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Charm City Cross – Races 5 & 6 in the USCX Series

October 1 - October 1

 

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CHARM CITY CROSS TECHNICAL GUIDE 2022

Saturday October 1st & Sunday October 2nd 2022

Druid Hill Park Zoo Mansion Lawn—- Baltimore, Maryland USA

The Venue & Event

Druid Hill Park is a beautiful, historic 745 acre urban park established in 1859. In 2021 Charm City Cross will mark the 16th annual race and our 10th year as a UCI sanctioned race. This is a two day Category 1 and 2 UCI and USA Cycling cyclocross event. The event will be held under UCI regulations and USA Cycling Permit # . UCI scale of penalties and USAC penalties will apply.

Registration-

Registration Fees:  

  • $60 for UCI Elite events

  • $25 for Juniors and Non-UCI Juniors

  • $50 for UCI Junior Men and Junior Women

  • $45 for all other events  

  • Lil’ Belgians Free

Online registration closes on Tuesday, September 27th at 8:00pm

There is also a nominal fee to register online with BikeReg.

No mail-in registration and NO REFUNDS

On-Site Late Registration may be available for non-UCI classes, however, we urge you to register online to avoid the additional $10 same-day registration fee. UCI racers must pre-register.

New this year! Friday night 9/30 from 6-9 at Union Craft Brewing we will have pre-registered packets available for pickup. 

The registration pavilion will open by 7:00 am and closes 30 minutes before each race. 

NOTE for UCI races registration and number pick up closes 1 hour before each event.

 

Friday September 30th Schedule

Pro Teams are encouraged to set up Friday morning and afternoon.  

Pre-Ride 

There will be no preride for any amateur for any reason on Friday.   Racers found on course can be denied participation for the weekends events.

There will be a UCI only pre-ride between 4:30 and 6:00pm.  The Course will then be closed until Saturday Morning.  Racers allowed for UCI pre-ride include Junior UCI men, Junior UCI women, Elite Women and Elite Men.  

COVID-19 

We will be adhering to Baltimore City COVID requirements. More information can be found at https://coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/

We are requesting strongly that you mask up while in line for registration.

We are requesting strongly that you mask up when in congested areas.

We suggest that our volunteers in high-traffic areas wear masks.

 

Directions to Druid Hill Park (Important Update from years past)

Google Maps: To get to the east park entrance please use 810 Wyman Park Dr, Baltimore, MD 21211 

Directions from points North and West of Baltimore

The directions below are from I-83.  You can get to I-83 in the following ways:

From Philly: I-95 to I-695 to I-83 South 

From Central PA:  I-83 South

From WV:  I-70E to I-695N to I-83 South

 

Directions from points North of Baltimore

 I-83 (South) to Exit 7 (east) to W 28th St.  

-Turn left at the light onto Sisson St.

-Turn left at the light onto Wyman Park Dr to enter the park, continue on East Dr past the tennis/basketball courts and look for parking.

-Please remember to lock your vehicle and keep valuables out of plain sight.

Directions from points South of Baltimore

I-95N to Exit 53 I-395N toward ML King Blvd

-Continue on ML King Blvd

-Turn LEFT on N Howard St

-Turn left onto W 24th St.

-Turn right onto Sisson St

-Make a left at the light onto Wyman Park Dr to enter the park, continue on East Dr past the tennis/basketball courts and look for parking.

-Please remember to lock your vehicle and keep valuables out of plain sight.

Public Parking (For General Parking- You are not permitted to park on the grass)

Public Parking is in designated areas along East Dr, Red Rd, and Grove Rd.

Park Rangers have confirmed that they will ticket any vehicle outside of the VIP section (team tent, infield, and pro team parking) that is parked on the grass. Please help us maintain a good relationship with the park.?

 

Pro Team Parking will be along the finish straight. There is room for approximately 10 team rigs  (20' x 50') and these spots will be reserved based on payment and coordination with the Race Director. Access to these spots will be restricted once races begin, so please prepare to get to the venue prior to the start of racing Saturday morning.

Club Parking will be behind the CLUB Tents, so please register on BIKEREG  for CLUB Tent Registration.

VIP Parking will be at the bottom of Mansion Drive. If you have not worked out a VIP pass, do not expect to get one the day of racing.

There will be accessible parking near Registration. 

Event General Parking is FREE and is on East Dr., Red Rd. and Grove Rd. Do Not expect to park on Mansion Dr nor Swan Drive.  Please Do Not Park on the grass unless directed by city park staff! Please remember to lock your vehicle and keep valuables out of plain sight.

