Thursday, October 1, 2009

2009 Technical Guide for Cincinnati UCI3 Weekend




On the behalf of our cycling community, the City of Covington, and the organizing committee, welcome to Greater Cincinnati and the sixth annual Cincinnati International Cyclo-Cross Festival. The mission of the Cincy UCI weekend has been to bring the best in U.S. cyclo-cross to the area – so thank you for choosing our event here. We hope you enjoy your stay.

Weekend Overview:

The 2009 Cincinnati International Cyclo-Cross Festival encompasses three days of UCI-C2 ranked events in the greater Cincinnati area the long weekend of October 9-11. The City of Covington, KY is hosting athletes this year as well as providing entertainment in the evening in the local Mainstraus restaurant district.

Leadership Team:

Executive Director: Mitch Graham
Brand Manager & Marketing: Nick Tinsler
Cyclo-Stampede Race Director: Nick Tinsler
Java Johnny’s Race Director: Doug Dobrozsi
Harbin Park Race Director: Mitch Graham
Media Relations: Ken Getchell & Joe Bellante
UCI Commissaire: Shawn Farrell
Volunteer Coordinators: Alex Hasse, Dave Reimenschneider & TJ Turner
Secretariat: 2WheelSports – Barb Saive
Host Housing Coordinator: Shannon Smith
Announcing: Two Johns Podcast, Chris Mayhew
Graphic Design: James Billiter
Documentation & Photography – Jeffrey Jakucyk


Elite Men and Elite Women pre-registration only. Pre-Registration is available through BikeReg until Tuesday, October 6th at midnight. Day of registration will be available (with the exception of UCI Elite men and women) for riders on-site at all three events for an additional $15 (with the exception of junior categories). Entry fees will increase $5 (with the exception of junior categories) on September 27th. There is no additional fee for pre-registration.

Packet Pick-up:

Packet pick-up will be available for the entire race weekend on Thursday (Oct 8th) evening starting at 6pm at the Radisson Hotel in Covington, KY. Whatever packets not picked up there will be available onsite at all three races. Race day registration will be available at all three races beginning 2 hours prior to the start of the first event. Race-day registration will be available for a $15 fee, and is available up to 45 minutes prior to rider's event. There is no additional day-of-registration fee for junior riders.

Race Numbers:

Riders will receive one set of race numbers (one number for back and two for the front shoulders) to be worn at all races. Do not lose these numbers. A $10 fee will be assessed to re-issue a new set of race numbers.


The Radisson Hotel in Covington, KY is race headquarters for the weekend. Located on the south bank of the Ohio River across from downtown Cincinnati, the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront offers excellent service, an award-winning restaurant and first-class amenities (free parking, high-speed internet, airport shuttle, pool, fitness center, suites). The hotel is an easy 10 minute drive to Friday’s Devou Park race, 50 minutes to Saturday’s Java Johnny’s race, and 30 minutes to Sunday’s Harbin Park Race. Special $99 room rates for visiting athletes will be available beginning August 10. Link to UCI3 booking page.

Racing Licenses :

UCI Elite Men and UCI Elite Women - valid International UCI License required. USAC required for all other categories. One-day and annual licenses will be available for purchase at registration. One-day licenses only available for Cat 4 and junior riders – all others must have or purchase an annual license.

UCI International licenses can be purchased onsite or online at

Racing Age:

A rider’s racing age for all cyclocross categories is their year of birth subtracted from 2010.

Starting and Staging Procedure:

UCI Men’s and Women’s Elite Events (UCI rule 5.1.043): starting order to be determined by latest published UCI cyclocross ranking, as posted on Riders with UCI points are staged first, with the highest number of points in front. After all riders with UCI points are staged, riders with no points will be staged by order of registration, with some discretionary picks placed towards the front. The top five ranked Ohio Valley Series 1/2 category riders will occupy the first five discretionary places. Every Elite rider registered will be called up to starting line in order of bib number.

