Race Weekend Details

Charm City Cross Technical Guide 2019
Saturday October 12 & Sunday October 13, 2019
Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, Maryland USA

The Venue
Druid Hill Park is a beautiful, historic 745 acre urban park established in 1859.

The Event
In 2019, Charm City Cross will mark our 15th annual race and our Ninth year as a UCI sanctioned race. This is a Category 2 UCI and USA Cycling cyclocross event. The event will be held under UCI regulations and USA Cycling Permit # 2019-2693. UCI scale of penalties and USAC penalties will apply.


Registration Fees: 

  • $50 for UCI Elite events

  • $30 for U19 women and UCI Jr Men events

  • $20 for Juniors and and Non-UCI Jr. Men

  • $40 for all other events

  • Lil’ Belgians Free

    Online registration closes on Tuesday, October 8th at 9:00pm
    There is also a nominal fee to register online with BikeReg.
    No mail-in registration.
    No Refunds

On-Site Late Registration may be available for non-UCI classes, however we urge you to register online to avoid the additional $10 same day registration fee. UCI racers must preregister.

The registration pavilion will open by 7:30am and closes 30 minutes before each race.

Licensing Requirements
The UCI Elite Men/U23 Men, UCI Elite Women/U23 Women must have a current International License. A domestic USAC license is acceptable for all other categories.

Annual and One Day USAC licenses will be available for sale at the registration booth. Only participants in races including Cat 5 men and Cat 4 women may race on a one-day license.

NOTE ON RACING AGE:  Your racing age is your age as of December 31, 2019 (not 2018.)

Note:  There will be no separate payout for the U23 Men and U23 Women racing in the UCI categories.


8:15am           30 minutes              Junior Boys & Girls (13-14)  
8:15am           2 laps                     Junior Boys & Girls (9-12
9:00am           30 minutes              Beginner Men (Cat 4/5)
10:00am         35 minutes              Masters 40+ (Cat 3/4/5)
11:00am         45 minutes              Women (Cat 2/3), Masters Women 40+ (Cat 1/2/3/4
11:00am         40 minutes              Junior Women (U19), Beginner Women (Cat 4/5)
12:00PM        45 minutes              Masters Men 50+ (Cat 1/2/3/4), Junior Men (U19), Masters Men 60+ (Cat 1/2/3/4)
1:00pm          45 minutes              Masters Men 40+ (Cat 1/2/3/4), Singlespeed Men, Singlespeed Women
2:15pm          45 minutes              UCI Junior Men U19 & Men (Cat 2/3)
3:15pm          50 minutes              UCI C2 Elite Women (Wink Hastings Memorial Race)
4:15pm          60 minutes              UCI C2 Elite Men

Note: For the races with combined fields, the 135 field limit is for the COMBINED field, not each individual field.

BikeReg will be set up such that once the limit has been reached for the combined field, registration will close for each of the individual fields within that combined field.

The course will be open for inspection and warm-up approximately 15 minutes prior to each event.  The officials will make an announcement when the course has been opened for inspection.  Warming up on the course during an event is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Violations can result in disqualification. We suggest you inspect the course at least two slots before your race as you will need to get to the starting grid 15 minutes before your start time for staging.


Course Description
This is a traditional Charm City Cross course looping through historic DRUID HILL PARK.
-A Combination of pavement, flagstone walkway, grass, dirt, sand, and obstacles will be used.

Saturday course description
The course begins with a 250m slightly uphill paved road start with a wide, sweeping right turn onto a grass and dirt surface with no sharp turns and plenty of room for passing. To stretch the race out a bit after entering the grass, a sweeping left turn will carry the race to the base of the paver climb to the Zoo Mansion House. You will descend a series of turns through the grassy meadow as riders make their way back to the treed gully before entering the first side of the pit. Upon exiting the pit, riders will climb to the second highest point of the course, but not before ascending the Charm City steps on the way up.  To add to your enjoyment, you may descend back toward the pit and return to the second high point for a second time. Initiated by a sweeping right hand berm, the gentlest part of the course winds toward a road crossing before heading up to the sand pits. Each of the four passes through the sand is ridable, but can become a short run. From there, riders enter a meandering downhill that leads to a short climb before hitting the pavement of the finish stretch. Past the finish, riders make a large sweeping right hand turn that returns you to grass and brings you into the sharp right 90 prior to the set of planks beneath the announcer’s stage. Past the stage, riders make a left hand turn making their way around the ballfield to the flyover that will bring them back around to the second side of the pit. Upon leaving the pit for the second time, the course passes the team tents and the off camber hillside turns.  Following this section, riders return to the point they entered the course proper for another go at the short hill section.  The course is 3.4km in length not including the just under 0.5km prologue with several sections allowing recovery and as many as 4 dismounts per lap.  Note: Course description is subject to change and the sand section may be removed for the UCI elite races.


