Friday, December 13, 2013
Congrats KS state champions.
Race Sunday at Longview; no series implications, but new courses are always fun.
3, 2 ...
C1 Sunday in Belgium. What else is new?
N.C. is the place to be these shores. Anyone Eastbound and down? (Diesel 47.9?)
Monday, December 2, 2013
|Snowy Grote race last time around, I think, or was it Old Year?|
Beyond now and then: States this weekend (MO and KS), Longview Dec. 15.
This weekend: Big damn deals in Bend, Antwerp and Overijse (Belgium, both those). It's been a week off, and week in the sun for those Euro guys, who knows who will be on these times?
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Thursday (Thanksgiving Day a.m.) was Gobble Cross at RiverfrontCX, and I hope that opened a few eyes to the gem that is that area. If you do not get strong and improve your sand riding skills by frequenting that area with regularity, I'm pretty sure not much out there can help you. Roger visited.
Saturday was Penn Valley CX (first time there in ten years or so, if my memory is working right now), and a place we need to be at from time to time. KC represent! Roger was there.
And Sunday was indeed Epic (CX), at Epic Cycle and Sport, and likely the last time we'll be up and over that berm thing.
State races loom next weekend (Kansas in Topeka), with a 1.5-point multiplier which might play into a year-end title, though a few categories are already in the win column.
I'm not sure what happened to the trio of year-ender races on kscycling now, with only a new Dec.15 race at Longview on the schedule after state. Maybe The End is Nigh for the Kansas City Cyclocross season 2013-14, before we even get to 14 this time?
Meanwhile, Best Cyclocross Racer Ever Zdenek Stybar won the Boonen & Friends charity thing in Belgium again Saturday, and turned down a $1 million plus (dollar) contract to go back to racing CX full time. Sadly, he said no. A few guys breathe a sigh of relief.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Locally, get yourself to RiverfrontCX (for once) tomorrow a.m. for a freebie pickup race - including a two-person relay thing.
Saturday: Penn Valley CX is still on, be there! Old-timers will recall some awesome course features available in that park, here's hoping one or two make it in.
Sunday: Epic Bike & Sport will use their gigantic berm/whoopdie thing one last time for Holiday Cross, before a bank or church or something is built on that land, so go get some there before the wrecking ball arrives.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The former world champ now leads the Superprestige series. Too.
Meanwhile, at Louisburg, results surfaced at USA Cycling for Lost Trail 1 (Saturday). (Revision pending)
Roger has a mess of photos up from both days, Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Third week in a row without a race "in KC," and this time around, you need only travel as far as Louisburg (KS) for two days of fun in the form of Lost Trail Cyclocross at the Loiusburg Cider Mill. This race took on legendary status after a one-day run last season, and also was remembered as a day it was supposed to be clear and 50 degrees, but was instead mid-30s, damp, and cloudy.
Might be a bit cold this time around too, or at least a bit of a shock to the system, right?
Oh, and this is also races 3 and 4 in Series60. One and two were, uh, remind me?
Big, big, big weekend over yonder these two days, too. The Super Cross Cup name is back, in the way of Super Cross 1 in Stony Point, NY. That's a C2 race, and/or the biggest thing on these shores right now. A few more frequent mile points east and you could be a part of UCI Cyclocross World Cup 3, at (freeking) Koksijde, BEL (that's Belgian for sand). This is another race that rules (so did this one, with Albert and Compton winning, even though Zdenek was in that field).
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Sand Creek results (Newton, KS) - last Saturday
(Still no word from the k-bar affair in Wichita Sunday.)
9 to go, 9 to go, 9 to go, 9 to go: If you go off the year sched at KS Cycling, we've got nine more races this calendar year, and who knows if another few will pop up for early 2014? Next up is this weekend, both days, at Louisburg, a venue that was epic last year, but had few takers.
And this is Series60?
It's beginning to look a lot like cyclocross, if you look at the weather forecasts.
