USA's Verge Mid Atlantic Cyclocross Series has announced its 2006 campaign. Verge MAC, the East's largest cyclocross series, will once again span New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC in the upcoming cyclocross season. An exciting new venue is the arts and tourism Mecca of New Hope, Pennsylvania, where races will be held on two consecutive days on a private estate. The series also returns to the 'Amphitheatre of Pain' in Bridgeton, NJ.
MAC will this year introduce the "Elite Masters" class, one of 14 amateur and professional individual championships (and one team championship). According to Verge MAC Series Director Mike Hebe, "At any race last year, there were nine different riders in the Masters field who had won at least one event in the greater Mid-Atlantic region in the previous year. With that high level of talent, we as a series want to recognize and highlight what is a very deep and fast field and hopefully the addition of a deeper prize list for the fastest 35+ racers will meet that end. We are also running a B Masters race. This category should allow a better racing experience for beginner riders, or those who race for fun and may not be up to the speed of an Elite Masters class that is laden with top five and top ten National level finishes. We are trying to meet the needs of two groups of riders that have very different goals and fitness levels."
2006 The Verge Mid Atlantic Cyclocross Series:
October 21, 2006 - Wilmington, DE (Philadelphia Media Market): Cyclocross on Granouge Estate, UCI C1
October 22, 2006 - Ludwig's Corner, PA (Philadelphia Media Market): Wissahickon 'Cross, UCI C2
October 28, 2006 - Bridgeton, NJ (Philadelphia and Atlantic City Media Markets): Beacon 'Cross, UCI C2
November 11, 2006 - Camp Hill, PA (Harrisburg Media Market): Lower Allen Classic, UCI C2
November 12, 2006 - Highland Park, NJ (New York and Central New Jersey Media Markets): Highland Park Cyclocross, UCI C2
November 18, 2006 - New Hope, PA (Philadelphia and Trenton Media Markets): Guy's Bicycles Cyclocross, USAC
November 19, 2006 - New Hope, PA (Philadelphia and Trenton Media Markets): EVO Cross (Verge MAC Series), USAC
December 3, 2006 - Reston, VA (Washington, DC Media Market): Capital Cross Classic, UCI C2
For more information, see www.midatlanticcross.com