Presenting the MRC 2016/17 Elite CX Racing Team

The Minuteman Road Club in partnership with Wachusett Brewing Company and Fast Splits are excited to announce the creation of an Elite Cyclocross Racing team for the 2016/17 season.

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The team will consist of Patrick Collins, Mark Miller, Chris Pare, and Brian Hughes who will focus on the Regional Elite and UCI level races culminating in the National championships. You’ll be able to see them race in their newly designed Minuteman-inspired race kits by Mr. White Design this weekend at the KMC Cross Fest in Thompson CT. We are looking forward to cheering them on at the races. Good luck guys!!

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Minuteman Road Club Cyclocross Reg is Now Open!

Registration is now live for the 2016 Minuteman CX on Oct 9, 2016 p/b MRC, Wachusett Brewing, Landry’s Bicycles, and Yasso Yogurt!

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(photo: Katie Busick Photography)

You know the CX season is in full swing when you get to the Bolton Fairgrounds in Lancaster, breathe in the crisp fall air, marvel at the terrific fall foliage, and shred the woodchipped turns as you pass through the stables!

Equal cash payout to the men’s and women’s elite fields! Landry’s Bicycles has stepped up to the plate and is providing GENEROUS gift cards to the podium toppers in the non-elite races.

EVERY winner in each category will also get a fresh baked apple pie from Bolton Orchards!

More about payouts and other details of the race in our race flyer.

MRC CX is also part of the NEBRA CX BAR (Best All-Around Rider) Series, tracking points for multiple categories over 14 races.

Single speed racers: Harpoon Brewery is the beer sponsor for the Zanconato SSCX Series. Podium finishers will receive some of Harpoon’s delicious brew and winners of the SS races will also receive an apple pie!

You’ll be competing on grass, pavement, with the addition of some hoppable logs!

Don’t hesitate, get to BikeReg now – https://www.bikereg.com/2016-minuteman-road-club-cyclocross

CX Practice Races p/b Landry’s Bicycles and Minuteman Road Club

It’s back! Wednesday night cyclocross training in September!!

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When:
September 7, 2016 @ 5:15 P.M.
September 14, 2016 @ 5:15 P.M.
September 21, 2016 @ 5:15 P.M.
September 28, 2016 @ 5:15 P.M.  — CANCELED!

Where: SKI WARD, 1000 Main Street Shrewsbury, MA 01545

The course will be challenging, allowing you to hone your skills before the real racing begins! Features in- clude barriers, downhill off- camber 180’s, fast S-turns, and lots of twisties.

From Boston and Points East
Mass Tpk. to route 495 north to route 20 west. Follow route 20 through Northborough center one mile. Just past St. Rose of Lima church bear right at light on to West Main Street. Travel 1.5 miles to Ski Ward on left.

From Points West
Route I-290 east to exit 23 south onto route 140 south. At first light turn left onto Main Street. Travel 1.5 miles to Ski Ward on right.

From Points South
Route 495 north to route 20 west. Follow route 20 through Northborough center one mile. Just past St. Rose of Lima church bear right at light on to West Main Street. Travel 1.5 miles to Ski Ward on left.

How Much: $15 entry fee. Must have a valid USAC license though one-day licenses will be available. Held under USA Cycling event permit. All USAC rules apply.

RACE FORMAT
There will be at least 3 – 20 minute races with about 10-15 minutes in between and will run until dark so if you can’t make the first one don’t stress you can hop in the next one. We’ll have barriers, run ups, tight turns, and race scenarios. Starts – Clipping in your pedals straight to sprinting for the hole shot!

If you are new to cyclocross this will be a good way to get use to racing in a relaxed training atmosphere be jumping in to your first race.

If you already have expierence in racing cross this will be a good way to brush up on skills and have a mid-week training race.

The Ski Ward lodge will be open afterwards with fine offerings such as burgers, fries, and beer – so bring more $ than just your entry fee with you!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Short Track MTB/CX Training Series at Ski Ward!

Do you like racing bikes?  Planning on racing CX this year?  Want to school some shaved-legged roadies?  Like beer?  Own a mountain bike built in the last 20 years?  Want to show some hairy-legged mountain biker how to climb?  Interested in dropping the hammer on a bike-snob from MRC?  Do you have enough upper-body strength to play beach volleyball (optional)?
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If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, come out to Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, MA on 3 consecutive Wednesday nights starting on August 17th 2016.

Landry’s and Minuteman Road Club will be hosting a 3-week Short Track MTB series that will eventually transition into a Cyclocross (CX) training series in September (stay tuned for dates).  We’ll be racing MTB’s in 3 heats:
  • 5:26pm – A Race (Really fast people)
  • 6:10pm – B Race (Mildly fast people)
  • 6:50pm – C Race (Soon to be fast people)
$17 entry, same price pre-reg or day-of! Reg page here: https://www.bikereg.com/landrys-bicycles-stxc-presented-by-minuteman-road-club
We have a fun and challenging 1 mile course up and around the ski hill, and yes the bar will be open (and so will the beach volleyball court).

