2013 Cap City Cross Schedule *Updated/Edited 9.30.2013*


The cyclocross snake, a photo by Susan Hackett

Now that it is July, it seems like it is the right time to go ahead and start getting prepared for the 2013 series. The 2012 series went out with a bang and we’re hoping the 2013 series will kick off with the same enthusiasm.

2013 is the seventh consecutive Cap City Cross series and we’re going back to the roots for this season. With that, we are making some changes to the way the series is run. First up is our association with Kenda Tires. Kenda has been of stout sponsor over the years and this year they are stepping up to be our title sponsor. They’ve been wicked rad in the past and are helping out in a big year this year. Kenda has been highly involved with cycling in central Ohio for years and this is just another great thing they’re doing for our series and our scene.

Second big change for 2013 is that a handful of local clubs stepped up to take part in the series. Each race in the series is going to organized and supported by these clubs. This may not sound like a big change, but it definitely is. Cap City Cross has an amazing core of local racers that are very dedicated to the series. Each of those racers belongs to a local club and that club has the ability to bring in new racers, sponsors and volunteers. With this help, we can grow Cap City Cross bigger than it has ever been.

The third major inclusion of the 2013 series is the Ohio CX Cup races. The Ohio Cycling Association is going to be hosting a series of races in Ohio called the Ohio Cyclocross Cup. Each cyclocross series in Ohio (Cap City Cross, Northeast Ohio Cyclocross and Ohio Valley Cyclocross) will be hosting two races in the CX Cup series that will be culminating to the Ohio State Cyclocross Championships in Broadview Heights, OH. This means that racers will be seeing some stiff competition in all races around the state in 2013.

To be honest, working with these guys has been awesome and the enthusiasm is building. We’re just over two months away from the Series kick off which will be September 21 with Team SixOneFour at a new venue to the series, Summit Vision. After that, the series kicks in to classic venue mode with races at Smith Farms, Lobdell Frisbee, Infirmary Mound (Queen of the Cap City Cross classic courses) and Big Run. We’re also heading back to Alum Creek State Park for a little beach party and over to Darree Fields for some PostgivingCX action.

Big Run Fun, see FUNNNN, a photo by Susan Hackett

Other than the aforementioned changes, series information is pretty much staying the same! First time racers go for free (must still pay USA Cycling insurance and license fee), series prices stay the same ($25 for men, $15 for women/juniors), and no jerks and P.M.A.

Series Information


With that being said, here is the friggin’ thing already!
1. September 21 - Team SixOneFour @ Summit Vision -Westerville, OH (CX Cup)
2. October 5 - Cap City Cycling Big Run Fun CX – Columbus, OH
3. October 12  - Team SixOneFour @ Lobdell Frisbee – Alexandria, OH
4. October 26 – Team Paradise Garage/ODU @ Infirmary Mound – Granville, OH (CX Cup/NEOCX Mash Up)
5. October 27 - Team Paradise Garage/ODU @ Infirmary Mound – Granville, OH (NEOCX Mash Up)
6. November 10 – Team Jeni’s @ Smith Farms - Columbus, OH
7. November 16COMBO Race Team @ Alum Creek SP – Delaware, OH
8. November 30Cap City Cycling PostgivingCX @ Darree Fields Park – Dublin, OH
9. December 7 - Paradise Garage @ Infirmary Mound, Granville, OH
10. December 15 - Back Room Roasters @ TBA
Keep checking back here for updates and get those calendars marked. You’ve still got a few months to prepare and there’s this little thing called the Cap City Short Track Series that seems like it would be some of the best preparation for cyclocross.
See ya soon.
And remember -


This just in! Cap City Cross will be at the OSU Winter Cycle Show – 2.21.2013

Just a quick heads up, Cap City Cross will be at the OSU Winter Cycle Show tomorrow night (2.21.2013) from 6 to 9 PM in the Knowlton School of Architecture on Ohio State University Campus.

We’ll be talking about the series, cyclocross and much more. Word has it that we’ll also be hosting some sort of competition as well.

More info here -

OSU Winter Cycle Show

See ya tomorrow night!

Thanks and see ya next season

Thanks for coming out to the series wrap up party on Saturday evening! A lot of awards were given, beverages consumed and prizes raffled. Couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up the series than spend it with supporter, racers, spectators and friends!

