Bad News for 2013

Hi everyone,


CJ here, race director of SICX.  It’s with a sad heart that I have to announce that there will not be a Staten CX race in 2013.

Due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, Wolfes Pond park continues to be closed for an indefinitely amount of time.  I was working closely with the parks department to find an alternate venue in the NYC area, but to no avail.

With some luck, I’m hoping that we can return to the park in 2014, with a bigger and better race.

I want to thank all the racers for their support.  Last year’s last minute cancellation was a sad event, but we turned it into something positive by heading out to Staten Island to volunteer.  That says quite a bit about our group of NYCX’ers.

CX season will be here before you know it- have a great season and be on the lookout for us in 2014!




Saturday Volunteer Update

Hi Everyone, Here’s a quick update for our Volunteer day on Saturday, November 10th:


We have created a Facebook Event in order to better gauge how many people will be coming-  RSVP and invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/492325694132077/


We have been speaking to a contact at the Mayor’s office who is coordinating Staten Island recover efforts. He’s going to be sending us specific addresses that need help, but we’ll be heading to the relief center on the corner of Father Capadano drive and Hunter to coordinate first. Here’s the google map:http://goo.gl/maps/4wU5K

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From there we will go where we’re needed in the area.


How to dress and what to bring:

  1. Wear warm, comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes.
  2. Bring gloves, scarf and hat and eye protection if you have them
  3. Bring Food and water for yourself for the day- there will be minimal support
  4. They DO NOT need food or clothing as donations. Bring food for yourself for the day.
  5. They DO need: Cleaning supplies : mops, brooms, large sponges, cloths, bleach, mold control solutions, rakes, work gloves, rubber gloves, pry bars, hammers, shop towels, shovels, buckets, contractor bags.
  6. They DO need: Toiletries and hygiene kits. Wipes, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, contact solution, anaglesics (acetaminophen, ibuprofen), lip balm, hand sanitizer, etc.THANK YOU ALL for volunteering. See you on Saturday!

In Memory Of Fire Lt. Robert Ryan Jr.

Doug Dicks, a New York City fireman and CRCA member, will be collecting gently used toys at Staten CX in memory of Fire Lt. Robert Ryan Jr. who died fighting a fire in New Brighton on Sunday, November 23rd. The toys will be passed along to Staten Island University Hospital’s burn ward and pediatric unit for their holiday toy drive.

Ryan, 46, was a 17 year veteran and father four. He started volunteering his time for the hospital burn center after suffering near career-ending burns in 2006 and spending a year at the hospital in excruciating rehab. To honor Ryan’s life and work, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving and the holidays, let’s do our best to help Doug collect toys for children in need.

Doug will have his truck in the parking lot and will do his best to hang some posters for the drive. Used toys are fine, but the center cannot accept fabric toys (e.g. stuffed animals). The SIUH Burn Center also accepts monetary donations. Please contact them at (718) 226-6988.

Giving Life

VisitFlanders.US, Wafels and Dinges, and Velo Classic Tours! Waffle Heaven!

Sometimes the stars align. You get the hole shot, you float atop mud while others fall face first, and you beat the teenager half your age and half your size. ‘Cross is typically void of such good luck but on November 30th, 2008 that will change.

Staten CX is witnessing an epic confluence of sport, food, and charitable giving. Everyone’s a winner. No joke. It all started with a shot-in-the-dark call. And now behold … Free Belgian Waffles.

Giving Life

VisitFlanders.us, the official site of the Tourist Office for Flanders, Belgium in US, along with famous NYC waffle vendor Wafels and Dinges will be serving up FREE WAFFLES from 11AM until supplies run out. VisitFlanders.us will also be giving away CHOCOLATE if you sign up on their wonderful email newsletter. The idea is that waffles bring out racers and spectators which in turn help us donate more money to I Challenge Myself (ICM). So by racing, eating, and cheering you’re doing a good post-Thanksgiving gluttony deed!

Thomas DeGeest from W&D is a huge cycling fan and is very excited to participate. Remember, in Belgium ‘cross is like NASCAR but with better beer, better food, and an actual sporting activity taking place.

Sharing the VisitFlander.us’ tent will be Velo Classic Tours, the only U.S. tour operator offering trips to the Spring Classics in Belgium. Peter Easton from Velo Classic Tours along with Elke van Bree from VisitFlanders.us will be on hand to talk cycling in Flanders.

If you refer to this graph, you’ll notice that calories burned by 200 racers (140,000) will be nicely offset by consumption of 140 waffles (assuming you heap every possible topping on your waffle).

CaloriesSometimes there is such thing as a free lunch! We’re extremely grateful for the addition of these three sponsors and look forward to throngs of well fed spectators and racers.