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.