Abraham Lincoln Never Did This: Cyclocross at the Old Soldiers Home

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The Armed Services Retirement Home in Washington, D.C., has provided respite for the country's bravest members of the military since its establishment in 1851. It was even the summertime quarters of President Abraham Lincoln. But the historical site has never seen anything quite like the DCCX Super 8 cyclocross race that sped through the grounds on Sunday.

Cyclocross, a bicycle race that consists of several laps on hilly terrain and multiple course surfaces, basically combines bicycling and obstacle course foot racing. Riders streak through stretches of asphalt or dirt until they hit a set of uphill steps or natural barriers that compel the racers to dismount and carry their bikes around the obstruction. The riders use fairly lightweight bikes, but it's still a real endurance and coordination contest.

The DCCX is one of the largest cyclocross events in the eastern United States, according to race organizers, with about 850 racers and 50 children competing in this year's showing of the sport, which is still in its relative youth. …