Thanksgiving weekend will see two championship races in the Mid-Atlantic region, and both are open to all comers. Saturdays Pennsylvania State Championships and Sundays MABRA Championships take place only 45 minutes apart, making for a unique weekend double-header. The championships in all classes on both days will be determined by the best-placed rider from the specified area (Pennsylvania on Saturday; Delaware, Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia on Sunday).
The Sutliff Hummer PA State Championship Cyclocross on Saturday, November 25, will be held at the Carlisle Fairgrounds and is promoted by Yellow Breeches Racing, the same organization that promotes the hugely successful Volkswagon Iron Cross and Iron Cross Lite cyclocrosses. Riders staying overnight will also get to see the Carlisle Christmas light display at the fairgrounds. Staying overnight in Carlisle is recommended because there are no hotels in the immediate vicinity of Taneytown, the venue for the following days MABRA Championships.
Whereas Saturdays races are state championships, the MABRA region elected to conduct a super-state championship event encompassing the entire MABRA region. Both races are sanctioned by USA Cycling. The MABRA Championships are being promoted by Tracy Lea in conjunction with Silver Cycles, Team Fuji and Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar. The venue will be the Taneytown Memorial Park in Taneytown (pronounced Tawneytown) Maryland, just a few miles south of the Pennsylvania-Maryland border. These races, to be held on November 26, could have a big impact on cycling in the region, as the towns government is considering building a permanent cycle-racing facility.
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