* Don't forget to vote on best course of the season (through not-quite half way). I'll put another one of those up toward the end of the season to see if any course can bump Manions 1 or Boss Cross 1 from the top spot (mud fans for the first, I'm guessing, and mountain bikers for the second maybe).
Monday, November 18, 2013
Saturday's race failed compared to Sunday, so check out the too-cool/muddy Gavere course (and don't forget to see Mehvin with a mechanical. Imagine that.)
Friday, November 15, 2013
Not going to Newton? You might check around to watch Saturday's bpost bank trofee - GP Hasselt race from Hasselt, BEL. Boring, flat course, but in the every-second-counts series, so that's that.
Or Sunday, do NOT miss Superprestige Gavere from Gavere, BEL. Best course ever, many say. (Egads! No spiral?)
Get both video links at Cycling Fans.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Speaking of this weekend (starting Friday), it's Midwest Nationals time, otherwise known as Jinglecross. Seems it's not just line-up by order of registration anymore (brilliant recreation of how we bought concert tickets back in the day), but there's going to be a shred of sanity introduced following the first day of racing. (Not including UCI races, they are going standard UCI stuff there.)
And while there is a SPIRAL WARNING affixed to this otherwise fine venue, it seems that some work has been done on Mt. Krumpit, which may or may not float your boat. (Looks like there's more of Mt. stuff to ride.) You might check out the Web site there, if only to rest assured that the fun mouse pointer elements remain from the former 'jinglecrossrock' site.
What to do, what to do before heading to the nation of Iowa?
- Don't forget the urban mountain ride leaving from Latte Land on the Plaza Wednesday at 6:30 (something just does not seem right about that sequence, if you ask me). This is no-drop, and that's enough said right there.
- Micah has been leading skills work Thursdays at Roanoke.
- And the younger set NEEDS to turn out for Donderdag (Thursdays). That's just too cool.
- Or maybe this is the week you ride RiverfrontCX? Or will you wait until Thanksgiving morning, when we assemble for race action there?
Sunday, November 10, 2013
KCA has results
Roger has photos
Find official results from the Mudfund Derby City Cup in Louisville here. Still looking for Ruts and Guts in Broken Arrow, OK. Britton has a few GIF-fy videos up.
At a fantastic muddy Hamme-Zogge earlier today, Niels got away halfway or so through the Superprestige contest, and held off a sometimes-disc-riding Nys for the win. Klaas had another mechanical, ran most of a lap, but still got by Meh Pauwels for 6th.
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team
Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team
Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus
Friday, November 8, 2013
Meanwhile, near here, maybe some are heading to Louisville's "permanent" CX course for the MudFund Derby City Cup.
Others are headed to Topeka for Grand Prix HPT.
Others might be resting or preparing in other ways for the impending Midwest CX Nationals (Jinglecross).
And still others, maybe, as the season is nearing the halfway mark, may notice the schedule changing a bit again. Penn Valley CX is now in "moved" state with a Nov. 30 date. And at least one major local series (KCBXR/T) will wrap up with a race quite a bit far from the KC area, and on the same weekend as Jinglecross ... this is getting interesting.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Starting this Wednesday and continuing thru February (?) we will be meeting at Latte land on the Plaza for a 1.5 hr urban mountain bike ride.
We depart at 6:30 from the Latte Land on the western edge of the plaza, by Anthropology.
We go pretty fast on this ride but will regroup throughout as necessary. Nobody gets left behind. This year we will be adding the Roanoke trails to the regular route. Route is cross bike friendly."
Bring your own tubes and pumps. All your lights too. It's fun urban ride that cuts through many city parks, back alleys, etc.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Still, you might hold out hope that Swayze Followers will assemble in a post-SwayzeMonth, and ride with lights and all at some mid-city park.
And on the weekend, you have what some call the best race of the season: Grand Prix HPT (Heartland Park Topeka), whereby area cyclocross racers almost look like they're racing in and around the velodrome at Roubaix, only it's a dirt stock car track in Topeka. Still, one not to be missed. That's Saturday night. Night! A few races in the dark. Pretty cool.
