Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 finito'

CX Out the Old Year, I think it's called that, is all done now, too. Another one-in-a-million weather day for us, or genuine cyclocross weather (our Southern California mimicking streak is over, I guess). Amy and crew rocked. A good day for everyone forging ahead toward bigger things in the coming weeks.

Oh, and slick enough for everyone?

Roger comes through with results AND photos (and you stayed home?)

A whole mess o' Open is what I saw this time:

Grote Prijs 2012 in the books

How many times have we done this race, how many times have we raced at this park? Kansas City cyclocross rolls on, and this race is nearly organic by this point. It. Is. There.

Arguably the most genuine 'cross conditions we've had all season. A few series battles remain tight going into the New Year's Eve finale. It's all good.

One more on the calendar year, same times/place MONDAY!

Results from KCA
Roger was there

Got my sorry butt off the couch long enough to notice:

Lots more ice early as the masters lined up, a lot helped turn dirt to mud as the day went on.

The Women's Open field takes off, with winner Alyssa Severn (My Wife Inc. - Chicago, IL) leading here. Severn took top honors on Boxing Day, too, and will race both Masters 30-34 and Open at Nationals in Madison.

Josh Taylor (Slimenundgrossen - Olathe, KS)

Chris Thomas (Black Sheep Cartel - Kansas City, MO) rolling a new Fuji disc bike.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Diegem goes to Albert

Makes we wish today's or tomorrow's race would go under the lights. Diegem looked fun, Albert took it.

Then Pauwels, then Stybar. Nys quite a bit back, again. Maybe the 'want another beer?" posters got to him.

Highlights, in a way we don't know around these parts. 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sunday X3

As in - Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. 

Here: Series60 penultimate at Hermann Laird Park. Not that it's been colder than heck these last few, but we should have a bit nicer weather for this. Hopefully softer ground, too. Would be cool. Points going in.

There: Diegem (BEL).

Nice comeback by Nys

Unreal, this week. And wow, these courses. Just about speechless, but that's probably just this damn virus speaking. Nice ride by Page for fifth. Watch out for Jonathan.

Versluys Cyclocross in Bredene

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)
Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)
Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
5. Jonathan Page (Planet Bike)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Euro race Friday a.m.

It's the Bpost Bank Trofee - Azencross / Cross des as. Zolder two days ago, Diegem two days from now. Cool.

Are you kidding me? Let this be a lesson, kids. If you're competing in a time-based series, a good way to lose ground is to get mad when you crash and someone throws a cup of beer at you, and you then go off-course and chase the offending person, maybe even wailing on them a bit.

Who am I to judge, though?

Albert wins over Stybar, Nys (beer-wailer) finishes further back than anyone can remember, and Albert takes the Bpost Bank Trofee series overall.

Bam. That.

Boxing Day Cross results

Snow. Cold. Cold. Cold. Some mud (take what you can get any more 'round these parts).

KCA has results
Roger was there 
So was The Kansas City Star (again!)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Nice win for Nys at Zolder

CX World Cup Heusden-Zolder

Throwing caution to the wind, Nys rode away from Albert halfway or so through the final lap, when they'd already gapped everyone else by a K or so. I'm pretty sure Nys always gets Albert in a sprint, so is he playing a mind game here?

Third was Stybar, already racing more than he'd suggested a few weeks back. Come on Worlds ...

Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus   
Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep

Super Size it:

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Mission Farms, get there Wednesday

106th and Mission, the place called Mission Farms if you've never been. It's the first of three races "this week," or from today until next Monday. And also the first of the final three Series60 races. It's Boxing Day Cross.

And it's a place you might end up at twice early next year, too, for the Wintery Mix races (should you decide to do as much of the world does, and race your CX bike well into February).

We got quite a bit of attention last year at this same race, with The Kansas City Star shooting a ton of photos for one or another of their sections.

Happy Holiday, all, too. Sorry no exclamation marks, I realize I've been using way too many of those.

Monday, December 24, 2012

This week!

The three ring circus has come to town!

Wednesday: Boxing Day CX - Series60
Sunday: Grote Prijs - Series60
Monday - a week from today: Cross Off the Old Year - Series60

(See all the flyers at right.)

And THIS (these) times, it's serious. Series titles are on the line, and holidays, weather, travel, family, even sickness might be playing a role. How cool is this?

Points are only current though BEFORE Epic right now, but you might be able to do some math. Forecasts have snow falling the day before Boxing Day right now, and if you know that course, we at least could have expected some traditional CX conditions on the portion parallelling I-435, where the ditch cross is located. Add an inch of so of snow, and who knows?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Watch Namur!

