International Superstars Van Gilder, Winterberg Claim Dogfish Head Alehouse DCCX-V Crowns


From Left: Joe Dombrowski, Jared Nieters, Lukas Winterberg, Weston Schempf, Lukas Muller (Photo: Joe Foley)

From left: Laura Murray, Arley Kemmerer, Laura van Gilder, Allyson Tufano, Jenn Maxwell (not pictured) (Photo: Joe Foley)

WASHINGTON DC, October 24, 2011— Laura Van Gilder (C3 – Athletes Serving Athletes and Mellow Mushroom) and Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) used their raw power over a fast but muddy course to beat local favorites at the DCCX cyclocross race in Washington, D.C. presented byDogfish Head Alehouse. On a course that demanded both strength and a deft technical touch on off-camber turns and fast corners, Van Gilder, who was the top-ranked cyclocross racer in the world last year, and Winterberg, a Swiss racer living with a family in Philadelphia this autumn, were able to get early leads and fend off dogged challengers for the victories.

DCCX, which is organized by the DCMTB bicycling team, attracted a record 842 registered riders on a wonderfully autumnal day on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in the heart of Washington. The race is part of the Bikereg.com MABRAcross Super 8 race series.

Libbey Sheldon leads a group thru the Terra/Treeman S-turn Hill (Joe Foley)

Van Gilder said she was unsure if she would drive down from the Poconos to the nation’s capital for the race, which has Dogfish Head Alehouse and Family Bike Shop as its top sponsors. In the end it took some coaxing from her friend and fellow competitor Arley Kemmerer (C3 – Athletes Serving Athletes). Kemmerer, last year’s winner, made sure the competition was tough. With more than 30 women registered for the elite race and 40 CAT 3/4 women on the racing course at the same time, the course was unusually crowded and tight.Kemmerer took an early lead, but Van Gilder passed her late in the first lap on a grinding climb before the famed “heckle stairs.” It was a lead she was able to hold until the finish, with Kemmerer trailing close behind, using all the tricks she had learned racing the course in years past and teaching a clinic to other female riders the day before.

“She was nipping at my heels all the way,” Van Gilder said, after she received her check sponsored by Dogfish Head Alehouse from the $1,250, 12-deep payout. “I was only one mistake away from being caught. But that’s cross.”

What, no air? Nieters shadows Winterberg mid-race (Joe Foley Photography)

In the men’s elite race, previous winners Weston Schempf (C3 – Athletes Serving Athletes), Ryan DeWald (Haymarket/SEAVS) and Joe Dombrowski(Trek – Livestrong) lined up beside last year’s MABRA series winner and hometown favorite Jared Nieters (Haymarket-SEAVS). Nieters decided to make the race more interesting by having his bike shop, Haymarket, donate a $50 gift certificate for a first-lap prime. Dombrowski started slowly while Schempf, Nieters and Winterberg duked it out for the prime. Winterberg won that, but Nieters wasn’t far behind, and the diminutive rider used every corner, slippery off camber or dismount to try to “put the hurt on” the younger rider. Meanwhile Dombrowski, who last year won a race that he showed up to after the starting gun went off, was putting on a furious charge, passing riders as he searched out his former teammate, Nieters. In the end, Dombrowski couldn’t close the gap and finished fourth, ahead of another Swiss rider, Lukas Muller (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) and behind Schempf, who brought his newborn baby up on the podium with him. And Nieters, despite the urging from the hometown crowd, ended up 15 seconds back to Winterberg.

The ever-popular Dogfish Head Alehouse Tent (Joe Foley)

The DCCX course got a serious face lift this year as race sponsorTerra Landscaping was hard at work cutting back brush, clearing a new hill and working on drainage in order to turn the laps into a challenge of speed and power. On a fast downhill after the famous brick steps, competitors got a rousing cheer if they had the nerve and speed to catch air. A new set of barriers closed down the speed leading into the sharp set of hills. And, after weeks of rain, part of the course had a boggy feel early in the day.

DCCX is as much a celebration of cycling as it is a bicycle race. Dancing Mind Yoga, owned by DCMTB team member Paula Baake, provided free trial memberships to women in the CAT 4 race,

and a serious cash sponsorship this year. Joel Gwadz, the unmistakable presence behind the blogGwadzilla, organized a crazy course for over 50 Lil’ Belgians complete with hay-bale obstacles.