Sunday's race is cancelled, it was supposed to be Penn Valley Cyclocross, but who knows why it's cancelled?
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Yeah, this is cyclocross.
(Did you see the carbon-copy race at Zonhoven earlier today? Nys went around Albert at the exact spot he did last year at this same event, restoring cosmic order to the big leagues. Check it: 2012 is here, go to 5:28 to see the 2013 finish from today. Klaas was third. The course is sick.)
USA Cycling has the results
Somebody saw some stuff, but nothing can top:
|ChrisGo, fairly certainly shooting B&W, subject: Fatbike. (Which won 6-9 Juniors.)|
Meanwhile, Colavita guys came through with lots of Open stuff:
|I've got a story here somewhere.|
|You dudes are taking some cool pics.|
|Garret on a CX bike? And Micah.|
|Brian and Shadd, AWESOME pic. West's Euro Pro 70s style gives him away.|
There's talk on that group's The Facebook page about another portion of trail they are hoping to re-open. Have at it!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Weird, this 'big boy pants' CX season is becoming. Klaas and Tommy had pretty good rides in recent days, then Friday on the big hill called Koppenberg and the fields on either side, they were part of a peloton entering the final lap, and they rode away from standard champions Nys and Co.
Tommy for the win in the sprint. Wow. Check it: Last Ronde at Sporza (Pretty much the whole world is still in it, don't worry.)
bPost Bank Trofee 2 Koppenbergcross
FTW: Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team
Behind: Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team (Meh)
The man who started it all: Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team
Then: Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus
Nys was next. Albert 10th. (A little early for him to be caving in, but whatever.)
Then today in a race that reminded several of the way we raced 20 or so years ago, we had Colavita Cup kicking many in the behind (but helping build skills in a way we rarely see anymore). This is cyclocross, it's not called easy, you know. Awesome, these race days we enjoy in these parts. And how about that under-tree shortcut? A whole bunch of things we'll be talking up for some time to come.
Roger has pics
KCA has results
I tried to do stuff - go ahead to 35 seconds or so (Masters Men, midway through lap one):
Womens Open right after the start:
Sunday in Europe it's Superprestige Zonhoven, an awesome course. Imagine: Straight down a Manions hill in two feet of sand. Then back up. Best last lap of the season last year, IMO.
Check it out from last time around:
Sunday in KC right next to where we were today (and where we were last Sunday at Boss Cross), you can take part in Blvd Cup (the party where CX races sometimes break out). It's another two-race weekend in this KC cyclocross season.
(And don't forget to mess with your clocks tonight, farmers and all that.)
Kansas City cyclocross rocks on ...
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Lots of people we know did well at Gateway Cup over the weekend. Check out the Day One and Day Two results. Some names there from KC areas that I don't recognize, though? Anyone?
World Almost guy Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) kept it between the barriers long enough Sunday to take round one of Superprestige Ruddervoorde, with The Usual Players coming in a few further back than we'd expect. (Sort of, it was world champion Sven Nys (Crelan KDL) and Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) following. Lars and Neils were next, Lars still stopping by from his place in The Future.)
Other thing of note: Tommy being the aggressor in a field like this. Other thing not unexpected: Kevin flailing in the mud. Yeah, not many can be tenth in an event like this, but the guy completely looks out of his element when the grass has dew on it, despite his Belgianess and the Ridley he rides.
Monday, October 28, 2013
"Chicken Crossing," the sign along the road said a little West of Parkville, and a few things came to mind:
If I start hearing banjo music from a nearby front porch, I'm driving to Google headquarters to let them have it about their directions.
|World HQ of my team|
This reminds me a little bit about calling Jeremy's number at 10 a.m. to find out where we're racing later in the day. In a weird way. Who else did that? (Called Jeremy's number, didn't listen for banjo music?)
|Don't Google Map and drive, and take a photo. Where am I?|
And then we were off. Now, not to brag or anything, and don't look at that 11 person class count, but I was holding a top ten place for once. And running up one of the hills I couldn't really ride, and doing a totally PRO remount (c'mon, you hoppers), and some combo of a crummy seatpost or saddle design failed me. No pit bike on this day, my friends, I was out. Again.
|One of these things does not like the other.|
I remembered to record a few things:
|Tyler Henson (Slimenundgrossen - Leawood, KS) took 40+.|
Got to hand it to Jeremy. Despite all those questionable things you hear, the guy can make a course out of a shoebox, paperclip and bubble gum. How about that off camber woodsy thing? The rideable curb/hill/curb thing? An angled approach to barriers? Sand you should have ridden (just like Saturday), but probably didn't?
