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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 zealousracing.com:

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 (Localcycling.com - Lawrence, KS) took 65+.

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

Wendy Guilbeau (Localcycling.com - Bonner Springs, KS) and teammate Becca Williams (Localcycling.com - 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

Spoiler:


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 ...


Spoiler:


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?

Friday
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
Saturday
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
Sunday
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).

Spoiler:


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

Spoiler


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.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Get current (?) on Boss Cross points

The Boss Cross blog is rumbling with some new info, and you might even get current series points! Ignore the comments behind the curtain ... the races this weekend are in Parkville (just like the flyer parked at KCA says). Check out the blog.

Either way, it's going to be a load of fun to return to PARKVILLE after a few years away. Not that EH Young hasn't been a riot. But Parkville! Saturday (BC 5). Sunday (BC 6). Be there!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

2012 KBCXR/KBCXT Standings Updated

Individual and team results were posted by the KCA, current through HPT. One race to go in the big series, the 1.5x point multiplied Kansas State Championships, Dec. 8.

Tonight, under the lights

It's a toss-up. If someone asked me my favorite memory of Herman Laird Park in Shawnee, I'd have to narrow it down to the following three things:


Luck has it, you can experience one of those things tonight! Show up with your CX bike at about 6:00, warm up a bit, and ride about 20 minutes of hot laps with those of similar mindsets beginning a little bit before 7. No matter your weekend race (or not) plans, fast Wednesdays are the thing. And this is the place.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Another race pops up

Pencil in Jan. 6, 2013. That date is held by KCA for another race. Pretty good opportunity for anyone headed to Nationals in Madison (Jan. 9-13).

Speaking of January, cyclingnews reports that reigning World Champion Niels Albert will be heading for the US nearly two weeks before Worlds in Louisville, and will be looking for a tune-up race. Let the planning begin!

Monday, November 12, 2012

These next seven days

Yeah, winter has set in. How many of us were riding around road bikes Sunday in the most CX-type conditions we've seen yet?

So Wednesday: Find yourself drawn to the lights in Shawnee's Herman Laird Park. Details are at localcycling, but I think it's a 6:30 p.m. gathering point, and fastness starting about 7. You know you need to get ready, because ...

On the weekend: I cannot tell a lie. This is Jinglecross Rock weekend. Yeah, it's not the weekend after Thanksgiving, your guess is as good as mine. And it's not KC-area. It is what it is. Might need to skip out of work or wherever Friday to catch the first night madness.

Here though: The KC trump card is BOSS CROSS PARKVILLE (or Boss Cross 5&6, for those following along). Get all things that might be updated (series points, anyone?) at the Boss Cross blog.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cross Stitch title winners named in Omaha

The three-state Cross Stitch (Cat 3 and 4 women's only series) wrapped up this weekend in Omaha. See who brought home the titles on the Sheclismo site. The first weekend of the Cross Stitch series was Joules Cross in Lawrence.

Super, it's Super-Prestige Hamme-Zogge!

Super-Prestige Hamme-Zogge.

Two words: E. Pic. This place is just a field, but I think it wants to be a pond. Any rain at all, and there will be standing water. And mud. That's this venue's "big thing," like the hill or the sand or whatever. It's a BOG.

Spoiler:


Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus
Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team

Noticing a trend here: Nys has left his mechanicals behind, and Albert races non-series races on Saturday, wins them, then loses to Nys the next day. Got it!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Grand Prix HPT - Gone with the wind

Windy enough for ya'?

I was thinking on the way back, a repeat of 2010 mud wouldn't have been fun, either, but it sure would have been nice if this weather front blew through earlier today, dumped some rain, and took the wind away with it. Because I swear, if the bumps wouldn't kill me, I'd be riding my road bike.

Meanwhile, another great Unruh production, with Sherry's crew keeping everything running on the dot. Noticed Michael Smith raging in the older class again (Joe-Pow's bike?), and Casey was back on the scene. Nice!

Roger spotlighted us
Results from KCA

But mama, that's where the fun is (the light was going away, but was right there for a bit)


Keith Walberg (360 Racing - Topeka, KS) with the sun going away, Masters Men 50+ (4th).

Not the best venue for crowds, but sights we don't normally see, either.

KC area results from USGP Louisville

Saturday

Adam Mills - Source Endurance, 7th, Category 2/3
Tom Price - Trek Cyclocross Collective, 7th, 45+
Isaac Jonas - KCOI-U20, 24th, Junior Men 17-18
Shadd Smith - KCCX/Fuji p/b Challenge Tires, 11th, 35+
Bill Marshall - KCCX/Fuji p/b Challenge Tires, 22nd, 35+
Karen Brocket - Ethos Racing, 44th, Elite Women
Joseph Schmalz - Source Endurance, 31st, Elite Men

Send corrections, additions, photos, I'll use them.

