The BikeReg.com MABRAcross series is pulling double duty this weekend with the Howard County Double Cross. It’s a weekend so popular, calendar companies should save racers the trouble and circle the dates at the printing press. With two races this weekend and extra points available at the series ending MABRA Championship race at Taneytown, this is “go time” if you have your eyes on one of those sweet Verge Sport leader jerseys and the overall MABRA series championship.
Also, MABRAcross racers, keep in mind that the series counts only your best eight finishes. There are ten races in the MABRAcross series, so if you race all ten, your two lowest point totals vanish into the ether like so much air from a punctured tubular. For those scoring at home in their personal Excel Cross Points file, Saturday’s Schooley Mill Cross is race number eight and Sunday’s Rockburn Cross is race number nine.
After perusing the exclusive BikeReg.com MABRAcross point standings at crossresults.com, one thing is certain: in no category has a racer clinched a leader’s jersey. And nowhere is this clearer than the Masters 55+ race. This category is a three man brawl with two guys trading haymakers and the third guy laying low, letting the other two pummel each other. Fred Wittwer (ALAN) has won five MABRAcross races this year. In four of those races, Jim Bronson (Patapsco Bike and Sport) has finished second. But Bronson has also won two races in which Wittwer scored no points. This is Ali vs. Frazier at the top of the standings. Knockout blow after knockout blow with nobody going down. But sitting in third place, dancing around the heavyweights, looking for that game changing combination ala Sugar Ray Robinson, is Peter Czapiewski (AMVC). He has competed in every series race and his consistent top finishes place him only 42 points away from consolidating the belts and becoming world, nay, MABRAcross champion! Can he do it? To find out, keep your eyes on the sweet science unfolding in that noontime race.
Online registration for the Howard County Double Cross is closed, but fields are still open and day of registration is accepted.
Don’t forget that the BikeReg.com MABRAcross Championship races take place a week from Sunday at the Turkey Chase. Not only are more points awarded per placing for the Verge Sport leader jersey competition it is also the state championship race for residents of Delaware and Maryland/DC. If that were not enough, the Turkey Chase event is also the Tandem-Cross finale. There may not be a jersey or medal but winning a tandem-cross race is truly the ultimate prize. Watching one is pretty great, too. So come out and join us.
by Bill Schieken