Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cyclo-Cross Hits Long Island This Weekend

Photos by Anthony Skorochoads (c)
For both days this weekend, cyclocross will come to Eisenhower Park in East Meadow,  NY.  Likened by its sponsors to "steeplechase on two wheels," competitors will use road racing bicycles outfitted with knobby tires, and in the tough spots--rises, steps and large indentations--competitors will have to get off, and run with their bikes on their shoulders.

Whitmore Landscaping's Super Cross Cup, or more familiarly known as Whitmore's, will take place over Saturday and Sunday with beginner to pro categories and --the race organizers say, accommodations for all ages (though somehow I doubt there will be age categories for 14 and under and 80 and over.)

The races make up the final two events of the Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross Cup series, attracting top regional and national-class racers as well as a few overseas professionals looking for series points, team cup standings, and cash prizes. Gavi Epstein of CRCA/ Foundation told BBB that he plans to compete in the event for at least one of the two days.

For the previous eight years, the Whitmore Landscaping Super Cross Cup was held in tony Southampton. But due to construction, a last-minute change of venue was necessary said race promoter Myles Romanow, adding, "the new course is high-speed [and] both difficult and spectator-friendly." Visitors are welcome.

The racing begins Saturday November 20th at 10am and runs through 4pm.  Sunday's race program begins at 9 am and finishes at 3:30pm. There will be an announcer, music, and plenty of food and drink. One of the expected food vendors is the New York City-based Wafels& Dinges.


Myles Romanow, (631)287-2087
J.P. Partland,  (212)316-1582

RELEVANT LINKS

Kissena Cycling Club website
with race info:
http://www.kissena.info

Registration page: http://www.bikereg.com/events/Register.asp?EventID=11907

Wikipedia on Cyclocross
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclo-cross

Active.com on cyclocross
http://www.active.com/mountainbiking/Articles/Cyclocross-101.htm

Videos showing cyclocross racing
 http://www.crosstube.net/

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