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DCCX 2013

DCCX Thanks all the Racers, Spectators,  Sponsors, and the AFRH- all of whom made 2013 another great year!

DCCX 2013 results can be found at : 



Sornson dominates, Waite victorious at DCCX

WASHINGTON, DC - DCCX, race number four in the Bikereg.com Super 8 series brought racers back to the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for another edition of an event that has become a regional favorite.  In spite of scheduling concerns involving the shutdown of the federal government, the race went off as planned on Sunday.  Fast and dry conditions prevailed, only serving to enhance a course that's normally a power rider's delight. 

In some of the age-graded contests, Evan Goldberg (Rock Creek Velo) won the U15 race, finishing in front of 36 other up-and-coming young racers.  Craig Cozza (UPMC Cycling Performance/Pro Bikes) crushed the 45+ field, establishing an early lead and holding it to the line to finish more than a minute ahead of second place finisher and Verge Sport jersey contest leader Jerzy Wozniak (Winchester Wheelmen). Wozniak wouldn't be denied the top step of the podium however, racing again later in the day and winning in the 35+ contest.

The featured Elite contests showcased some of the best rides of the day.  In the Women's Elite race, Cheryl Sornson (Team CF) put on perhaps the most impressive performance of all - for the third weekend in a row, Sornson doubled-up taking victories in both the Women's 45+ race as well as the Women's Elite contest at a Super 8 series race. While still relatively new to cyclocross, Sornson plays to her strengths she's gained from her endurance MTB background. When asked about how the race played out, Sornson suspected her rivals were following her wheel at times, hoping to conserve some energy.  That strategy ended up being comfortable for her - "...when it got technical I wanted to be in front so as to have a clear go and not get caught up in another's bobble." Third place finisher Allyson Tufano (Sportif Coaching Group) confirmed this, describing
Sornson's cornering technique as "buttery". With a front row seat for much of the race, Tufano and second place finisher Julie Kuliecza (River City Women's Racing) chased Sornson closely until the elastic snapped somewhere between the third and fourth laps. Sornson would finish 36 seconds clear.

On the Men's side, fans were treated to an intense four-way battle for the top spots. That battle could have been a five-way fight if local superstar Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale) didn't break his chain in the first lap while clearly motoring his way toward the leaders group forming at the front. Once Bishop was out of the picture, the foursome of Jared Nieters (SEAVS/Haymarket p/b Soigneur), Wes
Schempf (SEAVS/Haymarket p/b Soigneur), Nick Waite (Pro Tested Gear), and Greg Wittwer (C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.) eventually settled into their own groove. Those riders would exchange position at the front from time to time, but mostly stayed together until the last lap where Waite would make his move. On the back side of the course out of the view of most spectators, Waite attacked and established the winning gap leading into the technical off-camber hills near the finish where passing was very difficult. Nieters came in second place 12 seconds later after putting in a hard chase, with Schempf rounding out the the top three.

With almost 750 pre-registered riders, Mid-Atlantic cyclocrossers came out in force to show their support for cycling and for our nation's armed forces veterans.  To show their appreciation for the gracious hospitality, race-promoters DCMTB always make sure the Armed Forces Retirement Home is also a beneficiary of the event.  Thousands of dollars were donated to Friends of the Soldiers Home, a charity that benefits the retirees who live on site.  - by Neil Schirmer  for Super8 CX

Great set of DCCX Picts from DCMTB's own Joe Foley


Race: Sunday,  October 20th, 2013

Women's Skills Clinic- Saturday, October 19th 1pm ($1, $6 if you don't have a USA Cycling license)

Open Course Practice time- Saturday, October 19th 2-4pm

Registration has been extended to Friday noon on Bikereg

Race Registration and Race number pickup at venue  1:00-3:30PM

Staging in events with 1/2/3 Racers (Open,  Masters, Single Speed) are staged by Cross-Results for online registrants!

 the only cyclocross race in Washington, DC, 
has quickly grown to be one of the largest Cyclocross Races in the Eastern United States, with ~ 850 registered racers and over 50 kids.   Top regional talent compete in the elite categories, while age-group and lower category racers make up the
undercard. Kids can compete on  a separate course (free). The venue and course are designed to create a fun, family-friendly spectator environment, in addition to a challenging race course. Admission to the venue is free and refreshments from Staples Corner Liquors, Baja Fresh, and the DC Dutch club and others help keep the party going.  Other Sponsors include Terra Lawn and Landscape,  Family Bike Shop, Sonoma Restaurant and wine bar, Drink More Water, and Strava.

Each year following DCCX, DCMTB donates thousands of dollars to benefit the retirees who live at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. In 2012, this donation went to the Friends of the Soldiers Home. Members of this organization and others provide valuable volunteers assistance on race day- if you would like to pitch in as a volunteer (e.g. course crossing guard, parking facilitator, clean-up crew) please contact Brian (brian.schmierer at gmail.com ) - Thanks!