2015 Minuteman Road Club Cyclocross Race on 10/11/15

 

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It’s true CX weather now and the Minuteman Road Club’s annual cyclocross race, now in it’s sixth year at the Bolton Fair in Lancaster, coming up on Sunday October 11th! Your legs are fully rested from Holy Week and returning to the sanity of a grassroots race with smaller fields is just the ticket.

Winners of the men’s and women’s 1/2/3 race gets $300! Landry’s Bicycles has stepped up to the plate and is providing GENEROUS gift cards to the podium toppers in the non-elite races.

EVERY winner in each category will also get a fresh baked apple pie from Bolton Orchards!

More about payouts and other details of the race in our race flyer.

MRC CX is also part of the NEBRA CX BAR (Best All-Around Rider) Series, tracking points for 16 categories over 14 races.

Single speed racers: Harpoon Brewery is the beer sponsor for the Zanconato SSCX Series. Podium finishers will receive some of Harpoon’s delicious brew and winners of the SS races will also receive an apple pie!

You’ll be competing on grass, pavement, with the addition of some hoppable logs!

Don’t hesitate, get to BikeReg now – the 4/5 field is already full (there is a waitlist available) https://www.bikereg.com/2015-minuteman-road-club-cyclocross

Race Report: Minuteman CX is Quintessential New England!

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Racers gathered yesterday under the glowing fall foliage for the fourth edition of the Minuteman Road Club Cyclocross Race p/b Landry’s Bicycles in Lancaster, MA. The morning racers faced damp course conditions and chilly temperatures, but the clear sky brought the sun to warm the course, removing the chill from the air on a quintessential New England autumn afternoon. By the time the Elite races and Zanconato Single Speed races were underway, the course had completely dried, making for some fast racing. The course featured wide, sweeping turns, some winding through a tricky sand section. The course had its technical sections as well: stairs, barriers, and the venue’s signature twists through woodchips under the barn roof.

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Kate Northcott (NESS Team New England), who took second place in this venue mere weeks ago behind European Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman at Midnight CX, was off from the whistle in the Elite Women’s race. As Northcott took control of the race, Catherine

Sterling (Bikeman.com), Leslie Timm (Ladies First Racing), and Melody Chase (Gus CX/Ralegh) worked to reel in the leader. However, Northcott, having a stellar season so far, was gone for good. The leader rode her own race – at lightning pace, free of bobbles and mistakes – and the chase group settled in for a battle for the remaining podium spots. Sterling launched an attack, shaking Chase loose, and the race was decided. Northcott rode in for a clean win, as Sterling crossed the line second. Chase followed in third, and Timm held on for the fourth spot.

The fastest race of the day took to the course, with Dylan McNicholas (PolarTec), Jerome Townsend (Joe’s Garage p/b BikeReg.com), and Peter Goguen (Race CF) taking an early lead in the Elite Men’s race. Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart) and Nick Keough (Keough Cyclocross) organized a chase, but the three leaders seemed to only add seconds to their lead.

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Meanwhile, Frankie McCormack (Clif Bar/Pactimo) was busy dieseling his way to the chase with son and teammate Brendan on his wheel. Goguen lost contact with the leaders, leaving McNicholas and Townsend to battle for the win, as Brendan connected with the chase. McNicholas and Townsend fought hard for the victory, staying together throughout the final laps, but the win was ultimately decided by who hit the loose gravel turns before the finish first. It was Townsend who claimed the win, McNicholas hot on his heels in second. Goguen finished third. Myerson gapped McCormack to cross the line fourth, and Keough rolled in sixth.

In the Zanconato Single Speed Series, men’s series leader Mike Rowell (Bikeway Source/Bell Lap Racing) took the win, but not easily: Rowell had to fend off Matt Sousa (Cuppow/Geekhouse/B2C2) for the entirety of the race. Sousa claimed second, while Benjamin Pagano (Bikeway Source/Bell Lap Racing) finished third. In the women’s race, each podium finisher was racing her second race of the day: Joanne Grogan (Cyclocrossracing.com) won, while Clara Kelly (NEBC p/b Cycle Loft) crossed the line second, and Michele Smith (Hup United) claimed the last podium spot.

— by Cindy Brennan

For complete race results, visit the 2014 MRC CX page on CrossResults.

See more of Katie Busick’s photos here.

Nolan Garon Tops Men 4/5 Field at Cycle-Smart Int’l Day 2

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Nolan’s race report:

Waking up the morning of the race at 5:15 may not be the best way to win a bike race but apparently it did not make a difference Sunday. Getting there and seeking that it was 43 degrees was also not very fun to see but this is cyclocross isn’t it? After I got pinned up and signed in I went out for my first recon lap before my race. About halfway through my pre-ride I knew that this course would suit me having no run up and a very punchy “climb” and some nice fast turns.

