If you raced the NCCX finals over the past two years at The Biltmore Estate, some of the course set up in Asheville, NC, for the 2016 USA Cycling Cyclocross Nationals will look familiar. The brutally long straights on the pasture fields, the off camber curve around the stable, and the monster run up are all there. But, the total elevation change has reportedly tripled (to a whopping ~270 feet per lap), plus more aggressive descending, two flyovers and a barn storming pass through the stables!
On Twitter, Pro Adam Myerson called the 3.2km layout the “best nats course I’ve ever ridden. Maybe best US course ever, period. Worth whatever line you have to wait in.”
This video from Charlotte local Boyd Safrit (used with permission, thanks Boyd!) shows it at a casual recon pace, so grab a cuppa joe and see what Jeremy Powers and Katie Compton are in for as they battle it out to defend their national champion titles for the 4th and 12th time, respectively!
Can’t make it to Asheville? Watch live streaming of the U23 and pro men’s and women’s races on Sunday on Ultrasport.tv starting at 11:30am EST.
Hop the barrier for a course map…
Click to enlarge. Bikerumor will be at the event all weekend grabbing pro bike checks and snooping through the pits for new tech – Stay tuned!