This week, after race officials for the Hyattsville CX had swept the race course, "they returned to find glass from broken bottles hidden along several portions of the trail."
"It wasn't just a couple of broken bottles," said Hyattsville Communications Manager Abby Sandel in an interview. "It appeared to be strategically placed."
Race officials debated wether or not to alert police, according to Chris Millitello, co-owner of Arrow Bicycles and Route 1 Velo.
"I wasn't worried about people getting flats," said Militello in an interview. "I was worried about people crashing and landing on the glass. It's frustrating."
According to Militello, large amounts of glass were found hidden under leaves and dirt at one end of a wooden bridge which leads to the wooded, technical section of the course. Another section further back in the woods also had glass apparently planted there.
A few years ago someone threw tacks onto the course of the Leonardtown Criterium, and before that the Jefferson Cup had to deal with broken glass. I seem to recall that even this year's Tour de France had an issue with tacks or nails on the course causing many flats.