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USCX Series Heads to Rochester, NY for Week 2

By: Marilyn Cullinane  September 22, 2022

Roanoke kickoff creates momentum for a return to Rochester.

With a successful kickoff to the 2nd Annual USCX Cyclocross Series in Roanoke, Virginia at Virginia’s Blue Ridge Go Cross presented by Deschutes Brewery (Go Cross), the series heads to Rochester, NY for a Class 1 event on Saturday, September 24th and Class 2 racing on Sunday, September 25th.

GoCross hosted fierce battles amongst both the Elite Women and Men, with Belgium’s Vincent Baestaens and France’s Caroline Mani taking the top steps the whole weekend. Will they repeat for week 2? Thousands will be able to watch the race first-hand in Rochester’s historic Olmstead park Genesee Valley Park – and millions all over the world can watch the Elite racing action live on GCN+ (https://welcome.globalcyclingn...), Eurosport+ and Discovery+.

The USCX Series has a $15,000 overall prize purse split between the Men’s and Women’s Elite fields. Prize money coupled with international points and start positioning guarantee these races will be exciting showcases for riders’ skill, talent and determination!

USCX Series Standings after Week 1

Elite Men

1st Vincent Baestaens

2nd Eric Brunner

3rd Kerry Werner

4th Curtis White

5th Michael Van Den Ham

Elite Women

1st Caroline Mani

2nd Raylin Nuss

3rd Austin Kilips

4th Caitlin Bernstein

5th Lizzy Gunsalus

The live-streaming of the Elite UCI events on GCN+, Eurosport+ and Discovery+ was secured by series co-founder John Meehan of JingleCross. “Showcasing these events on a worldwide streaming platform is crucial for our racing audience and the growth of the sport,” says Meehan. Series co-founder and Rochester CX Executive Director Scott Page echoed Meehan adding “We’re excited about the start of our second year. With four fantastic events, the live streaming of the Elite races furthers the reach of this amazing sport,” says Page. “By giving these incredible athletes the platform to compete, the USCX series ties it all together and brings it to a worldwide audience.”

Rochester Cyclocross GCN+ Live Stream Schedule

Race Duration: Women 50 min // Race Duration Men 60 min

o Women's Elite UCI C1 - start 2:30 EST o Men's Elite UCI C1 - start 3:45 EST
o Women's Elite UCI C2 - start 2:30 EST o Men's Elite UCI C2 - start 3:45 EST

Rochester Cyclocross established its roots in Rochester’s Ellison Park in 2008. It was granted UCI calendar designation in 2010 and obtained Class 1 status in 2014. Having outgrown its initial home, the event moved to Genesee Valley Park in 2015. This gem of a public space is nestled at the intersection of the Genesee River and the Erie Canal, Genesee Valley Park was designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. Olmstead’s other great works include New York City’s Central Park. Rochester Cyclocross’ international-caliber course highlights the park’s gorgeous natural terrain including waterways, rolling landscape and old-growth trees.

Course highlights in Rochester include a challenging mix of the varied, natural landscape and a variety of man- made features custom built by Race Director Scott Page. The “Fly Over” takes racers to planks positioned right in front of the Rohrbach Brewing Beer Garden. Another fan favorite section of the course is “The Jungle” – a large wooded area with off-cambers, half-pipe like sections and a steep runup. Riders then cruise over the “Fly By” to get to the notoriously gnarly “Double Trouble” – precariously positioned on the edge of the Erie Canal! Last but not least, the north side of the course has the Belgian Stairs and rolling grassy switchbacks – providing something for every talent!

Attendees at all events can enjoy food trucks, beer gardens, music, professional announcers, and children’s activities. Complete details for the weekend can be found at rochestercyclocross.com.

For complete standings and more details, please visit uscx.us Race registration bikereg.com.