Lithuania, dirtyphotons, the other BikeRackDC'ers and other DC Crossers.
I expect to see you all out at the Squadra Coppi Tacchino Ciclicross on Nov 4 in Leesburg.
Register now for a chance to kick my *****!!
Here is the info:
When: Sunday, November 4th
Where: Leesburg, VA; Ida Lee Park
What: Squadra Coppi Tacchino Cross. Massive suffering. Fun.
Hey everybody: c'mon down to Leesburg on Sunday, November 4th for the Squadra Coppi Tacchino Ciclicross, so we can put una battitura vicioza on you. Hey, you didn't think Team Cinzano let up on Dave Stoller in the off-season, did you? Heck no, they broke his heart at the big 'Cross race too.
The Tacchino is brought to you by Squadra Coppi, the same club that steals your heart and breaks your legs year after year by putting on the Giro di Coppi. So you know going in it will hurt you bad, but that only makes you love it more.
"Tacchino" means turkey in Italian. Il Tacchino is a the second course in a MABRAcross weekend smorgasbord of cyclocross suffering. Go ahead, we're all friends here. Have a couple helpings. Our friends in The Delaware Cyclocross Coalition of Delaware are staging the Wayne Scott Cross in Fairhill, MD on Saturday the 3d. Mmmm... tasty first course.
Then on Sunday the 4th, you can come out to Leesburg and get stuffed by the Tacchino! We've got an interesting course with lots of flow - rolling hills, sweeping turns, a couple hairpins, and some memorable slippery off-camber turns. It is a balanced course that rewards power but also rewards good bike handling. It will be a fun course for experts and intermediates, and also a great course if you are looking to whip out the mountain bike or borrow a ride to try 'Cross for the first time.
This BikeReg.com MABRAcross event features five separate races and runs from 9:00 am until 3:30 in the afternoon, with the showcase Elite/Professional race starting at 1:30. The 3/4 women will have sole posession of the course starting at 9:00, and it's all racing from that point on.
It's not just about you though. If you haven't been to Ida Lee Park before, it's a very spectator-friendly venue, and a great place to have a family picnic and watch cross. This may help you test yourself in two races in one weekend without having to test your family's patience. There are two outdoor playgrounds, and we will have a Li'l Belgians Race at 1:00 PM, which is free. Kids can ride any bike in the L'il Belgians Race, but must have a helmet.
And, for a perfect recovery activity, Ida Lee Park sports a fantastic fitness center with a pool, jacuzzi and shower facilities, available for a modest fee. The pool has lap and free swim areas, so this is another activity that is kid and cross-racer friendly. Treat yourself and the pit crew to a well-deserved recovery swim after the ride.
Downtown Leesburg also has many restaurants and shops, and the Leesburg outlet mall is nearby. Not that anybody would ever get bored at a cyclocross race, but it's nice to know in case you and the support crew need to find some place to spend your winnings.
Registration is available through BikeReg at http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=5409
. We are looking forward to seeing you there.