New York's biggest cyclocross race is back for 2005, as the first UCI race weekend on the USA's east coast will take place in the east end of Long Island on October 1-2. The Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup will be a double race weekend this year, offering a UCI Class 2 event on Saturday and a UCI Class 1 event on Sunday. With a total prize purse of over $10,000 for the weekend, it has already started to attract national attention as some of the top riders in the country have already committed to come to Long Island.
Defending men's champion Mark McCormack (Clif Bar) will be returning with a repeat victory in mind, but his task is already becoming difficult with the attendance of current U23 national champion Jesse Anthony (Clif Bar) and Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly/Pool Gel), who will be competing here before heading out to Europe for another campaign abroad. On the women's side, the California based Velo Bella squad is expected to make an appearance, including powerhouse Barbara Howe. Expect this list to expand as more announcements are made about additional riders coming to Long Island.
Spectators will also be treated to live music, food, and prizes during the weekend's races. "We are working with Pioneer Event Services to provide "Supafan prize packages" to the most outlandish, noisiest, fired up fan for each of Sunday's elite races", said Barley Dunne, technical coordinator for the series. Sunday will also feature Thyme & Again's world famous chili, and the hotly contested Circus-Man Ice Cream kids challenge, set to start before the elite men's race.
Racing begins Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 9am with beginner races, masters, juniors, and amateur men's fields offered in addition to the elite races. The races will take place again this year at the Southampton Youth Services facility, which provided a challenging and very demanding course to all of the riders that participated last year.