Licensing Requirements

The UCI Elite Men/U23 Men, UCI Elite Women/U23 Women must have a current International License. A domestic USAC license is acceptable for all other categories. All racers must have a current cycling license.

One-day beginner licenses are available for $10 on-site for Cat 5 racers only.  

One day licenses for Categories 1-4 must be purchased online at USA cycling.org

Annual USAC licenses may be purchased at usacycling.org. Details on USAC one-day licenses can be found here: https://www.usacycling.org/get-involved/membership/one-day-licenses

NOTE ON RACING AGE:  Your racing age is your age as of December 31, 2023 (not 2021)

Note:  There will be no separate payout for the U23 Men and U23 Women racing in the UCI categories.

 

SCHEDULE FOR BOTH SATURDAY & SUNDAY

https://www.bikereg.com

Note: For the races with combined fields the 150 field limit is for the COMBINED field, not each individual field.

BikeReg will be set up such that once the limit has been reached for the combined field registration will close for each of the individual fields within that combined field.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a traditional Charm City Cross course looping through the historic DRUID HILL PARK Baltimore Zoo Mansion House Lawn.  A Combination of pavement, grass, dirt and obstacles will be experienced.

Course Map

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Course Inspection and Warm-up

The course will be open for inspection and warm-up approximately 15 minutes prior to each event.  The officials will make an announcement when the course has been opened for inspection.  Warming up on the course during an event is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Violations can result in disqualification. We suggest you inspect the course at least two slots before your race as you will need to get to the starting grid 15 minutes before your start time for staging.

Start Line Protocol

Racers must report to the holding pen adjacent to the starting grid for staging 15 minutes before the start of their race. If you arrive late you will be staged at the back. 

Call-Up Protocol

Staging Procedure Riders shall be staged by the rider's assigned bib number.  Walk-up riders will be assigned remaining bib numbers on a first-come, first-served basis.  All riders will line up in the order of their numbers, filling gaps as allowed by the officials/callers.  Staging will fill the start grid as specified in the USAC rulebook start grid.

Staging Order for amateur races will be based on the most recent CrossResults.com ranking and USCX standings, using the following criteria:

  1. The top 8 riders in the current USCX series standings who are pre-registered will be staged on the front row.

  2. Remaining riders will be staged by CrossResults.com ranking.

  3. All categories will reserve four spots in the third row, which are to be used for promoters’ discretion call-ups.

  4. The first race of each year shall stage racers by their CrossResults.com ranking.

Those classes consisting of only cat 4/5 men or cat 4/5 women are staged by order of registration – starting with those who registered earliest.

Feeding: 

For UCI races only:  No feeding is permitted. Riders are advised to add a water bottle on their bikes if necessary. Accepting hand-ups from spectators – including bottles, cans or money – is not permitted and will result in disqualification. No alcohol is permitted on the course or in the technical area.

For USAC races only: Rule 4A15: Feeding is generally not permitted unless specifically authorized by the Chief Referee. If authorized, there is normally no feeding in the first two and final two laps of the race. The location of feeding will be determined by the Chief Referee in conjunction with the Race Organization

Lapped Riders in UCI Events (UCI Rule 5.1.051): All riders lapped before the final lap must leave the race the next time they cross the finish line. The rider will be given a placing if he or she was lapped more than half way through the race.  A rider who is lapped on the final lap shall be stopped at the beginning of the finishing straight line and shall be given a placing on the basis of his or her position. Additionally, Commissaires may pull riders who are behind by more than 80% of the leader's lap time. 

Lapped Riders in Non-UCI Events: Lapped riders will finish on the same lap as the leaders. Riders in danger of being lapped must yield to oncoming racers and are not to interfere with their progress or trail behind them. 

Pit

There will be one double-sided pit on the course.  Only authorized personnel are allowed access to the pit and must have their pit pass displayed at all times.  Pit passes will be distributed at registration to each competitor (one per entrant) in UCI events (Elite Men, Elite Women & Junior Men).

In non-UCI events, only those working the pit will be allowed. The pit official will have the authority to remove anyone that is interfering with the proper functioning of the pit.

We will have bike racks in the Pit.  These are for racers that are currently racing, not for storing your equipment all day. Please remove your equipment immediately following your race to make room for others.

Bike washdown for active races will be approximately 50m from the pit with two pressure washers available.

Note: Additional bike washing will be available near registration for racers after their event if the weather dictates it.

