This weekend is the only UCI ranked cyclocross race in the nation and it’s going down in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Not only are valuable UCI points on the line (which are critical for improving grid position for nationals in Bend, Oregon next month) but the registration fees for elite men and women have been waived. Hopefully this will attract the top domestic ‘cross talent that haven’t crossed the Atlantic.
This race is also part of the larger North Carolina cyclocross series which is being lead by Moots rider Will Black. While the top ‘crossers like Jeremy Powers and his Cannondale teammate Tim Johnson won’t be at Jackson Park, Davide Frattini (Team Hudz/Subaru) will be jumping the barriers. As mentioned local superstar and current NC series leader Will Black will be there securing points toward the overall, as will be Noah Metzler (current South Carolina state cyclocross champion) and Eric Thompson (current North Carolina state cyclocross champion).
The course this year includes the infamous “Wall” which is conveniently located by the vendor area – an ideal spectating spot to watch the suffering and enjoy bbq chicken or a cold beer.
The weather for the weekend looks to be mild so no need for the galoshes. Just bring a cow bell and your strongest cheering voice – you’ll need it.