For the sixth year running, Hyattsville CX took place in beautiful Magruder Park in the city of Hyattsville, MD. This years event took place on Sunday October 5th and we were treated to beautiful, mild weather with mostly dry course conditions. A race record of over 600 racers took part in Hyattsville CX in 2014, a number that will surely grow as this event continues to get great support from the local community.
Every year, the crowds get bigger, the racing gets better, and the slowly but surely Hyattsville CX has become a “can’t miss” date on the Mid-Atlantic cyclocross calendar. Route 1 Velo, Arrow Bicycle, and Crosshairs Cycling have upped the ante every year with more challenging and technical courses and quality vendors in a great setting, with all proceeds continuing to benefit Special Olympics of Maryland-Prince George County.
This was Crosshairs Cycling’s biggest turnout of the year, with more than 20 racers representing in a number of categories.
Neil Irvin started off the day on the podium, with a 4th place in the Mens 4/5. Josh Gorman finished 17th and Nick Sachanda 59th in one of the largest fields of the day. Adam Hays (Kevin’s brother) finished 98th in his first cyclocross race ever and has apparently gotten bitten by the cross bug, hoping to do more races this year.
In the Mens 35+ 3/4/5 (Masters Bs), Crosshairs was widely represented. Alex Castro lead the way with the holeshot at the start, finishing in 13th. Scott Cernich was in the top 20, finishing 18th. David Tambeaux and Adam Austin did their best Dove/Hays impression by finishing back to back, 47th and 48th respectively.
Mike Vanderbilt got the the second Crosshairs podium of the day, finishing 5th in the Mens 45+ 1/2/3/4, with Sol Schott finishing 27th (once again, brought pies and brought down the house with said pies).
In her first foray into the Womens 1/2/3 field, Lisa Jancy had a strong showing just outside the top 10, finishing 11th.
Tara Taylor made her debut in a Crosshairs kit, finishing just outside the top 15, placing 16th in the Womens 3/4. Rebecca Crawford had a solid outing, finishing 18th despite a dropped chain in her third 3/4 race ever.
The most talented field of the day may have been the Mens 35+ 1/2/3 race. Kimani Nielsen got in the top 10, finishing 9th. Jay Dove had a good comeback after Psycho Cross the day before and finished 16th. Chris McGill finished in the top 20, at 18th.
Singlespeeders were up next, and Crosshairs was well represented in one of the fastest singlespeed races I’ve ever seen in the Mid-Atlantic. Mark Cavey finished just outside the top 10, in 11th. Taylor Jones has a strong showing, finishing lucky 13th in a deep field. Chris Merriam and Brooks Ward were back to back as well, in 16th and 17th respectively. Newlywed Ryan Kephart (congrats!) and Josh Gorman DNFed due to flat tires. Better luck next race!
Next up was the Mens 3/4, with another solid Crosshairs showing. Kevin Hays had a great race start to finish, ending up on the podium in 4th place. Steve Spencer (racing in his own backyard, basically) had one of his stronger efforts of the season, finishing 28th, and Danny Koniowsky came up from Richmond and placed 53rd.
Last but not least, the Mens 1/2/3. Sean O’Donnell lead the way with a top 10 finish, coming in 10th and finishing in the money. Elliott Caldwell had a respectable race, finishing just outside the top 15, in 17th, passing another racer in the final turn. Taylor Jones doubled up and finished 25th in a fast and event-filled race.
As is tradition, the day ended with a lap of the course with Special Olympians from Maryland. Many Crosshairs team members joined the lap (the highlight of the event in this writer’s humble opinion) and stuck around to break down a course they had built less than 24 hours earlier.
Thanks as always goes out to Bill (and Mike Esmonde) for announcing, as well as organizing/wrangling and working closely with Eric Griffin and the Route 1 Velo folks. And a special thanks to team members who showed up on Saturday to set up, worked the race all day on Sunday (while racing!), dealt with the curve ball of yellow jackets (again), and finished up on Sunday afternoon/early evening cleaning up and leaving Magruder Park cleaner than it was before (save for the burn marks of a cross course).
On to Rosaryville for another Mid-Atlantic classic, Tacchino.