2016, the pressure is on for the organizers to take this race up a notch! As in previous years, the venue is a very spectator-friendly environment but being situated across from the Fairgrounds on the main state route 273, accessibility increases so the race should draw both avid fans and curious new-comers to cyclocross. Plans are in place to have local food trucks on site, and our existing partnerships with both Café Gelato and Milburn Orchards continues. Remember last year’s Apple Pie Primes?! Discussions are also ongoing to partner with a local microbrewery to make this a must-attend event. Regardless, Fair Hill has always fancied itself as a grassroots race focused on challenging East Coast Cross courses using natural features and obstacles to keep it feeling real- it’s all about the racing in the end! That grassroots tradition honed over the years at the previous venues will continue in 2016, but will be bigger and better than ever. The same crew that has delivered top-notch course designs in the past is eager to paint on a new canvas and kick off the 2016 MAC series in style!
Nittany: The Nittany Lion Cross, the second 2 of 10 races in the Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross Series, will take place in the Lehigh Valley on September 17th and 18th. The race is celebrating its 11th edition, in which local and international athletes will compete in a number of skill categories, from amateur to professional, at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center (VPCC) Cyclocross Course in Trexlertown, PA.
Cyclocross combines elements of cross-country running, mountain biking, and road racing into one exciting package. Fans can take in all the action from the sideline as riders navigate through back woods, slopes, and tight turns; we anticipate welcoming 400 competitors for each of the event’s two days.
Amongst the international competitors will be the UK’s Helen Wyman, who is currently ranked ninth in the world and has won Nittany Cross three times. Also in from the UK will be Amira Mellor, a nineteen-year old who is ranked 62 in the world. Wyman notes, “Nittany was one of my first races in the US and [has] always been a favorite of mine. I cannot wait to get back to Breinigsville to take on the challenges of the fast course once again. This year will be travelling with Amira Mellor (NEXT–Wyman) from the UK, and I’m really proud her first race of the season, and the first race ever for NEXT-Wyman will be Nittany.”
Another featured cyclist this year is American Cyclocross elder statesman and 2010 Elite Men’s second place finisher, Adam Myerson. Myerson has made the pilgrimage to Nittany Cross for seven straight years, and will be returning in 2016. “It's a very fast race with a lot of technical turns, but a course that encourages group racing,” said Myerson. “It favors me in that regard, and is one of the few courses where I feel capable of racing for the win. Once September comes I'm 100 percent focused on getting to the best 'cross’ races I can, so making the trip to the season opener at Nittany only makes sense.”
The Valley Preferred Cycling Center has welcomed international athletes since its 1975 opening and is home to Olympic, National, and World Champion Marty Nothstein. In addition to their acclaimed professional Friday night track series, The World Series of Bicycling, the VPCC hosts numerous community programs and one of the largest cycling flea markets in the country.
In addition to this year’s event on Saturday there will be a farmers market in the plaza of the Velodrome featuring local fresh produce and baked goods and live music. An area adjacent to the barns will be reserved parking for those patrons of the weekly market. Beer concessions at the Breakaway Café will be open from 11-4pm, both days and will be serving $3 drafts.. For more information, please visit Nittany Lion Cross on BikeReg.com.
Cooper River: The 5th Annual CRCX @ Cooper River Park on October 15th, is being brought to you by the GOCycling/Wahner Chiropractic/Mambo CX team. The venue is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia in Cherry Hill, NJ. We are very excited to be part of the Mid Atlantic Cross series this year. This is the little course that can, located on a very narrow strip of the park along N. Park Blvd. We use every aspect of this area to create a fun, challenging course and plan to add several new features this year to make it even more interesting for the riders and spectators. The start grid and registration will once again be located right behind the Cherry Hill Imports Audi/VW/Porsche car dealership. We will have several food trucks on hand as well as a kids race, so bring the whole family. There will be cash and/or prizes for every race.
Whirlybird: Returning to Bryn Athyn College for a second year in a row, this year's Whirlybird (October 22, 2016) is brought to you by Guy's Racing Club and will be even better with some new curveball sections that will perfectly complement our wide, fast straightaways! Whirlybird has been a mainstay on the regional 'cross calendar since 2007 at Bryn Athyn (remember how your hands felt after that race?!) and has been part of the MAC since 2009. The most exciting news is that Guy's Racing Club will be teaming up with Philadelphia Ciclismo to offer an unofficial weekend omnium competition with Crossasaurus Awesome (10/23); don't miss out because BEER PRIZES ARE INVOLVED! The Top Hat Espresso truck will be returning to fulfill all of your caffeinated needs and we promise to once again provide delicious food for our participants. Lastly, we'll be moving all of the food and results/podium operations out on the course this year so that we can give you more of that "cyclocross party" feel! We can't wait to see you tear it up again this year!
HPCX: HPCX returns to Thompson Park on October 29th and 30th 2016, for its 17th edition and will bring two days of pre-halloween racing. HPCX is the second longest running UCI event in the US and will feature the exciting sand pit first introduced last year.
Sponsors include Kim’s Bike of New Brunswick and The Princeton Psychological Center. The event is supported by and helps to support the Rutgers University Cycling team.
In addition to exciting UCI professional races for men and women, the event will also feature many classes of amateur racing, including juniors. Additionally, our little Belgians event--with its own course--has grown every year and will continue to offer fun kids races for all ages on any type of bicycle. Given the Halloween weekend, expect appropriately-themed cyclocross excitement with prizes for the best costumes.