It Begins. The opening race for the 2017 Cyclocross season in the KC Metro will be the second year for PrologueCross.
Two Days of racing, Spetember 9th and 10th on the rolling grassy hills of Kansas City's Blue Valley Park (note: NOT Johnson Counties Blue Valley area). Great Prize list. This event was an outstanding production last year.
With folks travelling to Jingle Cross and the Trek World Cup in September, the local schedule has a few holes. Watch for a fresh event, Radler Cross on September 24th.
October 1st is a return to 18th and Vine, Kansas City's Jazz District for the Kasteel Veldrijden (that's Castle 'Cross in English). Facebook page with updates. Flyer soon.
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Cyclocross Clinics and training rides begin on Sept 2nd. The Localcycling.com and Boulevard folks put on three slightly different sessions: "Saturday 9/2 we'll be doing a slightly advanced session. Noon start at Herman Laird Park in Shawnee. NOTE: we won't stay in the park, but we'll ride short road sections to other nearby venues for focused drills. Expect some off camber work with kick pushes, hard up/quick turns, stairs, possibly some 'hopping and sand'. Bring $5 donation (for the equipment fund) beer after.
Wednesday September 6th our Women's Clinic. Taught by women, basics to intermediate skills. Herman Laird Park 5:30PM
Some snacks provided by the Womens Racing Association (and beer!)
Wednesday September 13th. Beginner Clinic for all. Mount/dismount, basic bike set up, how to have fun and train. 5:30PM Start at Herman Laird Park. Beer." Updates on the Facebook page
The Donderdag! (yes, that means Thursday) Youth program begins in September: Facebook page
Lawrence, KS has a permanent CX course that's used for the Joule 'Cross race and Thursday practice sessions in September. FLYER
We're watching the Leawood Park practice course (venue for the Boxing Day event). Currently the course is in need of a haircut after the recent heavy rains.
We'll have some updates asap on other organized practices.
The State Time Trial in Hutchinson was contested on a slightly modified course from the previous year. Not quite as flat as the historic St. Mary's course from a few years back, but very little elevation change.
The host club had a nice set up with flush toilets, good warm up area and easy parking. A strong storm front moved in and delayed the start briefly, but once riders started it was smooth sailing.
There are still some 'races against the clock' left this month.
Thursday 8/17 is the John Brown Time Trial in DeSoto. Flat and fast 5 mile course.
The Kansas State Championship is scheduled for August 27th in Hutchinson (permit is pending). Details should be out soon. UPDATE: FLYER
AND it's possible there will be a rescheduled LifeBalance TT. Road conditions at Gardner are being checked. Stay tuned.
Hard rains the night before slowed the times a bit at the Kansas Velodrome. The late morning racing began with time trials and after a lunch break continued with mass start events. The post event party featured a lively discussion on how to entice more riders into the summer track program (and a variety of international beers).
We'll have RESULTS and photos up from the Kansas State Track Championship asap. A fine day at the Velodrome.
Wednesday Night Worlds continue in Olathe.
This week on Thursday it's the LifeBalance Time Trial at Gardner. A good way to tune up for the upcoming Kansas State Time Trial on August 27th (Flyer should be out soon).
Saturday it's the Junction City Challenge Road Race.
Sunday in Salina is the Kansas State Championship Category Road Race.
Come to the Lawrence Grass Velodrome on Sunday August 6th and watch (or race) some pretty exciting events. The day will feature time trial and mass start racing. Sponsors Anderson Rental will provide some seating and shade, Localcycling.com will provide some beer. IF you want to race, there's one more opportunity to take the safety clinic on Thursday August 3rd. Clinic starts at 6:45PM.