It’s no secret that cyclocross’ popularity in the Mid-Atlantic, and the nation, has exploded over the past decade. To meet the ever-growing need for autumnal skinny tire grass and dirt racing, MABRAcross, the Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association’s cyclocross arm has created something Super.
Thank you for making this season the most successful yet in BikeReg.com MABRAcross history. Before the final race fades from everybody’s memory, we want to hear your thoughts on the series, so that we can make next year even better. To that end, we have put together a quick survey to pick your brains. This is your chance, cyclocrossers, to let the MABRAcross staff and promoters know what you liked and what you would change. It’s only ten questions long and should not take up too much of your offseason.
MABRAcross constituents, we ran into some technical difficulties this week and there is a glitch in the calculations for the BikeReg.com MABRAcross standings on crossresults.com. While we get that straightened out, we wanted to make sure everybody has correct information going in to tomorrow’s final race. The points czar has been working overtime to get all the numbers properly calculated and we have posted the correct standings here. Remember that every point earned in the MABRAcross championship race is worth 1.5 points towards the Verge Sport Leaders Jersey competition.
Haymarket Bicycles/SEAVS completed its domination of the Howard County Double Cross elite races with two more top finishes at Rockburn Cross, race #9 in the BikeReg.com MABRAcross series. Jared Nieters, Haymarket boss and Verge Sport MABRAcross points leader, took the top spot for the elite men and Patty Buerkle capped off the weekend sweep by winning the women’s race.
Schooley Mill Cross, now in its second year as part of the BikeReg.com MABRAcross series offered up racers a revamped course on the stellar equestrian grounds of this pristine Howard County park in Maryland. Last year’s course had been lauded by some for its attendance to the needs of so-called power riders. This year that characteristic was retained but the addition of three distinct technical course features helped neutralize the advantage of those big guns, though if those big guns are big enough they should still win!
As Joe Dombrowski (Haymarket Bicycles-SEAVS) made his way through the final turns of his warm-up lap at the 2010 Tacchino Ciclocross he came upon a shocked announcer who informed the pre-race favorite that the men’s elite field had already started and the lead group was about two minutes up the road. Calm beyond his years, the 18year old Dombrowski began stripping off his extra gear as he rolled down to the start line. After a brief conversation with the officials, it was game on.
Haymarket Bicyles-SEAVS continued its domination of the top podium spot at BikeReg.com MABRAcross series races with several victories at Saturday’s All Hallows Cross. Race organizer Pax Velo offered Mid-Atlantic cyclocross racers a challenging course, and mother nature pitched in with a perfect day. In its second year, All Hallows Cross featured several course changes that resulted in raves from those in attendance. Highlights from last year’s race, the ride through the barn and the single track remained. These elements were complemented by two long twisty horse ring sand pits and a reworked front section that offered new opportunities for technical riders as well as those able to produce the big watts.
With over 700 registered riders, DCCX, race #5 in the BikeReg.com MABRAcross Series, is one of the biggest shows in cyclocross the East Coast will see this year. It is also the battleground for several close Verge Sport MABRAcross leaders jersey competitions.
In its second year, and first in the BikeReg.com MABRAcross Series, Hyattsville CX exceeded all expectations. Close to 400 racers enjoyed sunny skies, a festival environment, and lung searing, high-octane racing. Magruder Park in Hyattsville, Maryland, once again played host to a course that attracted the Mid-Atlantic’s speed freaks but still had enough tricky twists and turns to give the technical riders an equal shot at glory.
The BikeReg.com MABRAcross series is entering its fourth race and many Verge Sport leader jersey races remain too close to call. This Sunday’s Hyattsville CX is an opportunity for those holding on to slim leads in their field to start securing their position. But it is also an opportunity for the pursuers to grab for the golden ring and don the burgundy and white Verge Sport MABRAcross kit.