Promoters of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Cyclo-cross Series (MAC), got together for their annual business meeting this past weekend, and learned from promoter Kelly Cline that his Wissahickon Cyclo-cross race in Pennsylvania was stepping up to UCI C1 status.
The announcement means that the opening weekend of the 2007 MAC series on October 21-22 will be a "must race" weekend for any elite racer hoping for better starting positions at the National Championships or a place on their national team for the World Championships. It also means that fully one-third of the all-UCI 2007 MAC series will be ranked C1. By maintaining its traditional calendar pairing with the legendary "Cyclo-cross at Granouge", Wissahickon's elevated status now means that there will be a lot of UCI points on offer in the MAC double-header.
Long a UCI C2 rated race, the Wissahickon Cyclo-cross has a storied history. Sponsored by Philadelphia bike shop Wissahickon Cyclery, the race was the occasion for Ryan Trebon's breakout first UCI victory as well as one of the sites of last year's historic weekend of women's racing; the first-ever meeting of Katie Compton, Lyne Bessette and Georgia Gould. After bouncing around for several years, the race has found a permanent home at the Ludwig's Corner Horse Show and County Fair Grounds.