You know the drill: ch 5, ch 6, ch 7, ch 3, and lastly.

Should be on at 8 a.m. KC time.

Pauwels pretty much drove the school bus today, proving again that he's not a slouch in mud. Far out course, as usual here. If you find the whole video, go to 52:20, and check the hill in the background as Albert is climbing. That's one they go down a bit after that, and it's DOWN.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #5 2012

Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor
Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus

The entire enchilada

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Watch Stybar (and others) in Essen

MSN has today's racing, which should start about 7 a.m. KC time.

Epic. Mud. Stybar back. Stybar wins in a sprint. But no! He smashed Denuwelaere into the barriers, and was moved to fourth. Not sure about fourth, but Euros can be Euros.

Bummer deal, but Denuwelaere was The Man in this race, even though THE Man took on everyone after basically an entire season away, in EPIC conditions, and got them all. Sort of.

Bpost Bank Trofee - GP Rouwmoer 2012

Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept
Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus
Zdenek Stybar (Cze)
Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL

Full meal deal:

Friday, December 21, 2012

Bring those pins!

The elves responsible for the three KC-area races next week (see races listed at right) ask that we all bring our own safety pins for once, since it's pretty obvious that we all have a few hundred in cars, toolboxes, offices, dens by this point.

Huge weekend, just not here

Zdenek Stybar will race in Essen tomorrow, at the GVA-Trofee contest. He's been getting some attention, but the man does have mad skills. After that, look for the former World Champion at the Zolder World Cup on December 26, Loenhout on December 28, Bredene on December 29 and Diegem on December 30.

New Year's Day will see him race in Baal, and Stybar will wrap his season up at the Czech National Championship on January 12.

Stybar says he won't race at Worlds, but I wonder if his showings here might change things? Doubtful, with his road season starting so soon after, but again, with 2012 Worlds in the US likely being the last time THAT will ever happen, who knows?

So yeah, big stuff starts about now:

Saturday: GVA Trofee - GP Rouwmoer - Essen (BEL)
Sunday: UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #5 - Namur (BEL)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Boom, there he is!

Multi-world and generally awesome guy Lars Boom thrashed his CX bike around today in anger, but could only muster a 13th place showing in the GP de ster, a C2 race held in Sint-Niklaas.

Stop me if you've heard this before, but Sven Nys won the race, ahead of Niels Albert.

Check out highlights. If nothing else, this was a chance to see Boom in Rabobank gear for probably the last time?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2012 KCBXR/KCBXT winners named

KCA has finalized the individual and team winners for the KCBXR/T series competition. Winners in each category are listed below. Congratulations to all!

Individual winners

Men 1/2: Andrew Coe, Ethos Racing
Men 3: John Williams, Team Colavita/Parisi
Men 4: James Taylor, Team Colavita/Parisi
Women 1/2/3: Wanda Simchuk, Women's Free State Racing
Women 4: Katherine Kelter, KU Cycling
Men 40+: Michael Smith, Cycle City Racing
Men 50+: Stephen Songer, 360 Racing
Men 60+: Doug Long, 360 Racing
Women 40+: Wendy Guilbeau,
Women 50+: Teresa Jarzemkoski,
Junior male: Quincy Eastlack, Slimenundgrossen
Junior female: Lily Delaughder, KCOI U-20
Single speed: Britton Kusiak, Team Colavita/Parisi

Winning teams

Juniors teams: KCOI U-20
Men 1/2/3/4: Team Colavita/Parisi
Women's Category Teams: Women's Free State Racing
Men's Masters Teams: 360 Racing
Women's Masters Teams:

That's a few in a for for Team Colavita/Parisi, if I'm not mistaken. And I think Taylor in Men 4 was one of those involved in the "Ginger" sand mayhem, so this is worth a note!

Monday, December 17, 2012

KCA schedules C officials clinic

Tell your friends and relatives:


KCA will host an Introductory C Officials Clinic led by Amy Fear.

This is a GREAT clinic for anyone who wants to become an official (this includes those individuals who come and watch the races) and for racers who just want to know the rules of their sport. Rulebooks will be provided.  Basic instruction in road, track, cyclocross, and mountain bike officiating will be provided.


  • Clinic instruction will take place for about 3 hours.
  • An open book test will follow the clinic presentation.
  • Getting a 70% on this open book test entitles you to obtain a ‘C’ Officials License.  The cost for the license is $35.00.  The annual C license fee renewal is $60.00.




