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DCCX is rolling out the welcome mat for women racers with a special DCChiX clinic.

Washington, D.C.'s only cyclocross race is already offering an equal payout for elite women and men, with a $1,000 purse going 10 deep. The Cat 1,2,3 Women's race is sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

Now female crossers can bone up on their skills the day before.

Hub Racing's Arley Kemmerer, the 2009 Ed Sanders elite winner, will host a free clinic for women racers on Oct. 24 at 2pm. The clinic takes place on the Armed Forces Retirement Home -- on the DCCX course. This will give those women signed up to race on Sunday a chance to go over the course in advance with a seasoned pro.

Topics for the 90-minute women's clinic will include mounting/dismounting, cornering, line selection and starts.

Any woman who is registered to race can sign up for the clinic at no extra cost. To participate, you must first pre-register for DCCX and then send an email to DCMTB Clinic. The clinic is free, but riders must email to the address above in advance in order to be able to get on the grounds for the event.

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DCCX - Presented by Family Bike Shop - is Washington, DC's only cyclocross race. The third-annual event will be held on October 25th on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. The historic venue near Georgia Ave. in the heart of Washington is off-limits to the general public the rest of the year.

The race, sponsored by the DCMTB team, is part of the nine-part series of the Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association. DCCX registration opened last month and there are already 263 pre-registered racers. Proceeds from the race are donated to help veterans living at the facility.

To register for DCCX go to BikeReg:
www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=9416

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