The Kansas City metro area is fortunate to have some great 'series' events. For the roadies, one of the longest running (20 years!) of these is the Lawrence, KS Spring Fling Criterium Series.
Promoted by area cycling coach Jim Whittaker, this essential has grown from early days of two categories (A and B) with 30 riders, to some of the larger early season regional races.
Mr. Whittaker has added a full spectrum of categories and options. Spring Fling events were some of the first to add 'beginners' women categories, rather than just lumping the entire women's field into an open. The popular 3/4 Category was first offered at Spring Fling for this area.
As a developmental event, a number of athletes have used the criterium series to launch successful amateur and professional careers. AND funding from these races was used to build a handicap restroom at the Clinton Lake venue.
Riders from KC, Topeka and hometown Lawrence have easy access to this fine event. Spring Fling 2015 kicks off on 2/28.
Grant Harrison, MSE. Source Endurance, Senior Coach
With Cyclocross Nationals just a few weeks away and some of the best road racing not very far down the road, road racers also targeting cyclo-cross nationals may be facing a tough decision of how to prepare themselves for the up and coming road season. Given that mid march is the height of the road season in Texas, there is only 7-12 weeks to peak, depending on what event(s) you want to target. Although this is always subjective and based on an individual’s goals, it is worth examining how an athlete might prepare for the road season after peaking for CX nationals.
The first point to tackle is the principle of specificity. Cyclo-cross and road racing are two different styles of racing that can have drastically different physiological demands. However, there are similarities especially when comparing a cyclo-cross race to a criterium. The photos below show the power data of two podium finishes of a Source Endurance client in 2014. The top photo is of a criterium, the bottom photo is of a cyclo-cross race just a few weeks later from the same athlete.