The building is labeled UBC (United Bioscience Corporation). There is parking in the back off of 39th St.

Please RSVP to of your desire to attend as this would help us determine the actual time and location for the clinic.

Lunch will be provided by KCA for all of you who pre-register.

KCA has a very special incentive program for officials to work or volunteer for events. You can earn the cost of the license (5 events) as well as bonus money (> 5 events) depending on the number of events you work or volunteer for. You will receive 1 incentive point for attending the clinic.

Also, there is a cyclocross race on February 10th and if you attend the race to be practice your new found skills,  you will receive 1 incentive point toward your license fee.

You will start off the 2013 racing season with 2 incentive points.

Sign up NOW.

Nothing this week!

The Kansas City season is not over, but it almost looks that way. Look for three races between Boxing Day (Dec. 26) and New Year's Eve (Dec. 31), with two more contests once we get into January and February. Nationals and (Masters) Worlds looming, too. Real Worlds to follow, I hope you've gotten your tickets!

Series 60 is still on; the three holiday week races will wrap up that season.

Over yonder this week, it's a fairly gigantic weekend. Check it:

Saturday: GVA Trofee - GP Rouwmoer - Essen (BEL) - Stybar is on the starting list, so THIS IS THE BIGGEST DAMN RACE OF THE YEAR, RIGHT HERE.

Sunday: UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #5 - Namur (BEL)

Namur was AWESOME last year in the mud.

There's also a midweek race I'm going to be all giddy about, so there's that.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Any other word on Lost Trail CX?

Steve Tilford had four flats, but rode to second. That's about all I know!

(Shadd Smith won open, Catherine Walberg won women's open - I got that from Tilford's blog.)

Results from KCA
Roger was there.

See the Euros race

Just in case you haven't left for Louisburg yet, you might try one of the following links for Fidea Cyclo-cross Leuven. Nys until further notice, you know.


Fidea Cyclo-cross Leuven 2012

NICE ride by the world champion, untouchable today - dang near back from the dead. Cool!

Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus
Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL


2 Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team
4 Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles

Friday, December 14, 2012

(Two) Sunday race(s) this weekend

Two relatively new races on the weekend schedule. Locally, the Lost Trail CX at Louisburg Cider Mill debuts. No series implications here, and a chance of rains in the forecast, have at it!

In Belgium, Fidea Cyclo-cross Leuven spends its second year on that circuit (the race traditionally was at Tervuren, so finding clips on YouTube is confusing). This map is from last year, but the course is presumably the same this time around.

Just a one-race C1 weekend in Europe, but things are about to heat up as we move late in December. Lars Boom and Zdenek Stybar are going to be in action again, and the race calendar will get a lot busier.

Speaking of, it seems odd to me that in Portland (Portland!), the final local race of their season is this weekend. Around here, recall, we've got Mark's Week O' Fun late this month, then two more races early in 2013. One is not just after Nationals, there's one after Worlds. Kansas City Cyclocross rocks!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

(Preliminary) 2012 Kansas Best Cyclocross Riders and Teams Named

KCA has posted PRELIMINARY winners of the 2012 Kansas Best Cyclocross Riders.

KCA has posted PRELIMINARY winners of the 2012 Kansas Best Cyclocross Teams.

According to KCA:

Please contact David Wamsley at by December 17, 2012 with any comments.  Final standings will be posted December 18, 2012.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ride tonight at Swope

From the Swope Trails blog:

Gate entrance will open at 6:30 and close at 6:45. If you come after 6:45...tough luck.

You can ride as long as you'd like as long as you want as long as that means you're done by 8:50p. You can leave anytime, but the exit gate wil be locked at 9pm.

We've been able to work out this deal to allow us to do this ride, don't ruin it for everyone else. If we have problems we will simply no longer do this ride.

Yeah, as long as you follow the above rules, you get to park ON TOP. Swope Park. After dark. Get there!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lars Boom's crazy staircase

Had a house with a crazy steep staircase once, and I actually raced bikes faster then. I think this might be why guys like Lars Boom win so much. (Tolerate the Lifetime Movies for Women music there at the beginning, it gets better. Much, much better when we get in tune with what Lars is into.)

Sure, we haven't seen Boom on the CX bike much in recent years, but he's on the start list for the GP De Ster, a UCI C2-ranked race taking place December 19 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.

