Powerhouse region in cross, New England has a total of 14 UCI races in the upcoming 2012/2013 cyclocross season, 28% of all the UCI races in the USA not counting the three championship races. The races were divided into two series the Verge New England Cyclo-Cross Series (NECX) and the Shimano New England Pro Cyclo-cross Series (NEPCX).
The Verge New England Cyclo-Cross Series returns with a few changes, including a reduced calendar, from four to three weekends and a return of the Elite Men and Women overall competitions after a one-year hiatus. The Elite categories were removed in 2011 when the UCI decided to enforce rule 1.2.026, therefore suspending the series known as Verge New England CycloCross Series p/b Cycle-Smart. The issue was the fact that series were aggregated in both UCI and non-UCI races. Following the decision, the series continued in 2011 with a focus on developing and crowning the best amateur racers in New England.
Re-instated as a UCI series, the NECX was condensed to three weekends by popular demand in order to maximize rider attendance and to determine who the best of the best is in New England in 10 different categories. The focus on development continues in 2012 with points and leader’s jerseys awarded for Cat 3/4 Women, 15-18 and 10-14 Juniors, Masters 35+, 45+ and 55+ Men, Masters 35+ Women and new category, Cat 3 Men as well as Elite Men and Elite Women.
This year’s series will once again commence in the beautiful hills and valleys of the state of Vermont, as the Catamount Family Center in Williston, Vermont will host the 14th Annual Green Mountain Cyclocross Weekend on September 15th and 16th. The technical course combined with the elevation change Vermont is known for will give both mountain goats and flat-landers the chance of winning one of the day’s events.
Rounds 3 and 4 of this year’s series will trek to the great state of Maine for the Downeast Cyclocross in New Gloucester. 2 power courses will test the riders’ stamina and strength in the fields of the Pineland Farms agricultural area.
The final weekend, rounds 5 and 6, head to the center of the bay state of Massachusetts for the 2012 Bay State Cyclocross. The course is a classic parcours prepared by Tom Stevens, one of the founding fathers of New England cyclocross, and will give the riders a bit of everything in one lap.
This year’s series would not be possible without the generous support of Verge Sport, makers of fine cycling uniforms and apparel for men and women since 1996; Cycle-Smart, coaching services for elite and amateur competitive cyclists since 1999; and BikeReg.com, the premiere online registration site for cycling events in the country.
2012 Verge New England Cyclo-Cross Series Schedule