Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Roger de Vlaeminck frameset on ebay

A de Vlaeminck Colnago, bid now.
Ebay never fails to amaze. Own a frame de Vlaeminck rode. Jeremy, if you buy this, ship it to me.

Ride hard today, eat tacos Saturday

We've got to wait another week until practice-under-lights fires up in Herman Laird Park/Old Town Shawnee so your choices for now are the craziness at Roanoke Park at about 6 p.m., and possibly a few of you will be getting together at Epic. Anyone? (Roanoke gatherings continue for a few more weeks, but the Swayze angle rests for about 11 months again.)

I bet some of you will be going on walks with the little costumed folks around dark, too, so that's cool.

Did you hear about Saturday's Colavita Cup? FREE In-A-Tub tacos after you race, or before, if you're into that sort of thing. Why not? If there is something that goes better with cyclocross than tacos, I'd like to know what that is.

Blvd Cup Sunday, same place, different course.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New races begin surfacing, one confirmed

Pencil ONE OF these dates in, it is not certain yet.

Nature abhors a vacuum, and KC dislikes weekends without cyclocross races. Toward that end, some murmured race possibilities have made their way onto at least one KCA possible schedule:

Epic Holiday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving weekend). We haven't raced at Epic for few years, but the cobbled (and terrifying frozen muddy landscape) possibilities are always a draw. Update: Mark Thomas confirms this race is a go.

Just After Worlds, Feb. 10. Yes, February 10, 2013. (Just like it says. Just because it's the new year doesn't mean it's not still 'cross season.)

Officially in KC we've got 11 races remaining on the season, not including this one un-finalized option.

Cross Stitch goes down to the wire

Sydney Brown's Midwest Cross Stitch Series has one more weekend to go, and all the races are going down to the wire.

Remaining: Greenstreet CX - Omaha, NE - November 10-11
Still in it: Three riders in Cat 3, four basically tied in Cat 4, and a few teams still in contention.

Midwest Cross Stitch kicked off at Joules a few weeks back.

Check it out

Monday, October 29, 2012

This week and the weekend

The sandy drop into the woods, Riverfront CX.

Dirty Crits #3 (Halloween edition). Be costumed and ready (with lights) no later than 6, this daylight is going fast!


Colavita Cup, Stump Park, Shawnee. The North side (otherwise known as the side with the huge hill on all sides of the soccer fields).


Boulevard Cup, otherwise known as the party where 'cross races tend to break out. Same Stump Park, only on the South side this time, or where the baseball field and crazy berm area is. Ride it!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Boss Cross #4: Wrapped Up

The early Masters might have been a bit freezing when showing up so early, but they were the first to find out the reversed (and sand-including) layout flowed about as good as anyone could imagine. Nice course!

A great-looking and big number Women's field took off early, as well. With Boss Cross leader jerseys delivered yesterday and worn resplendently by #1 riders across all classes, only the odd Halloween costume reminded everyone this was indeed the weird 'cross thing we all dig so much.

Let's do the Boss Cross again in three weeks, Parkville this time!

Results from KCA
Roger was there
Cool video

A few mentions:

Jeremy Haynes.

Halloween, or Black Sheep Cartel?

Cat 4 men, loaded and nearly ready.

Cat 4 Women's winner Katherine Kelter (KU Cycling - Olathe, KS) rode through that 10-second or whatever wait after the Master's Women took off, and caught all but two riders in that field, too.

Nearly speechless here.

Watch UCI Round #2 from way over there

Snow fell, and mud in Plzen, CZE. The season starts now! (Watch for Nys, too, his mechanicals have to end at some point.)

Racing now (coverage should begin 7:30 a.m. Kansas City time):

UCI Round #2
Plzen, CZE


Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus
Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor

* On the women's side, Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) took the win and series lead, see video highlights of her race at the Sporza link below.

Watch the last lap at Sporza

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Boss Cross 3: Wrapped

A bit chilly early, but the standard excellent Boss Cross race. Thanks to Joe, the Cycle City folks, and the guy with the Aussie accent (Jeremy). A course just similar enough to a month or so ago that it was weird, but different enough that still a challenge.