Monday, December 10, 2012

This week

Right now: Check out your Kansas champions, check out your Missouri champions

Wednesday: Go fast at Shawnee's night practice, a bit before 7

Sunday: Race at the inaugural Lost Trail CX, at the Louisburg Cider Mill

Sunday, December 9, 2012

How are things on the West coast?

Anyone know of local results at USGP Bend?

The only thing I can find, and I'm not even positive:

Tom Price - Trek Cyclocross Collective, 1st, 45+ (Day One) (Tom's Twitter says second on day two, I believe, so there's that.)

Vlaamse Druivenveldrit - Nys gets it

Sorry for the spoiler, but you just KNEW Nys would get it after yesterday's pedal  issue. This time, he clearly had lesser tires early, but began roaring after he got backup bike 2, 3, 4, 5 or whatever, and powered away from Albert.

Great course, awesome conditions.

So it went Nys, Albert, Vantornout.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Kansas State 2012, all done

Nice course (to race), maybe not quite so much to watch. Heavy, especially early. Lots of Nebraska there. The KBCXR/KBCXT finale, and state titles handed out in categories and 5-year age increments. Big, big day.

Results from the KCA
Roger was there

Saw some stuff:

I think I had the green tint filter on, on my phone. Big women/junior field lined up.

Steve Schweiker (Ethos Racing - Overland Park, KS), rode to 2nd in 60+.

John Derby (Lawrence, KS) rode away from the Cat 4 field, and I heard he's on GP-Velotek at any second.

Podiums went off under the big top (which must have shifted the green), including this properly armed one.

You know where to go ...

Here! For Fidea Scheldecross Antwerpen. The big guns, etc.(It's gonna' be Nys though, you know that.) Supposed to be on around 8 a.m. our time ...


Pauwels, Nys, Albert. Nys' pedal problems Pt 2, or is it 3? He's his own mechanic, right?

Topeka! For KS State Championships, and the "K-Bar" 1.5x point finale. Big deal!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Championship weekend, plus

Kansas side: State champs Saturday. I've said already it's neck/neck here and there (for K-Bar, anyway). Power will win the day. But who will win the titles? Cool stuff after, too. PAY ATTENTION TO PARKING on-site, there's a swim meet in the area Saturday, too, so let's play nice.

Missouri side: State champs Sunday. Warm-up race at the same place Saturday, if you're not in Topeka for some reason.

Oregon: Trek USGP of Cyclocross Deschutes Brewery Cup (Bend). The finale of the four-race USGP series.

Overseas: Big dogs at Antwerp, BEL, Saturday - (Fidea Scheldecross Antwerpen). Bring on the rain/snow. Come on! (I'm talking about Belgium, but I wonder if this might have a bearing on one of the aboves, too?) Even if it's dry there, you've still got a load of sand along the river, so that's alright, too.

Sunday, most of the same guys will be in Overijse (BEL) for Vlaamse Druivenveldrit, which means whatever you want it to mean. To me, it means old-school track, or rolling man cave. Great potential, in the right weather. Even if nice and dry, it's still a bit removed from 'dirt crit.'

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Go West, young man, for a big weekend, too

You might think the KS and MO state championships are the biggest dang deals going on this weekend. You'd be right!

Still, it's worth mention that this weekend is also the finale of the USGP (of Cyclocross) Series, with the annual stop in the Pacific Northwest (Bend, OR, to be exact, next to the brewery or whatever). I know of at least one KC person who will be riding (and wrenching?) there, and we will be keeping an eye out for others.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tonight ops

Find some fast wheels at "Old Shawnee Town" a bit before 7 (under tennis court lights), get out to RiverfrontCX if you've got time before sunset, or keep an eye on the Swope Trails blog to see if they're on for another night ride. (They are.)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

KS State Preview

Promoter Jeff Unruh put up a preview video of the Kansas State Championships course, and it looks like the standard power track we get when we race in that part of Topeka. Acorns everywhere, too, if history (and my front yard) is any indication.

This being the big finale for the CX version of the Kansas "K-bar" series, it's worth mention that a few champions look certain already - if I'm not mistaken John in Cat 3, Steve in 50+, Doug in 60+, Teresa in 50+, and Britton in SS can't be beaten (in that series) even if they're abducted by aliens some time this week.

A few other divisions are within the bonus-points (1.5x) value of a high finish, and might flip if someone fails to show, drops out, or has a DFL injury/mechanical or something. Another few are too close to call, and will come down to who crosses the line first Saturday. A decisive day awaits on the Kansas side!

Do check your numbers for yourself.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday, Monday

It was all I hoped it would be.

