Trebon, Powers, Johnson and Driscoll at the 2010 Series © Anne Rock
Promoter Myles Romanow of Hampton Velo has been producing Super Cross Cup races on Long Island since 1991, with venues ranging from the chic but remote Southampton Youth Services Center to the current Eisenhower Park location in East Meadow. Event locations varied as much as affiliations, which have included UCI and NACT sanctioned races.
World Champions, National Champions, World Cup Winners, and National Team Members have won the Super Cross Cup, an elite American race that draws an international crowd. Past winners include: three time world champion Erwin Vervecken; three time multiple discipline U.S. Elite National Champion Todd Wells; U.S. Elite National Champion Tim Johnson; World Championships second place and US Elite National Champion Katie Compton; US U23 National Champion Amy Dombroski; US Junior National Champion Luke Keough; Candadian National Champion Lyne Bessette; USGP Champion Barry Wicks; USGP Champion Georgia Gould; and US Worlds Team Member and current MAC leader Laura Van Gilder.
Romanow stressed Hampton Velo’s positive affiliation with the MAC Series. “The MAC series is a huge thing for us. Really, the UCI and NACT affiliations were awesome, but the MAC really fits our own personal goals and organizational goals much better. We’re really happy to be part of it, and hope to continue our relationship.”
Indeed, the MAC series boasts the full gamut of cyclocross racing from last weekend’s utterly charming grass roots race at Fair Hill (First State Velo Sport XCross), to the upscale affairs that Romanow produces, which have drawn marquee athletes like Erwin Vervecken and Katie Compton.
The conveniently located East Meadow location at Eisenhower Park, a gorgeous 950-acre facility less than 30 minutes from downtown Manhattan, is easily accessible by car or train. The course offers a variety of challenges for competitors and ample viewing opportunities for spectators.
Kissena and Hampton Velo are non-profit organizations that try to make the world a better place through
Cycling. Club membership includes everyone from café cruisers to competitors with lofty goals, and the clubs mentor developing cyclists through coaching, racing and organized group rides. The clubs foster awareness for the sport by organizing over 50 competitive events a year in the New York City area in the disciplines of road, cyclocross, track and roller racing.
Romanow says, “Every year we give all our profits to charities. All. Some years we have a lot. Some years not so much. This year we give money to: Tuesday Children, a worldwide initiative to help kids that are victims of terrorism; The Retreat, an East End charity that shelters battered women and children; and Best Buddies, a group that provides mentoring of mentally challenged children and adults. We also support the US National team in their efforts to send competitors to Europe for the Worlds.”
In addition to competing at a great event, proceeds go support some great causes. And who knows? If you win the Elite race, your name will be associated with Johnson, Wells, Vervecken, Compton and Van Gilder. Not too shabby!
As with all MAC races, the Super Cross offers categories for every racing level from Beginner to Elite. To register for the race or for more information, contact Bikereg.com or Hampton Velo.