No sand today! But, might see some tomorrow with the reversed direction. Spooks about, maybe?

Results from the KCA

A few things I noticed:

Andrew Coe, right (Ethos Racing - Mission, KS) and Britton Kusiak (Team Colavita/Parisi Coffee - Kansas City, MO) hit the barriers together early in Open. Coe went on to finish second, Kusiak fifth (after winning single speed).
Critical mass! Single speed leaders reach the Cat 3 lead group right at the pinch point.
Kids! Lots!

Eva Bandman Park on display

Road trip if you leave NOW:

If Eva Bandman Park rings a bell, it might be because it's been home to a few USGP gatherings, the World Masters races earlier this year, and World Masters and WORLDS a few months from now.

Should a quick road trip be in your cards, you might check tomorrow's PAPA JOHN'S STORM EVA BANDMAN HALLOWEEN CROSS. No capes (like most costumed races require), but otherwise, costumes are welcome.

Make sure you can see well, too, if you've got a mask on, because you might see what the Worlds racers can expect, and you might notice a few of the improvements made there since late last season (or just be getting ready for USGP there, Nov. 10-11).

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cross Stitch Series Points posted

Sydney Brown posted points for the ladies-only CX Stitch series, which started last weekend at Joules, and continues this weekend at Spookycross in Iowa.

Check out the points on Google Docs.

After this weekend in Urbandale, IA, the six-race series wraps up in Omaha the weekend of Nov. 10-11 at Greenstreet Weekend and Nebraska State Championships.

Above, Nebraska Sheclismo rider Allison Hunt won both Cat 4 races last weekend at Joules, and is quickly moving up to Cat 3. Sunday marked just her third cyclocross race.

This weekend

(From Boss Cross)

Saturday & Sunday

Death, taxes, and the third Boss Cross gathering of the season feeling a little bit cold. I think the temps may approach 50 later on Saturday, but isn't this the fiftieth or so Boss Cross 3 requiring jackets and long pants?

Yeah, bring more clothes than you think you might need, and wind up at EH Young Park in Riverside (same place as last time around).

Oh, and something tells me costumes might come into play, at least on Sunday.

Just Sunday

UCI Round #2 in Plzen, CZE, where the weather tomorrow might be 34 with a rain/snow mix, according to weather sites. Just sayin'. Feels like 2009. Albert won, Nys went around Stybar late for second, but Zdenek is a monster.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Changes at RiverfrontCX - Shawnee

The course will only go TO the levee, not over or on top.
Get the update at RiverfrontCX. Course is still open, but some re-routing is under way.

(Short version: We can't use the levee any more, but, spiral fans get their spiral.)

See the cool video showing the new layout

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Eight more days 'til Halloween

Silver Shamrock!

Alright, it's not eight days either way, but I'm calling you guys out. How about everyone who has remotely thought about visiting RiverfrontCX in Shawnee actually do so next Monday at 6?

What, you afraid or something?

Pirate-CXC started it -

Dirty Crits #3 is Monday. It's Halloween week and we challenge each and every one of you to come in costume and bring a friend. We will race, have some post race refreshments and socialize. Best costume will get a prize. It's also getting dark early, so we recommend bringing lights.

BTW: I'm dressing up as Slovak Peter Sagan playing The Hulk. Yeah, U23 CX Worlds runner-up a few years back, I recall.

Workout Wednesday

Here are some options for tonight, if you're up for effort:

Both events should start on the dot of 6, with darkness falling. Get at it!

What are you riding tonight?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

KBCXR and KBCXT Points Updated

Check it!

Current individual and team points are always available at the top of the left-side menu.


On the positive side, it's got disc brakes.

I'm not sure you could go terribly fast in the single speed class, though, the gear looks pretty low. That's about all I can say about this thing, whatever this thing is. (From Slam That Stem.)

Dude doesn't carry PRO, either, so there's that.

Monday, October 22, 2012

U.S., us, us, us, us, us and them, them, them, them

Awesome sequence at last Sunday's UCI race in Tabor, CZE.