We're back to racing! KS State Championships Saturday, MO State Championships Sunday (non-championship race on the same Jefferson City course Saturday if you're looking for a preview). "K-Bar" finale Saturday in Kansas, not sure about Missouri. Regardless, this is it! (Until the Next Big Thing, that is.)

Follow some fast wheels at Herman Laird Park, Shawnee, Wednesday a bit before 7, I'm sure. Get to RiverfrontCX any time. People ride there, you know? (Cool Bailey!)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Watch UCI CX Round #4 from Roubaix, FR

Sporza has it (Men on about 8 a.m., women earlier, try when you can):

Reminds ME of Topeka. You?


Nys, Pauwels, Albert, with Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team hanging in there like a champ for fourth. Good race, on what looked like a very fun course. A bit of rain kept it interesting, too, but I can't figure out why Albert had such trouble with the tight downhill corners (compared to the others).

Katie won, too. J-Pow top American guy about 2 minutes back.

Friday, November 30, 2012

If we took a holiday

Took some time to celebrate.
Just one day out of life.
It would be, it would be so nice.

- Madonna

Yeah, I said Madonna. Deal.

And deal with a race-less weekend. (A Holiday!) Methinks there might be an awful lot of tempo miles put in these two days. Just sayin'. And I bet Landahl or Swope or SMP (daylight hours, please) might not be a bad place to ride, either. We know it ain't muddy or icy, right?

Sunday: Still, if you're tired of the magazines, you might try tuning into Euro racing early Sunday from Roo-bay France. It's UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #4. And since it's Roubaix, the race finishes on the velodrome (you think?). So it's kind of like a Heartland Park - Topeka race before it gets too dark. What's not to like?

(If Stybar gets a wild hair after tomorrow's Boonen fundraiser and decides to race at Roubaix, I think I may be calling in sick to this site for a day or two. I'll be the one at I-70 drive-in, trying to stream a race replay from my smartphone over their big screen.)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Does Southwest fly to Mol?

Sometimes this is Tom Boonen's World, and he just lets us live in it. We know that. Tom's "Boonen and Friends Charity Cyclocross" event is cool because of the way it helps. This year's version of the fundraising event is this Saturday in Mol, Belgium, so if anyone has an extra plane ticket for me, do let me know. We might get to see a visiting rockstar take off one minute back and still win, like multi-Worlds winner Lars Boom did in 2010 against a field of over-the-hillers, former ringers, and legit guys.

Among this year's legit and formers: Boonen himself, CX/road hallmarker Erwin Vervecken, "classics" legend Johan Museeeuw, Zdenek Stybar (multi-World CX winner and THE man), and, no joke, Peter Sagan (Tour de France green jersey winner/Hulk/Forrest Gump imitator). Don't be dissin' Sagan, either, he's a CX Worlds U23 runner-up (he didn't learn those handling skills on the ROAD).

It's a week off for us around here. Let's go!

I've got cross tires on my road bike

I'm not a mud fan. The mud we have around here is too peanut-buttery, and I've had my fair share of seized bottom brackets. It's unfortunate, though, how little opportunity we have to race in the mud in KC - once every year or two doesn't cut it.

Strange, too, but expected that when far-off races wind up muddy, we're at a bit of a disadvantage. Just sayin'.

(BTW: If I could snap my fingers and have it be so, we'd race mountain bikes Sept.-Dec., cross bikes Nov.-March, and road/TT after that until it's too hot.)

Someone check me. True mud races we'd had the past few seasons:

2012-13 (so far): None
2011-12: Boss Cross at Raytown BMX
2010-11: Heartland Park - Topeka
2009-10: St. Mary's

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Why the hell not (race in Iowa)?

You don't need a crowd to go fast on Wednesdays (Shawnee and/or Swope). And RiverfrontCX ain't going to ride ITSELF. Get there!

(This version of the recognized course, V3 I believe, is easily the best of all. If you don't get tougher/faster by riding here, I'm not sure anything can help.)

* Anonymous Iowa(?) noted yesterday that if you ARE looking for a race this weekend, maybe to tune up for KS or MO state championships, you might take a look at the IOWA State Championships, which, according to

The Iowa Cyclocross Championships will be held on December 1st, 2012 at Lions Park in Altoona. Same great venue! Same great course!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nothing going on this week?

I haven't done a "This Week" post yet, because we don't have any races scheduled this weekend. It's been a while since that was so, eh? (Sorry, but I watched the Grey Cup the other night instead of Sunday Night Football, with hockey not happening and all.)

