Held on a unique permanent CX course near Lawrence (and the same property that hosts the Kansas Velodrome), Joules Cross is a highlight of the local cyclocross season.
This year photographer/MC and all round supporter Roger Harrison is offering some special primes:
"It is a pleasure to give the Women racers competing at Joules Cross, a prime(cash) that will be awarded to the first female riders to complete one lap of the "Spiral of "Death" on Saturday and Sunday. It will also be awarded to the first rider in Category W 4, W Masters(all inclusive) and W Category 1,2,3(all inclusive), Juniors(both age groups) will receive a prize in lieu of cash. These primes are donated by the Lanterne Rouge Volunteer Group."
Lots and lots of grass (and a little single track). The Cliff Drive race is part of a complete Kessler Park festival with some cool off road events.
RESULTS from Day One.
RESULTS Day Two
Good to have Roger Harrison back with lots of photos
Next up: Joules 'Cross
Cliff Drive Cyclocross is part of a full on Kessler Park Fiesta this year: featuring all kinds of activities including some Urban Dirty mountain biking.
Lots of grass and lots of hill, it's KC's answer to the Koppenberg race in Belgium.
Two days of racing, October 8th and 9th: FLYER
Castle Cross (Dutch: Kasteel Veldrijden) appealed to the weather Gods and received. A beautiful Fall day, good size fields and mixed course with plenty of road and plenty of technical...plus a Cajun buffet.
Lots of photos from Jesse Miguel
We've got some other links we'll post asap
The weekend of 10/1 and 10/2 is full of good cycling events. Saturday morning it's Castle 'Cross in the Jazz District. A brand new event with a challenging course, plenty to do, including museums and a buffet at Danny's Big Easy.
Also on Saturday it's Spider Fest. This has become a full on offroad festival at WyCo.
Sunday it's the Octoginta Ride. A historic "end of road season" for many (but doesn't have to be). A good fast sportif that becomes fairly social throughout the day. 47 years strong!
A new course in a beautiful East side park in Kansas City, MO. The early races found the corners slippery on the wet grass, but the track dried for later riders.
A good mix of technical turns and moderate climbs as well as pavement and fast downhills.
Sunday repeats the schedule: FLYER
DAY TWO RESULTS
Cyclocross clinics and practices have been popping up around the metro. Wednesday September 14th is the traditional Localcycling/BLVD beginner clinic at Herman Laird Park 6PM start time. There is also another session at the Joules Cross Course in Lawrence on 9/15.
Racing begins locally with Prologue Cross on September 17th and 18th. This event will be a great tune up for those heading to Jingle Cross the following week.
On October 1st it's Castle 'Cross, another fresh event at a new venue. A special course in Kansas City's Jazz District with some unique features.
Following up on October 2nd will be Spooky Cross in Atchison (Flyer soon).
Here's the link to the very healthy KCA local calendar (scroll down for the CX races).
Another bonus to the local scene is a kids specific series (scored at specific races): Cookie Cross
Need a midweek tuneup for all these events? Wednesday Night Racing
The final Gardner Time Trial of 2016 is slated for 9/8 IF the rains hold off.
Cyclocross Clinics are popping up. The Localcycling/BLVD Womens CX Clinic had over 20 riders this year.
Wednesday Night 9/14 will be an 'open to all' Beginners clinic at Herman Laird Park in Shawnee.
The Free State Clinic/training on the Joules Cross Course has two sessions left.
We're putting together a comprehensive list of cyclocross activities: Races, Series, Kids, and Training events. Stay tuned.