CHARM CITY CYCLOCROSS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 10-11TH, DESPITE INITIAL USA CYCLING CALENDAR

**For Immediate Release**

CharmCityCX-logoBaltimore, MD – After a decade of hosting one of the East Coast’s largest cyclocross race weekends every September, Charm City Cross will move its dates to October 10th and 11th in 2015. This move is being done, in-part, to better align the East Coast UCI race calendar, strengthening a proven hotbed of US cyclocross and providing better logistical access for the traveling US Pro Men and Women.

With a move to mid-October, Charm City Cross strategically positions itself amongst a month-long string of top-tier UCI races held on the East Coast, to the likes of which, many are beginning to refer to as #cxtober (read: “Crosstober”).

After coordinating with regional promoters and initially registering for a Category 1 event on the Oct. 10-11, 2015 weekend, USA Cycling chose to offer Charm City a date later in the season. The Charm City Cross promoters instead elected to pursue their original dates as a Category 2 race rather than settling for the consolation dates offered by USA Cycling in mid-November as a C1 event. Such dates would have prohibited Charm City Cross, and the rest of the East Coast promoters, from achieving the original goal.

Starting in the last weekend of September with the Grand Prix of Gloucester (Sept. 26-27 – Gloucester, MA), followed by the KMC Cyclo-cross Festival (Oct. 3-4 – Providence, RI), Charm City Cross (Oct. 10-11 – Baltimore, MD), HPCX (Oct. 17-18 – Jamesburg, NJ), and wrapping up with DCCX (Oct. 24-25 – Washington, DC) the grouping will achieve what many promoters in the Mid Atlantic have been working towards for several years.

Registration for Charm City Cross is scheduled to open on August 1, 2015. Cyclists interested in racing can register at www.bikereg.com. Spots are limited, so riders are encouraged to register early.

 

Win a trip to attend the Historic “GP Twenty20 Cycling: Koppenbergcross” in Oudenaarde, Belgium from Twenty20 Cycling Co.

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September 21, 2014, Baltimore, MD – Have you ever wanted to be a VIP at one of Europe’s most historic cyclocross races, so close that you’ll be picking the mud out of your teeth? Well here’s your chance to make it happen!

As a title sponsor of the 2014 “GP Twenty20 Cycling: Koppenbergcross,“ Twenty20 Cycling Co. is raffling off a boatload of prizes, including a Grand Prize trip to sit VIP on the sidelines at the historic Koppenbergcross, located in Oudenaarde, Belgium.

The Grand Prize will include round-trip airfare for the lucky winner, (2) course-side VIP passes to the Koppenbergcross races, as well as housing for two in Oudenaarde, Belgium.

Other massive prizes include:
-a Powertap Enve carbon wheelset, courtesy of Saris (valued at over $3,000!)
-a Specialized Carbon Crux cyclocross frameset (valued at $2,200)
-Travel Bags from Osprey (valued at $330)CharmCityCX-logo
-Clogs from Dansko

To purchase tickets, please visit https://www.bikereg.com/belgianraffel for your chance to win one of these awesome prizes. Only 300 tickets will be available in order to increase chances of winning! The actual drawing will be held live on Sept. 21, 2014 at Day #2 of Charm City Cross held in Baltimore, MD. Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by email following the conclusion of the drawing. Prizes can be picked up in-person at either Twenty20 Cycling Co. location in Maryland, or shipping arrangements can be made available for prize winners.

 

About the GP Twenty20 Koppenbergcross:

Koppenbergcross in Oudenaarde, Belgium sets a new milestone in the history of cyclocross. In cooperation with the American company Twenty20 Cycling Co., Koppenbergcross will be the first European cyclocross race to provide equal prize money for both Elite Men and Women. So far there was a gap of over five thousand euros between the prize scales for men and women in first category races, such as the Koppenbergcross. A gap that the Sint-Pietersvrienden, organizers of the Koppenbergcross, now decided to close.

The winner of the GP Twenty20 Cycling (The new name of our women’s race) on Saturday November 1st 2014 – is no longer rewarded 350 euros, but rather €1,667. Exactly the same as the next winner of our GP Willy Naessens for Elite Men. The same counts for all riders further down the results in both Men and Women’s races. A clear signal with which we hope to help the current growth of the Koppenbergcross and women’s cyclocross in general. Prior to now, the World Championships were the only cyclocross races on European soil to give equal prize money.

British rider Helen Wyman – European Cyclocross Champion, member of the Cyclocross Committee of the International Cycling Federation, triple winner of Koppenbergecross and resident of Oudenaarde – is obviously happy with this step. “In my eyes, this is a huge step. It is a very significant moment for women’s cycling.This allows women to make one step up the ladder towards equality. I spend a lot of my free time trying to advance women’s cyclocross and I hope this will lead to a chain reaction of races who do the same, as I know the support is there from sponsors, supporters and riders. To be a part of this development for the sport is fantastic for me.”

