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Sunday, October 29, 2000 -- Reston, VA
Virginia Cyclo-Cross Series #1
Story and photos by Marty Lamp

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[Overall Results]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7]

Virginia Cyclo-Cross #1
The A race gets ready
On a beautiful fall day, over 150 racers convened at Lake Fairfax Park, just inside Reston, Virginia for the first cyclo cross race in the Virginia Cyclo Cross Series. This race is also the third race of the Mid-Atlantic Cup Series, and some of the fastest cyclo cross riders in the east came out to hammer out some laps on the scenic course.

The format for this race followed cyclo cross guidelines, with mandatory dismounts at the three sets of hurdles everyone would have to cross. A short prologue loop on pavement helped get the packs spread out before entering the course.

Virginia Cyclo-Cross #1
Bill Elliston and Greg Ferguson out in front
Three separate classes were available, a C class for Juniors and citizens, a B class for Women, Cat 4/5 racers, Sports and Masters, and the A class, made up of Cat 1/2/3 racers, Pro's and Experts. C class racers would face 30 minutes plus on lap, with B class riders pounding through 45 minutes plus 1 lap. The A class race was waged for an hour, plus 1 lap.

In the A class race, Bill Elliston(Bicycle Therapy) and Greg Ferguson(Trek/VW) jumped to the front immediately, and as the race wore on, they slowly stretched a growing gap between themselves and the rest of the field. Helping each other along the way, taking turns at each other's wheel, the two easily went on to get to the finish first, with Elliston holding on for the victory. Ferguson would finish second, and Andrew Applegate(Ideal Tile) finished third.

Virginia Cyclo-Cross #1
Just another day for Katie Compton
The fastest woman on the course this day was Trek/VW's Katie Compton. Compton left the majority of men behind her as she circled the grassy course. Her closest female competitor was Josie Shew(First State Velo), with Brettany Bearden(Wooden Wheels) finishing third.

Other class winners include Chris Long(Independent Fabrications) for the Masters 40 class, and the Masters 35 class during the B race. Jim Carlson(Potomac Velo Club) took the checkered flag for the Masters 50 class and Eric Rodenburg(First Capital Velo) got the win for the B race.

Joey Thompson(Wooden Wheels) was the first Junior to cross the finish line, while Eric Austin won the citizens class.

The second race in the Virginia Cyclo Cross Series will be on Sunday, November 19th, at Chimborazo Park in Richmond, Virginia.