Others preferred a different type of recreation, Dogfish Head Alehouse was back at the course, serving its famous products. The Dutch Club was back, handing out their scrumptious pancakes. Baja Freshbrought burritos and the Drink More Water bottles were emptied by the end of the day. DCMTB’s racers cooked up the frites, with the supplies compliments of Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar. Sonoma also hosted the race packet pickup party on Saturday evening, and provided many of the prizes.

Joe Foley Photography was on hand, taking his class portraits, including theseFamily Bike Shop’sone-and-only Jonathan Seibold raced in the single-speed category and his crew was out there helping racers avoid mechanical breakdown.

Probably no sponsor had as much fun as the guys from North Tek – Aria, who donated their tents to lucky winners in the masters and CAT 3/4 events. Nicholas Taylor and Andrew Shelby also teamed up for the last event of the day, the tandem class. They shook off the effects of the night before, stormed out to an early lead, and then held off a charge from a man dressed head to toe in red to win the crown.

Baja Fresh worked hard to feed everyone! (Photo: Kent Boese, Parkviewdc blog)



At the Heckle Stairs

Cyclocross Magazine Coverage of DCCX-V

Interesting (and flattering) blog entry on the Spectating @ DCCX- thanks!

GamJams compiles some local blogs and great photo collections of DCCX-V

CXhairs.com fires up another great DCCX video!

Our Gripped Racing buddies shift from 100 milers to 40-60 minutes and love every minute of the pain.

North Tek Sponsors DCCX, race, and blogs about it

Joe’s helmet camera takes a ride in the 3/5 masters race!

Joe Foley Photography (not at Moab) has: DCCX Faces 2011General Venue ShotsFamily Shots

Jay Westcott has a wonderful set of picts at TBD.com, and a larger set here

Rena Schild has some great picts

DCCX 2011 had ~ 846 registered Racers and 56 Lil Belgians: > 900 Total! Check out a Batchgeo map to see where they come from (pre-registered racers)


Race weekend schedule:

Saturday, October 22

DC-ChiX Clinic - 2:00 pm @ DCCX course

Tom and Lynne lead the DCMTB frites crew (Joe Foley)

This women-only CX clinic will be led by C-3s Arley Kemmerer (two-time MABRA Elite Women Champion and 2-time Defending DCCX Elite champ) and assisted by riders from DCMTB.

Arley will go over the essential CX skills and show you how to handle the DCCX course. All women riders are welcome. First timers are encouraged. All you need is a bike with knobby tires, a helmet, and a desire to learn. Please arrive early to register and pay fee: $1 for USAC annual license holders, $6 for those without a license. Riders under 18 years must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Women can register or pick up race numbers at the clinic.

Open Course and Optional Team Tent Set Up – 1:00 to 4:00 pm @ DCCX course
The DCCX course will be open for practice and for teams to set up (or drop off) their pop-up tents. You MUST sign a waiver before riding the course. Course and grounds will close promptly at 4:15 pm!
Teams – Reserve tents at http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=14363

Race Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration - 5:30 to 7:30 pm @ Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
Join us for a pre-race get together at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar on Capitol Hill (223 Pennsylvania Ave, SW, Washington DC). You can pick up your race packet, register for a race (unless sold out). Happy hour drink prices and free cheese table while it lasts! Limited number of DCCX race shirts and cowbells on sale, and free Whole Foods water bottles. Pick up your race packet on Saturday and avoid the early rush!

The spot to watch racers catch air (Joe Foley Photography)

Sunday, October 23

Registration & Course open at 7:15 am / First race is at 8:30 am

Surveying the Heckle Stairs

We have a full day of CX racing lined up for 18 categories of riders, everything from Elite Men and Women to the popular Lil Beligans kid’s races. First timers (and late-to-register cat 4s) are encouraged to try the Rookie Race at 4:15 pm. Please arrive early if you are racing. Registration closes 30 minutes before each race start.

Follow updates on the DCCX facebook page.

CXHairs.com has a helmet cam preview!

DCCX 2011 Course LAYOUT (more or less, and could alter somewhat by raceday) – Use “satellite” or “hybrid view” – Prologue start in on Pershing Rd. “END” = finish Line. “P” = Pit.

DCCX 2011 will be the fifth year for DC’s only cyclocross race — that’s right, this is:


DCCX is race #4 in the Mabra Super 8, hosted by DCMTB and presented by Dogfish Head Alehouse:

Prizes and support will be provided by our friends at Family Bike Shop:

Family Bike Shop - Crofton, MD

Terra Lawn and Landscape is already hard at work getting the course ready for riding.