Approaching the first steps early on lap one, everyone dismounts at the 180 corner right before it. Probably 99.9 percent of the Euro riders ALL pick up and carry PRO-style, according to the book.

Meanwhile, you can see U.S. riders Johnson and Powers approach with their bikes "suitcase style," then climb the steps also top-tube-carrying.

 Check it out.

This week and weekend


Dirty Crits #2 (and/or Short Track Mondays at RiverfrontCX in Shawnee) continue tonight at 6. Make sure you get out to this place before the evenings are too dark.

Elite Cycling (Leawood) might have a clinic tonight. Seems like a 6:30 p.m. start time might be pushing it, though, you might ask before going.


Swayze Memorial training races at Roanoke Park, start time is 6 p.m. Be more than ready at that time, expect a fast start.

Epic Bike and Sport (Village at Burlington Creek) also has a 6 p.m. clinic on their calendar.


Boss Cross 3&4. (E.H. Young Park in Riverside, same as last time.) Do I need to say more? Maybe, they don't update very frequently. Get the flyer.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Joules Day Two: Done

It was a sort-of reversed, very different course called easier by some, but demanding more effort (said others). Either way, a nice second day for the third year at that venue. Looked like rain briefly before Cat 3, but none fell as far as I could tell.

Results from KCA
Roger was shooting
So was Becca

Things I pictured:

A cool race in Open (Men). Brian Jensen (Tradewind Energy Cycling - Lawrence, KS) at left won it, Casey Buta (Team Colavita - Parisi Coffee - Kansas City, MO) at right was second, and Chris Brandt (Honey Stinger/Bontrager - Carbondale, CO) was third, after taking it out fast, and closing fast on Buta at the end.

Another Colorado rider had this disguised Kona Jake, the result of a fundraising art auction and a Colorado Springs bike shop.

It's not a leaders jersey, it's leaders SOCKS in the Midwest Cross Stitch Series.

Jack Funk (GP Velotek - Topeka, KS), at right, rode away from the Cat 3 field, then jumped into Open an hour later. Trailing Funk here is Jordan Haffener (Rasmussen Bike Shop - Manhattan, KS), who finished second in this race.

Several riders from Horizon Cycling came down from St. Joseph, MO, including a gesturing Travis Habrock, who rode to 11th in Cat 3.

Numbers left side today.

Watch Euro UCI CX Round #1 Now

Racing now (coverage should begin 7:30 a.m. Kansas City time):

UCI Round #1
Tabor, CZE

Compton, Powers among US-based riders expected to race.

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Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus

Sven Nys had more misfortune, this time a broken chain. At Ronse, it was a slipped pedal at the start.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Joules Day One: Done

Power course. Just tricky enough, fine job by the Free State Racing group (lots of photos there, Facebook login probably required). Birdy says not just reversed for tomorrow, but demanding even more from the engine room, if you can imagine.

Results from KCA
Roger's photos

Stuff I noticed:

Nebraska turn-out. A Cat 4 sweep for women, I believe.

Women's Open - Sydney Brown (Joyride/Sheclismo- Lincoln, NE) took on the guys in Cat 3, then came back a bit later in Women's Open, and fell to Wanda Simchuk (Women's Free State Racing - Overland Park, KS) late (chain bobble on the barriers). The two had been back/forth some for a lap before that.

Not far behind, too, Free State's Julie Higgins (Lees Summit, MO) and Allison Adams (360 Racing - Overland Park, KS) were also fighting it out. Higgins got it in the end.

3/4 spot in Men's Open: Two single-speeders battled it out for 3/4 - Andrew Lyles (Colavita) outspun Joe Fox (Cycle City - Kansas City, MO) there in a great finish. Fox was on a backup bike, I believe.

I know I'm missing a lot, that's why comments are always open.

Things I pictured:

Joe started on a neat disc bike, but finished on something else.

Fast women had the course to themselves.

Dude was a happy dog.

It's ready for you

Euro music included.