All other categories will be staged by order of registration, with the first five positions reserved for the top five ranked riders in the Ohio Valley Series after the Oct 4th Tour de Louisville. Bib numbers issued will reflect starting position on the grid. For both Cat 3 and Cat 4, for all 3 age categories, riders line up and start together. Order of starting position is determined by OVCX ranking and pre-registration order.

Starting position will be the same for all 3 events.

Lapped Riders for UCI Elite Categories (UCI Rule 5.1.051):

All riders lapped before the final lap must leave the race the next time they cross the finish line. The rider will be given a placing if he was lapped more than half way through the race.
A rider who is lapped on the final lap shall be stopped at the beginning of the finishing straight line and shall be given a placing on the basis of his position.

Lapped Riders in Non-UCI Events:

Lapped riders will finish on the same lap as the leaders. Riders in danger of being lapped must yield to oncoming racers and are not to interfere with their progress or trail behind them.


Awards are to take place immediately following all events. Top three riders should report immediately to podium area post-event.

UCI Elite category racers must check in at registration to see if they are required to submit to doping control, located in adjacent parking area to registration.


Cincinnati is the nearest international and Dayton the nearest domestic airport. When searching for best rates, some other possibilities are listed.

Airport Location 3 Letter Code Miles to Cincinnati
Dayton, Ohio DAY 55
Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky CVG 10
Columbus, Ohio CMH 100
Indianapolis, Indiana IND 120
Louisville, Kentucky SDF 120

Hosting :

Host Housing is available for out-of-town athletes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact for details and availability.


The UCI penalty scale is the only one applicable.

UCI Points available at each event

Place Men Women
1 30 20
2 20 15
3 15 12
4 12 10
5 10 8
6 8 5
7 6 4
8 4 3
9 2 2
10 1 1

1/2/3 Masters:

Per OVCX rules, $130 of the 1/2/3 Masters purse is earmarked for the top three 45+ riders as a bonus. 45+ riders may also place and collect within the overall masters purse.

Devou Park Course Map

Directions to Devou Park:

From downtown Cincinnati, take I-75 over the Ohio River, and get off at first exit – 192. Turn right at exit on Crescent. Turn left on Western Rd. Make first right at top of hill onto Devou Drive (look for Devou Park sign). At stop sign, stay straight (not right) and continue up hill. Continue straight at next stop sign, then follow signed directions for parking.


Parking is available throughout the park. Volunteers will direct to the nearest available spots. The Beringer-Crawford Museum, at the center of the race course, will be the hub for registration, scoring and awards.

Medical/First Aid:

A first aid area will be set up on course near to the registration and a licensed physician will be available on site in case of emergency.

Directions to Sunset Park:

Address for mapping – Kenwood Rd., and Milton Rd., Middletown, OH 45042. Interstate-75 to the Route 122 / Middletown exit. West on route 122 to right on Briel Blvd. to left on Central Ave. Right on Kenwood Drive, Left into the park.

Parking/Spectating :

Sufficient parking is available, divided between the Roosevelt School grounds adjacent to the park, and the wide public streets near to the park. Kenwood and Milton roads, on the side opposite from the park, are the preferred area for TEAMS who wish to set up a canopy, which can be set up along the perimeter in the park. Please respect all “NO PARKING” signs and the property of the residents in the area of the park. A convenient drive-thru equipment drop area near to the pits is available, accessed only via one-way traffic flow on the east side of the park off of Kenwood Drive (see map). Reserved parking is available for event staff, officials, and sponsors.

Medical/First Aid:

A first aid area will be set up on course near to the registration / bath house and a licensed physician will be available on site in case of emergency. If you have a non-life threatening injury and need to go to the hospital, the nearest hospital is Middletown Regional Hospital, located at 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown, Ohio 45044. The hospital is about 1 mile from the race course. Directions: Left (south) on Belmont, left on central, right on McKnight. Phone 513-424-2111.

