N.Y. hosts international cycling-Ellison Park to get 2-day event


Rohrbach's Ellison Park Cyclo-cross features many of the world's best racers. (Photo by Brian Boucheron)
Rohrbach's Ellison Park Cyclo-cross features many of the world's best racers. (Photo by Brian Boucheron)
On Sept. 8 and 9, Ellison Park, in Rochester, N.Y. will be home to the first UCI sanctioned cyclocross race for the 2012-13 season; the 2012 Rohrbach’s Ellison Park Cyclo-cross race. This two-day event will feature both male and female riders, UCI Elite racing on both days, as well as Junior, Amateur, Masters and Children's races.

International riders already committed to the event include cyclo-cross veteran and nine-time U.S. National Champion Jonathan Page, New England's own Justin Lindine, seven-time and reigning United Kingdom National Cyclo-cross Champion Helen Wyman, French riders Nicolas Bazin and Flavian Dasonville, Belgian Joyce Vanderbeken, Great Britain's Gabriella Day and Canadian Craig Richey.

Ellison Park Cyclo-cross is in its fourth year, third as a UCI sanctioned event, and 2012 marks the first year as a two-day UCI event. The course has been changed substantially for this year, featuring new technical sections, more challenging terrain and a slightly different route. The course is approximately 2.8 kilometers in length with a variety of man-made and natural obstacles. The race course direction will be reversed on Sunday.

"The first year I did the Rohrbach's Ellison park Cyclo-cross race, I thought it was a really great course; hard and with a lot of challenging elements throughout, and super well run... I thought it had a ton of potential to become a really big event, so it's especially cool to have seen it grow each year and now be a legitimate two-day UCI weekend that's effectively the kick-off for my cyclo-cross season. I'm really excited to get the season off on the right foot at such a great event," said Lindine, winner of the 2010 Rohrbach's Ellison Park Elite Men's race. In 2011, Lindine placed fourth overall and was the best American.

The title sponsor, Rohrbach’s Brewing Company, will be in attendance, alongside ROC Brewing Co., and Genesee Brewing Company, bringing a total of eight locally brewed craft beers to the event. The event is being produced and hosted by Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport, the same company that produced and hosted the Rochester Twilight Criterium from 2004-08. Riders and spectators familiar with the criterium can expect the same level of professionalism and excitement at this world class event.

Cyclists interested in registering can do so at www.bikereg.com. Race day registration is also available for all racers except the Elite fields.
For more details, please visit www.ellisoncyclocross.com.

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