Friday, October 19, 2012

This weekend

Saturday/Sunday: Joules Cross. Bouncy thing for the kids, chili cook-off, warm-up track, Vertigoian spiral vortex, BMC schwag (raffle). Oh, and CX racing, too. Be there!

Also Saturday/Sunday: A few other events, but you might not have time to drive there. And I'd really prefer you stay in or near KC. Still, look a few stories down for your other options.

Also Sunday, and with a nod to KatieFnCompton (I think that's how they word it), it's time for Euro UCI CX Round #1, at ...


Or, for those not familiar with Pirate-Speak, Tabor, CZE. Why TaFnbor? That's easy, TaFnbor is where Zdenek Stybar lives, and where he destroyed the rest of the World Championship-seeking field a few years back. Until I come up with a better adjective to put between Zdenek and Stybar, I'll go with the tried/true syntax on TaFnbor. No disrespect to the Czechs, either. Stybar is your guy, I get that. You win.

Do me a favor, though. Encourage Stybee to race at Llllllvlle next Feb. Mmmm-kay? I'll be the one waving my Stybar action figure behind the motorhomes sign aside the long false flat.

Come on, weather! Come on, ice and snow!

(And JUST in case The Greatest Cyclocross Racer in the World decides to test his handling skills Sunday on The Course He Owns, I say we all meet in Omaha Sunday dinner-time-ish, to review race footage on mobile devices.)

Roger: Sunday's UCI CX Round #1 song works fine on my iPod. I think it would work well on a loop during laps 2-3 at Joules?

Score one for the runners

Klaas Vantornout (Bel) (Sunweb-Revor) grabs the midweek win on a muddy track at Kermiscross in Ardooie (Belgium). Don't forget your run training.

Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus

We've seen Klaas already this season.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Check the RiverfrontCX video

GoPro cameras are it, and when you combine one with a para-glider, well, I'll let you know when I find the Dramamine.

Nah, not quite, but do be prepared for some dizziness when you check out the awesome video of Dirty Crits #1 now on Pirate CXC. (And on the RiverfrontCX site, too.)

Didn't see anyone else there last night. Perfect conditions!
Another practice race is coming up next Monday (6 p.m. start); just show with your CX or mountain bike, post a few 10-flat laps, and all is good.

Or, pick your day and time. And hammer to  your heart's content. If that video doesn't show you what you're missing, I'm not sure there's much more that can be done.

Get your bike to the top of the levee.
Go left.
Go hard.

Everything Cross Stitch revealed

Sydney posted everything you need to know, if you're a Cat 3/4 woman racer. The Cross Stitch/Midwest CX Stitch series is in its second year, and this edition starts THIS weekend at Joules Cross.

Racing counts. Travel counts. Teams? Not so much, you just need to find a few others like you and make one up. Prizes. $500 cash. Get busy!

Delta - Air France/KLM lower bike fees

Delta and partners Air France/KLM have lowered bike transport fees to $55. Rates are higher for those leaving or flying into the US, but they are still lower than previously. ($150 before this switch, this ain't no small change.)

Support these airlines when flying with bicycles!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday training opportunities

It's an October Wednesday, and the leaves are stripped bare, and you've got the choice of two gatherings tonight:

Brace yourself for another Swayze Memorial sufferfest at Roanoke Park. No guarantees, but I suspect this week's terrain will suit carbon bits a little better than last week's singletrack. Start time is 6 p.m., be ready to go at that time. Bring lights and/or your insurance card if you're riding home from there, it will be nearly dark when you're finished.

Epic Bike and Sport continues Wednesday-at-6 clinics as well, for all you Nordic-horned Northlanders.

As dark as things might be after these training rides/clinics wrap up, we're still living high on the hog compared to the darkness and gloom we'll suffer in less than two weeks, when we return to "regular" time. Word is the traditional Shawnee gathering spot will have lighted practice nights as we move into November.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

One month from today

Name the place, and you'll have a shot at a dollar next time around.