Equipment

No flat bars or tires wider than 33mm will be allowed in UCI events (Elite Men, Elite Women). Officials will check tires in the holding pen prior to the start of the UCI races.  NO FAT BIKES WILL BE ALLOWED ON COURSE, NO EXCEPTIONS.

For racers participating in the singlespeed events, they may either ride a true singlespeed bike (one chainring and one freewheeling cog) or may also ziptie a SRAM-equipped drop bar bike into one rideable gear. Zip ties should be left untrimmed and can be obtained at the registration table. No ziptieing of Shimano- or Campagnolo-equipped drop bar bikes. We encourage elite (non-UCI) racers to adhere to the spirit of the discipline.

Anti-Doping

Anti-doping is under the control of USADA in accordance with UCI regulations.  The location of the anti-doping area will be noted on site.

Medical/First Aid

A medical doctor and registered EMT will be on-site, set up near the planks, across from course from the timing trailer. In addition, 2 Baltimore City Fire Dept. certified EMTs will be on bikes to assist and coordinate any medical action.

Closest hospital: (approx. 9 minutes away)

Sinai Hospital

410-601-9000

2401 W Belvedere Ave, Baltimore, MD

Directions to Sinai Hospital: 2 Routes

Get on I-83 N from W 29th Ave which is off of Sisson St. (This is the opposite of how you came into the park)

From downtown Baltimore, take I-83 North (Jones Falls Expressway) to Exit 10,Northern Parkway West. At third traffic signal, take a left onto W. Belvedere Avenue, Sinai Hospital will be on your left. Option 2 would be to leave the park to the west and drive north on Greenspring Ave. 

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Emergency

Police: 2 Baltimore City Police will be on-site both days

Non-Emergency: 311

Emergency: 911

 

Closest Lodging

Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore – a DoubleTree by HiltonHotel Brexton Baltimore

The Inn at Cross Keys

Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel

Red Roof PLUS+ Baltimore North – Timonium

Holiday Inn Timonium – Baltimore North, an IHG Hotel

Extended Stay America – Baltimore – Timonium

(Check travel sites for other options)

Spectating

Druid Hill Park is a very spectator friendly venue with good sightlines of the entire track from a central location. Most spectators congregate in the area adjacent to the Union Craft Brewing beer garden.  The Lil’ Belgians course, kid’s playground, food vendor area, and beer garden are also right there. Bring the family and enjoy the day.  We will have clean port-o-johns and hand sanitizer adjacent to the infield and registration area.  

Prize Schedule for Elite Men and Elite Women C1 and C2

Prize schedule will meet UCI payout requirements at the time of the race.

  

UCI Points Schedule 

Place

C1 Elite Men/Women

C2 Elite Men/Women

C1 & C2 Juniors

1

80

40

15

2

60

30

12

3

40

20

10

4

30

15

8

5

25

10

6

6

20

8

5

7

17

6

4

8

15

4

3

9

12

2

2

10

10

1

1

11

8

  

12

6

  

13

4

  

14

2

  

15

1

  

 

Prize Schedule for the other races: 

Cat1/2/3/4 Master Men 40+: Medals or Merch (3 Deep)

Cat1/2/3/4 Master Men 50+: Medals or Merch (3 deep)

Cat1/2/3/4 Master Men 60+: Medals or Merch (3 Deep)

Cat 2/3 Men: Merch (3 Deep)

Cat 4 Men: Medals or Merch (3 Deep)

Cat 5 Men: Podium (3 Deep)

Cat 3/4Women: Medals or Merch (3 deep)

Cat1/2/3/4 Master Women 45+ (3 Deep)

Cat 4/5 women: Podium (3 Deep)

Amateur 9-14 Men: Podium (3 Deep)

Amateur 15-18 Men: Podium (3 Deep)

Amateur 9-14 Women: Podium (3 Deep)

UCI Junior Women: UCI C3 Junior Payout (15 deep)

UCI Junior Men: UCI C2 Junior Payout (15 Deep)

UCI Elite Women: UCI C2 Elite Payout (20 Deep)

UCI Elite Men: UCI C2 Elite Payout (20 Deep)

Event Staff

Race Director: Kristopher Auer

Organizer Address: 320 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD

Event Organizer: Jay Lazar

Media Director: Tommy Bullough 

Registration Director: Kyle Kranz 

Sponsoring Club: Charm City Cycling (C3-Wagner Roofing Co)

With special help from: Jamsquad Cycling

Announcers: Bill Elliston & Shawn Downing

Medical Chief: Michael Boss

 

Commissaires Panel

  • UCI President: 

  • Commissaire/ACR:

  • Commissaire: 

  • Chief Judge: 

  • Assistant Judge: 

  • Assistant Judge: 

  • Race Secretary: 

  • Assisatant Judge: 

LOCATION OF OFFICIALS, SECRETARIAT, ACCREDITATION ISSUE POINT, REGISTRATION & PRESS/MEDIA TENTS

The included course map illustrates the location for: (please refer to the course map on page 10)

1) The OFFICIALS’ area is located immediately adjacent to the FINISH line on a raised platform.