Since all sorts of top secret training is going on this week, I thought I'd remind the social among us that some are still gathering Wednesday evenings at Herman Laird Park/Old Shawnee Town a little before 7 p.m., with fast stuff commencing at 7 itself. And for the "mountain" bike-riding among us, this week marks the second version of the Wednesday Night Ride at Swope Park. I'd like to call this the Midnight Meat Train, but I think Sean picked out a name already, and it doesn't actually happen at midnight. I have ZERO idea where I'm going with this. Just bear with me.

There are quite precise directions for those hoping to take parts in those rides at Swope, it's VERY important you following along at singlespeedpirate or at the Swope Trails Blog.

The lazy among you might just pay attention to this part:

" Starting the 21st, we will have a weekly night ride @ Swope with the kicker being that we will be able to park up top.
Here's how it's going to work initially:
Gate entrance will open at 6:30 and close at 6:45. If you come after 6:45...tough luck.
You can ride as long as you'd like as long as you want as long as you're done by 8:50 p.m.
The exit gate wil be locked at 9pm. 
We've been able to work out this deal to allow us to do this ride, don't ruin it for everyone else.
If we have problems we will simply no longer do this ride."

Monday, November 26, 2012

Nice way to wrap up the calendar year

Shadd turns hurt to 11 at one of the 2011 year-ender races.
We've got a few races between now and then (sidebar to right), but do mark your calendars for the Mark Thomas Week of Fun to close out the calendar year 2012:

Boxing Day Cross (Dec. 26 at Mission Farms)

Grote Prijs (Dec. 30, and no idea what that means) at "Old Town Shawnee"

Cross Out the Old Year (Dec. 31, and for one reason or another, always an especially awesome event) at "Old Town Shawnee"

Localcycling is the place to keep up on these things, and also Series60 (the above three races are the remaining races in that local series). We've a pair of races in 2013, one Jan., one Feb., both before Nationals and after Worlds. I can't wait to hear the squeaks of frozen bottom brackets in February. Smelled like ... victory.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

It. Was. Epic.

Fourth stop of the seven-race Series60, uh, series, and the new KC climate was a welcome change from the last time (JP) we made a stop at Epic. (ChrisGO)

Bumps, bumpy, rough, heard it all. Just enough sand to get in the way of whatever flow you managed to find. A punishing, heavy, almost uphill straight, and a few cobbles thrown in for good measure. There's a Belgium term for this, I'm sure. Nice work by all.

Roger had tunes, a camera, a microphone, and the lap counter.
KCA has results.
Series60 will have points.
John had a picture.

David Mathews (Kansas City Bicycle Club - Prairie Village, KS) on the tricky left-right after the barriers.

David Wamsley ( - Lawrence, KS) took 65+.

You really got to know this berm, coming and going.

Wendy Guilbeau ( - Bonner Springs, KS) and teammate Becca Williams ( - Prairie Village, KS) won 40+ and 50+.

Watch: Gieten SuperPrestige (5)

Can't say much about the course, but, it should be fast. Here's hoping yesterday's rain is falling here, too.

SuperPrestige 5, Gieten, Netherlands


Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL
Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor

Nice race! (Albert was fifth, Nys still wins the series, despite dropping his first of the season.) Rained, and mud made it a heavy course. Klaas earned it.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Watch: UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #3

Sand! Albert is Cool Hand Luke on this course ...


Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus
Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-BigMat

Albert looked like it was his, and with Nys sick and struggling (?) all week, why not? Then Albert jumped off on what looked like a simple hill he'd ridden many times before, Nys rode away, and it was over!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Why aren't we in Iowa City right now?

The Jingle Cross afterglow lingers, why aren't we in Iowa City right now, and your local race choices are a bit limited this time around. Good thing, too, since you're probably standing in line at WalMart right now.

Locally, Sunday: Epic Holiday Cyclocross, at the place formerly known as Tuilleries. This course is a big question mark, if past races are any indication. This is a Series60 race.

Abroad, Saturday: UCI CX Race #3, Koksijde, BEL. Koksijde is Belgian/Flemish for sand. Koksijde is sand. Koksijde is a Boss Cross 6 sandy section non-stop. It's also the site of last season's World Championships, where Niels Albert made everyone else look foolish. Recent weeks Sven Nys has been doing the same. I have no idea.