Race promoters: Calendar Planning Meeting Oct. 21

From the Kansas Cycling Association:

A 2013 Race Calendar Planning Meeting will be held on Sunday October 21 at 5 p.m. (after Joules Cross) at Bambino’s, 1540 L Wakarusa Drive, Lawrence 66047. Please contact KCA Race Calendar Coordinator Allison Adams ( with questions and to submit your proposed 2013 race information for discussion at the October 21 meeting.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Unbearable Lightness of Oct. 20

You might know Oct. 20 as this Saturday. Some will tell you that's day one of the two-day Joules Cross gathering north of Lawrence. And they'd be right!

But note the logjam of other Oct. 20 races, all within a hop, skip or jump of Kansas City:
  • The evening of Saturday, Oct. 20, you can race your MOUNTAIN bike at Wyandotte County Lake Park in Kansas City, KS. WyCo's Revenge is a day-into-night race; lights required. (Yes, this isn't CX, but there are cyclocross people behind this one.)
  • Over there in Oklahoma, Ruts 'N Guts will be on day TWO Saturday, I know some people will be there Friday night. (Big payouts here, no idea how equitable it is between men/women.)
  • Up in Lincoln, Flatwater CX has its penultimate weekend.
  • And if you're up for a Saturday night in Des Moines, you can't do much better than the Oakley Nightcap CX races at Mullets, a "riverside roadhouse." You live some kind of life, Dalton.
I hope a lot of you are at Joules. But I know some will jump into the Telenet-Fidea RV for points beyond. Where will you be racing this weekend?

This week, this weekend

Tonight: At Shawnee Riverfront (really, get there). Short track racing begins, show/go style. Mountain or CX bike, your call. Four lap races of 2.25 or 1.75 mile laps, in a no-fee, training/socializing environment. Go as hard or not hard as you want, work on fitness and skills. Barriers you can't jump, a semi-scary sandy downhill, and a stairs runup. Come on!

Get what you need:

Also tonight (Monday), check with Elite Cycling (Leawood) for their Monday night clinics, they've been starting at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Swayze Memorial training races at Roanoke Park, start time is 6 p.m. I'm unsure of the theme, but maybe 11:14 will work? Maybe on the less single-track side of Roanoke this time?

Also (Wednesday at 6), check with Epic "north of the river" for training clinics.

Saturday/Sunday: Joules Cross north of Lawrence, you know the place. KBCXR/KBCXT. You might check into the Chili Challenge following (?) the races. If there is something that goes better with cyclocross than chili cooking, I'd like to know what that is.

Joules Cross is also stop one of the Cross Stitch Series, with Cat 3 (Cat 3/4) women being scored separately for that series title. Other races in the series include stops in Lincoln and Des Moines.

And check this out, travel counts. According to Sydney Brown:

The MIDWEST CX STITCH will be having a team award. Home teams count their top three finishers and travel teams count the top 5. Yep, a bonus for making the trip. There's a load of cash awaiting the winning team of this series, too. At last look, $500 from the Single Barrel restaurant in Lincoln.

Sydney Brown's Facebook page has the most current info.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Actually, lots going on this weekend. Check back tonight for a look into other options.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cross Out Cancer wrap

Mudfest didn't materialize, but it was a refreshing change over the dry, dusty, bumpy conditions of recent weeks. It was a "heavy" course, though, with the wind hurting on a few of the soft uphill stretches, as well.

Roger was there. Check out the Octoginta TT pics he has up, too.
Results from KCA.

A few things I saw:

Cat 4 men had the softest conditions of the day.
Early in Women Masters 35+. Julie Higgins (Womens Free State Racing-  Lees Summit, MO), followed by Sandy Collins (Tri-Fam Racing - Hiawatha, KS), and by Jean Lucas (at far left) (360 Racing - Kansas City, MO). The first two swapped by the finish, with Collins taking the win, Lucas was third.

Amy Fear (Localcycling - Prairie Village, KS), rode strong for a win in Cat 4.

Roger on the scene, caught the 35+ B leaders during early laps.