2)The ACCREDITATION issue point and REGISTRATION is located within the EVENT HQ.

TIMING, SCORING AND RESULTS

Timing and scoring will be done using a computer program by our timing staff. In addition to the staff and computer program, a high-speed camera will also be present at the finish line. The timing equipment and staff will be located in the officials’ tent on a custom raised platform immediately adjacent to the finish line and truss.

Timing and scoring provided by Mainsport Event Timing and Management

Contact: Tom Mains 609-638-4833

Event History – Elite Champions

2005 Ryan Leech & Sami Fournier

2006 Ryan Leech & Deidre Winfield

2007 Davide Frattini & Carolyn Popovic

2008 Michael Gallagher & Laura Van Gilder 

2009 Davide Frattini & Laura Van Gilder

2010 Day 1: Davide Frattini & Laura Van Gilder

2010 Day 2: Davide Frattini & Laura Van Gilder

2011 Day 1: Tom van Denbosch & Helen Wyman

2011 Day 2: Ian Field & Helen Wyman

2012 Day 1: Nicolas Bazin & Helen Wyman

2012 Day 2: Nicolas Bazin & Helen Wyman

2013 Day 1: Jonathan Page & Helen Wyman

2013 Day 2: Stephen Hyde & Helen Wyman

2014 Day 1: Cameron Dodge & Helen Wyman

2014 Day 2: Stephen Hyde & Helen Wyman

2015 Day 1: Curtis White & Emma White

2015 Day 2: Curtis White & Emma White

2016 Day 1: Stephen Hyde & Katie Compton

2016 Day 2: Stephen Hyde & Katie Compton

2017 Day 1: Tobin Ortenblad & Kaitlin Keough

2017 Day 2: Stephen Hyde & Kaitlin Keough

2018 Day 1: Kerry Werner & Ellen Noble

2018 Day 2: Jamie Driscoll & Ellen Noble

2019 Day 1: Kerry Werner & Rebecca Fahringer

2019 Day 2: Curtis White & Rebecca Fahringer

2021 Day 1: Vincent Baesteans & Clara Honsinger

2021 Day 2: Vincent Baesteans & Magalie Rochette

 

PODIUM ETIQUETTE AND CHANGING AREA

Immediately following the completion of each race on both October  2nd and 3rd, the top 3 riders must proceed to the podium area. This includes ALL amateur and UCI events. The podium area is on a raised platform within EVENT HQ. The top three finishers must report to the stage for awards, podium pictures and potential interviews with the professional announcer.

Riders are advised to have podium bags ready prior to the race (a podium bag typically contains a clean jersey and any essentials to prepare for awards and photos). If riders have support staff, they may assist their rider in the changing/preparing but support staff is not allowed on the podium stage. There will be a “UCI Awards Prep” tent located within the EVENT HQ.

Prize money may be withheld from a rider who does not report for the podium ceremony. It is a rider’s responsibility to be present for the awards presentation. All podium finishers must wear his/her race/team kit for podium pictures – please note that riders are allowed additional/warmer team clothing in cold weather. This is your opportunity to support your sponsors and the event sponsors!

 

AWARDS CEREMONY PROTOCOL

• The riders that must report to the podium are the Race Winner, 2nd and 3rd place.

• Riders on all podiums are required to wear masks.

• UCI Elite awards podium ceremonies will be within 15 minutes after the finish of the first rider for each race on both days.

• Failure to attend awards ceremonies results in a $500 fine for a C1 event and a $100 fine for a C2 event

• Amateur awards podium ceremonies will be held approximately 15 minutes after the completion of each race on both days. Riders on all podiums are required to wear masks.

POST EVENT PRESS CONFERENCE (UCI RIDERS ONLY)

Riders shall remain in the podium area briefly after their ceremony for potential interviews. Riders should then report to anti-doping if required.

Top 3 athletes should go straight from the Awards Ceremony to the Press Conference. The Press Conference and interviews will be held at the Awards Stage

Details

Start:
October 1
End:
October 2
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Website:
http://www.BikeReg.com/charmcitycross

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