That's the new high bar for that place. Don't let that Aussie guy beat us. I mean seriously, Jeremy?
Highlights acccording to me:
- Cycle City is killing it in Single Speed. C'mon.
- Burch and those other straight bar guys raged a second day. I say we all rock straight bars now.
- Juniors rule. If you missed that turnout. bad on you.
- Cat 4/5 FTW. Funnest race of the day, easy.
The junior racer cheering on his dad on the final lap of 4/5. I will LAUGH through Ol' Yeller. This, though. This.
I would have had photos on the day if I'd remembered.
I shouldn't have mentioned this. Kansas City Cyclocross rocks on ...
Friday, October 25, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
And I'm pretty certain Lars, who is indeed from the future, is the first big Euro race winner with disc brakes. Seems that when the ground turns to mud, you don't pay for your stuff, and you can get a squeaky-clean new bike every half lap, you can take a chance on discs.
Or, you know, be from the future. (DEV team, huh?)
Monday, October 21, 2013
It's Boss Cross week. Check the site for info, and ask yourself: Where's Waldron? Just west of Parkville, it seems. Something like first gravel road past the Y in the road. I wonder if there's a bridge out on that gravel road? Yee-haw!
But that's Saturday. Sunday is in Shawnee. Veteran's Park. You know the place. I, for one, welcome our new Shawnee Park Course Markers.
As usual this week, check with the Swayze blog for the Wednesday madness. And get to RiverfrontCX. Steve, dansb and others have done a ton of work, and the tire tracks are showing that some get it. Now it's your turn to get it.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
And to race your cyclocross bike!
Much harder, that way around Joules, weird how that is. A bigger racer group showed, too, with people from Sioux City, Iowa (pretty sure), St. Jo, Denver, a few other far-away places.
And if you weren't there early, you missed a pretty good-sized Masters Men field(s) go off, and another tremendous women's showing. Something like 20 between 3/4 and Masters there, and about ten in Womens Open later. Too cool.
Roger was there
KCA has results
I did more of this stuff today than yesterday
|Maybe before you got there, Womens 3/4 and Masters.|
|Wendy Guilbeau (Slimenundgrossen- Bonner Springs, KS)|
was third in Masters.
|My Bike of the Day, loving the Wilier (Bike Stop, I'm told).|
|Shadd's little one took the kid race.|
|You know the guy everyone yells names at during Rocky Horror Picture Show? It's a little like that. J. Haynes (Cycle City Racing - Australia), from parts unknown, which means Boss Cross is near ...|
|Alyssa Severn (Team Yacht Club - Lees Summit, MO)|
went 1-2 Saturday-Sunday in Women's Open.
And the chili cook-off! What's not to like about this fourth year at this fab near-Lawrence location?
Let's have at it!
(Reminder: This is a 'K-Bar' race, so look at where we stood after Manions 2, and do the math. Nice work by the MO crowd.)
Roger was there (Euro tunes here and there)
KCA has results
If you're not leaving for Sunday yet, check out World Cup Round 1 at about 8 a.m.
I didn't take too many, but saw some stuff
|Micah Gordon in Open late in the day.|
|This thing was SO epic, my focus was off. Find one and eat it.|
|A few of the battlers, and others, reliving the Open battle.|
|I didn't see Stybar anywhere, but I believe this is his bike? (Just-sitting-there Bike of the Day, this is.)|
Friday, October 18, 2013
SUNDAY: Put your bets down on UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #1 2013 - Cauberg (Sunday, Valkenburg, NED), it's the big one (that's not in Lawrence, KS) this weekend.
