One of the highlights of this weekend's cyclocross racing in North America will be the Capital Cross Classic in Reston, Virginia on November 27. Part of the $30,000 Verge Mid Atlantic Cyclocross Series (MAC), Sunday's race will be the last chance for racers in the Mid-Atlantic region to score all-important UCI points before the USCF national championships.
Verge MAC Media Director Ken Getchell believes it should be a wide-open race: "The riders who have been dominating this year's UCI races - Trebon, Wicks, Wells and so on - are not coming to Washington. That makes this race absolutely crucial for racers chasing UCI points. Because they can score the big points, instead of fighting for a few table scraps mid-field, any east-coast UCI racer that doesn't show up for this race is just giving points away."
The Mid Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA) will host the first half of the weekend's doubleheader with the Tacchino Ciclicross on Saturday, November 26. The Tacchino Ciclicross, (Italian for "Turkey Cyclocross"), is being presented by Squadra Coppi - a cycling club based in Arlington, Virginia that is named after Italian cycling legend Fausto Coppi. As round seven in the eight-race series, the Tacchino Ciclicross will be the last opportunity for racers to score MABRA points before the climactic MABRA Championship race in December.
For more information on the Capital 'Cross Classic, see the race's official website, www.emiracn.com; for the Tacchino Ciclicross, see www.squadracoppi.com.