KC-area results from USGP Fort Collins


Wendy Guilbeau - Localcycling, 18th, Category 4

Karen Brocket - Ethos Racing, 2nd, Category 2/3

Lindsay Lorenz - Slimen Und Grossen, 21st, Category 2/3

Ryan Kelley - Big D Cycling, 29th, Single Speed

Jeff Winkler (formerly KC) - FasCat Coaching, 2nd, 45+

Victoria Brocket - NA, 4th, 10-14

JP Brocket - Ethos Racing, 60th, 35+

Joseph Schmalz - Source Endurance, 30th, Open


Wendy Guilbeau - Localcycling, 9th, Cat 4

Lindsay Lorenz - Slimen Und Grossen, 9th, Cat 2-3

Karen Brocket - Ethos Racing, 11th, Cat 2-3 (See below)

Ryan Kelly - Big D Cycling, 21st, Single Speed

Jeff Winkler (formerly KC) - FasCat Coaching, 2nd, 45+

JP Brocket - Ethos Racing, DNF, 35+

Karen Brocket - Ethos Racing, 41st, Women's Open

Joseph Schmalz - Source Endurance, 63rd, Open

Send updates, photos, video links to

Early at Cross out Cancer

Sun and wind though ...

Watch live Euro CX now

Racing now (coverage should begin 7:45 a.m. Kansas City time):

Bpost Bank Trofee
Ronse-Kluisbergen (BEL)

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Niels Albert (Bel)
Kevin Pauwels (Bel)
Sven Nys (Bel)

Pauwels takes the series lead, somehow, despite not winning the first race. (Midway sprint earned him more bonus seconds than he lost by; part of the new points system in the series.)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Rain will not stop Cross Out Cancer

Cross Out Cancer, the KC-area's only cyclocross race of the weekend, might turn out to be the best one so far this season (as long as you believe in the messy side of racing).

Main organizer guy Richard Hu confirmed late Friday that he's made the course "wider and faster" than the one used last year, which should work out better given current forecasts.

"Hopefully that translates to more fun if it gets muddy," Hu said.

Parents of the littlest racers might think twice about them racing, should the course be muddy and ripped up after the noon race, though. That race could be "iffy," Hu said.

This weekend

Saturday - RACE, RIDE and SWAP

The annual Octoginta TT is Saturday morning, with registration beginning at 7 a.m.

A 30-mile ride heads out a few hours later, and the swap meet begins at 2 p.m. at South Park. Get details at the Lawrence Bicycle Club.

Sunday - WATCH, RACE and RIDE

In Belgium, and on your watching device:

GVA Trofee - Ronse / Edit: "bpost Bank Trofee" 
Otherwise known as GP Mario De Clerq
Ronse-Kluisbergen (BEL)

This is the first race of the 'other' Euro series that means a lot (Superprestige being the other). Check the following online channels; coverage begins at 7:45 a.m. Kansas City time. (2:45 CEST)

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Note: Ronse is a very hilly course, often forcing the best in the world to get off and run some of the steeper climbs. In fact, this race course involves the biggest hill in Flanders. When it rains here ...

In Shawnee/Lenexa, and something you can do:

Cross Out Cancer Cyclocross at Shawnee Mission Park (Theater in the Park entrance)
Midwest Cancer Care/Livestrong Army (Midwest Velo)
Don't forget the kid's race at 12:45 (or so)!
Flyer at KCA.

Again in Lawrence, Octoginta continues:

It's another ride, this time, 50 or 80 mile routes. Again check with the Lawrence Bicycle Club.

bpost Bank Trofee adopts timing, not points

Big development in Belgium's second-oldest CX series.

The just-renamed bpost Bank Trofee (ersatz GvA Trofee) will find a series winner not based on points, which are based on finish order, but on cumulative time.

Retired fast Belgian guy Erwin Vervecken, the architect of this development, suggests the top-five finish orders at a few races last season would have been different, had this new system been in place.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fast Company

Too cool: Trek Cyclocross Collective mechanic Tom Price (yes, the same Tom Price you see light up the 50+ - and Open - field around here every so often), has been responsible for million-time-National Champion and World Threat Katie Compton's bikes:

Trek is back in the US CX scene in a big way: They rescued the US Grand Prix of Cyclocross from the Exergy company's financial troubles, and got Katie Compton on their bikes. KC guy Tom Price maintained these bikes between big races in a top secret bunker. (Photo from Tom's Twitter, think of this as a re-Tweet.)
Velonews had a piece on Katie's bikes, no idea if this is one of those shown above.

