PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES AGAIN
Five Free Women’s U23 Entries
Charm City CX has been pushing the boundaries for International race promotion in North America for 13 years and this season’s weekend of C1 and C2 racing will be no different. Alongside their desire to progress cyclocross in the USA, the promoters have a history of pushing for equality in the sport and furthering the opportunities for women racers around the world.
This year’s promotion will hold a special opportunity for a minimum of five u23 riders, who will receive a free entry. “Linked to our support of Helen Wyman and her work to advance women’s CX, we want to offer five young riders the chance to race our C1 event without an entry fee. Helen sadly can’t be with us this season, but we feel that this opportunity will ensure the spirit of what Helen has been pushing for over the past years will be alive at the race” said Race Director Kristopher Auer.
Women u23 Riders wishing to apply for a free entry can apply HERE, and any rider successfully accepted who has already entered the race, will receive a refund of their entry fee. Please enclose a resumé outlining your recent results and demonstrating why you wish to race Charm City.
Alongside this opportunity, the race has also launched a race raffle via bikereg, where an opportunity to win some Helen Wyman swag has been posted. The swag includes a signed, one-off, blue ‘Xypex-Verge skinsuit, as used at the UK National Championship, where Helen took her 10th win in the Elite Women’s race. Tickets are $5, with five tickets for $20. There are 200 tickets and if all are sold, another 5 free places will be offered in the u23 women’s C1 race to be held on Saturday, October 6th.
SUPPORT WOMEN’S U23 CYCLING: BUY YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS HERE!
Raffle prizes include 5 Verge Sport swag items, Challenge Tires, race day bags and signed rider cards. (You don’t have to be present to win)
Kris Auer said, “We want to make sure every season we are doing something extra for women’s racing until such a time as the sport has parity. We’ve seen progress over the past few years, and we like to think part of the kick start towards equality has come on the back of our sponsorship and equalization of the women’s Koppenberg cross. We will continue to back the sport, and to back Helen as it’s something we feel very passionately about.”
“Sadly I can’t be at Charm City CX this season, but I will be back. Hopefully this opportunity will help ensure that a good number of strong u23 riders will be fighting it out in the race. It’s such a great event, at a versatile venue, I’ll definitely miss it. This summer I’ve been struggling with issues linked to Vertigo, and I’ll be headed back to Europe after the first two world cups events to continue my work on getting rid of this issue. It feels good that even in my absence Event Directors Kristopher Auer and Jay Lazar continue pushing boundaries for women.” Helen concluded.
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Bringing Belgium to You
Not everyone has the chance to go to Belgium to watch Cyclocross in its full glory, so we've brought a little bit of Belgian cyclocross to Baltimore.
Thomas has been an on-site announcer for multiple races in Belgium, including the Hansgrohe and Telenet Superprestige series and the Telenet World Cups. This year he's joined Corendon-Circus, Mathieu van der Poel's team as their Press Officer. The 2018 Charm City event will mark Thomas' third year as the announcer for the Men's and Women's Elite races.
"Charm City is one of the most exciting races I've ever done as announcer but also as a fan. The venue is great and I'm loving Druid Hill Park! The races are always exciting, often much more exciting than in Europe. I love the people at Charm City, and off course... the food! I never ever eat Pizza or Rice Bowls at a Cyclocross race, and I never eat so much vegan in one week as I do in Baltimore!" -Thomas
A Local Legend
We’re excited to have Bill Elliston back for a second year of announcing at Charm City. He provides a well-rounded, knowledgable, North American view that balances well with Thomas’ European expertise.
Bill has a long history with the cyclocross scene and knows riders of all levels well. His experience with the sport, especially in the east, allows him to provide colorful, well-informed commentary during the races.
“Having been involved with cycling since 1984, 'cross is a particular discipline within the realm of racing that I hold close to my heart.
As one of the oldest UCI cross races in North America, and the anchor of the thriving Mid Atlantic 'cross scene, Charm City Cross has become the standard that most other races are judged by. Their creative use of Druid Hill Park ensures that every athlete, beginner to professional, is challenged on every level and only the most complete athlete will come out on top.
I can't say enough how excited I am to be part of the announcing crew getting to call the excitement again from this great event.”