Registration Link: https://www.bikereg.com/charmcitycross

Start line address: Baltimore, MD21217
Presented by Twenty20 Cycling Co. & Charm City Cycling

Charm City Cross Technical Guide 2016
Charm City Cross
Saturday October 8 & Sunday October 9, 2016
Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, Maryland USA

The Venue
Druid Hill Park is a beautiful, historic 745 acre urban park established in 1859.

The Event
Charm City Cross in 2016 will mark the 12th annual Charm City Cross and our Seventh year as a UCI sanctioned race. This is a Category 1 and 2 UCI and USA Cycling cyclocross event. The event will be held under UCI regulations and USA Cycling Permit # 2016-xxxx. UCI scale of penalties and USAC penalties will apply.

Registration- www.bikereg.com/charmcitycross
Registration Fees:  $45 for UCI Elite events, $15 for AmateurU19 and junior events, $20 for Elite U19 Men,
$35 for all other events.  Lil’ Belgians Free
Online registration closes on Wednesday, Octobe 5th at 8:00pm
There is also a nominal fee to register online with BikeReg.
No mail-in registration.
No Refunds

On Site Late Registration may be available for non-UCI classes, however we urge you to register online to avoid the additional $10 same day registration fee. UCI racers must preregister.

The registration pavilion will open by 7:30am and closes 30 minutes before each race.

Licensing Requirements
The UCI Elite Men/U23 Men, UCI Elite Women/U23 Women must have a current International License. A domestic USAC license is acceptable for all other categories.

Annual and One Day USAC licenses will be available for sale at the registration booth. Only participants in races including Cat 5 men and Cat 4 women may race on a one-day license.

NOTE ON RACING AGE:  Your racing age is your age as of December 31, 2017 (not 2016.)

Note:  There will be no separate payout for the U23 Men and U23 Women racing in the UCI categories.

Schedule for both Saturday and Sunday

  8:30am        20 minutes         Junior 9-14 Men and Women
  9:00am        40 minutes         Cat 4/5 Men (field limit 135)
10:00am        40 minutes         Cat 3/4 Women, Cat 1/2/3/4 Masters Women 40+, Cat 4/5 9-18 Amateur Men & Women (field limit 135)
11:00am         45 minutes        Cat 1/2/3/4 Masters Men 45+, Elite 9-18 Men(field limit 135)
12:00pm         45 minutes        Cat 1/2/3/4 Masters Men 35+, Cat 1/2/3/4 Masters Men 55+/60+ (field limit 135)
  1:00pm                                 Lil’ Belgians Kids Race
  1:15pm         45 minutes        Cat 3/4 Men (field limit 135)
  2:15pm         45 minutes        UCI Elite Women/U23 Women/Master Women 35+ (field limit 125)
  3:15pm         60 minutes        UCI Elite Men/U23 Men (field limit 125)

Note: For the races with combined fields the 135 field limit is for the COMBINED field, not each individual field.

BikeReg will be set up such that once the limit has been reached for the combined field registration will close for each of the individual fields within that combined field.

The course will be open for inspection and warm-up approximately 15minutes prior to each event.  The officials will make an announcement when the course has been opened for inspection.  Warming up on the course during an event is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.  We suggest you inspect the course at least two slots before your race as you will need to get to the starting grid 15 minutes before your start time for staging.

Event Layout
Course Description
This is a traditional Charm City Cross course looping through historic DRUID HILL PARK.   
-A Combination of pavement, flagstone walkway, grass, dirt, sand, and obstacles will be used.

Saturday course description
The course begins with a 250m slightly uphill paved road start with a wide, sweeping right turn onto a grass and dirt surface with no sharp turns and plenty of room for passing. To stretch the race out a bit after entering the grass a sweeping left turn will carry the race to the base of the paver climb to the Zoo Mansion House. You will descend a series of turns through the grassy meadow as riders make their way back to the treed gully before entering the first side of the pit. Upon exiting the pit, riders will climb to the second highest point of the course but not before ascending the Charm City steps on the way up.  To add to your enjoyment, you will descend back toward the pit and return to the second high point for a second time. Initiated by a sweeping right hand berm the gentlest part of the course winds toward a road crossing before heading up to the sand pits. Each of the four passes through the sand is ridable, but can become a short run. From there, riders enter a meandering downhill that leads to a short climb before hitting the pavement of the finish stretch. Past the finish riders make a large sweeping right hand turn that returns you to grass and brings you into the sharp right 90 prior to the set of planks beneath the announcer’s stage. Past the stage, riders make a left hand turn making their way around the ballfield to the flyover that will bring them back around to the second side of the pit. Upon leaving the pit for the second time, the course passes the team tents and the off camber hillside turns.  Following this section, riders return to the point they entered the course proper for another go at the short hill section.  The course is 2.8km in length not including the just under 0.5km prologue with several sections allowing recovery and as many as 4 dismounts per lap.  Note: Course description is subject to change and the sand section might be removed for the UCI elite races.

Sunday course description
The Sunday course starts and finishes the same as Saturday's version. The switch is in a direction change to the race after the descent from the Zoo Mansion House. After exiting the pit the first time, you take the flyover to the back side sandpits and back through the finish. After the barriers and passing the announcing stage, riders go under the flyover returning to the reversed course. The course is 2.8km in length with several sections allowing recovery and has either 3 or 4 dismounts per lap.  Note: Course description is subject to change and the sand section might be removed for the UCI elite races.