Coming up: CYCLOCROSS!

 

 

One of the highlights of the localcycling news team's recent trip to Belgium was visiting our friend Jos Daems. Mr. Daems treated our group to an amazing training ride around the city of Mol.  Jos and several of his riding buddies met us for an early morning continental breakfast featuring fresh baked local pastry. While Jos and his regular Thursday group rode mountain bikes, the five in our party were astride cyclocross bikes. Over the next three and a half hours we sampled a fantastic network of singletrack, connnecting lanes and tiny bits of pavement. The trails were very similar to the Lawrence, Kansas River Levee trails, with maybe a slight bit more of elevation change. There was storm debris from the recent high winds in some sections, being quickly attended to by crews with saws. Another amazing thing: the trails were all private property, but with free access to all. And while our guide had fat tires, we found them just right for a 'cross bike. What we couldn't do however, were the nose wheelies and handlebar seated tricks that Jos demonstrated during a regroup. (Keep reading!)

 

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Defending Elite National Cyclocross Champion, Todd Wells, will compete at this weekend's KLM UCI Cyclocross at Wyandotte County Park. Riders from around the region will be using Sunday's event as a tuneup for the USCF National Cyclocross Championships in Providence beginning December 15th. Wells will be a favorite in a  star studded field that will include last year's KLM Champion, Steve Tilford. Sunday is the second day of racing on the fast European style course. Saturday is the Missouri State Championship with a full range of categories. Both events feature a festival like atmosphere including a beer tent. KLM director, Bill Marshall, is encouraging anyone not racing to, " Come out and join the fun, enjoy the free beer and see some of the best riders in the United States!"

For those wishing to race, Online registration closes Wednesday at Midnight CST. There will be a final opportunity for Late Registration/Packet Pick-up December 1st at the Trek Bicycle Store of Kansas City  from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Please note that you must have an ANNUAL USAC license for these events. No one day license riders will be allowed. You can purchase annual licenses in advance at www.usacycling.org or at the packet pickup on Friday. The KLM folks note that for 2007 events including the National Championship, registration will be on-line only. For full details of this weekend's schedule go to the Official Site.

 

 

Today (Saturday Nov. 11th) the folks from Bikes and Trikes for Tykes are accepting donated bicyles on Johnson Drive about one block East of Metcalf. The holidays are coming so now would be a great time to donate. The Kansas City Curling Club (one of our fave non-cycling sports) are helping out. You can drop off until about 5 pm today.

More heated racing despite a  moderate temperature day at the slightly revised cyclocross course in Riverside. Many of the same faces returned to contest a full schedule of categories. A bit of change on the "Harter's Horshoe' feature allowed many runners to ride what had been a forced run on Day one. The closest finish of the event was in the Men's 3/4 featuring a sprint between Dan Furhman and Josh Taylor, with Fuhrman taking the win. The Cowtown folks kept the party atmosphere hearty with great food and plenty of cowbells ringing on this both fast and technical course. More great photos by Bruce Edwards. Complete results below (Click on 'Read More'). Oh yeah, and there's a plethora of photos on www.seekcrun.com , while the page seems to focus on foot races here are the links to some good cyclocross shots: Riverside Day 1 and Riverside Day 2

 

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Kansas City, KS - The Trek Bicycle Store of Kansas City is raffling a Trek 1500 bicycle signed by Lance Armstrong and Indy Car driver, P.J. Chesson.  The bike was used in the Race to Replace, in which hundreds of amateur cyclists competed to be the newest team member of the Discovery Channel team. 

Click 'read more' below for details

Read more: Chance to race/Chance for bike

The Boulevard Cup race has a stellar field preregistered, Beer tent, and some favorable weather forecast. Reset your clocks and come out and cheer or jeer. Flyer with schedule of events.

The first event of the Cowtown Series brought 104 racers to a fairly technical course at Clinton Lake, near Lawrence. Click here for results and photos from the fine official Cowtown site.
It could happen. Read this important notice form the Earthriders:

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District will be holding a public comment forum on October 21st to solicit input regarding future use of the Oakridge Farm area and Mack House at Shawnee Mission Park. This area is due north of the existing mountain bike trail system. If you have ridden or run off-road at SMP in the past two years I’m sure you are aware of the Phase 1 changes to the existing trail system. We plan to complete Phase 1 by the end of this year and will be looking to get started on Phase 2 very soon afterward. The Phase 2 trail system will be within the aforementioned Oakridge Farm area. I have mapped out Phase 2 with a proposed 10 mile loop and I plan to present this proposal to the County for their approval. If we can get a significant representation of trail users to attend this public input meeting and express their interest in a singletrack trail system I am extremely confident that the proposed trail would be approved.


We have an incredible opportunity here to develop a sizeable trail system in the heart of Johnson County. Even if you don’t live in JoCo, there will be enough trail here to make the drive worthwhile. Please participate in the public input meetings. Don’t leave it to others. Make a day of it, come out and ride or run first then just drop by the park office on your way out.


When/Where

The public input meeting will be held:

Saturday, October 21st at 12:15pm

JCPRD Admin Boardroom (at the Renner entrance to SMP)

7900 Renner Rd.


Keep reading for more details:

Read more: 15+ Miles of MountainBike Trail at Shawnee Mission Park?

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