The final two events of the Liberty Mutual Cyclocross Championship were the Liberty Cup and the Elite Women's National Championship. The day was perfect for the events, temps were in the crisp 40's by mid day. The course softened by the previous two days of racing had actually firmed up slightly for the early part of the race day. The paved sections of the course were finally ice free and for the most part dry. If one word could encompass the day it would be fast. If two words could describe the racing, they would be, "with abandon".
Friday, the course had been snow covered and partially frozen in parts, slushy in others. On that day the important rider characteristics could be described as power, endurance and control. The track crews and volunteers had been out at 5:00 am Saturday morning with snow blowers to clear the 8 or more inches of snow which covered the course, but by race time the course was rutted, frozen, and in some cases, ice covered. By Saturday afternoon a lot of that snow had turned to water. The course was extremely soupy over a frozen base. Saturday, it seemed, the major challenge was simply staying upright.