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Mid-Atlantic 'cross expands

The already popular MAC series has expanded for 2008, adding races, UCI points and prize money as well as extending its geographic reach. With the inclusion of the Whitmore's Landscaping Super 'Cross Cup, the series now stretches from the tip of Long Island to the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC, a distance almost equal to the length of Belgium and The Netherlands combined.

Two other well-respected races have also joined the MAC this year and together will form the series' season-opening weekend on September 20-21. The UCI C2 Nittany Lion Cross will kick-off the season on Saturday, September 21 at Penn State University's Fogelsville Campus. The following day, the MAC circuit travels south to Baltimore's Charm City Cyclo-cross, a race that has frequently set new attendance records for Mid-Atlantic region.

Also rejoining the MAC after a two-year hiatus will be the event at Maryland's Fair Hill Fairgrounds, near the University of Delaware on November 1.

The new events have not come at the expense of the races that created the MAC legacy. The legendary cyclo-cross at Granogue once again joins the Wissahickon cyclo-cross for their traditional October UCI double header, while MAC's New Jersey weekend featuring Beacon cyclo-cross' "Ampitheater of Pain" and the HPCX occur in early November. The MAC season will end in December with its traditional curtain closer, the Capital 'Cross Classic in the Washington, DC area.

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2008 MAC Cyclo-cross Series Schedule:
9/20: Nittany Lion Cyclo-cross, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (UCI C2)
9/21: Charm City Cyclo-cross, Baltimore, Maryland
10/18: Cyclo-cross at Granogue, Granogue Estate (Wilmington) Delaware (UCI C1)
10/19: Wissahickon Cyclo-cross, Ludwig's Corner (Philadelphia), Pennsylvania (UCI C2)
11/1: Fair Hill Cyclo-cross, Fair Hill Maryland (Newark Delaware)
11/8: Beacon Cross, Bridgeton, New Jersey
11/9: HPCX, Jamesburg, New Jersey (UCI C2)
11/22: Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup #1
Southampton "the Hamptons" New York Day (UCI C1)
11/23: Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup #2
Southampton "the Hamptons" New York Day (UCI C1)
12/7: Capital Cross Classic, Reston, Virginia (Washington DC) (UCI C2)

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