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Sunday course description
The Sunday course starts and finishes the same as Saturday’s version. The switch is in a direction change to the race after the descent from the Zoo Mansion House. After exiting the pit the first time, you take the flyover to the back side sandpits and back through the finish. After the barriers and passing the announcing stage, riders go under the flyover returning to the reversed course. The course is 3.4km in length with several sections allowing recovery and has either 3 or 4 dismounts per lap.  Note: Course description is subject to change and the sand section may be removed for the UCI elite races.


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Start Line Protocol
Racers must report to the holding pen adjacent to the starting grid for staging 15 minutes before the start of their race. If you arrive late you will be staged at the back.

Call-Up Protocol

Staging Procedure: Riders shall be staged by the rider’s assigned bib number.  Walk-up riders will be assigned remaining bib numbers on a first come, first served basis.  All riders will line up in the order of their numbers, filling gaps as allowed by the officials/callers. Staging will fill the start grid as specified in the USAC rulebook start grid.

Staging Order: Staging Order will based on the most recent Cross-Results ranking and Super Series standings, using the following criteria:

  1. The top 4 pre-registered riders with points will be staged on the grid, by bib number, in position corresponding to their ranking in the Super Series standings.

  2. Remaining riders will be staged by CrossResults.com ranking.

  3. All categories will reserve four spots in the third row, which are to be used for promoters’ discretion call-ups.

  4. The first race of each year shall stage racers by their CrossResults.com ranking.

Those classes consisting of only cat 5 men or cat 4 women are staged by order of registration, as indicated in the race flier.

Feeding: Updated information coming soon.

Lapped Riders in UCI Events (UCI Rule 5.1.051): All riders lapped before the final lap must leave the race the next time they cross the finish line. The rider will be given a placing if he or she was lapped more than half way through the race.   A rider who is lapped on the final lap shall be stopped at the beginning of the finishing straight line and shall be given a placing on the basis of his or her position. Additionally, Commissaires may pull riders who are behind by more than 80% of the leaders lap time.

Lapped Riders in Non-UCI Events: Lapped riders will finish on the same lap as the leaders. Riders in danger of being lapped must yield to oncoming racers and are not to interfere with their progress or trail behind them.

There will be one double-sided pit on the course.  Only authorized personnel are allowed access to the pit and must have their pit pass displayed at all times.  Pit passes will be distributed at registration to each competitor (one per entrant) in UCI events (Elite Men, Elite Women).

In non-UCI events, only those working the pit will be allowed. The pit official will have the authority to remove anyone that is interfering with the proper functioning of the pit.

We will have bike racks in the Pit.  These are for racers that are currently racing, not for storing your equipment all day. Please remove your equipment immediately following your race to make room for others.

Bike washdown will be approximately 50m from the pit with two pressure washers available.

No flat bars or tires wider than 33mm will be allowed in UCI events (Elite Men, Elite Women). Officials will check tires in the holding pen prior to the start of the UCI races.  NO FAT BIKES WILL BE ALLOWED ON COURSE, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Anti-doping is under the control of USADA in accordance with UCI regulations.  The location of the anti-doping area will be noted on site.

Medical/First Aid
A Medical Doctor and registered EMT will be on site, set up near the registration pavilion. In addition, Baltimore City Fire Department will have two certified EMT’s on bike present to assist and coordinate any medical action.

Closest hospital:
Sinai Hospital
2401 W Belvedere Ave, Baltimore, MD

Directions to Sinai Hospital:

From downtown Baltimore, take I-83 North (Jones Falls Expressway) to Exit 10,Northern Parkway West. At third traffic signal, take a left onto W. Belvedere Avenue, Sinai Hospital will be on your left.