Major course preparation is done by Terra DC Landscaping.   We are very grateful to the Armed Forces Retirement Home , site of President Abraham Lincoln's summer cottage, and the AFRH residents there for allowing us to use their beautiful campus each year.

Saturday, October 19th tentative schedule: Women's CX skills clinic for beginners and others (almost free!), Open course practice time.

Please note that there are several modifications from the standard Super 8 CX daily schedule:
-there is a Rookie race for Cat 5 men and Cat 4 women
-Single speeders are split out from the 35+ event
-55+ men race in the afternoon for 45' , along with the Singlespeeders

Almost FREE Cyclocross clinics help you get up to speed: https://sites.google.com/site/dcmtbdccx/home/dccx

Directions:  DCCX is presented by DCMTB and is hosted on the beautiful campus of the Armed Forced Retirement Home, site of the Historic President Lincoln’s Cottage in NW, Washington, DC. There is ample, free parking adjacent to the course.   The approximate address for mapping is 140 Rock Creek Church Rd, NW & Upshur St, NW  Washington, DC 20011. For clinics, turn right immediately at the Guard station and head south to the Pond area. On race weekend, signs will direct racers to the Parking areas located on Arnold Dr. (see map below)  Please park only in designated areas and not on any active roads.

DCCX is part of the Super 8 Cyclocross Series and listed on the USA Cycling CXNC (Cyclocross National Calendar).  The Super 8 is proud to have BikeReg.com and VergeSport return as sponsors to our series and look forward to seeing everybody ready to race in Winchester on September 29.

Super 8 race location map

September 29Apple CrossWinchester, Va.
October 6Hyattsville CXHyattsville, Md.
October 13Tacchino CyclocrossRosaryville, Md.
October 20DCCXWashington D.C.
November 3Ed Sander Memorial CXAdamstown, Md.
November 10Schooley Mill CrossHighland, Md.
November 17Rockburn CXElkridge, Md.
December 8Capital Cross ClassicReston, Va.

Bicycle Blogger Gwadzilla runs the free kids race!

Bill Schieken of CXhairs.com is Announcing!

Please check DCCX out on Facebook and Twitter !

Cxhairs.com has some great DCCX video: 2012 DCCX , 2011 DCCX , various (including Tandems!)
Cycle-Boredom has a humorous intro to CX and nice picts
Uncle pappy has some nice bloggin' about racing and spectating at DCCX

Flickr shots of 2012 DCCX

Main Parking is at Point "B".  "A" is the campus entrance at Upshur St. and Rock Creek Church rd. Follow the blue line to Parking. Additional parking is located neat the intersection of Arnold Drive and Pershing Dr. in the south-central Area of the map, along the Blue route. There is no race/spectator access to the course from the North side on race weekend. Please do not park in that area near the Golf course parking and Start area, or on any roads.

Wikipedia page on cyclocross

Past Elite DCCX Champions

Elite Men

2013 Nick Waite- Pro Tested Gear

2012 Ryan Dewald- SEAVS/Haymarket

2011 Lukas Winterberg- Philadelphia Cyclocross School

2010 Joe Dombrowski

2009 Ryan Dewald

2008 Wes Schempf

2007 Wes Schempf

Elite Women

2013 Cheryl Sornson- Team CF

2012 Laura van Gilder - Mellow Mushroom

2011 Laura van Gilder -C3/Mellow Mushroom

2010 Arley Kemmerer -C3

2009 Arley Kemmerer -C3

2008 Patty Buerkle

2007 Betsy Shogren

Elite Masters 35+

2013 Jerzy Wozniak- Winchester Wheelman

2012 Jeffrey Dickey- Scott Pro Mountain Bike Team

2011 Paul Rades -November Bicycles CX Experience

2010 Blair Saunders

2009 Dave Fuentes

2008 Blair Saunders

2007 Bernie Schiao

Elite Masters 45+

2013 Craig Cozza-  UPMC Cycling Performance/Pro Bikes

2012 Jerzy Wozniak- Winchester Wheelman Race Team

2011 Jerzy Wozniak- Winchester Wheelman Race Team

Elite Masters 55+

2013 Fred Wittwer- C3-Twenty20 Cycling

2012 Paul Curley - Spin Arts Cycling Team

2011 Fred Wittwer - Alan North America

2010 Fred Wittwer - Alan North America

2009 Fred Wittwer - Alan North America

2008 Rob Lea TEAM Fuji

Single Speed

2013 Christopher Rabadi- Dosnoventa

2012 Kristopher Auer C3- Athletes Serving Athletes

2011 Mike Esmonde- Raw Talent Ranch/CycleLife

2010 Jared Nieters- SEAVS/Haymark

Photos by Joe Foley Photography, unless noted