After a few double UCI racing weekends, the 2019 North Carolina Grand Prix (NCGP) in Hendersonville is the only show in town this weekend.

Held at Jackson Park, conditions are expected to be muddy, with the current forecast calling for a 100% chance of rain on Saturday. And you know what, that is a substantial improvement over conditions the last few years.

In 2017, a snowstorm turned the course into a muddy, snowy mess. Last year, a blizzard canceled the second day of racing.

The 2017 NCGP was, uh, snowy. 2017 North Carolina Grand Prix Day 1. photo: Laura Rice

The 2017 NCGP was, uh, snowy. 2017 North Carolina Grand Prix Day 1. photo: Laura Rice

In the Elite Women’s race, Verge Northampton International double winner Caroline Nolan (Voler / Easton / HRS / Rock Lobster) returns east to continue her strong season of racing. Raylyn Nuss (MAAP / MINI U.S. Cyclocross Program), Sammi Runnels (Squid x Eliel) and Carla Williams (Deschutes Brewery) join as some other riders to watch.

Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano) looks to bounce back at his home-state race after the Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld squad kept him off the podium both days at the Supercross Cup. Werner is joined by Carolina friends Travis Livermon and Eric Thompson ( as well as Merwin Davis (Cycle-Smart).

Racing in Hendersonville takes place both Saturday and Sunday.

Featured image: Bruce Buckley

Elite Women Start List: 2019 NCGP

AllisonArensmanBrevardNCJA King Cyclocross
HannahArensmanBrevardNCJ.A. King Cyclocross
SkylarBovineGibsonvilleNCCXHAIRS DEVO TREK
DanielleClarkTravelers RestSCBlue Ridge Cross
JessicaCutlerSeattleWANWCX Project
AnnaDorovskikhBoulderCOAmy D Foundation
KimberlyFlynnBooneNCHappy Tooth Women's racing
HaydenGizinskiSeattleWANWCX Project
JenniferMalikCOLUMBUSOHRed Kite Fund pb BikeFettish
PhiliciaMarionMount AiryNCCarpeDiem Racing
RhysMayEasthamptonMARhys May Jewelry
MackenzieMyattMusquodoboit HarbourNSTeam United HealthCare / The 706 Project
CarolineNolanRenoNVVoler / Easton / HRS / Rock Lobster
RaylynNussLake Saint LouisMOMAAP | MINI U.S. Cyclocross Program
LauraRiceHendersonvilleNCBlue Ridge Cross
JaneRossiEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
SamanthaRunnelsaustinTXSquid X Eliel
MollyRussell-HolmesAtlantaGALoose Nuts Cycles
AnnaSavageWestboroughMAJAM Fund / NCC
CourtneyTannerEvanstonILThe Pony Shop p/b KPMG
AlizaTobiasFleetwoodPABrevard College
EmilyWernerAdvanceNCAmy D. Foundation
CarlaWilliamsRoanokeVADeschutes Brewery Cyclocross Team
EricaZavetaBrevardNCThe Pony Shop p/b KPMG

Elite Men Start List: 2019 NCGP

MalcolmBartonUxbridgeONDurham Shredders
CarsonBeckettBentonKYBrevard College
DerekBirchTampaFLPioneer Mortgage pb
TrentBlackburnEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
DevinClancyAshevilleNCBirdsong Brewing
TylerClarkKing CityONBrevard College
PatrickCollinsShrewsburyMAkb PHOTO cx / A-D Bikes
AndrewDietzGreensboroNCTrek Cyclocross Collective
AndrewGiniatAshevilleNCThe Pony Shop p/b KPMG
CypressGorryPisgah ForestNCBrevard College
RoryJackChicagoILThe Pony Shop p/b KPMG
SimonLewisFranklinTNTeam United HealthCare / The 706 Project
LucasLivermonDurhamNCBell Lap Cycleworks
RhysLouisDURHAMNCRoca Roja
RobertMarionMount AiryNCCarpeDiem Racing
ScottMcGillFallstonMDAevolo Cycling
NateMorseTravelers RestSC——————
ChrisNiesenEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
BradfordPerleyBrevardNCBrevard College
ByronRiceDurhamNCStorm Racing Team
AlexRyanLewisvilleNCPactimo/Mock Orange CX Team
ThomasSavageNorth AugustaSCCTS Cycling Team fueled by Hiball Energy
AndyScaranoAthensGAUnited Healthcare of Georgia/706P
WilliamSeitzBhamALMission Devo Cycling pb Tyler Perry Studios
WalkerShawPisgah ForestNC 
CharlesThompsonRaleighNCOak City Cycling Project Race Team
KerryWerner Jr.advanceNCKona Maxxis Shimano
JackWhiteMadisonMSVelovit presented by Palmer Safety