CX Nationals come to my hometown this week! USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships
January 3-8, 2017 Hartford, Connecticut.
For the first time in 10 years, USA Cycling is returning to the birthplace of the American Cyclocross scene, New England, for our Cyclocross National Championships. Held in Hartford, Connecticut's gorgeous Riverside Park, this years event promises to be EPIC. Are you ready to battle it out for the stars and stripes?
Thirty-four national titles are on the line in the first week of the New Year as the nation’s top cyclocross racers head to Riverside Park for the 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. The historic Connecticut River will set the backdrop for nearly 2,000 racers to compete in Riverside Park. National champions will be crowned in the junior, collegiate, U23, masters, and elite ranks, while non-championship racing will also be available for several groups including juniors 10 years and under. For masters racers, multiple age groups will be offered up to the 60+ group for women and 70+ group for men.
Competition opens with several days of amateur racing and culminates on Sunday with U23 and elite competitions. Among the athletes who will be on hand to defend their titles are 2016 elite national champions Jeremy Powers
(Easthampton, Mass./Aspire Racing) and Katie Compton
(Colorado Springs, Colo./KFC Racing p/b Trek Panache). Powers will set his sights on a fifth national title while Compton will go after her 13th consecutive win in the elite women’s field.The Course
The roughly two-mile course has something for everyone including grass, dirt, and asphalt on wide-open power sections, as well as on twisty technical sections. A couple of challenging run-ups that incorporate the river levee will make for great spectating on this downtown loop, that comes within 20 feet of the Connecticut River.Watch Live
Live streaming will be available on USA Cycling’s YouTube channel on Sunday, Jan. 8. You can catch the Junior Men’s, youth women’s (ages 17-22), U23 men’s, elite women’s, and elite men’s races LIVE beginning at 9 a.m. ET. More information on the live stream will available in the coming days.