Looking ahead to its 3rd season, the North American Cyclocross Trophy (NACT) made some exciting additions and modified its schedule to have 6 races all in the United States. Last year, the series included a weekend in Toronto, Ontario Canada. According to the organizers, the overall series winnings combined with daily prizes make it the richest cyclocross series in North America.
In 2009 the overall NACT series honors went to U.S. National Cyclocross Champion Tim Johnson of the Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com team and Canadian Natasha Elliott of the Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy team.
In 2009, Johnson injured his shoulder on the first race of the series, StarCrossed in Oregon and sat out RadRacing held on the following day. He came back strong with a fourth place finish in the Saturday race in Gloucester followed by a win the next day. Then he not only won five of the remaining six races of the series, but his team swept the podium in five: Blue Sky Velo and Boulder Cup in Colorado, Toronto International II where it was Jeremy Powers on top. And at the finale, Johnson took top honors, followed by Powers and Jamey Driscoll. At that was the final series podium, Johson on top with the red belt, followed by Powers and Driscoll.
Elliott took the lead in the series after winning the two races in Gloucester, the third and fourth round of the series. She solidified her lead by sweeping the Toronto International races and then defended on the final weekend in Southampton. Amy Dombroski (Schlamm p/b Clement-Primus Mootry) to second overall with her wins in the two final races. Sue Butler (Monavie-Cannondale) was third overall.
NACT 2010 Schedule:
- Star Crossed presented by Stanley – A Brand of PMI, September 18th – Seattle, WA
- RAD Racing Gran Prix presented by Hammer Nutrition, September 19th – Issaquah, WA
- The Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester presented by Addison Gilbert Hospital, October 2nd and 3rd – Gloucester, MA
- Colorado Cross Classic, October 30th – Boulder, CO
- The Victory Circle Graphix Boulder Cup, October 31st – Boulder, CO
- Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup, November 20th and 21st – Southampton, NY
Key among the changes for the 2010 season will be an equal prize list for Men and Women. “This has been a goal of the NACT series since year one so this is very exciting to announce,” commented Myles Romanow, race director of the Whitmore’s Landscape Super Cross Cup and NACT founder.
Also new for 2010 is rider travel support for the top 3 riders each race weekend. In the words of Starcrossed race director Terry Buchanan, “We want to recognize the effort and expense top competitors face in racing the series so this is a small step in that direction.”
Joining forces with the NACT this season will Bob’s Red Mill who will provide whole grain goodness to racers and spectators each day as well as sponsorship of the Whole Grain Gauntlet course feature at each race. Bob’s Red Mill is a Portland-based whole grain food producer of more than 300 products, including a full line of certified gluten free products and an extensive line of certified organic products.
“After we got hooked on the thrill of cyclocross a few years ago, it dawned on us what a perfect fit our hot Steel Cut Oats are for the sport,” says Matthew Cox, Marketing Director at Bob’s Red Mill. “Whole grains are the ideal fuel for the intensity of the sport and the fans and spectators alike get cold and hungry. We’re absolutely thrilled to partner with the NACT series.”
Chris Grealish from The Victory Circle Graphix Boulder Cup quipped ”We all left last weeks NACT Promoters Conference Call with great enthusiasm for creating unique and fun feature at our individual events for the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Gauntlet. I just hope nobody throws down six inches of oatmeal for the riders to pass through.”
Other NACT sponsors include Castelli – US who will be the NACT leaders jersey sponsor and BikeReg.com providing series online registration. NACT Series Director Brook Watts stated, “We’ve taken a major step forward in 2010 with the help of some great new series sponsors and the hard work of the race directors. We’ve got a few more developments that we’ll be announcing in the next few weeks.”