Abroad Sunday: SuperPrestige 5, Gieten, NETHERLANDS! Gotta find excitement here somewhere. This track might as well be a parking lot with cones in it. Here's to pouring rain starting right now, and not stopping until Monday, otherwise, tune in for the last three minutes or so. Not that it will be boring (it IS 'cross, but c'mon man). If there's a worse place for a course in the Euro lowlands, I'd like to see it.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Staying straight on series'

Now that we're at the hypothetical halfway mark of the season, it's worth mention that in terms of local series races, we're at one down, two to go:

  • The Boss Cross three weekend/six race fandango wrapped up last weekend.
  • The "K-Bar" of cyclocross (KBCXR/KBCXT) will all be clarified on Dec. 8 at KS State Championships. Is there such a thing in Missouri? Point me at it, if there is. (This series is open to residents of any state.)
  • We're nearing midway of Series60, with races still to go at Epic (this Sunday), then at Mark's Week O' Fun (Boxing Day, Grote Prijs, and Cross off the Old Year).

The January and February races may end up being a micro-series, as well. Those dates right now are Jan. 6 (pre-nationals) and Feb. 10 (post-worlds).

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Shawnee CX in the printed press

The Shawnee Dispatch has a story about cycling/cyclists in that suburban community, including one Mark Thomas. Maybe you're in a photo there?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This week

Wednesday: Go fast a bit before 7 p.m. at the same Shawnee park where a few of the year-ender races are. You know the place?

Sunday: We haven't raced at Epic for a few years, but the bike shop name isn't the only reason I think EPIC when we wind up there (thanks ChrisGo).

This venue threatens to have near-cobbled terrain as well, though, so it's anybody's guess what sort of track we'll have on this late addition to the current season. (This IS a Series 60 race, though, so hopefully you're keeping track of your position there, or maybe here.)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Jingle Cross Rock 2012 - Anyone you know?

Andrew Coe   Ethos Racing   20th 1/2
Brian Luce   Kansas City Bicycle Club   19th 4
Andrew Romisch   GP Velotek   38th 4
Dan Schaeffer   Kansas City Bicycle Club   27th 3
Adam Roeser   Kansas City Bicycle Club   42nd 3
Casey Buta   Team Colavita/ Parisi Coffee   3rd 2
Mark Horn   KCBC Racing / Kansas City Metro Bicycle   25th 2
Travis Donn   Ethos Racing   10th 35+
Bill Marshall   KCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team p/b Challenge Tires   11th 35+
Thomas Price   Midwest Cycling Community NE   3rd 45+
Stephen Songer   360 Racing   6th 45+
Kelly Ricke   360 Racing   9th 45+
David Romisch   GP Velotek   27th 45+
D Douglas Long 360 Racing 3rd 55+
Karen Brocket Ethos Racing 21st 1/2
Andrew Coe   Ethos Racing   30th 1/2
Brian Luce   Kansas City Bicycle Club   20th 4
Andrew Romisch   GP Velotek   34th 4
Dan Schaeffer   Kansas City Bicycle Club   29th 3
Casey Buta   Team Colavita/ Parisi Coffee   11th 2
Mark Horn   KCBC Racing / Kansas City Metro Bicycle   25th 2
Adam Keck   Team Colavita/ Parisi Coffee   29th 2
Bill Marshall   KCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team p/b Challenge Tires   12th 35+
Stephen Songer   360 Racing   6th 45+
Jeffrey Unruh   Slimenundgrossen   10th 45+
Kelly Ricke   360 Racing   13th 45+
David Romisch   GP Velotek   27th 45+
Karen Brocket   Ethos Racing   22nd 1/2
Shawna Macan   Localcycling   3rd 4
Catherine Walberg   1st 35+
Sarah Worthington   Ethos Racing   4th 2/3
Julie Higgins   Women's Free State Racing   9th 2/3
Keith Walberg   360 Racing   19th Single
D Douglas Long 360 Racing 2nd 55+
Karen Brocket Ethos Racing 22nd 1/2
Brian Luce   Kansas City Bicycle Club   19th 4
Andrew Romisch   GP Velotek   30th 4
Dan Schaeffer   Kansas City Bicycle Club   40th 3
Adam Roeser   KCBC Racing / Kansas City Metro Bicycle   43rd 3
Casey Buta   Team Colavita/ Parisi Coffee   7th 2
Adam Keck   Team Colavita/ Parisi Coffee   30th 2
Mark Horn   KCBC Racing / Kansas City Metro Bicycle   31st 2
Travis Donn   Ethos Racing   8th 35+
Bill Marshall   KCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team p/b Challenge Tires   12th 35+
Thomas Price   Midwest Cycling Community NE   2nd 45+
Stephen Songer   360 Racing   8th 45+
Jeffrey Unruh   Slimenundgrossen   12th 45+
Kelly Ricke   360 Racing   14th 45+
David Romisch   GP Velotek   26th 45+
Shawna Macan   Localcycling   5th 4
Catherine Walberg   2nd 35+
Sarah Worthington   Ethos Racing   5th 2/3
Julie Higgins   Women's Free State Racing   19th 2/3
Keith Walberg   360 Racing   18th Single
D Douglas Long 360 Racing 6th 55+