Ladies: CX Stitch Series is ON

Sydney Brown spilled a few details about this year's CX Stitch Series, and it is RIGHT around the corner:

JOULES CX - Lawrence, KS 10/20-21
SPOOKY CX - Urbandale, IA 10/27-28
GREENSTREET WEEKEND & NE State Championship - Omaha, NE 11/10-11
Are you up for the challenge of Midwest CX Stitch?

In Sydney's words:

Alright friends! The MIDWEST CX STITCH is ON! Sorry about the delays, silence and all that, but I had some non-cycling ambitions consuming my time.

ANYWAY......The important thing is that we have EVEN MORE sweet SCHWAG this year! TREK Bicycle Stores are back with those wonderfully generous gift cards for Joules CX and the Nebraska State Championship, Portland's Elly Blue has thrown in, Roger Harrison is handling the one-day license fee for the first ten first-timers racers, Got winners jerseys, huge boxes of luna bars and Naturally Nora, and freaking super cool socks and arm warmers with skulls and cxbones. Other stuff, too, I just can't remember.

BUT to get some of this stuff, YOU GOTTA SHOW! More importantly, YOUR TEAM'S GOTTA SHOW, 'cuz, that's right, we're doing a team points competition. Details soon, but it doesn't have to be the same peeps, but there be bonuses for the travelers.

* Last year this was a women-only Cat 3 race series. My best guess is that guys shouldn't be aiming toward this series.

Hit Sydney up on Facebook.

2012 KBCXR/KBCXT Points Updated

KCA has the standings.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cooling off at Swayze Memorial

A good night to remember a pump.

Cross Out Cancer adds Kid's Race

Richard Hu brings word of an update to Sunday's Cross Out Cancer race at Shawnee Mission Park:

Andy and Jean Lucas have volunteered to help lead a FREE kid's race, complete with ribbons/medals and CANDY to participants.  We'll start the race at the conclusion of the noon race, so around 12:45 p.m.  The kids will ride about half of the course (upper half) and we'll have people to help hoist bikes over the barriers.

Current race flyer

Swayze Memorial CX tonight

It's a Wednesday in October, so it's time for another Swayze Memorial (Free) Cyclocross Race.

This time around, ride for Patrick while channeling The Outsiders, with a 6 p.m. start at Roanoke Park. If you drive there, you can leave your car in the community center parking lot on the south side of the park grounds.

Lots of work has been going on in Roanoke the past year or two, including the trail building efforts noted by 41 Action News in Kansas City.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Riverfront CX is ready. Are you?

You got your recovery day in yesterday, right? Before you raid the playground or soccer field this week, trying to find some intensity, you might roll out to the Riverfront CX course in western Shawnee.

Or maybe you'd rather go to that other city-supported, marked and mowed, 2.3 mile SANDY (!) training course, where there's nobody or nothing to stop you from going as hard or as long as you want? Oh, wait. I can't think of any others.

Sand, steps, and a runup.
To be fair, you are in the middle of nowhere out there, early riders had thorn problems (seems to be a non-issue now - but go tubeless anyway), and many areas of the course are bumpy. But show me the course we've ridden so far this season that isn't! This drought has done a number on us.

The flip side again: Barriers. Sand. Tight turns. Sketchy descent. Great runup. More off-camber than you've ever seen. A few "Uh, do I run this or ride this?" Go there, get fast.

Watch for Monday night training races beginning next week, too. MTB or CX bike. Me? I'll be on the 27.94 inch wheelsize bike. You don't have one of those?

Need more? Check with Ethos Racing or Sean Burns.

CX Stitch Series details imminent?

Sydney Brown at a 2006 UCI event in Kansas City.
Keep an eye on Sydney Brown's Sheclismo site, where details of this season's CX Stitch Series should surface at any moment.

