August 28, 2009; Conshohocken, PA, USA: Troy Wells (Clif Bar), Barry Wicks (Kona-FSA) and Dee Dee Winfield (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) have joined U.S. National Champion Ryan Trebon in committing to compete at the three-day, $27,000 Cincinnati UCI3 Cyclocross Festival October 9-11. With Katie Compton (Planet Bike) already confirmed, the addition of Ryan Trebon (Kona-FSA) means that the races in Cincinnati will be one of the few opportunities to see both defending U.S. Elite National Champions together in the U.S. this year.
Barry Wicks, meanwhile, is a former champion in Cincinnati and is looking to regain the top spot at one of America’s richest and most important cyclocross weekends. On the women’s side, Dee Dee “America’s Fastest Mother” Winfield has thrown her hat into the ring for a slice of the world-record $10,000 women’s cyclocross prize pool. Winfield, a mother of two children, represented the U.S. at the World Cup in Koksijde Belgium last year and took multiple wins recently at the New Jersey State Fair SpectaCross to start her 2009 campaign.
The Cincinnati UCI3 Cyclocross Festival originated the multi-day cyclocross festival concept in North America and last year debuted America’s first-ever three-day UCI-sanctioned festival with races in Northern Kentucky and Ohio, all within the Cincinnati metropolitan area. Following extensive lobbying efforts by the City of Covington, Kentucky, the Festival’s opening race has been relocated to Covington’s stunning Devou Park located on an escarpment overlooking downtown Cincinnati just across the Ohio River. Many are saying that the venue is the most beautiful they have ever seen for a cyclocross race. In addition to the Cincinnati UCI3 Cyclo-Stampede at Covington’s Devou Park on Friday, October 9, the other races in the festival are the Cincinnati UCI3 Java Johnny’s-Lionhearts at Sunset Park in Middletown Ohio on Saturday October 10 and the Cincinnati UCI3 Harbin Park presented by Bio Wheels and United Dairy Farmers in Fairfield Ohio on Sunday, October 11. All three events are listed on the UCI international calendar and are also part of the Zipp OVCX Cyclocross Tour. For more information, see BikeReg.com.