Henderson County News: The Cyclo-Cross Grand Prix is ​​held at Jackson Park this weekend

The Cyclo-Cross Grand Prix takes place at Jackson Park this weekend

Kerry Werner prevails against a competitor in a photo finish at the 2021 Grand Prix.Kerry Werner prevails against a competitor in a photo finish at the 2021 Grand Prix.

The North Carolina Cyclo-Cross Series will host races 9 and 10 in its 26th 12-race eventth Anniversary season at the Hunter Subaru North Carolina Grand Prix this weekend at Jackson Park.

Now in its 17th year, the NCGP attracts local and international pro racers as well as regional amateurs for two full days of cycling on Saturday and Sunday.

Currently registered pro cyclists for the event include Jolanda Neff, current gold medalist at the Mountain Bike Olympics; Hannah Arensman, 2021 Day Two Winner; Kerry Werner, 2021 Day Two Winner; and Brevard resident Caroline Mani, current ProCX series leader, 2021 ProCX winner and 2016 silver medalist at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships.

This year, the Hunter Subaru NCGP is the final event on USA Cycling’s (ProCX) professional cyclocross calendar. The NCGP is one of the last opportunities for racers to earn points towards the 2022 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships, which begins December 6 in Hartford, Connecticut.

Jackson Park Racecourse takes advantage of the varied terrain at the venue. Races start at 8:30am on both days, with the featured UCI Elite Women starting at 1:15pm and the UCI Elite Men at 3:25pm. This year NCGP will also present the UCI Junior 17-18 Women and Men categories at 10:05 am and 11:00 am

The event is free for spectators. The course can be viewed almost entirely from the top of The Wall, with views of the Beverly Hanks barriers, pits and bike law steps, features that present unique challenges to racers. Hunter Subaru vehicles will be on display and groceries will be available from local vendors. Jackson Park will remain open to the public throughout the weekend, however there will be no through traffic during the event. The best entrance into Jackson Park for the event is the Glover St. entrance, located off the Spartanburg Highway.

Pre-registration for College, Category, Masters and Elite racers is open online until Thursday, November 17 at 11:59 p.m. Registration day is available online for non-UCI races and closes 60 minutes before the start of each designated race. There is an additional fee of $15 for the day of registration. Register at www.bikereg.com.

For more information on the Hunter Subaru NCGP or Series, visit www.nccyclocross.com. Follow NCGP on Facebook (NCcyclocross) and Twitter (@NorthCarolinaCX). Follow ProCX races on Twitter at @USACyclingLive #ProCX.

Cyclocross is a fast-paced, spectator-friendly cycling discipline that combines road and mountain biking aspects and requires riders to change terrain and sometimes dismount and run or carry their bikes. Racers range from junior riders to master categories, and novice-expert races are on offer. Established in 1997, the North Carolina Cyclo-Cross Series consists of 12 races per season across North Carolina. For the full schedule and racer information, visit the NCCX website at www.nccyclocross.com. BMW Southern Region Centers are the sponsors of the 2022 series with support from Bike Law. For more information on the NCCX Series, visit the NCCX website at www.nccyclocross.com or contact Series Founder Tim Hopkin at (828) 674-9782.