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Trail work day at Meadowood next Sunday

Ken is leading a volunteer trail work day out at Meadowood next Sunday from 9a – 1p, and will also hold a fun, casual ride thereafter. If you’d like to join in, check out details at the Facebook event link. If you haven’t been to Meadowood before, it’s a pretty small system, but we’ve jammed a lot of fun trail in there.

Hope to see some of y’all there!

Parker’s Bailey Hundo 2016

Parker’s race report from the Bailey Hundo on Saturday. This was his longest ride ever—by 5 hours.

Overall it was so brutal. Was a different course than previous years, with 13k ft climbing over ~106 miles. That, and temps somewhere in the 90s with strong sun and smoggy/smokey air caught people off guard. Only 52 finishers out of about 200. I started strong and felt great, on 10 hr pace through 40 miles, then lost 2 hrs to that over the next 65 to finish at 12:10. Here’s the Strava, just constant climbing until the last couple miles. Would have rather done the same vertical condensed into fewer longer climbs.

So happy to have finished! Was surprised when the aid stations said I was fighting the cutoff times, which were way too aggressive given the conditions. I think it was a lot more brutal than anyone expected, racers or organizers. Started out absolutely heavenly. The first two descents were about the most fun thing ever, following behind some great riders. Then so many tough mental moments – when the heat kicked in on a full sun 10 mile climb, when I bonked a little after 40 miles, when I almost barfed/s**t myself trying to eat and drink enough at mile 50, making the turn to the second lap at mile 60 when I could have just ridden to the finish, every f**king hill on the second lap, and then finding out that it was 106 miles when I was at mile 85 or so – meaning about 2.5 hours left, much of it uphill.

 There was supposed to be a big party atmosphere at the end with beer, margaritas and a band, but all that was shut down when I finished. Racers were so spread out that the festivities were pretty lame overall, but at least I got a big plate of BBQ. I feel pretty good now. Honestly not even really sore, just tired. Went for an easy recovery ride yesterday and felt fine.

DCCX 2015

NEW FOR 2015 – We’re a UCI C2 Event!

Start times are slightly different this year for certain categories! Please check and double-check your start time.

*There is no longer a separate race for girls aged 9 to 18. U19 girls will race in the appropriate Category race (e.g., Cat 4 if you’re Cat 4, or Cat 3 if you’re Cat 3), but will be eligible for Junior entry fee of $15. Please e-mail us to receive discount code BEFORE you register. . 

Join us for two action-packed days of CX racing! It’s the venue you know and love. 

Races are on a traditional cyclocross course with pavement, grass, hills, gravel, man-made barriers, and one double pit area. See www.super8CX.org for full details on rules and regulations for series points. This is a Category 2 UCI and USAC event held under UCI regulations and USAC permit #2015-2539. DCCX 2015 will be held rain or shine.

Directions: The Armed Forces Retirement Home is located at 324 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington, DC 20011, near the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road and Randolph St.

North of DC: I-95 S to I-495 W. Exit 31 (Georgia Ave) towards Silver Spring. Pass Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Turn left on Upshur St (just after 4200 block of Georgia Ave). 

Turn right on  Rock Creek Church Rd, and then left into AFRH at the Randolph St. gate.

South of DC: I-95 N to I-395, stay on to end at New York Ave. Right on New York Ave. Go two blocks and turn right onto M St. Left at second light onto N. Capitol St. NW. Continue past the sign to the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Left onto Allison St. Left onto Rock Creek Church Rd, and left into the Randolph St. gate.

The Marine Corps Marathon is on Sunday, October 25th- please takes this into consideration if you are traveling from the south.

Parking and Team Tents- There are 3 Parking lots, please follow directions to the appropriate lot.  Please park only in designated area, and not on any roads. Parking is free on site for competitors and spectators.