IN A FEW WEEKS: Find yourself at another race in Shawnee - Colavita Cup and Blvd Cup are both at Veterans Park there (home of day two Boss Cross this season, and Radcross a few years back).
And since Miami Vice isn't on right now, you have other options.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Wednesday's Swayze practice stuff is again at a different place, get all you need at that blog, but probably not just yet.
If you've been to RiverfrontCX in Shawnee, and do The Facebook, do your thing at that place.
And finally, you might check in on weekly Swope Park night rides at Earthriders; these were quite popular last year at this time.
And DO watch yesterday's race in Ronse. Eh-Pick. And do keep an eye on Lars. Disc brakes. He gets it. (I think.) Lars is from the future. Kevin, not so much.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Following Nys were Martin Bina (Kwadro-Stannah), and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus).
Colorado: Karen Brocket (Jet Cycling - Raytown, Mo) was 34th in Elite Women at the Colorado Cup Classic (Saturday), and Lindsay Lorenz (Slimenundgrossen - Lawrence, KS) was 37th. Brocket and Lorenz finished in those same spots at Sunday's Boulder Cup, too.
Shawnee Mission Park: One of the best races of the year, in my opinion. Great, demanding course, that doesn't cause fear like a Manions might, but still makes you dread the laps-to-go a little bit.
Day started off a bit brisk, then got warmer throughout, and the grippy ground turned to worn out and slick by day's end. Hope Jen is okay, had an incident at the first barriers a few laps in.
KCA has results
I saw this and that:
|Not quite 8 across, today's starts were more Gran Prix de Nations or something.|
|Pit bike winner of the day. I'd no idea, but it's Bocomo.|
|Cat4 was a cool race, with Gianni DeAngelo (Shawnee Mission, KS - Slimenundgrossen/Localcycling.com) trying to get away.|
|But Nathan Shay (Lawson, Mo - Cycle City Racing) got the win.|
|Jeret Kusiak (Fairway, KS - Colavita/Parisi), here with SS guys catching up, took the Cat3 win.|
Thursday, October 10, 2013
And again, Midwest Velo is in charge of Cross Out Cancer Sunday at Shawnee Mission Park (Theater in the Park entrance). Just as long as Richard and Co. keep of sound mind and spirit, and avoid course insanity, we have another good one on our hands. Check out those whacky classes, too, this is one of those.
Sunday over yonder, it's something like this:
GVA Trofee - Ronse DBA "bpost Bank Trofee"
Some might say "GP Mario De Clerq," and they'd be correct, but we don't really talk like that.
Going down at: Ronse-Kluisbergen (BEL)
Two things here. First, this is a bpost Bank Trofee race. Second only to Superprestige, this means series cred at year's end and all.
|Early races at SMP ruled last season.|
And don't forget you might need UCI points? Boulder's not too far away, and I might need you to take a bike there for me to sell to some dude.
Don't Google Boulder Cup unless you want 2011 info. DBC events, I can do that HTML stuff if you want.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
It's not just Swayze Memorial practice racing Wednesday, there's also the Wednesday gatherings (lots of KCBC folks) at Leawood Singletrack (Cyclocross) location, there's some resting going on to prepare for Boulder Cup this weekend (in, uh, Boulder), and there's a Saturday that just fell into your race-occupied lap ... with Lake Olathe CX/Olathe Lake CX falling off the latest KCA sched.
Sunday is still on, it's still Cross Out Cancer at Shawnee Mission Park.
And Lost Trail CX confirmed Louisburg Cider Mill for the race again this year, so would you go this time around? (Nobody says you can't run three scoops of Stans per wheel.)
Monday, October 7, 2013
The day before, or this Saturday, is supposedly a new one: Olathe Lake CX, or Lake Olathe CX, but details are lacking a bit there, and suspicions are that this one won't go.
The flyer for Cross Out Cancer is at right.
