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Stephen Hyde learned his lesson, choosing Bonk Breaker Hill’s low line during late laps as he pursued his first national championship win.

 

Sitting on the coast of the Connecticut River in Hartford, Riverfront Recapture’s Riverside Park was the mercurial venue for the 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. I, along with thousands of racers, made the annual pilgrimage to “cxnats”.

Throughout the week, championship and non-championship races were held on a technical course in conditions that varied from bright sunshine to misting rain to white-out snow. Some days the course was a flanderian wasteland. On the weekend it was tundra. Throughout, it was challenging.

This posting is an offering of words and images focused on Sunday’s elite races. In the coming days I will post a set of words and images that will be DMV-focused–highlighting our MABRA racers who made the journey north.

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Day 2 of the 2016 edition of DCCX did not disappoint.

It was a day of hard racing on dusty trails. Tight competition gave spectators exciting spectacles, with the men’s race leaving the final decision to a bike throw at the line.

We have no pretense of being Bruce Buckley, whose gallery at In the Crosshairs features some awe-inspiring images. Yet, we’re happy with our modest contribution to the visual conversation.

Enjoy the gallery! We delighted in being present to capture some moments.

DCCX brings pro cyclocross to our region every year. Held on the bucolic grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Northwest DC, it’s an event that attracts thousands.

This year was no different. The elite fields had something for everyone.

  • Want to see a multi-time national cyclocross champion? There’s Katie Compton. She’s worn the stars-and-stripes 12 times.
  • Want to see a multi-time national mountain bike champion? There’s Adam Craig, two-time cross country champion (and fat-biking legend).
  • Want to rub shoulders and sip a beer with a ProTour rider? There’s Cannondale-Drapac’s Joe Dombrowski–a local legend, 2015 Tour of Utah winner, and two-time Vuelta a España finisher.
  • With solid representation from the US top 20 in both the men’s and women’s fields, the racing was competitive, with hard-fought sprints for each podium.

DMV Cycling was there with a borrowed camera, going guerrilla to capture some images from the men’s elite race. We would have covered the women’s race as well, instead, we went deep into the race itself, providing pit support to Jena Page Greaser, the day’s 4th place women’s finisher.

We’ll update this page with race results. In the meantime, enjoy these first images from our borrowed camera. (One of these days we’ll learn how to use it!)

Not “Legos”, though that’s fun!

Logos.

This is one of the concepts with which we are working. It incorporates a number of elements:

  • Three stars of DC flag
  • Cutaway of DC map
  • Encirclement, like the 50+ radius around DC we cover
  • Bike wheel/tire
  • Campagnolo-inspired font for “Cycling”

What do you think?