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Verge MAC gets in gear with SRAM

The ever-growing Verge MAC cyclo-cross series will gear up its game for the 2007/2008 season with additional sponsorship from SRAM. The component maker will support the Elite UCI-sanctioned men's and women's divisions with significant incentives in the form of SRAM merchandise for the top five elite men and women in MAC season points, including full Force gruppos for the men's and women's season champions and full Rival gruppos for the runners-up in the two elite divisions.

The series saw its average per-race attendance grow by 20.9% last year, and promoters expects to continue that growth to continue with a new focus on bringing in the Elite UCI crowd. Gone from the schedule this year are the traditional, though smaller, non-UCI races that played an outsized role in determining the MAC elite season champions in the past. Also gone from the schedule are single race weekends in favor of a compact schedule of two-race weekends that encourage more participation by riders from outside the region.

The series will kick off near Philadelphia for the beautiful scenery in Granogue on October 20th, followed by the wide-open spaces of the Ludwig's Corner Horse Show Grounds the following day. On the second weekend of November, the series heads east for two races in the coastal state of New Jersey, Bridgeton, just a short distance from the famous casinos of Atlantic City and Jamesburg which is easily accessible from either New York or Philadelphia.

The final and deciding weekend of the MAC season takes place on December 1-2 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Reston, Virginia. The Capital Cross Classic in Reston will once again offer free shuttle service to Washington's Dulles International Airport to help encourage racers to travel to the event.

For more information on the MAC Cyclo-cross Series, see www.midatlanticcyclo-cross.com.

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