2013 Midnight Ride of Cyclocross on Wednesday, September 25th

The 3rd edition of the Midnight Ride of Cyclocross returns as the opening salvo in the Holy Week of Cyclocross! Drawing top talent from around New England and the world, the race serves as the first battle of the greatest 11 days of NECX, that includes the Gran Prix of Gloucester, Night Weasels, and the Providence Cyclocross Festival.

European Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) will be returning as well with her “High Tea with Helen” Cyclocross Camp, which will take place on Tuesday, September 24th and Wednesday, September 25th (click here for details and registration).

Registration for the Midnight Ride of Cyclocross will open on Tuesday, August 13th at 12:00pm. Go to the following Bikereg link to register and experience cyclocross under the light at The Fairgrounds in Lancaster, MA.

Great Writeup of MRCX 2012 by Cindy Brennan at CX Mag

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Andrea Smith and Mo Bruno Roy – © Meg McMahon

Cindy writes:

New England’s best racers were there to challenge cyclocross greats from around the world who are descending on New England for the Holy Week of Cyclocross, the biggest week of cyclocross racing in the US, which began in Lancaster, MA with Wednesday’s second annual Midnight Ride of Cyclocross sponsored by Wheelworks.

Area racers benefited from the world-class talent the Holy Week brings to New England, with seven-time British National Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman (Kona) leading a two-day cyclocross clinic with her husband Stefan Wyman, advocate for women’s competitive cycling and manager of the Matrix Fitness-Prendas team. Although Helen Wyman was sidelined this evening due to a cold, her winning streak in the UCI races during her stay in New England so far this season promises to continue at Gloucester and Providence next week.

Racing began at 4:00 p.m. as the amateur men and women ramped up the racing action and darkness descended on the course. The racers early in the evening shaped the course, smoothing out lines through challenging turns which would later allow the Elites to rip through corners and speed through the challenging wood chips under the barn roof.

Read the full article.

2012 Midnight Ride of Cyclocross – September 26, 2012

 

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The Midnight Ride of Cyclocross is back for 2012! And this year, we are fortunate to have Wheelworks as the Title Sponsor of the race. Furthermore, NEACX is going to be the Club Sponsor of the race.

The race registration opens on August 15 at Bikereg. You can follow the link here.

Stay tuned for more announcements!

Midnight Ride of Cyclocross Men’s Cat 3/4 HelmetCam Video

This shot by n1heu (runtime 36:48):

 

Midnight Ride Race Report by Jeffrey Bramhall

Jeffrey Bramhall penned this terrific press release, “The British Invasion Continues”, which got posted at both Podium Insight and Cyclocross Magazine:

The New England Holy Week of Cyclocross has begun! The kickoff event, Midnight Ride of Cyclocross hosted by the Minuteman Road Club at the Lancaster Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Massachusetts brought out almost 400 racers for a fantastic event complete with some of the biggest names in the sport. Racing kicked off in the twilight at 5pm and led up to an incredibly exciting pair of races for the Women and Elite Men.

The course made the most of the largely flat Lancaster Fairgrounds with an extremely fast cinder start leading into a long section of well-designed turns that separated the handlers from the big motors. The course snaked around the pond at the center of the fairgrounds and led through to a barn that treated competitors to three passes through a long section of wood chips – an interesting alternative to sand. Next, riders climbed to the highest part of the course where there were once again a long series of technical corners, this time while negotiating a progressively worn in hillside and a short set of stairs and dropping back into the start/finish stretch. The course was designed with the spectators in mind and fans filled the hillside and the barriers. Obviously, the most unique feature of the race was that it was under the lights – and the darkness played a big part in how the race developed.

 

Wyman leads Day through the darkness - photo © Russ Campbell

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WE WON!

Well not really. In fact, the British trounced the locals in what could be described as a “right proper thrashing.” Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) and Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) won the Women’s and Men’s P/1/2/3 races at last nights inaugural Midnight Ride of Cyclocross.  But everyone had a good time, all the categories were a success, the Pros put on a good show, and there was much rejoicing.