Directions to Harbin Park:

From Michigan and areas north of Cincinnati : from I-71 and I-75 South, as you are approaching Cincinnati, take I-275 West to exit 36 (Mt. Healthy). Turn right at exit ramp onto 127 and head 2 miles north. Turn left on Hunter Rd. Continue for 1 mile on Hunter Rd. and it runs into Harbin Park. Parking is up the hill on the right/backup parking is on your way in on the left. Bathrooms are behind ranger station near playground.

From Kentucky and areas south of Cincinnati , take I-75 North through downtown to I-275 West. I-275 West to exit 36 (Mt. Healthy). Turn right at exit ramp onto 127 and head 2 miles north. Turn left on Hunter Rd. Continue for 1 mile on Hunter Rd. and it runs into Harbin Park.
From Indiana and areas west of Cincinnati , take I-74 East to I-275 East. Take Exit 36 (Mt. Healthy) and turn left (north) onto 127 - head 2 miles north. Turn left on Hunter Rd. Continue for 1 mile on Hunter Rd. and it runs into Harbin Park.

Injuries/First Aid :

Minor injuries can be treated with first aid at the registration pavilion. Two race doctors will be on-hand to administer first aid. If emergency medical treatment is needed, Mercy Hospital in Fairfield is located a short 10 minute drive from Harbin Park. To reach the hospital, take Hunter Rd out of the park to the light at Pleasant Ave/SR 127. Turn left onto Pleasant. Turn right onto Resor Ave. Turn right onto Winton Rd. Turn left onto Mack Rd. Mercy Hospital is at 3000 Mack Rd. For ambulance service, dial 911. There is an emergency telephone on the Ranger Station building, located immediately behind the sand pit.

Parking/Spectating :

Entry and parking at Harbin Park is free to the public. The new course is more spectator friendly this year. 100% of the course is viewable if you rotate between the Red Bull sand pit area, and the parking/registration area. The Start and Finish Line are located up by the pavilion by the upper parking lot.

Restrooms/Changing Rooms :

Located immediately behind the Ranger Station building, less than a five-minute walk from either parking area. Port-o-lets will also be available in the upper parking lot and expo area.

Venue and Course Description:

The race is being held at the queen venue of Ohio Valley Cyclo-cross Racing: Harbin Park in Fairfield, Ohio. Fairfield is located 20 miles north of downtown Cincinnati, and Harbin Park is at 1300 Hunter Rd. At 161 rolling acres, Harbin Park features an 18 hole disc golf course, 5 miles of mountain bike trail, 2 sand beach volleyball courts, a 15 ft wide mowed nature trail, a big sledding hill with a view, and lots and lots of mowed grass. Cyclo-cross races have been held at Harbin Park for 10 years now, and with the hard clay soil underneath the grass, the ground is packed smooth and fast! Dogs are welcome in the park.

The UCI race course is a mix of new and old for this year. This will be the longest course on record - 3.5K. Of this, .4K is pavement, .6K double-track dirt, a 40 meter uphill run, a 25 meter sand pit, and 2.3K of perfectly mowed grass. The majority of the turns are at 90 degrees, so the speeds are very fast. The park has many sizeable hills, but the course hills are gradual. The run up will not have barriers, and may be rideable. Start is on pavement and finish is on smooth grass.

Pit Area/Bike Wash :

There is one Pit Area on course accessible from two points of the race course, and it will be located near the US flag at the bottom of the hill (surrounded by blue fencing). The Pit Area is for the exchange of race bikes or wheels during the course of a rider's event. On either side of Pit Area is the exchange lane, which is for riders' entry and exit only. Do not stand in the exchange lanes during race. Between exchange lanes is the median for storage of bikes, wheels, and riders' assistants. Only riders and riders' mechanics may be present inside the taped off Pit Area during racing. A bike wash will be set up adjacent to the Pit Area.

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