North Carolina Winter Cross Series

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Tom Arsenault

To anyone who might be in the area and might be interested in getting in some late/early season
cross racing, check out the following information:

The Greensboro Velo Club is proud to announce the “Back to Barber Park” Cyclocross Race,
happening this Saturday
04.January.2003, the first in the inaugural five-race 2003 North Carolina Cyclocross
Winter Cup series. With its return to the exciting Barber Park venue, located in southeast
Greensboro, racers will follow a new 2.3 kilometer course that winds its way throughout this
beautiful park. While the infamous and grueling stair run-up may have disappeared, racers may
be too distracted to notice, as they will be challenged with a natural clay run-up and,
taking advantage of the park's landmarks, a section that includes traversing the remnants of
a former dam!

Fast field sections remain, though rerouted to introduce new challenges, and a quick jaunt in the
woods is still not out of the question. Combining the best of the old with the excitement of the
new, the Greensboro Velo Club's "Back to Barber Park" Cyclocross Race will certainly become a quick
favorite among racers and fans. And with eight events, the first of which kicks off at 11AM and the
premier A-Men's race starting at 1:45, you can be sure there will be action aplenty.

In the A-Men’s race, recent national bronze medalist in the men’s under-23 category Ryan
Trebon, who rides for Krystal’s racing and hails from Greenville, NC, is expected to attend,
as well as gold medalist Adam Craig. Masters 35-plus silver-medalist Andy Applegate, who races for
the Carolina Cyclocross Association/Trek (CCA/Trek) squad and who hails from western North Carolina,
may make an appearance as well. Finally, in the Women’s A race, former national champion
Lauren Trull of Greensboro, NC and also riding for the CCA/Trek squad, is planning on joining in on
the action. So, if the new year has started, but you just don’t want the cyclocross season to
end, make sure to come out to enjoy this day of exciting cyclocross racing. For a full schedule of
the day’s events, as well as directions to the park, simply point your browsers to: <> .

For more information on the 2003 North Carolina Cyclocross Winter Cup, head on over to: <> .

The Greensboro Velo Club, one of the oldest and largest cycling clubs in North Carolina, has also
been one of the most ardent and steadfast promoters of the sport of cyclocross in the state.
Starting with a modified mountain bike course on a club member's farm, the event quickly outgrew
this venue, finding a home in Greensboro's Barber Park. The park's easy access from I-40/I-85 made
it convenient for participants to travel to the location, and the course's infamous long stair
run-up, open field sections, as well as a smattering of tight tree-bound paths quickly won over many
racers. Eventually, the races moved to Bur-Mill Park in northern Greensboro, and while record
numbers of attendees have made the trip to this new location, the Barber Park course remains close
to many people's hearts. The Greensboro Velo Club extends its gratitude to the staff of Barber Park
in helping organize the return of racing to this great venue.

Also, there is a companion race to this one the following day in Charlotte NC a short 1.5 hour drive
from the race venue on Saturday. Hope to see some out of state people come on down for a good race.
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