We would like to thank everyone who came out and raced, watched, and helped put on The Midnight Ride of Cyclocross. Putting on a race is hard; putting on a night race is REALLY hard. It was a perfect New England night (as promised), and we are happy that everyone had a good time.

We will be putting videos and photos up on this website, so stay tuned for updates.  Cheers!

Trophies!

Have a look at this fine craftsmanship and imagine this trophy displayed on your desk or coffee table!

Strava Fastest Lap Competition!

strava_rgb_boxed_logotypeWe are proud to announce the Strava Fastest Lap Competition to happen at The Midnight Night Ride of Cyclocross. Here are the competition details:

 

 

1. You need to be a member of Strava to participate. Membership is free, so there is no cost to participate (except for your race registration). You can sign up at www.strava.com.
2. We are going to ride an “official” lap on race day during the pre-ride. This will be to establish the official course. What makes it official is that we rode it and its ours.
3. We will upload the file to Strava and this will serve at the course against which all times will be measured. We will release the URL of the official site once it is uploaded.
4. You need some kind of GPS device to log your laps during the race. Ideally this will be a Garmin or some such thing. During the race you should record your individual laps. You can do this in various ways, the easiest of which is to hit “Lap” on your device. A lap starts and ends at the finish line. You will upload your file to the event site no later than Friday at 11:59pm.
5. To qualify as an official effort, your file will have to closely match our official lap. How closely? Pretty closely. Since we have not done this before, we are not sure how exact the various laps are going to match. Satellites move and stuff. So we will see how far off laps are and how much that impacts the time you submit. If it seems too far of by our “official estimation”, our team of judges will disqualify it. You can appeal to our appeals judges, but those are the same as the official judges, so odds are you won’t win your appeal.
6. We will then look at all the submitted laps and determine who had the fastest lap by the official race categories.
7. You DO NOT have to finish the race to have the fastest lap. So if you want to just hammer one lap and collapse (after hitting your Lap button), by all means do so.

You will be competing for prizes that run into the tens of dollars range (socks, t-shirts, Strava memberships, etc.). We haven’t received our Strava goodies yet so we don’t know what will be in there. We will distribute prizes at another time. If you registered for The Midnight Ride of CX we know where you live and we will find you.

But most of all you will have bragging rights! And maybe we’ll put your mug on our www.midnightridecx.com webpage as a WINNER.

One Week to Go!

We have one week to go before the inaugural Midnight Ride of Cyclocross. Things are starting to come together and we are excited for the event. For those racing early or spectating, we have the Hole Shot Cafe serving food and refreshments. We are expecting very distinguished Elite men and women’s fields to toe the line at The Fairgrounds. European-based cyclists have been pillaging up and down the East Coast, and we will see if American-based cyclists can offer any resistance heading into the Gran Prix of Gloucester. This will be a great chance for fans of cyclocross to witness world-class competition in an intimate New England setting.

Register now @ http://www.bikereg.com/events/Register.asp?EventID=14254

Announcing The Zanconato Single-Speed Cyclocross Trophy Series

The Midnight Ride of Cyclocross is proud to be part of the Zanconato Single-Speed Cyclocross Trophy Series. Here is a portion from the Press Release. You can see the entire release at Cyclocross Magazine:

 

The Zanconato Single-Speed Cyclocross Series is a series of made up of six of the coolest grassroots races in New England Cyclocross with a dedicated single-speed category. Men and women will be scored separately but race at the same time.

Every racer will be in the running to win a custom frame and fork made by the master himself. To be eligible to win the frame and fork you need to race, obviously. For each race you enter, you get a “raffle ticket” and a chance at winning the frame and fork that will be raffled off at the end of the series at Ice Weasels. The more you race the more chances you have at winning!