Prize Beer, Gift Cards, and the Frites cooked up DCMTB provided by Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar. Also host of the Saturday night registration party, 5:30-7:30pm. Follow what’s happening on their blog.

Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

Other food options (burritos!) will be available from from Baja Fresh.

Whole Foods Market will provide snacks and water bottles on race day.

Prizes will be provided by Northwest Knee Warmers (embrocation!), Dancing Mind YogaCrunch Fitness, and North Tek Gear.


Drink More Water is a long time sponsor of the local race scene and returns to hydrate us at DCCX.

Sticky Fingers has been here from the start, bringing yummy vegan prizes for the racers:

DCCX is pleased to welcome back the DC Dutch Club – serving up their delicious Poffertjes for the 5th straight year! Dank je!

5000 Poffertjes and still Smiling! DCCX would not be the same without the DC Dutch Club! (Joe Foley)









Faces of DCCX courtesy of Joe Foley Photography2011 set2010 set

Comfort facilities will be on hand thanks to Bobby’s Pottys



The Armed Forces Retirement Home is located at Rock Creek Church Rd, NW & Upshur St, NW, Washington, DC 20011.

North of DC: I-95 S to I-495 W. Exit 31 (Georgia Ave) towards Silver Spring. Pass Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Turn left on Upshur St (just after 4200 block of Georgia Ave). Cross Rock Creek Church Rd into the AFRH-W “Eagle Gate” at Upshur Ave NW.

South of DC: I-95 N to I-395, stay on to end at New York Ave. Right on New York Ave. Go two blocks and turn right onto M St. Left at second light onto N. Capitol St. NW. Continue past the sign to the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Left onto Allison St. Left onto Rock Creek Church Rd, and left into the AFRH-W “Eagle Gate” at Upshur Ave NW.


DCCX Elite Champions

Elite Men

2011 Lukas Winterberg Philadelphia Cyclocross School

2010 Joe Dombrowski

2009 Ryan Dewald

2008 Wes Schempf

2007 Wes Schempf

Elite Women

DCCX-V Women’s Podium Celebrates: Laura Murray, Arley Kemmerer, Laura Van Gilder, Alyson Tufano. Jennifer Maxwell not present

2011 Laura van Gilder -C3/Mellow Mushroom

2010 Arley Kemmerer -C3

2009 Arley Kemmerer -C3

2008 Patty Buerkle

2007 Betsy Shogren


Elite Masters 35+

2011 Paul Rades -November Bicycles CX Experience

2010 Blair Saunders

2009 Dave Fuentes

2008 Blair Saunders

2007 Bernie Schiao


Elite Masters 45+

2011 Jerzy Wozniak- Winchester Wheelman Race Team


DCMTB’s Raul Rojas Powers to a Podium Finish in Elite 35+

DCMTB’s own Gwadzilla blogs about DCCX!

Last year DCCX introduced Tandem CX to the local area- stick around to watch this fun event!

Beth Mason’s blog entry on 2010 is awesome!

CXhairs.com is the go-to place for local race previews and synopses

GamJams covers all sort of Mid-Atlantic racing, with lots of good CX info, racer report, picts, etc



DCCX Offers A Glimpse of Civil War History

With the Oct. 23 DCCX approaching, the Armed Forces Retirement Home, where the cyclocross race is held, is opening the historic Lincoln Cottage on its grounds to race participants and their guests.

Lincoln Cottage on the AFRH Campus (photo: LincolnCottage.org)

During his presidency, President Abraham Lincoln spent as much as half the year at the Soldiers’ Home, which sits atop a small hill just three miles from the White House. The home offered Lincoln and his family a respite from the heat and stresses of wartime Washington. And it was here, in 1862, that he wrote the first drafts of the Emancipation Proclamation which ended slavery in the United States.

On race day, tours of the site and grounds will be offered every hour from 11:00 a.m. through 3 p.m. Tours last about an hour. Admission to the Cottage is through guided tour only. A visitor education center is open from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tours will also be offered around the courtyard area starting at Building 8 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Tickets are $14 for an adult and $5 for children, age 6-12. Active military with ID are $10 and National Trust members with ID are $6. The private, non-profit National Trust operates the Lincoln Cottage.

To purchase tickets and for more information visit: http://www.lincolncottage.org.