UCI-only parking– closest to the pit and start area on the North end of the venue. UCI racers/teams may set up tents in the UCI parking lot or in designated areas near the Pit- no registration required.  Available to UCI racers and Support on a first-come, first-served basis.

Main Parking Lot–  Adjacent to the course on the Southern edge of the venue.  Available to all racers and to spectators who require easier access to the venue. A limited number of reserved tent spaces with adjacent parking are available on the DCCX BikeReg page. 

Over-flow parking–  Additional parking approximately 500 yards from the Southern End of the Venue.  Available to spectators and to racers. A longer walk, but easier to drive in and out.

Bike Wash stations:

-adjacent to the double  pit

-on the North end of UCI parking (near the gardens)

Rider staging for UCI C2 Elite Men and Women: Riders will be called onto the start grid by UCI points, then by randomly assigned bib numbers. 

Rider staging for non-UCI categories: Riders will be staged on the grid, by bib number.  Bib numbers will be assigned according to Super8 series rules (see www.Super8CX.org) All day-of registrants will be staged behind pre-registered riders.

All riders must be at the staging area behind the start line at least 10 minutes before their respective start time to ensure orderly staging. Late riders will be staged at back of pack.

Category

Staging Order

Cat 4,5 Men

Reg Order

Masters Cat 3,4,5 Men 35+/45+

Super8 standings, Reg Order

Masters Cat 1,2,3,4 Women 45+

Super8 standings, Reg Order

Cat 4, Women

Reg Order

Junior Boys 10 – 14

Super8 standings, Reg Order

Junior Girls 15 – 18

Junior Girls 10 – 14

Masters Men 45+ 1,2,3;

Cross-Results

U19 Boys

Super8 standings, Reg Order

Women 3/4

Super8 standings, Reg Order

Masters Men 35+ Cat 1,2,3;

Cross-Results

Singlespeed, Cat 1-5

Cross-Results

Men Cat 3,4

Super8, Reg Order

Men 55+ 1-5;

Super8, Reg Order

 

PLEASE REGISTER AT BIKEREG.COM (additional fee charged by bikereg.com). Online registration closes Wednesday, October 21 at 9:00 PM. No refunds. UCI racers must register in advance – there is no “day of” reg for UCI C2 Elites.

Licensing Requirements

The UCI Elite Men/U23 Men, UCI Elite Women/U23 Women must have a current International License. A domestic USAC license is acceptable for all other categories.

Annual and One Day USAC licenses may be purchased at www.usacycling.org and will also be for sale at the registration booth. Only Cat 5 men and Cat 4 women can race on a one-day license.

NOTE ON RACING AGE:  Your racing age is your age as of December 31, 2016 (not 2015). Racers must be 9 or older.

One-day licenses are available for $15 on race day and via the USAC website. An additional $10 fee will be charged for adult entries purchased on race day, if available.

Note:  There will be no separate payout for the U23 Men and U23 Women racing in the UCI categories. All races except UCI C2 Elites count for Super8 series points. 

 

DCMTB and CXHairs Cycling thank the generous sponsors for their support of DCCX 2015.  

Oskar Blues is coming up huge for 2015.  Major beer sponsor for both days of DCCX this year.  Come on out and join the “can-in-hand” culture of Oskar Blues.  Responsibly enjoy Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Lil’ Pils, Old Chub, Deviant Dale’s and Good Knight.

 

 

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Terra has once again put in hundreds of hours of work and given us a perfectly groomed course at DCCX.  Please consider Terra for your commercial or residential landscaping, hardscape, and snow removal needs. 

 

Family Bike Shop comes back with huge support of DCCX in 2015.  If you have been racing in the Super 8, or anywhere in the mid-Atlantic, then you have to know about Family Bike Shop.  Located in Crofton, Md., Family Bike Shop offers exceptional service, bicycle knowledge,and a wide range of bicycles for every level of cyclist, and every member of the family.   Come out and support an independent, service-oriented shop for all of your cycling needs.