The Pan American Cyclo-Cross Championships begin tomorrow in Massachusetts

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Despite being canceled by its original race venue in Costa Rica just a few weeks ago, the 2022 Pan American Cyclo-Cross Championships will take place as scheduled tomorrow, November 4, opening the Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross weekend in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

The continental championships will offer titles not only for elite men and women, but also for the junior, U23 and Masters categories 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60- 64 and 65+. also be competing for their chance at glory. The competition, to be held at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds, will run concurrently with the final leg of the US Cyclocross Series (USCX), a four-race series held in the Northeast.

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“We are thrilled to announce that the Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross is the host organization for our 2022 Pan American Cyclo-Cross Championships,” said Josh Peacock, Interim Chair of the Pan American Cycling Confederation Cross Commission.

On the men’s side, defending champion Eric Brunner (Blue Competition Cycles p/b Build) will battle 27 entered riders to score a double against Lance Haidet (L39ION of Los Angeles), winner of the 2018 Pan-Ams Curtis White (Steve Tilford Foundation Racing), Brannan Fix (Fix Racing) and the Canadian multi-champion, Michael van den Ham.

The women’s elite competition will also see American runner and defending champion Raylyn Nuss return to attempt a second Pan American title. It won’t be an easy task, however, as Maghalie Rochette, two-time Pan American cyclocross champion and three-time Canadian cyclocross champion, is back from illness to challenge for the top step.

The 3.5 km course for the championships features a variety of terrain: asphalt, grass, sandbox and wooded areas with bumpy roots. Not only that, there is a short set of steps and a set of three logs/mini-steps and many corners. The course will likely be fast and dry throughout the day as the forecast calls for partly sunny skies and very mild temperatures of 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21°C).

The elite women’s event will begin at 1:15 p.m. EST, with the elite men following at 2:30 p.m.

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