Cyclocross racing is coming to Washington, DC this fall. The first USA Cycling sanctioned cyclocross race in the city will take place October 28th, 2007 on the Grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Bike racers from across the mid-atlantic will line up for a full day of racing in 9 categories that range from beginners and juniors racing for prizes and cowbells to elite and professionals racing for a cash purse. The race is being promoted by the City Bikes DC Mountain Bike Team with the assistance of the team's sponsors: Metro Gutter and Home Services, Whole Foods Market - P Street, and Temperance Hall.
"The DCMTB/City Bikes team has always wanted to hold a race within the District since we are based out of Washington." says race promoter Matt Donahue "The AFRH offered us a chance to do this, and the location is great for cyclocross." Living close to the Armed Forces Retirement Home gave Donahue many chances to look at the grounds and the thought that kept jumping to mind was "wouldn't it be great to set up a cyclocross course in there?" Earlier this year he was able to schedule a meeting with the AFRH staff to explain cyclocross racing and what it was all about. "They were receptive to the idea," says Donahue "and now we have ourselves a race. A lot of area teams hold some excellent cross races outside of the city. We though it would be great to hold one in the city and we found a great venue." Race proceeds will be donated to benefit the veterans at the AFRH.
According to Course Designer Marc Gwadz the course is "a mix of grass, gravel road and pavement." The picturesque course circling 2 fishing ponds will encourage exciting racing by rewarding "carrying high speed around the 2 mile circuit with a set of barriers, a run-up, and a brick sidewalk" says Gwadz.
Volunteers are needed to help register racers and keep things running smoothly. Any interested volunteers should contact DCCX volunteer coordinator Loren McWethy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be no on-site Registration for DCCX, so racers will need to register
online at http://www.bikereg.com/events