Top cyclists from around the world converge on Druid Hill Park this weekend, competing in the 9th annual Charm City Cyclocross. But a variety of races for local cyclists of varying age, experience, and expertise are also offered over the two-day event.
The annual races have become a staple over the past near-decade on the East Coast cyclocross racing scene.
Races begin at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The event is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union. Among others, U.S. national champ Jonathan Page is scheduled to compete at Druid Hill.
"[Charm City Cross] really does hold a special place in my heart, as does organizer Kris Auer," Great Britian’s Helen Wyman, the U.K’s National Cyclocross Champion, told Cyclocross Magazine last year. “If I could race [Charm City Cross] every weekend, I think I would. Again, the venue is amazing, the support staff at the event are second to none and Baltimore is a fantastic city.”
The event is hosted by Twenty20 Cycling, with bike shops in Hampden and Savage, and a racing team whose focus is cyclocross.
More info can be found at charmcitycross.com.
For those unfamiliar with the sport, cyclocross is a bicycle race that combines elements of road cycling, cross country running, and mountain biking. Courses feature a mix of terrain, including pavement, trails, grass, hills, and obstacles that require competitors to dismount and carry their bikes for a short period—and then remount. Races are generally 40-60 minutes long, lung-sucking sprints.
Sounds like fun, doesn't it?