Did you miss the MAC? Its BAC!.

An article very similar to this appears in the new issue of Liberty Sports Magazine. You should read it there.

Cooler temperatures, shorter days, and falling leaves lead the cyclocross racers of the mid Atlantic to gluing tubulars, and toeing in canti brakes in preparation for what amounts to the best cyclcross series on the East Coast. The Champion System Mid Atlantic Cyclcorss Series (MAC) stretches from Baltimore, MD to the far stretches of Long Island, NY with the Philadelphia region acting as the heart of the action.

The MAC series consists of 11 rounds of cross action, which keeps racers and fans busy from September 11, through November 21st of this year. The series, which is now celebrating it’s twelfth year, has been running over barriers and riding through wet grass since way before you thought cross was cool and with the rising popularity of the discipline, it will not be going anywhere soon.

History and talent run deep within the MAC series. With such two wheel rock stars such as multiple time cyclocross world champion Erwin Vervecken and multi discipline National Champion, Ryan Trebon racing on the matted fields of the Mid-Atlantic. Vervecken brought the true Belgian flavor of cross to the series and Trebon won his first ever UCI race here. Woman’s cross history was also made when in 2006, a woman’s starting line composed of Katie Compton, Lyne Bessette and Georgia Gould toed the line at the revered Granogue site. That single event could have been the national championship race, which only serves to show that the MAC is one of the elite cycling series in the nation.

This years series serves to be an interesting one with the returning men’s elite winner Valentin Schertz of the newly formed Cyfac-Champion Systems presented by Revolution Wheelworks team bringing not only his killer skills, but also a few more other European racers that will put the screws to the other international elite level men’s racers such as Jeremy Powers and Adam Myerson.

On the woman’s side, defending champion Laura van Gilder and runner up Maureen Bruno Roy who both represented the US at last years world championships will duke it out with Philly local lady’s Nikki Thieman and Kristin Gavin of Team C-F who have been rapidly ascending the ranks of the best cross racers around.

With the loads of national talent taking the headlines, the real action and the most excitement for the day always seems to be within the “Killer B” category. This is where the working Joe spends the weekend afternoons putting all of their hard work, skills, and training on the line against the rest of the nine to fivers that spend their weekends jumping over barriers and driving up and down the East Coast. Series sponsor and Philadelphia wheel builder, Revolution Wheelworks will honor these racers with prizes of wheel sets for the series leader.

The men will be competing for Revolution’s brand new tubular carbon fiber cyclocross wheel set, the Rev-33X. The season leader in the 3/4 Women’s division will be awarded a Revolution Rev-50X wheel set And the top Cat 4 male in MAC this year will be riding on a new set of Revolution Rev-25X alloy tubular wheels, all of which is pretty awesome.

This season also marks a turning point in the race series, where the top 13 Elite Woman will receive equal payout to the Elite Men’s class. Traditionally there is a disparity between payments for the top-level men and women. Series Director Mike Hebe said “…we respect the effort that the elite women put in…and are thrilled to make this work for all 11 races in our series”. It is difficult to find equal payouts between men and women sports at any level, so this is very exciting for the MAC series.

Are you looking forward to the rest of the races? Read some of their descriptions below.

  1. Granogue (Wilmington, DE 10/16-17) is an amazing race, at an amazing venue, with amazing topography. It also features some amazing views, particularly on the years when the foliage is full color on race day. The venue is the “front yard” of A.I. Dupont (yes, THAT DuPont). It is the oldest UCI race in the Mid-Atlantic. The water tower hill is an icon in American cyclocross. This is the first year that Granogue has gone to a two-day format.
  2. Beacon Cyclocross (Bridgeton, NJ 10/30) is the high-speed rush through the woods. It’s a course like no other. Mostly hard-packed sandy roads through the woods of southern NJ, but with two of the biggest, baddest obstacles in ‘cross — the steps of the two-story high “Amphitheater of Pain” and the Beach run beside Sunset Lake, which is at the UCI limit for a sand trap. The race is a UCI C2
  3. HPCX (Jamesburg, NJ 10/31) is named for it’s original location in Highland Park NJ. It “temporarily” moved to its current location in Jamesburg NJ due to construction at the original venue and never moved back. A long course that last year was sponsored by a wedding reception for pro racer Johnny Sundt and former elite racer Mandy Lozano, who met at this race.
  4. Fair Hill (Fairhill, MD 11/6) is an equestrian facility and fairgrounds in the middle of one of America’s sweetest mountain bike trail systems. The course at Fair Hill actually goes through several of the fair barns and buildings. It is the second and last non-UCI race of the year, which makes it vitally important for those chasing the Champion System MAC championship. As the penultimate MAC weekend, it’s also the opportunity that many “B” racers use to Cat-up and race Elite for the first time.
  5. The Super Cross Cup (Southhampton, NY11/20-21) is MAC’s only foray into New York. It’s a two day race that is also the finals of the NACT series in U.S. and Canada. It’s traditionally one of the richest women’s races in the world. Sunday’s second day of racing is the final race of the MAC season and it’s only UCI C1 race.
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