A special thanks goes out to Cafe Brioso for allowing us to crash their spot for a few hours to drink beer, eat some good food and party.

Also GIGANTIC thanks to Westerville Bike Shop, Kenda Tires, The Trek Bicycle Store of Columbus, Back Room Roasters Coffee and Cafe Brioso for being awesome, sweet, big time, super cool supporters of the 2013 Cap City Cyclocross series!

See ya next fall!

Series Party – Updated info and such

Here’s the scoop.

Drinks are BYOB. We’ll have a cooler and ice and some cups for drinking. No mixers or anything like that. If you need it, bring it. But remember that we won’t have a cutting board or knives.

Food will be served Pot Luck style. Make a dish for the group or make two! It’s your call. No special preference on food. If you’re vegan, make a vegan dish. If you eat meat, bring a meat dish. Also try and remember to bring some disposable plates and silverware. I’ll pick up a few, but it’s always good to have a little extra.

Party starts at 6:30pm. We’ll allow people and hour and half to filter in and start the awards ceremony around 8pm. We’ll be doing awards for the podiums in the Cap City Short Track Series and Cap City Cross Series.

Raffle!? Yes, we have some super sweet stuff to raffle off again this year.

If I missed anything, I’ll be sure to update when I think of it.

Link to facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/325377057567164/

When: Jan 12, 2013

Where: Cafe Brioso

Time: 6:30pm

RSVP: Not really, just come party.


Cap City Cross Series Standings – Final

From everyone at Cap City Cross, Happy New Year! 

Now, for what you’ve all been waiting for.

For a complete list, go here: Cap City Cross Series Standings (post Big Run)

Welp, there they are. The final standings for the 2012 Cap City Cross series.

Mike McClinchie didn’t show up to Smith Farms and was unable to retain his first place position in the men’s Cat 4 field. Matt Berrisford lept over McClinchie for first place. McClinchie dropped to second and Daniel Antoon capped the season off and lept over two racers to finish on the podium.

Kim Cory walked away from the women’s Cat 3/4 race with a second place at Smith Farms and left Rhonda Wamsley and Lauren Kraft ( a no show at Smith Farms) to fill out the podium.

As previously stated and widely known, Daniel Newhart didn’t even have to show up to be victorious in the men’s Cat 3 field. He still showed up for some parade laps and left the fight for the podium up to the other men. Chris Ardnt’s third place was enough to finish second and Cap City Cross series veteran, Joel Ronschke, finished third overall.

The single speed field came down to the last race. Jeremy Russell was ahead by 100 points and Josh Direen was looking to tie it up in his absence. Unfortunately, some racers outside the series standings came and stole valuable points from Direen, locking him in in second, 12 points behind Jeremy Russell. In third was Noah Huston.

In the old guys field. . . I mean Master 35+ field, Laurence “Larry P” Pesyna won the overall with a streak of early series wins and podiums. J.d. Kimple was chasing all season and came in to form in the final few races, but was unable to catch Pesyna. Rick Voithfer rode consistently to finish third overall.

Jen Peters won the women’s Cat 1/2/3 field without showing up to the final two races. Victoria Steen was coming in to form and chasing Peters hard, but was unable to bridge the gap. Kristen Arnold claimed the last step on the podium with a solid third place finish at Smith Farms.

Finally, Nicholas Vorwerk narrowly held on to the lead in the men’s Cat 1/2/3 field. His lead cut down slowly by a consistent Trevor Miller. Shawn Adams’ late season run of wins wasn’t enough to climb to the top of the podium, but did allow him to leap frog in to third place.

That’s it! Thanks again for making the 2012 Cap City Cross season a blast!

From everyone at Cap City Cross, Happy New Year!

Remember the series party is at Cafe Brioso on Jan. 12, 2013. We’re working out the details now

Smith Farms CX results and pictures

Well, the results for the final race are posted to USA Cycling. I have to thank everyone that came out and took part in our biggest race of the season! It’s nice to see all the regulars, and out of towners, travel and come out for a race during a hectic time of year. Hopefully ya’ll capped it off right and are now enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation.

