By Robbie Stout
The North American Cyclocross Trophy (NACT) series was created as a way to bring some of the best cyclocross races into the spotlight. After a successful inaugural season in 2008, the series is back with an additional weekend of races.
In 2008, the eight-race series was decided at the final venue in Southampton, New York. Ryan Trebon took a close win over Jeremy Powers for the men and Georgia Gould bested Amy Dombroski for the women’s overall title.
None of the NACT races overlap with the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross series, which means riders can be a part of both series’ race for points.
September 19 and 20:
Full Speed Ahead Star Crossed, Seattle, WA, and RAD Racing Gran Prix, Lakewood, WA
The series kicks off in Seattle on the weekend of September 19th and 20th with the Full Speed Ahead Star Crossed and the RAD Racing Gran Prix. Star Crossed began in 2002 as the first twilight cyclocross race and since, has grown into one of the most anticipated races of the year.
Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester, Gloucester, MA
The next race of the NACT series is the Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester, a two-day event during the weekend of October 3rd and 4th. In 2008 Amy Dombroski had one of the best weekends of her career, winning both days and taking over the series lead. Ryan Trebon also gained valuable series points after winning both days.
Toronto International Cyclocross, Toronto, ON
The next stop is a new race for the series in Toronto, Ontario on the weekend of October 17th and 18th. The Toronto International Cyclocross race is the only race of the series that is not part of USA Cycling’s cyclocross national racing calendar. With the addition of this race, the NACT is truly a North American Series. This new addition to the NACT does not interfere with the U.S. Gran Prix of cyclocross but it does fall on the same weekend as the UCI C1-class Grenouge Cross in Wilmington, Delaware.
October 31 and November 1:
Blue Sky Velo Cup, Longmont, CO and The Boulder Cup, Boulder, CO
The next weekend of the NACT series is a familiar venue in Colorado’s front range. On Halloween, the series will head to a new venue in Longmont for the blue Sky Velo Cup. The next day racers tackle the Harlow Platts Park in South Boulder, where in 2008 Tim Johnson and Georgia Gould claimed the wins.
Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup, Southampton, NY
The final stop for the NACT series is in the posh area of Southampton, New York, also known as “The Hamptons.” Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup has historically been known as the highest cash prize cyclocross race in the nation. Not only will riders be battling for a paying finish place, but the series title is decided here. Ryan Trebon and Georgia Gould were the series winners in 2008.