The Wednesday night practice race(s) is on at Swayze Memorial (where a new touch for the season has them at different locations each week), and Shawnee RiverfrontCX awaits, with even a bit more landscaping done in recent days thanks to dansb at the Earthriders Forum. What the place still needs, though, is your CX or 29er tires rolling over it. Don't let time go by and this place become a real park, and we stand around saying "remember when?"
Sunday, October 6, 2013
A reversed course, with features that didn't cause much concern Saturday bringing about lead changes in a race or two I know about.
No series or points implications at all this weekend*, but still we have results from the KCA (and they also posted KCBXR/T points through Manions if you're into that).
Speaking of implications, A. Severn called out area promoters on inconsistency in Women's Open race time duration. I couldn't say that better myself, and I'll raise you one: How about payout amounts and depth for Women's Open, especially since we're now seeing turnout numbers approaching many men's open races? (Five deep at 360 Cup for the men, three deep for the women - Saturday, anyway.)
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Thinking Sunday will be a bit more difficult, between the possible weather, and the hills that will go up, compared to the way we went today.
Roger has today up (and Day One of Manions now, too)
KCA has the results
|Iowa (or is it Minnesota?), being a foreign country and all, had a few visitors today who brought along weird and unusual things.|
Second thing I did today proving I have no idea what I'm doing: This time it's the first lap for Cat 3, SS, and Women's Open on the barrier uphill. The bizarro phone thing I was using to do this was zooming for some reason, beyond my control (sort of like my riding style). Sorry, but I hope you see yourself here (I think two or three of you won't).
Friday, October 4, 2013
Flyer at right. Be there. Get the latest at the 360 team's The Facebook place.
Belgium: Ruddervorde (Sunday), the place with the whoops and that funky hill just in the middle of it all. (Is that Lars? Be still, my beating heart!)
And send me your pics from this weekend, if you can.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
No idea what course I was on, since there's one or two connectors, but I think it was the long one.
So you may have noticed, the course is shorter than the one we rode last year. Correct. But, it's harder. It's a grind. Maybe two corners are tight enough that you stop pedaling. Maybe. Flat, flat out, and fast. But not. Think Joules a little bit, only flatter. (Or Lieven, actually, only flatter. Sort of.)
Barriers are up. If you don't like where they are, move them. Bring a hammer or mallet.
|Anyone got paint they can spare?|
The long singletrack in the woods is good. Ride it slowly first lap out, make sure the winds didn't knock any large branches down (!).
The short, horseshoe sandy bit is good. I found it too boggy to ride out of, but then I scooted my way around just about every corner at Manions so I'm used to that.
The medium woods drop-in and sandy run-up is DOA right now. If anyone wants to chip in with some chainsaw work there, have at it. And bring a rake. The entry and exit are cut in, but no way should you ride it (unless you're Garret).
There's also another cut-in that won't take you anywhere. Watch out for that - and again go easy lap one to figure out where you're going. (Little green flags may be a clue.)
Be careful out there ...
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
- Park by the grove of trees along Frisbee Road.
- CARRY your bike to the course on the other side of the levee (goat thorns present).
- Don't deviate from the mowed course, if you want to avoid thorns.
- Realize you may still run into thorns. Go tubeless if you can, and report bad areas so others will know.
- Spread the word about RiverfrontCX.
- Ride early and often; get strong.
- Can someone with an Earthriders account update that thread?
Monday, September 30, 2013
Saturday/Sunday: 360 Cup at Lawrence Centennial Park. Dry and bumpy last year, might see some rain this time around? (Flyer at right.)
Belgium: Sunday is the big event, this time it's Superprestige Ruddervoorde. Funky hills there, not monster climbs (like Manions).
Sunday, September 29, 2013
If you somehow managed to race all classes (might ask Brian West, since he did a bang-up job with the SS and Open double just a few hours ago), you saw standard Manions conditions, rain, slick mud, sticky/derailleur-grabbing mud, more slick mud, boggy ground, spongy ground, and finally near-dusting speedway conditions.
