Richey takes the off-camber at Downeast Day 2, where he finished fourth. Cyclocross Magazine

Here, Craig Richey takes the off-camber at Downeast Day 2, 2011, where he finished fourth. © Cyclocross Magazine

The 2012 edition of the Verge New England Cyclocross Series is only eight weeks away, and series organizers have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. By popular demand, the series has been condensed into three weekends to maximize rider attendance and to determine who is the best of the best in New England in 10 different categories, including the return of the Elite Men and Women overall competitions to the series after a one-year hiatus. 

This year’s series will once again take place in the beautiful hills and valleys of the state of Vermont, as the Catamount Family Center in Williston, Vermont will host the 14th Annual Green Mountain Cyclocross Weekend on September 15th and 16th.  The technical course, combined with the elevation change Vermont is known for, will give both mountain goats and flat-landers the chance of winning one of the day’s events.  Rounds 3 and 4 of this year’s series will trek to the great state of Maine for the Downeast Cyclocross in New Gloucester.  Two power courses will test the riders’ stamina and strength in the fields of the Pineland Farms agricultural area.  The final weekend (rounds 5 and 6) head to the center of the bay state of Massachusetts for the 2012 Bay State Cyclocross.  The course is a classic parcours prepared by Tom Stevens, one of the founding fathers of New England cyclocross, and will give the riders a bit of everything in one lap.

This year’s series would not be possible without the generous support of Verge Sport, makers of fine cycling uniforms and apparel for men and women since 1996; Cycle-Smart, coaching services for elite and amateur competitive cyclists since 1999; and BikeReg.com, the premiere online registration site for cycling events in the country.