When I got to the startline I lined up next to the same people that I raced on Day 1, so my hope was that their starts would be just as good today.

The whistle blows and we are off, I gun it from the start and after the first two corners we had established a lead group of four. They keep on the gas for about 1/3 of a lap and I notice that the group does not want to do any work so coming by the pit the first lap I really open it up and decide to take my chances off the front…

This came at the perfect time because next up on the course was the steep “hill” – really more of a steep bank but going up it first was a good idea because the guy in third seem to botch the only possible line that you could take slowing up the entire field.

For the rest of the lap it was pure pain for 4 minutes trying to establish a sizable gap. By the time I got to the finish straight I had staked out a 20 second gap and was still feeling strong so I just kept hitting as hard as I could for the next lap.

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When I hit the barriers on the second lap I still was feeling good but by the middle of the third lap I could feel my power starting to fade especially in the straights.

One thing that did start to pick up were the amount of heckles that you will get coming down the tent row and when you go through the more populated areas, “Sandbagger!” and “Cat up!” really tend to get annoying when you have never even won a race or had more than 3 total upgrade points.

Okay so enough of that, let’s get in to the last lap.

By this time I am using all if the will that I can muster just to be able to hold the gap that I had built up. What really helped that last lap was my dad and Dave Warner (Green Line Velo/ZipCar) both yelling splits to me as I was going on my last lap to keep me going because the laughing dog rider and josh Araujo of Geekhouse were in hot pursuit.

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By the last few corners I was in disbelief that I had pulled off a win in a race this big! I was only predicted 18th! As I come into the finishing straight I nearly made a horrible mistake by almost taking both of my hands off of the bars as I crossed the line but then I remembered that that might not be the best idea.

It really felt great to be able to finally get a win at a race of that caliber also a plus is that I can upgrade and that means that I don’t have to wake up at 5 am to go to a race! I really don’t think that I could have done it without all of the group rides and the cross practice series for keeping me motivated to finish my first cross season. On to Sterling!

Minuteman Road Club Cyclocross is October 13th!

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UPDATE: In error, we had no specific place for Cat 5 Jr’s to race. This has been corrected and they can now register for the 8:30 slot and race with the Junior Cat 4’s!

The Minuteman Road Club’s annual cyclocross race, now in it’s fourth year at the Bolton Fair in Lancaster, is right around the corner on Sunday, October 13!

Big news: we’ve DOUBLED the payouts over last year’s race, 1st in the Elites now gets $200! EQUAL PAYOUTS Men vs. Women, as it should be! Winner of the Men Juniors 1/2/3 and winner of the Women’s Juniors 1/2/3/4 gets $100. More about payouts and other details of the race in our race flyer.

You’ll be competing on grass, pavement, an EXPANDED tractor pull area (with BIG ess turns!) and wood chips. Depending on the weather, it could be as dry and dusty as Gloucester was… but with just a hint of moisture it muds up very nicely! This is NOT simply the Midnight Ride run in the opposite direction: our race designer, Chris Pare, is putting together a course that will be unique and challenging.

If  the end of the Holy Week of Cyclocross has left you asking yourself, “What now? When will I see my NECX friends again?” MRC CX is the only answer!  Registration closes Friday October 11 at Noon! (handy BikeReg link)

MRC Cyclocross Training Rides Start This Weds 8/28!

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No categories, no prizes. Just pure cross on a challenging 1.5 km mostly grass course with barriers and some elevation. Mud is possible. Lots of turns to allow you to hone your skills before the real racing begins. This year’s course will NOT have as much lung-busting climbing as before, and will be bi-directional so we can mix it up a bit.

Starting this Wednesday 8/28/2013 and for the following three, September 4, 11 and 18.

More info on our flyer here.

Fall is Here: Registration Open for Minuteman Road Club Cyclocross!

Sure Cyclocross means Autumn is coming, but Fall really doesn’t BEGIN until the leaves start turn and the Minuteman Road Club Cyclocross Race comes to Lancaster, MA! Join the MRC Sunday, October 14th for our annual cyclocross race over rolling grassy terrain, wood chips, dirt, and even some clay.

In addition to Elite, Masters and Beginners races, we will have a cub juniors race that has been extended to 20 minutes in length and once again, we are participating in the Zanconado Single Speed Series.

So grab your embro and long sleeve skin suit, load up the bike and take a leaf peeper’s drive to Lancaster to welcome the REAL beginning of the fall racing season!

 

Cash Payouts are the same for men and women!:

Elites, 5 deep: 1st – $100, 2nd – $60, 3rd – $40, 4th – $30, 5th – $20
Juniors, 3 deep: 1st – $50, 2nd – $30, 3rd – $20
Cub Juniors, 3 deep medals
Cat 4 & Masters, Merchandise prizes

Sign up now on BikeReg! See our race flyer for details!

NOTE: No flyer-over!

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