Yeah, that might be a standard rain/drying event at other two-day CX gatherings, but you don't race through a barn every lap, suffer that dang ditch, then have Garrett "G-Wiz" Steinmetz show and show everyone up, even after dropping a dozen or so spots to a wheelie-induced mechanical.
Those Volker folks throw a party. Manions is a bear, but far, far too cool. St. Mary's is but a distant memory ...
KCA has the results.
Roger has pics from the day up.
Me and some other people saw some stuff:
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Odd: Sunny at GP Neerpelt.
Not so odd: Albert did his typical early reason rage, and made fools of everyone there.
Odd: Rain at Manions. You'd think we'd have had this one other time?
Not so odd: Me going backwards there.
You know now, with that weather system gone, Sunday will be a Chamber of Commerce day. Not to be at Manions would be a bad, bad thing. Then again, that course in a reversed direction might just be a bad, bad thing. Methinks it will be somewhat faster than some of today.
Results from Belgium (Soudal GP Neerpelt 2013):
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team
Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team
Niels going nuts (Anyone bunnyhop The Stitch like that today?):
Results from Manions. (KCA)
Roger's photos aren't up yet.
Some weird GIF thing my Android phone does (W Masters turn two or so).
Friday, September 27, 2013
Manions kicks off the KC season Saturday and Sunday. Check it. (This is V13? Oh, we're a little bit older than we used to be.)
Get up early tomorrow and catch SOUDAL GP Neerpelt from Belgium. (Sporza, most likely.)
Keep an eye on the NE Nationals. (Glow-steer, is it?)
Bring the umbrella. Who knows?
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Manion's on the weekend. Course map is out there, and has all the hilly goodness we've grown to love and expect. Bring the sunscreen if the forecast holds true. And know that the strength you build there will come in handy for the other 18 or so KC-area races still on the schedule.
Over yonder: SOUDAL GP Neerpelt. (Gloucester if you don't venture into or over the Atlantic, if East Coast is your thing.) Fun course there in Belgium.
And if you're still seeking those skills: Clinics continue with a Wednesday nighter at Epic north o' those rivers, and a Thursday eve again in Lawrence at Joules.
Friday, September 20, 2013
|Somewhere on this planet, this dude may be smiling.|
Now, so sayeth The Oracle (the KCA calendar), Boss Cross has yet ANOTHER date, the day before the already-known one, in PARKVILLE (Nice recovery, North of The River). An epic locale, that, for a mess of reasons. And the perfect day (weekend, actually) for this year's batch of starters or first-timers. And me. (Very, very flat Parkville, and somewhat flattish Veterans Park the next day.) "Drivers" courses, I've heard them called, whatever that means.
So mark those calendars and smart phones. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 & 27. Parkville, MO, and Shawnee, KS. Boss Cross.
Rock on, KC cyclocross. Rock on.
Maybe you're in WI, for the USGP (?) Sun Prairie Cup? That's the nearest C1 race to us this weekend?
CoMo is tomorrow in Columbia, link to the right, or go straight to The Facebook.
CXMagazine has a nice interview with the World Champ, I'm not sure we'll ever see him race disc brakes.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
* USA Cycling has results.
First big Euro UCI race of the season, and Neils Albert (Bkcp-Powerplus) took it like just about expected.
Manion's talk getting louder.
Joules clinic again Thursday.
And RiverfrontCX might be getting mowed soon. If anyone wants more details on that email me, I might know more than you do.
It's all happening, all at once, it seems like.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
|Dan, second from right (KC Bicycle Club) was one of the riders spotted.|
Yeah. And it was crawling with CX bikes earlier this weekend. The time must be near.
Want some? Check it. Want to help? Dan Schaeffer is your guy, and you can keep up on what's going on there on The Facebook if you can find the "Leawood City Park Singletrack" group. (Thanks.)
And it's a-okay with Leawood Parks Dept., so trumpet it loud and wide.
* Uh, drop the kids at practice and go practice yourself? Just a thought.