Hopefully, like us, you’ve been thinking about cyclocross since March. For those of you who have only have cyclocross on the mind once September rolls around, you might already be too late to sign up for races during New England’s Holy Week, where some of the fields filled up in a matter of days.
Still, if you’re new to cyclocross, and haven’t seen the New England action, it’s worth the trip even just as a spectator. Gloucester and Providence host some of America’s greatest destination cyclocross races. If you’re hunting for the top races in the United States, make sure you check out our upcoming Issue 26, which includes our favorite cyclocross events to make a destination of!
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New England — (September 4, 2014) The two biggest cyclocross races in America converge this fall for the revered Holy Week of Cyclocross, marking the official start of the New England cyclocross season. Just one week and less than 45 minutes’ drive separate the two most important races of the season: Rapha Super Cross Gloucester presented by Great Brewers on September 27 + 28, followed by Providence’s KMC Cyclo-cross Festival October 3-5. This is, without a doubt, the biggest week of cyclocross in North America.
Demonstrating the excitement surrounding these races, both saw record numbers of racer sign-ups within the first day of registration. In fact, both headlining races of this illustrious week of racing have garnered the attention of brand new big-name title sponsors this year. Rapha and KMC join the ever-growing family of New England Cyclocross this season, proving that the cycling world is paying close attention to cycling happenings in New England.
During Holy Week, top racers from all over the world arrive in New England in search of early-season UCI points and points in USA Cycling’s season-long Pro CX series. Among the stars who are certain to be in New England for Holy Week are current US Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers, former US Cyclocross Champion Jonathan Page, and British National Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman.
An exciting weekend of racing against a stunning ocean-view backdrop, Rapha Super Cross Gloucester serves as the opening weekend for Holy Week. From participating in the amateur races to spectating the elite races from the Great Brewers beer garden, this race, known as New England Worlds, is the one racers and fans dream of all off-season.
Gloucester also opens the Verge New England Cyclocross Series presented by Stan’s NoTubes and Cycle-Smart. The only UCI series in North America, the Verge NECXS is also the oldest UCI series in North America. This unparalleled cyclocross series features four of the best race weekends this side of the Atlantic.
Holy Week continues with three days of racing at the KMC Cyclo-cross festival, including one of only nine days of C1 racing in North America. Formerly known as the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival, the KMC Cyclo-cross Festival is a full-fledged festival of cycling featuring team Madison races, singlespeed races, World’s qualifying races for junior men, a Gran Fondo ride ending at the festival, and more. Fans spectating from the food truck area or the beer tent will be treated to three days of the best cyclocross racing around.
Gloucester will be broadcast live on gnarlymonkey.com, and fans can also follow along live on Twitter at @VergeNECXS and @gpgloucester. News and updates will be posted regularly at cycle-smart.com/necxs and at gpgloucester.com.
Follow KMC Cyclo-cross Festival on Twitter at @providencecross and online at kmccrossfest.com.