This would be the second year for the women-only, multi-state Cat 3 race series (if the series follows the earlier format). Last year, race sites included those in Kansas City, Topeka, Lincoln, and Des Moines.

Far as I can tell, however, KC-area promoters have done away with the Cat 3 women's category this year, so a Cat 3 CX Stitch Series might be hard to fit in to the remaining season here.

Monday, October 8, 2012

This week, this weekend

Wednesday: (Free) Swayze Memorial races continue at Roanoke Park, 6 p.m. start. Dress up like somebody from The Outsiders (Patrick Swayze preferred) and you get at least one call-up.

Weekend: Locally it's a one-race weekend for the first time in a month, but that doesn't mean you have to sit still half, or all the time. It's Octoginta weekend! Part of the fun: A Saturday TT, so one more excuse to suffer. Also, rides of all distances for all types, and the Saturday afternoon swap meet. Don't miss it!

Weekend (also): The third Cross Out Cancer CX race, Sunday at Shawnee Mission Park. It's put on by the Midwest Cancer Care/Livestrong Army folks (Midwest Velo in there, too). KCA has the flyer.

And: The real fast/ambitious might be found in Fort Collins, CO, for the second round of the US Grand Prix of Cyclocross. Good luck everyone going. Everyone else, get out and do stuff!

Boss Cross 5&6 dates moved!

Boss Cross back at Parkville!
Boss Cross back at Parkville!
Boss Cross back at Parkville!

Weekend before Thanksgiving (JingleCross weekend). Look for details at the official places soon. (

KCA has it.

Boss Cross 5&6 was earlier scheduled for Dec. 1-2, I believe.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

360 Cup: Day two done

Chamber of Commerce weather in Lawrence, and not just compared to yesterday's shocking North wind and clouds. Maybe a bit cool for the first to show, but we'll wish for this weather soon, I bet.

The reversed course made the tough uphill corner a scary downhill corner, and you either heard that overall the course flowed better, or was harder. I guess it can be both.

Results from the KCA.
Roger was there.
bmkusiak posted a Cat 4 start video.
Chuong Doan has the Cat 3 first lap on Vimeo.
Keith Walberg always does a great job: See Vimeo.

A few things I saw:

Doug Obershaw (360 Racing - Lenexa, KS) rode well in both 50+ early (7th), and later on in Cat 3 (12th). Obershaw was fourth in Saturday's 50+, as well. His team, 360 Racing, was responsible for the weekend of racing, and they put on their typical well-oiled production.

John Lefler Jr. was behind the microphone both days, and there's nothing that boosts your self-esteem more than hearing your named called out (by a non-heckler) a time or two. Love it when John is around.

Britton Kusiak (Team Colavita/Parisi Coffee Kansas City, MO) went first and third on the weekend in single speed, but had a couple bad days in Open.

Ruddervoorde live 9:45 AM CST

Cyclingfans has it.

Superprestige Ruddervoorde 2012

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

Seems like on the real hot early season days, Albert always takes it. Seems like on the normal weather early season days, Nys gets Albert at the line. In the above video, that's Albert leading Nys, with Dutch U23 kid Lars van der Haar following. van der Haar instigated mayhem with his start, and credited a pedal issue for his falling behind later.

Niels Albert won Saturday's muddy race in Laarne, which wasn't part of Superprestige.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

360 Cup: Day One Done

Results, from the KCA.
Team Colavita posted a Cat 3 helmetcam video.

Cross weather, cross course. Almost looked like bags of dirt were dropped in a few corners; with a great ridge between two sides of Centennial Park allowing for a treacherous downhill, then brutal runup. More Sunday!

I didn't see van der Poel anywhere, but I think I saw his wheels in the pit.

Lindsay Lorenz (Slimen Und Grossen - Lawrence, KS) rode to third in Women's Open.

Thomas Price (Trek Cyclocross Collective - Overland Park, KS), 50+ winner, leads JP Brocket (Ethos Racing - Raytown, MO), 40+ winner, midway through their combined race.

Deion says it's on!

I don't know if this is Deion, I'm just going off the TV commercial .