by Christophe Jammet
There had been a ton of talking within NYCX community about putting our own race on. Everyone was into the idea, but actually following through is a completely different story. There were just so many variables to consider. Where would we have it? Would we get permission from the Parks department? Was there enough interest? Was there a date left in the ‘cross season that didn’t conflict with a big, established race?
Little by little, it started falling into our lap. Jamie Bognar (NYCMTB) and Chris Uglietta (Jonathan Adler Racing) gave Jed a tip off about a small gem of a park in Staten Island. He went to check out Wolfe’s Pond Park and thought it was a great spot. Now all we needed to do was get permission from the parks department. I really was prepared for that to be a total waste our time. From what i had heard in the past and with CRCA races in central park, the parks department was pretty strict and extremely sensitive about their lawns. Obviously they would have no problem at all with letting hundreds of cross bikes tear up park land! We decided to give it a shot anyway and reached out a new acquaintance i had made in the Parks Department (Thanks Michael and Marjory!) Although i was prepared to deal with a bureaucratic nightmare, i was instantly proved wrong. Getting a permit for the even was easier than i ever thought it could be.
We drove over the the park last thursday to meet with the Park’s Manager and the event coordinator. The manager was a Staten Island native named “Vincent” who had a pristine S.I. Accent and had worked in the park’s department for years. we started to carefully explain that bikes would be ridden on the grass, but that we would make every effort to not damage it and use well-traveled parts of the lawn. Vinny Smiled and said “There is nothing you could do on those bikes that would mess up my lawn.”
oh, it’s like that. That’s a Challenge.
Moral of the story: Vinny is awesome. The Parks People were so accomodating that we were a bit taken aback. where was the bureaucracy? where was the hard time? They have pretty much given us carte Blanche to put on an awesome race!
The Park itself is perfect for a ‘cross race: TWO Parking lots, Bathrooms, Hoses, Electricity, Grass, Mountain Bike trails, and a Beach. this course is going to have it all, and its going to bring it.
Here’s the deal on the race:
Date: Sunday, November 30th
The race is on Staten Island- a mysterious and magical place, easily accessible from New Jersey, Long Island, and the rest of the Metro area.
The race is on November 30th- the weekend right after Thanksgiving, and the Day after the New Jersey ‘Cross Championships. This will be one of the last race weekends you can double up on before nationals come around!
Why come to our race?
* Come and support the growing ‘cross scene in the NYC area. Every year, more and more people get into cyclocross, making it more popular than ever. NYC has been without a cross race for far too long, so be a part of something historic!
* Come for the awesome course we put together. With the help of some Portland CX expertise, the course we’ve designed promises to be challenging- we’ve got something for everyone: A 100 Meter Beach run (the course is right on the water), a Circle of Death, barriers, a rooty-rutted-leaf covered run up, and some good old-fashioned tree-slaloms. Here’s the Map:
* Come for the Prizes- Awesome trophies, Cash for Elite men/women/masters, and great merchandise from NYC Velo, Cadence Cycling and Multisport Centers, Sportique Skincare, and Honest Tea, Tandems East, VisitFlanders.us, Wafels and Dinges, and Wellshire Farms as well as some “Staten Island ONLY” Premes.
* Killer jams by DJ Kendra, who will be dropping beats all day.
* Free waffles. No joke.
* The Park is easily accessible by car or public Transportation- Take the Ferry to Staten Island then take the Staten Island Rail to the Prince’s Bay Stop. The Ferry allows bikes, and you should be good to go on the Staten Island Rail.
* Any profits from the race will be donated to Ichallengemyself (http://ichallengemyself.org) – a nonprofit dedicated to fighting childhood obesity and getting disadvantaged youths on bikes.
* Come work off the marathon binge eating session you will have just gone through after T-day. We know we’ll need to…
All info can be found on BikeReg.com:
REGISTER!! Do it for BACON! Do it for GLORY!
Big Thanks to the CRCA, Alan Atwood, The NYC Parks Department (thanks Vinny and Sarah!), Cadence Cycling and Multisport Centers, NYC Velo, Sportique, and Honest Tea. This race would not be happening had it not been for the support of these people and sponsors. buy their stuff if they sell it!
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