“For the Koppenbergcross to be the first race in Europe to do this is very special.  I love the Koppenbergcross, to me it is the biggest race outside of the World Championships.  It is legendary.  To have an American sponsor back the race shows how significant it is around the world.  I can’t thank Twenty20 Cycling enough on behalf of all of the racers that take part next season.  I’m certainly already looking forward to the GP Twenty20 Cycling and hope to collect another cobble stone in 2014.”

Kristopher Auer, Owner of Twenty20 Cycling, is proud to connect the name of his company to the women’s race of the Koppenbergcross. “Twenty20 Cycling Co. is a small two-store bicycle shop located in Baltimore and Savage, Maryland in the United States,”Auer explained. “One of the things that makes our business unique is how it developed from a cyclocross background. Since before we opened our business I have been supporting the growth of cyclocross in America. I was promoting UCI cyclocross races in Baltimore nearly a decade ago when I met my future business partners and continue to do so today. Growing the sport has always been on our agenda and I’ve always looked to ensure both women and men can race with equal opportunity.”

“There have been a lot of discussions recently about the globalization of the sport, and women’s racing is high on the agenda for change,” Auer went on to add. ”Following discussion with Helen Wyman, a six-time winner in our UCI races in Baltimore, we looked for an opportunity to do our part to help advance these two key areas of change. As a company we are excited to be part of such a prestigious event as the Koppenbergcross. It is an amazing race with its own rich history, tough conditions and a fantastic venue. We are proud to be part of what I believe to be an important, if not historic, moment for women’s cyclocross and women’s cycling in general. The growth of women’s sport is not to be ignored and we are hopeful that support of the Koppenbergcross will send a powerful message in Europe and the United States that the time is now.”

More info: The GP Twenty20 Cycling, the Koppenbergcross women’s race on Saturday November 1st 2014, once again will be part of the BPost Bank Trophy, as will the Elite Men’s and U23 races.

For more information, please follow #GPTwenty20.
Twenty20 Cycling Co.: www.twenty20cycling.com
Koppenbergcross: www.koppenbergcross.be
BPost Bank Trophy: www.bpostbanktrofee.be
Helen Wyman: www.helenywyman.com

Charm City Cross Draws Professional Cyclists to Baltimore

CharmCityCX-logoSeptember 21-22, 2013 – Top World-Ranked Cyclists Converge in Baltimore for the Mid Atlantic’s Premiere Cyclocross Race

Baltimore, MD – Top World-Ranked cyclists from around the globe converge on Druid Hill Park to race alongside regional and local cyclists for the 9th annual Charm City Cyclocross race to be held September 21 – September 22. With races featuring cyclists of every skillset, broken into categories based on their rankings and experience, both days of action will showcase local and global talent in a spectator-friendly festival environment.

Local bike shop, Twenty20 Cycling, located in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, MD, along with its local racing team, C3-Athletes Serving Athletes, will host the event in the city’s historic Druid Hill Park.

“[Charm City Cross] really does hold a special place in my heart, as does organizer Kris Auer,” professional cyclist, Helen Wyman of Great Britain recently told Cyclocross Magazine.

At the time of racing Charm City Cross last year, Helen was ranked #1 in the world amongst Elite Women. Later that season, she went on to become the UK National Cyclocross Champion, and later finished 13th at the 2012 World Championships in Koksijde, Belgium. She enters this coming season ranked 4th in the world.

“If I could race [Charm City Cross] every weekend, I think I would. Again, the venue is amazing, the support staff at the event are second to none and Baltimore is a fantastic city,” tells Wyman.

Other notable professional riders that are scheduled to appear in this year’s Elite race fields are French rider Nicolas Bazin of Team Big-Mat who’s currently ranked 34th in the world, 17th ranked Joyce Vanderbeken of Belgium, and local star Laura Van Gilder who races for Twenty20 Cycling’s own C3-Athletes Serving Athletes team and is currently ranked 34th amongst the World’s Elite Women.

Winners from each race category will be awarded with cash prizes as well as some other premiums provided by race sponsors, such as a frameset, courtesy of Fuji Bikes, for some fields.

Charm City Cross is made possible by the support of its other great sponsors as well, which include Shimano, Tour Dem Parks Hon, Specialized, Race Clothing, BikeReg.com, Jagwire, Baltimore City Parks and Recreation, and Hostetter Agency.

For more information, please contact Twenty20 Cycling Co. at (443) 759-5620 or visit them online at www.twenty20cycling.com

Cyclists interested in racing can register at www.bikereg.com. Spots are limited, so riders are encouraged to register early.