Smith Farms CX results


(Our announcer, doin’ a mighty fine job! Click for more. . . Thanks to Susan Hackett for this set)

305315_414968581906671_1073566161_n(SPRINT! Thanks to Michael Adams from Was Labs Cycling for this set. Click for more)

68603_480087102037962_1218343642_n(Mountain bikes play cyclocross too. Photo courtesy of Blair Fraley. Click for more)

We’ll have overalls posted as soon as they’re ready. Shouldn’t be too long.

Thanks again to everyone that came out and raced this season, we look forward to the series party and getting ready for the 2013 series!

See ya!

It’s a wrap!

Thanks for coming out to the series finale yesterday at Smith Farms! For the amount of inclement weather we had this past week, the course was dry and fast. There were a few squishy spots, but not a lot.

I hope everyone enjoyed the 2012 season and we can’t wait to wrap it up with the series party at Brioso on January 12! We are already making plans for the 2013 season. We’re only 9 months away. . . ah what am I saying. Take a break, relax and then get back at when you’re recovered. Good luck to Nick Vorwerk, Chris Freter, Tony Viton and Katie Arnold at Nationals in Wisconsin!

I’ll have the results posted and final overalls by the middle of the week.

See ya soon!

Smith Farms CX and series party!

Smith Farms Update – Sunday, December 23, 2012

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past 6 hours, you have seen the massive amount of precipitation central Ohio has been gifted. With no end in sight and temperatures predicted to drop, it looks like we’re wrapping the series up with a dirty, sloppy mess. Have your mud tires ready for sure, you may also want some spikes in those cleats as well. Other than that, most of the previous information stands – straightaway, turn, straightaway, turn and so on. However, it may be a battle of attrition rather than an all out blitzkrieg.

Series Wrap Up Party – Saturday, January 12, 2013

We know everyone was looking forward to Carabar for the end of season awards, but we’re changing directions with the party. Initially scheduled for after the race at Smith Farms, we decided to cut everyone a break and relieve some of that holiday stress. The party has been push back a few weeks.

We’ve rescheduled the Series Party for Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Where, you’re wondering? Remember that guy Jeff, from Cafe Brioso? Well he’s going to be opening the doors of his coffee shop for our series party! Details are still being worked out, but I suggest everyone mark their calendars and come hang out. We have a TON of stuff to raffle off (think bicycle frame(s)), prizes and podiums for the leaders in each category and plenty of food and drink to go around.

So remember, the series party is Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Cafe Brioso on Gay and High St. (Downtown Columbus) (click link for directions)

Who knows, after we wrap it up at Brioso, maybe we’ll head to Tip Top for a few post season night caps!

Still, we’re stoked for the last race! See ya Sunday!

Smith Farms CX – 12.23.2012 – Series Finale

Pack racing – Cap City Cross Style

There seems to be a trend here at Cap City. That trend involves something like flat race/hilly race/flat race/hilly race/flat race.

I’m sure most of you remember Big Run CX; right? That awful place with the derby hill start/finish, loads of off cambers and some single track-ish stuff that made most of you praying for a mountain bike! Remember!?

Well Smith Farms is the polar opposite of Big Run. While not as flat and tight as Darree Fields, Smith Farms is a pace line kind of course. In recent years we’ve seen riders with big engines win at Smith Farms. You know why? Because they are powerful and know when to make a move and when to sit on a wheel.

So are you interested in some information on the venue? I’m sure you are, so read on.

The first half of the course is straight forward, no pun intended. There are almost TEN long straightaways on the front end of the course, but don’t go thinking it’s like your favorite group ride because there are somethings connecting those power sections.

How about a short decent/180°/punchy ascent? Yep, definitely one of those.

What about a descent through a marshy, muddy mess? Yep, one of those as well.

Oh ya! What about A LOT of wind? . Those straights aren’t just boring straights. Wind will be blasting you from either side, so drafting technique is important. Let me be clear, some areas the wind will not seem like an issue, but other areas are completely different.

After you enter the second part of the course, the real fun begins. There’s some nice false flat, downhill power pedaling followed by a twist and turn back up the false flat. You’ll snake through some trees and mess around on those false flat down and ups and eventually make your way back to the start finish.

Is that clear? I mean it’s pretty darn close, but here’s a rough, visual idea for you planing your race.


Finally, it seems like we’ve had our fair share of muddy races this year. What’s gives!? I know everyone loves mud, but I, for one, am getting tired of cleaning my bike every Sunday night. So, what’s the outlook this week? Mild all week. There does appear to be some precipitation around the middle of the week, but not a whole lot.

Come get one, last race in for 2012. Prepare for Master’s Worlds, Nationals, that weekend in Chicago! Or just come celebrate the final race in the 2012 Cap City Series.

We look forward to seeing you!

Series party will be announced this week! (thanks for being patient)


Cap City Cross Series Standings – Post Big Run CX

Series Standings Update

For a complete list, go here: Cap City Cross Series Standings (post Big Run)

The general consensus after Big Run CX was that the course was tough. The hardest part, for most, wasn’t the 300 meter climb to the top of the derby hill or the single track climb and descent, it was the awful (I mean that in the best way possible) amount of off camber hairpins and turns throughout the course.

I thought it was fun and really can’t wait for next year.

So, where there any major shake ups?


Mike McClinchie is still leading in the men’s Cat 4, but with a 19 point lead over Matt Berrisford. Berrisford leapfrogged Dan Ramsey, Jeremy Russell, Daniel Antoon and Jeff Davis. Ramsey, Russell and Antoon were a no show and Davis had a rough tumble just before the race, forcing every riders nightmare. . . the DNF. If all six show up to Smith Farms, there will be some fireworks.

The women’s Cat 3/4 race is more or less decided. Kim Cory has it locked up. Lauren Kraft, Kristen Arnold and Tori Steen have all moved on to the Cat 1/2/3 race. Rhonda Wamsley, winner at Big Run, and Kayla Starr will fill out the podium, the order is yet to be decided.

Dan “Danimal” Newhart has the ment’s Cat 3/4 race locked up. Chasing him, without a shot in the world, is Christopher Arndt and Joel Ronschke. However, Ronschke and Arndt are only separated by 27 points and Brian O’Hara is coming in to the last few races on fire. I’m guessing he’d like an overall podium before the 2012 season is wrapped up.

Last week I noted that Big Run wasn’t the most single speed friendly course on the planet and as usual, I was wrong. The ungodly amount of rain we received over the week made big run a sloppy, muddy mess; ideal for those bikes lacking derailleurs and shifters. Josh Direen came out swinging and won big at big Run. However, Jeremy Russell is leading the series by 100 points. All Russell has to do is finish Smith Farms for the overall win, but if he’s a no show and Direen shows and wins, the series will end in a tie. Speaking of ties, Ben Anderson and Noah Hutson (both no shows at Big Run) are still tied for third. If the single speed overall ends it a tie, we’re setting up a course with a four battle. That or no one may claim the overall victory or stand on the podium.

Mr. no show to Big Run, Larry “Larry P” Peyna, still has a fairly commanding lead in the old dudes race. Cap City’s own J.D. Kimple moved up two spots to second and Saturday’s Masters 35+ winner, Jon Clous moved in to third. Clous and Kimple can’t catch Pesyna, but sure can battle it out for second.

Jennifer Peter’s 100+ point lead in the women’s 1/2/3 race is enough for her to claim the overall without even showing to Smith Farms. . . but that wouldn’t be fun, would it? Amy Kulesza is still in second. Do you remember those three women that chose the hard road and moved out of the Cat 3/4 to the 1/2/3 (Steen, Arnold & Kraft)? Well they’re in a three way battle to round out the podium. Steen is unbeaten in her previous three races and could move in to second if her winning streak continues. Thusly, Kulesza, Arnold and Kraft may have to duke it out for third.

Nicholas Vorwerk didn’t show to Big Run, but retained his overall lead after a streak of dominating performances. Trevor Miller hopped Spencer Hackett for second. Hackett’s DNF at Big Run put a dent in his total while Shawn Adams’ win have him nipping at the heels of Hackett for the final step. Adams is 47 points off Miller and 34 off Hackett. It should be noted that the top 4 races are only separated by 74 points. That’s heavy!

Complete list of series standings.

A quick note: Points are only awarded to the top 10 finishers in each category, everyone else receives (11+, DNF, DNS) points. 

That’s it for now. You all know what is on the line. Those of you with a comfortable lead, should start preparing your toast. And to those locked in a tight battle, get to work. A week and a half is quite a bit of time to fine tune that “form”.

See ya Smith Farms (Dec. 23, 2012)!