Sunday


Thomas Price - Trek Cyclocross Collective, 8th, 45+
Isaac Jonas - KCOI-U20, 27th, Junior Men 17-18
Shadd Smith - KCCX/Fuji p/b Challenge Tires, 16th, 35+
Bill Marshall - KCCX/Fuji p/b Challenge Tires, 29th, 35+
Karen Brocket - Ethos Racing, 43rd, Elite Women
Joseph Schmalz - Source Endurance, 38th, Elite Men

Send corrections, additions, photos, stories, I'll use them.

Tonight, tonight, tonight

Grand Prix HPT.

Rain?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Big weekend, big

Weekend: It's USGP Trek Derby City Cup time in Louisville, KY, home of the Worlds gathering(s) a few months from now. If you're going, you probably know all that. Good luck!

Saturday: Closer to KC, it's time for HPT Grand Prix, or the race on the dirt stock car track at Topeka. Some say it's the best race of the year, I won't argue. It's the KC area's only race on the weekend calendar.

Also weekend: Maybe you're heading up to Omaha for the Nebraska State Championships (Sunday) - and Cross Stitch Series Finale (Saturday and Sunday)?

Overseas, the big guns are racing Sunday at Superprestige Hamme-Zogge.

Quite an epic battle there in 2010:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Series 60 dates confirmed

Another series or two are winding down, but all is not lost: Dates and places for Series60 are nailed down.

11/3 – Colavita Cup
11/4 – Boulevard Cup
11/10 – Grand Prix HPT
11/25 – Epic Holiday Cyclocross
12/26 – Boxing Day Cyclocross
12/30 – Grote Prijs Shawnee
12/31 – Cross Off the Old Year

Traditionally, Series60 is known as the six or seven race series featuring venues all within 60 minutes of Kansas City.

December: Your cup runneth over again.

Boy that was a long time ago ...

Remember early December, when you couldn't find a race no matter how hard you tried? No such trouble this year, the KCA schedule rumbles with the addition of several inaugural events:

Dec. 1 & 2: Stand by, something is coming.
Dec. 8: KS State, you already knew this.
Dec. 16: Lost Trail CX (Louisburg Cider Mill!)

Then Mark's Week-O'-Fun:

12.26: Boxing Day
12.30: Grote Prijs (Belgian for Cyclocross Race, I guess.)
12.31: 'Cross off the Old Year (Close it out with a party.)

Kansas City Cyclocross Rocks!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Championship night at RiverfrontCX


Tonight for the title:  RiverfrontCX Series Championship.

Start time is 7 p.m., and you better have lights. Expect more sand and woods drop-ins than you saw previously, and some cool additions in the trees to the south (that's left on the map below).


Where is this place?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

2012 KBCXR/KBCXT Standings

Individual and team points through the Colavita Cup/Boulevard Cup are posted.

Two races remain in the point battle - this Saturday at HPT, and Dec. 8 at the Kansas State Cyclocross Championships, also in Topeka. The Topeka race offers a 1.5x point multiplier.

CX'in ain't easy: The women at Plzen

There are far better cameras than Android smartphones! Petitesreines has a wonderful video up on Vimeo.

Monday, November 5, 2012

What's up this week?

First thing we'll notice is that it will get dark at about 2 p.m. Welcome to "standard" time.

Second thing is that if you go to the damn-near-completely-redesigned-revamped RiverfrontCX in Shawnee tonight, there won't be the standard level of madness. That won't happen until Wednesday, when it's:

The RiverfrontCX Series Championship. Expect to start at 7 p.m., and bring lights! This is for all the marbles, in the dark, on a course you've probably never seen before. Rock on!

Also Wednesday, lighted race training should also start up at Herman Laird Park, Shawnee, otherwise known as the home of all the "Old Shawnee Town" races. Get word on that at localcycling. I don't know how deep into the season these gatherings will continue, but flock like moths to that light, it's all dark and gloom out there until DST saves us again!

On Saturday, the area's only CX race of the week is at Heartland Park - Topeka, the so-called Grand Prix HPT "avoncross," which translated, means "night cyclocross racing on a dirt stock car track in the American Midwest."

* Note we have only two races remaining in the KBCXR/KBCXT points contests, this Saturday race in Topeka, and Dec. 8 at the KS State Championships (a 1.5x points event).

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Boulevard Cup: The Aftermath

The southern California-type conversion of KC turf continues, and much of the Boulevard course was (again today) pounded into sandy slickness early. It was pretty cool with Cat 4 Men and Single Speed riders wrapping up the day for once. Good number of out-staters (NE and OK, seems) for the second day in a row, too. KC cyclocross rockin' as usual.

