Rising from ashes, helping people, and living to race again


StatenCross 5.0 comes out of Hurricane Sandy with a mission and a new race

Ted King (top left) runs for it as the elite men hit the berm, forcing most of the riders off their bikes. (Photo by Todd Prekaski)
Ted King (top left) runs for it as the elite men hit the berm, forcing most of the riders off their bikes. (Photo by Todd Prekaski)
Hurricane Sandy isn't stopping the popular Staten Cross 2012 (aka SICX 5.0 aka the only cyclo-cross race in New York City), it is offering new opportunities for racers, rolling their entry fees into the following weekend's Super Cross Cup in nearby Long Island, and postponing the fifth edition of the race to 2013.

First, the last part. Sandy devastated the Staten Island coast. While Wolfe's Pond Park, site of the race, survived the storm, relief workers needed a staging area to help the with the recovery efforts. The park was thus commandeered and the race was left without a venue. Because a new site could not be found on such a short notice, promoter Christophe Jammet discussed rolling SICX entries into the following weekend's Super Cross Cup with Myles Romanow, promoter of the Long Island race. Staged in Long Meadow, NY's Eisenhower Park, the race is a two-day 'cross weekend featuring UCI races for elite men and women and offering equal prize money to both. Those entered in SICX are automatically entered into the Saturday, Nov. 17 race.

With the cancellation of the race, one door closed, but another one opened. Now there is time to take advantage of a great volunteering opportunity. Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8:30 a.m., people are meeting at NYC Velo in the East Village, 64 2nd Avenue, and car pooling to Staten Island. If you can't make it, the shop is accepting donations. They need the following supplies: contractor bags, batteries, buckets, blankets, water, shovels, flashlights, cleaning supplies, etc. Contact NYC Velo for more information.

The following Saturday, the Super Cross Cup will launch it's third annual event at Eisenhower Park, All categories will have races, and UCI Elite men and women will contest the feature races, as there are C2 points on the line.

Those who have already entered Staten Cross and want to race Super Cross don't have to do anything other than show up at the venue on Nov. 17. Those who don't want to race, but want to donate their entry to relief efforts, contact info@statencx. Those who want a refund can also contact info@statencx.

Thankfully, Eisenhower Park wasn't devastated by the storm. And for city racers, the venue is a short Long Island Rail Road trip from New York. The rolling courses, complete with open fields, woods, stairs, and plenty of tight turns, is always a challenge to ride and offers great spectating.

For more info on volunteering for Staten Island Relief, visit http://www.statencross.com For more info on NYC Velo, visit http://www.nycvelo.com For more info on the Super Cross Cup, visit http://www.supercrosscup.com Registration is on BikeReg: https://www.bikereg.com/Net/17443.

This Article Updated November 9, 2012 @ 10:25 AM For more information contact: