Armed Forces Retirement Home Hosting 6th Annual Cyclocross This Sunday

Here’s a great fall event that I’ve enjoyed watching for the past few years … the annual cyclocross races on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Below are details from this years race supplied by their press release:

The sixth-annual cyclocross DCCX bike race comes to the center of Washington, D.C. on Sunday, October 21, with more than 800 racers set to compete on the historic grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

The races, which begin early in the morning, are short laps of a course that includes cobblestones, grass, stairs and winding hills, stairs and barriers. Racers need to hop on and off their bikes to get over barriers and up stairs. The races last an hour or less, with the elite women racing at noon, and the elite men at 3 p.m.

Cyclocross is a great spectator sport, as the winding laps provide lots of opportunities to see the racers up close, stumbling up steps or launching off jumps. And it’s a great family event, with not one but two races for kids, one at 10am and another at noon. They can try one or both races.

With the weather forecast for Sunday looking perfectly autumnal (67 and sunny), DCCX can take up its usual role as a celebration as much as a race. Bike over to the venue, and try out one of the Raleigh Bicycles that will be demo’ed. Family Bike Shop, which sells a full suite of Raleigh bikes, will also be on hand for quickie repairs and kibitzing.
Staples Corner Liquors, in Crofton, Maryland has joined on for 2012 and is providing a wide array of malty refreshments to be responsibly enjoyed while you heckle racers. DogfishHead Alehouse and Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar are pitching in with refreshments and prizes, as well.

The food options are expanding this year to delicious new heights. The Dutch Club will be back with their famous pancakes, as will the Catholic University nurses with their chili (to raise money for charity). Baja Fresh will be serving burritos. New this year will be the PORC (Purveyors of Rolling Cuisine) truck, and maybe some super-secret dessert options.

Please note: The current Armed Forces Retirement Home entrance is located at the Randolph Street Gate on Rock Creek Church Road. The approximate address is 300 Randolph St, NW, Washington, DC 20011. Once on campus, follow the signs to venue.

For more information, see . If you are interested in racing, there are still spots available in the exciting “rookie race” category. See the online registration page:


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