The BikeReg.com Super 8 Cyclocross Series rolls on this Sunday with Winchester Apple Cross. The fourth year race is the first time in 2012 for the series leaders to show off the all new VergeSport Super 8 points jerseys.
In the men’s elite field, U.S. National Champion Jeremy Powers currently holds the jersey. Chances are JPow will not be at Winchester to defend his lead. This leaves the door open for the SEAVS/Haymarket Bicycles trio of Jared Nieters, Wes Schempf and Ryan Dewald to stake their claim. However, (almost) local guy Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale Factory Team) is rumored to be on hand to try and derail the Haymarket train. Other (almost) local guy Ben Frederick (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV) will also be at Winchester to get his hands back on the jersey he held for much of 2011. Two other local guys should also really be there. We’re looking at you Joe Dombrowski and Ben King.
As we head in to race six of the BikeReg.com MABRAcross Super 8 Cyclocross Series, the Verge Sport points competitions are really starting to hot up. Schooley Mill Cross, which goes down this Sunday, could be the race folks look back on as the one that turned tide in several categories. And in case you did not know, there is more to the points chase than those sweet looking Verge Sport jerseys. There is cold hard cash for the winners in the masters 1/2/3 35+, 45+ and 55 + fields, women and men elite fields, and single speed. Depending on the field, payouts go anywhere from five to 10 deep. Final points prizes will be awarded at Capital Cross Classic, the Super 8 finale.
Racers get 60 points for the win, 50 points for second place, 45 for third and on down the line. This means that a good showing by any of the riders near the top of the standings, or an off day by others could drastically change the outcome in most of the categories.
After a much needed recovery week following DCCX, the BikeReg.com MABRAcross Super 8 Series is back in full swing this Sunday with the always exciting Ed Sander Memorial Cyclocross. Heading into the second half of the season, the Verge Sport leader jersey races begin to really heat up as the points become scarcer with only four races left on the schedule.
In the men’s elite field, jersey-holder Ben Frederick (Team Traveller) has hung up his zebra stripes for 2011 and will not defend his lead this weekend. With the next four contenders for the top spot all signed up for Sunday’s race, the points lead is truly up in the air. Jared Nieters (Haymarket), Chris Beck (TeamCF), Pat Blair (AFC) and Wes Schempf (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) will all have their eyes on the prize in the coming weeks.
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.
Haymarket-SEAVS teammates Jared Nieters and Patty Buerkle took top honors in the elite races at the second annual Winchester Apple Harvest Cross, but the true star of the day was the course. The Winchester Wheelmen presented racers with fast off-cambers, wooded dirt trails, fast descents and a leg-breaking climb. Throw in some rolling terrain, a spiral of death, and a couple fast power sections and this course had something for each of the nearly 300 racers that showed up on race day.