Don’t worry if you don’t understand Flemish because “ongleooflijk” means exactly what you think it should mean and the only words we have in return are thank you. This year heralded the 10th edition of the AACX cyclocross race and the 8th edition held at South River Farm off Lock Raven Rd in Mayo on October 29th. The weather was perfect, albeit slightly warm for CX, with a fairly dry course except for the traditional boggy sections. We spent a lot of time up front this year mowing, trimming, and raking to make the course as nice as possible given that much of it is in a “wild” field most of the year. Not only did we reverse the course direction from prior years, but we changed the layout in the field a bit to reduce the “slog”, but we also added some new features including a double set of ridable stairs going up the hill, a “bullpen” at one end of the field, a new flowy single track section on top of the hill, flowy turns in the other end of the field, a set of chicanes on the backside of the maintenance yard and a faster approach to the “goat hill” which put is solidly on the ride/run line.
Riding the “goat hill”.
Riding or running the new stairs.
The customary way to measure the success of an event like AACX is through a profit & loss statement, but that’s boring so we’ve come up with our own list of key performance indicators that we believe will accurately represent the true experience of AACX!
# of Total Riders
# of True Flandrians who doubled up at AACX
Total Lap Count
Total Junior Racers
Percentage of Riders who Rode the Goat Hill every lap
Percentage of Riders who Ran the Goat Hill
Percentage of Riders who Tried to Ride the Goat Hill but ended up Running
Combined hours spent building the course
Combined hours spent tearing down the course
Number of course laps driven on the Jacobson Mower
Number of parking spaces available during peak AACX
Size in diameter of the CX-tape ball from tear-down
Tree(s) worn smooth from people swinging around a turn
Lost count during the Juniors
Number of bad words said while trying to ride the Goat Hill
# of Pictures available online by Ted Morgan
Reported Bee Stings
# of Beers Consumed
Speaking of 1700 pictures, we paid Ted Morgan a flat fee to make all the shots he took free high resolution downloads for personal use for all competitors. Please head over to his site to grab your glam shots and post them on social media. Of course he’d love it if you tagged and followed him (@tedmorganphoto on Instagram or @tedmorgan on Facebook) to see more of his great work.
ABRT would like to thank the Anne Arundel Parks & Rec South County maintenance team for their amazing support! Every year we have a hard time imagining the prospect of a field with 7’+ high brush transforming into the soft grass you experienced on Saturday, and every year that crew makes it come true. Additional thanks to AACO Parks & Rec Superintendent, Karen Jarboe, for her partnership. Bikes take a heavy toll on walking trails, so our use of the wooded section was a special treat. Thank you to Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring the CX Sportif Series and MABRA for making sure that we had a fully loaded CX trailer (the tire was already like that when we got it). Thank you also to the amazing crew of USAC officials who all quietly shared the sentiment that they enjoyed the 10th edition of AACX more than the Maryland Cycling Classic. Finally, a very special thanks to Iain & Sarah over at Parvilla Cycles in Edgewater for providing the prize packages and generally herding the cats that go into putting on a race for 320+ riders. Miss you mate and wish you were able to be here to see it all come together.
ABRT President Mike Roth not only ran the event, but put in a good race performance!
With the fall comes cyclocross and the 2021 edition of AACX. Clearly there is pent up demand for racing on the backside of the pandemic and AACX had a record turnout of over 300 registrations and 290 unique riders. The weather was sunny, dry and a bit unseasonably warm in the low 80s which made for fast, dusty laps until the last race of the day where it sprinkled a bit with the passing of cold front.
The only lost and found reported was an umbrella…..although on course takedown we did find a few lungs and broken dreams on the hills! As always if you have any feedback or comments please contact Race Director directly email@example.com or through the Contact Us form on our web site.
AACX couldn’t happen without our many sponsors – Parvilla Cycles, Bobs Red Mill (hands-up if you love the gluten free pizza crust!), Shimano, SRAM, Hawley, Tifosi, Saris/Cyclops, Gu, Felt.
The 2017 Edition of the AACX at South River Farm brought an exciting, new and challenging course by adding a new hill section in the woods, siting the new run up from last year immediately out of a corner (no one rode it!) and reversing the course direction. A little rain on Friday also made the course much more challenging than in the past.
Elite Women on the Run Up
Lap times were about the same, but the grassy area slogs were greatly reduced. There were several exciting sprint finishes – remember to keep sprinting until the line and check to see if someone is right behind you before you sit up!
Men’s Cat 4/5 Finish
Thanks to everyone who came out to race and to all the volunteers who make the event happen, and to sponsors Parvilla Cycles, CryoAnnapolis, Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, SpeedSleev Products and vendors Acme Pie Co., 1562 Roastery and JavacruiserMoco.
The 2016 edition of AACX at South River Farm was a great success. We had nearly perfect weather and some new challenging feature to the course, notably the new “run up” that that challenged people to ride it successfully. Thanks to all who came out for the race and spread the word about the more interesting course for next year. Each year we make it even better. Full results with lap times from RaceWorksTiming.com: 2016 AACX Results. A big thanks to Race Director Iain Banks who worked tirelessly to put on the race. Also thanks to our partner Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks for the use of the park and the help with course grooming – everyone needs access to a backhoe! – we couldn’t do it without them.
Ride or Run, that is the question of the day!
Mens 3/4 Race from Facebook “Live” – Who rides, who runs?! Traffic management is really key.
Registration is open on BikeReg: https://www.bikereg.com/aacxsportif-cross-cup-series. Online registration closes on Wednesday, October 12th at 11:45pm. Same Day Late Registration is available, there is an additional $10 same day registration fee. Head over to the registration page for all the event notes!!
AACX is Race 3 in the Sportif Cross Cup Series and is held at Selby-on-the-Bay, MD an Anne Arundel County park on the beautiful South River. The race is presented by Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team, Parvilla Cycles & Anne Arundel County Parks & Recreation and will be held on Sat Oct 17, 2015.
FIRST TIME RACING CYCLOCROSS??? DONT KNOW WHAT RACE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO ENTER?? LOOK NO FURTHER!
Adult Men (19yrs and older) – Register for “Mens Cat 5” and you will need a one day license
Adult Women (19 yrs and older) – Register for “Womens Cat 4” and you will need a one day license
Teens/Juniors – Register for your determined age group based on your age as of December 31, 2016 (not 2015) and you will need a one day license. These fields are sponsored by Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County to keep the cost down to $10!
Lil’ Belgium’s – 9 years old and down and are free and licenses are not required.
The $10 day-of-registration fee will NOT be collected if you bring a junior rider for race day entry (applies to registrants only).
USAC license required (one-day licenses will be available to purchase on the day of the event at the registration table).
Mountain bikes will be allowed WITHOUT bar ends.
There will be 1 double pit on the course.
Event will beheld rain or shine.
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