Directions to Druid Hill Park
You can plugin: Hanlon Dr. Baltimore, MD 21211 into Google Maps

Directions from points North and West of Baltimore
The directions below are from I-83.  You can get to I-83 in the following ways:
From Philly: I-95 to I-695 to I-83 South
From Central PA:  I-83 South
From WV:  I-70E to I-695N to I-83 South

From I-83 Take exit 7 (west) to Druid Park Lake Drive.
Make a right at the light onto Swann Drive to enter the park, continue on Hanlon Dr.
At the second stop sign, make a left onto Mansion House Drive.

Directions from points South of Baltimore
-I-95N to Exit 53 I-395N toward ML King Blvd
-Continue on ML King Blvd
-Turn LEFT on McCulloh St/MD-129
-Turn RIGHT at Druid Park Lake Dr.
-Turn LEFT at Madison Ave
-Continue on Swann Dr
-Continue on Hanlon Dr
-At the second stop sign make a left to access the event. Parking is along Hanlon Dr, the reservoir designated parking areas, and Grove Rd, the Start section in previous editions of CCCX.


Pro Team Parking will be along the finish straight. There is room for approximately 10 team rigs  (20′ x 50′) and these spots will be reserved based on payment and coordination with the Race Director. Access to these spots will be restricted once races begin, so please prepare to get to the venue prior to the start of racing Saturday morning.

CLUB Parking will be behind the CLUB Tents, so please keep an eye out for CLUB Tent Registration available on BIKEREG.

VIP Parking will be at the bottom of Mansion Drive and around the “Triangle” near the finish. If you have not worked out a VIP pass please do not expect to get one day of.

Event General Parking is FREE and is on Swann Dr., East Dr. and Grove Rd. Do Not expect to park on Mansion Dr and please Do Not park on the grass unless otherwise directed by park staff!

Druid Hill Park is a very spectator friendly venue with good sight lines of the entire track from a central location.  Most spectators congregate in the area adjacent to the Union Craft Brewing beer garden, natural barrier (tree planter), and sand.  The Lil’ Belgians course, kid’s playground, food vendor area, and beer garden are also right there.  Bring the family and enjoy the day.  We will have clean port-o-john’s and hand sanitizer adjacent to the Registration/Finish Line area.  These will be delivered the day prior to the race.


Closest Lodging
Radisson at Cross Keys. (Check travel sites for other options)


Race Director: Kristopher Auer
Organizer Address: Baltimore, MD 21210 USA
Event Organizer: Jay Lazar
Media Director: Tommy Bullough
Registration Director: Kyle Kranz
Sponsoring Club: Charm City Cycling
With assistance from: Jamsquad Cycling
Announcers: Thomas Sneyers

Commissaires Panel
UCI President:
Chief Judge:
Assistant Judge:
Assistant Judge:
Race Secretary:

Event History

Elite Champions
2005 Ryan Leech & Sami Fournier
2006 Ryan Leech & Deidre Winfield
2007 Davide Frattini & Carolyn Popovic
2008 Michael Gallagher & Laura Van Gilder
2009 Davide Frattini & Laura Van Gilder
2010 Day 1: Davide Frattini & Laura Van Gilder
2010 Day 2: Davide Frattini & Laura Van Gilder
2011 Day 1: Tom van Denbosch & Helen Wyman
2011 Day 2: Ian Field & Helen Wyman
2012 Day 1: Nicolas Bazin & Helen Wyman
2012 Day 2: Nicolas Bazin & Helen Wyman
2013 Day 1: Jonathan Page & Helen Wyman
2013 Day 2: Stephen Hyde & Helen Wyman
2014 Day 1: Cameron Dodge & Helen Wyman
2014 Day 2: Stephen Hyde & Helen Wyman
2015 Day 1: Curtis White & Emma White
2015 Day 2: Curtis White & Emma White
2016 Day 1: Stephen Hyde & Katie Compton
2016 Day 2: Stephen Hyde & Katie Compton
2017 Day 1: Tobin Ortenblad & Katie Keough
2017 Day 2: Stephen Hyde & Katie Keough

2018 Day 1: Kerry Werner & Ellen Noble

2018 Day 2: Jamie Driscoll & Katie Keough