The 2006 Verge Mid Atlantic Cyclo-cross Series announced its 2006 campaign this week. Verge MAC, the Easts largest cyclocross series, will once again span some of the worlds largest media markets, including New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, including a new venue in New Hope, Pennsylvania, where races will be held on two consecutive days on a private estate. The series also returns to the Amphitheater of Pain in Bridgeton, NJ -- where last year the sports pages of the Press of Atlantic City gave the race top billing over NASCAR and Michelle Kwans attempt at another National Figure Skating Championship at the nearby Atlantic City Conventions Center.
The series also introduces a new category; the Elite Masters class, one of 14 amateur and professional individual championships (and one team championship) on the line for this years campaign. According to Verge MAC Series Director Mike Hebe, With the inception of the new Elite Masters class, Verge MAC is recognizing the depth of talent that toes the line for our races. 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 wanted 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.
With Verge MACs Elite, International orientation, its only fitting that the series starts with an international classic -- the UCI C1 Cyclocross @ Granouge on October 21. All told, six of this years Verge MAC races are on the UCIs International Calendar. Every Verge MAC races will start at 10:00am with the combined race for C-Men, B-Women, -Masters 35+, Masters 55+ and U19 Juniors. 11:00 am will see the Killer Bs take center stage followed by the exciting new Elite Triple-Header -- Elite Masters at 12:15, Elite Women at 1:30 and Elite Men at 2:30
For more information, see Verge MACs new Web site, www.midatlanticcross.com.