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Boss Cross 6: It's all over now

Joe has got it goin' on, the course rocked (a real 'cross course in my book), and the weather anymore is nuts. Fast in all classes and both sexes. Other than a few grumpy dog walkers, all was spectacular, no?

KCA has results
Lindsay around the sand
Gianni has great photos on Flickr

Saw some stuff I want to note (click for larger versions):

Why we race: A screamer finish between Eric Burch (Bicycle Shack Racing - Grandview, MO), right, and Richard Hu (Midwest Velo - Leawood, KS), left, who were first and second in 40+, with Burch taking the series jersey home for keeps.

Help out on this sweet Redline?

Cat 4 men the moment they heard GO.

Ray Farrens (MAPL-Elite Cycling - Gardner, KS), 18th in Cat 4 Saturday, and 13th Sunday - even with sand jammed in the right side SRAM brifter keeping his gearing way too limited. Ray was working on the situation post-race.

Jean Lucas (360 Racing - Kansas City, MO), winner Saturday, and runner-up Sunday in Women's 40+, on the tricky exit from the boat ramp.

Left to right: Britton Kusiak (Team Colavita/Parisi Coffee - Kansas City, MO), James Summers (Midwest Cycling Community -  Overland Park, KS), and Scott Dreiling (KCOI Boulevard - Paola, KS), your 1-2-3 in single speed. (With Kusiak taking the series title, and Summers fooling everyone with real shift levers.)

Sunday: Superprestige Gavere

This race is IT. One of the whoppers. Even on a good day the course is a monster. Watch out if even one drop of rain falls. Try as early as you can!

You know where to go:

Superprestige Gavere

Epic (that's with a capital E).


Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL
Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea

I'll take being off on van der Haar, this race ruled!

Rain on the day of Asper-Gavere, what more could have. That cross is at its best. - Sven Nys

No real audio, the AWESOME last ronde:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Boss Cross 5

Wooo-Hooo, Parkville! Same times and place tomorrow.

Roger on the spot
KCA has it

Things someone saw:

It's an STI/DoubleTap/Whatever Campagnolo calls it world, until it isn't.

Kelly Fisher-Goodwin (Boo Bicycles - Alexandria,VA), bamboo disc bike, for the win (Women's Open).

The sand can jump out and grab you, AND be scary.

Watch Euros race

You're probably up anyway, getting ready for Boss Cross or whatever. Check out the Euro guys (try around 7:30 a.m. our time):

Hasselt bPost Bank Trofee


Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL 0:54:49
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:00:14
Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:00:30
Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:00:36

The whole enchilada:

Friday, November 16, 2012

Lots of choices this weekend

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
You've got lots of choices this weekend, and no, yesterday wasn't Thanksgiving.

Choice one: You might be on the way to Iowa City for Jinglecross/The de-facto Midwest Nationals, which is, for some reason, this weekend, and starts tonight - on a non-holiday weekend weekday. Pre-registration numbers show (depending on the class, it seems) I'm not the only one who thinks that sort of sucks.

Looks dry, remind me the last time at least one day in Iowa City wasn't a mess.

The only good thing about the forecast: Look for the switchback hill (Mt. Krumpit) a lot over the three days.

Also choice one: This Saturday and Sunday is the Boss Cross finale, or races 5&6. Joe spells out a few scenarios on the Boss Cross blog, maybe you're better served by staying in town. Who knows? Your call.

The I'd-rather-sit-on-my-butt-watching-the-laptop choices:

Hasselt bPost Bank Trofee (Saturday): A boring, flat course (the outdoors one), but in the series using time totals, every second counts!

Superprestige Asper-Gavere (Sunday): If muddy, the Sunday race will be awesome. If not muddy, it's still awesome, it's Asper-Gavere! A course full of long, difficult climbs, and long, difficult descents - one right after the start! So, difficult no matter what. Crazy, a lot of the time.

Yeah, Nys was a BMX racer once.

And I'm calling it now: Watch for Lars van der Haar this weekend, to finally break through.