Results from KCA
Roger was there
Randy Braley shot some, too
Then there's that video of the Masters crash (fairly similar)
Another angle of the same crash
Yet another angle of the same crash, with a lot of the bottlenecks following
The Mens Open start from Ian Stone
Ian also got the Open Men over the barriers

 Noticed a few things:


Erik Elving (Team Colavita/Parisi Coffee - Kansas City, MO) had it together on his way to runner-up in 60+.
Elisabeth Reinkordt (Sheclismo/Joyride - Lincoln, NE) was gung-ho on the coolest bike (War Axe), and was fifth in Women's Open.

The 360 pit area had a neat black and orange prototype Crux awaiting its rider.



Masters Mayhem - Blvd Cup 2012

"Holy COW" is the wording you might hear.


Boulevard Cup, 11.4.2012 - Shawnee, KS

See a bigger version directly on YouTube.

Watch Euro guys race in sand

Time for Zonhoven.

Sand. A downhill. Downhill sand. Think: 10 or 20 of those Boss Cross sand crossings in a row, and a very steep downhill. I want to say Albert, but he went pretty hard yesterday.

Spoiler:


Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus
Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team

They all bomb down the sand dune, but Nys gets within 10 feet of riding UP the dune late (the lap before this video begins), to pull away from the pursuers. He's getting good at riding the top tube, too.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Colavita Cup: Report

Tough, technical course, don't let it be said the Colavita/Parisi guys don't hang the hurt tag on you. Another day of the new world weather we have in KC, and great In-A-Tub tacos while John Lefler Jr. did the play-by-play. What wasn't to like about the day?

Thumbs-up for avoiding the standard start line when we're on that side of the park, that sidewalk isn't three bikes wide, much less eight.

Don't forget: Same parking lot for Boulevard Cup tomorrow! And set those clocks back, too.

Results from KCA
A cool video

I don't know much, but I know I saw this:

Calvin Hurd (Unattached - Bolivard, MO) rode to third in a tough junior contest.

In-a-Tub kept everyone fueled, even those who loaded up pre-race.

It didn't even seem light out when the 40+ Masters men took off. Included in that group is Jennifer Rhoades (Team Trek Cyclocross Collective).

A mid-day barn burner in Women's Open had Sarah Worthington (Ethos Racing - Kansas City, MO) taking the win, and Wanda Simchuk, left, (Free State Racing - Overland Park, KS) just taking Allison Adams (360 Racing - Overland Park, KS) at right for second. It came down to a bobble at the final creek jump. Julie Higgins (Free State Racing - Lees Summit, MO), middle, was fourth.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Tommy Hoppin'

Not since the Pokemon episode in 1997 (no way am I linking to that) have I begun to black out or whatever, but still, this sequence of Tom Meeusens (Telenet-Fidea - BEL) hopping the barriers during warmups in Tabor is worth a look.

And yeah, that was a tricky down-uphill twisting deal, with tall barriers. Meeusens handles it with style.

See you at Colavita Cup!

This weekend

No rest for the weary.

Saturday: Colavita Cup on the soccer field side of Stump Park. Same guys who put on Manions, they like the hills, don't they? Free tacos. Free coffee. Oh, yeah.

Sunday: Boulevard Cup, using flatter ground of Stump Park, by the guys who annually put on the best party in town. Remember to roll back the clocks overnight between these two races, or you might be there to help carry the keg.

The above two races are KCBXR/T races, and also the first two races of Series60, so you may need to rethink your standing/classes.


Also Sunday: Weren't they just at the Koppenbergcross? So what? Cyclocrossin' ain't easy. This time, it's Super Prestige Series racing at Zonhoven (BEL). Translated, that means "sand." Yeah, one of those. You want the preview in one word? Crazy.



RiverfrontCX Series Championships

Pirate-CXC says it: Next Wednesday, for all the marbles. The RiverfrontCX Series Championship.

That's Wednesday, NOT Monday. Recovery days are safe.

Expect to start at 7 p.m., when it will be as dark as it is at 8 p.m. tonight. Bring lights! And bring your game. It's a Wednesday on a training course. It's a NIGHT race. What's not to like?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Koppenbergcross today!

Raining on the Koppenberg ...

Sometimes these mid-week Euro races are somewhat of a yawner. If not part of a major series, and especially if held in mild conditions, not much is going on.

No such trouble on Thursday of this week, because it's time for Bpost Bank Trofee - Koppenbergcross. Important because it's one of many races in the former GVA Trofee series, and because it's the race that goes up (part of) the Koppenberg not once, not twice, but a ton of times.

Wait a second, this is a better Koppenberg photo. Nobody else in the background, The Way It Should Be.

So even if it's a nice day, it's Bpost Bank Trofee. And it's Koppenberg. A bunch of times. And if it's muddy? Nys. Just sayin'.

Spoiler:


Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL 1:00:31
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus +13
Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor + 1:04

(Remember the Bpost Bank Trofee series will be decided on cumulative time. Albert drove to the line, Vantornout was waving.)