Thursday, January 31, 2013

World Champion naming begins

The first of four days of World Champion Cyclocross Racer naming began today, with the first day of finals at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

Winning his 17,923rd major championship was Stephen Tilford (Tradewind Energy Cycling Team - Topeka, KS), in the 50-54 class, through half a foot of mud. Thomas Price (Trek Cyclocross Collective - Overland Park, KS) was fifth in that race, and Stephen Songer (360 Racing - Overland Park, KS) was 22nd on the day. Andy Lucas (360 Racing - Leawood, KS) finished 27th, and William Anderson (360 Racing - Lawrence, KS) was 54th, all proving that we have a lot of fast 50-54 guys in these parts.

Of note in that class is the timeless Gunnar Shogren (Bar End Shifters and Probably an Old Touring Frame with Cantilevers Brazed On For All I Know - Some Crazy Planet), who finished third in that race after rolling a tire and riding a single speed or something (probably with zip-tied bar end shifters), proving that he is or has a shitty mechanic, and is also a freak of nature like lots of these guys are.

David Conrad ( - Olathe, KS) was 49th in 55-59.

Harold (Dean) Parker (360 Racing - Lenexa, KS) was third and on the podium in 60-64.

Masters racing continues through tomorrow, with the "real" Worlds beginning Saturday at Eva Bandman park, which opened today for practice.

The unofficial single speed Worlds just wrapped up, with flaming barriers, blow-up dolls, Mad Max costumes and all the usual non-geared racing stuff. Hopefully a few Belgians were on hand there to see how we respect the sport.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Can it get any more epic?

Monsterish conditions continue in Louisville, KY, where the Masters World Cyclocross Championships continued today with another round of qualifying heats. A small delay and some re-routing started the day off, then a course we might see from somewhere in Europe presented the challenge.

Watch those temps at this point. Some are hating the mud clean up right now, but that chewed up course isn't going to be a cake walk after a few hours below freezing.

Not too far away, at the site of the weekend Worlds Worlds Championships, they long ago added a massive amount of sand to a few problematic areas, but I'm not sure even that will help that bog area to the northeast. No matter. Belgians are going to swamp the single-digit finishing places again, I do believe.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Masters Worlds under way in mud

USA Cycling posted a few photos, (results, too) and Cyclingnews pays some attention to the Masters World Cyclocross Championships held today through Friday at an abandoned Louisville golf course just a stone's throw from where the real fast folks will be throwing down this weekend.

Qualifying heats were held today for Men 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and Women 45-49, which is at least one more class than Q heats were needed for a year ago. Mostly this is a formality for anyone seriously competing at this point in the season, since you should be ready to gun it if you're still in it. I think it's pretty much a half-field-gets in sort of thing, or finals seeding deal, correct me if I'm wrong.

Mud today. Cooling off a bit between now and the weekend, then likely a ton of mud for the Sunday showdown. We can hope, anyway.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

KingsCX live from Twitter

Try kingsCX on Twitter for live reports from that cold and snowy scene (then mud). Albert brought a pile of gear.

And that's why he's the World Champion. He can look beyond the horse head mask, the dollar bills on fishing lines, the bottle of beer (kindly outlined by Sporza). The contents were not thrown, what with Sven not around.

Albert is World Champion for a few more days. Then maybe more.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

So I lied.

Not a bad gig, if you can get it. UCI Cinci CX is this weekend, and with a few Worldly guys in our midst, it should be fun for the watchers. Current World Champ Niels Albert is among those racing, old schoolish guy Radomir Simunek is going to be there, and most of the US crew is supposed to appear. The women's field ain't full of slow pokes, either.

And at less than 100 miles from Louisville, I wouldn't be surprised if a few same-dayers of fast Euro origin are there as well.

If nothing else, it's a chance for everyone to race the same course, the same day, the possibly best guy in the world is racing. Kind of similar to what the Masters Worlds people will be doing in Louisville a few days before Worlds Worlds. Oh, wait.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hoogerheide live


Watch it.

Wow. Bina takes his biggest win ever (I'm thinking it is), and some big dogs didn't look too happy on the slick stuff. Maybe taking it easy before Worlds?

Meanwhile, Nys didn't get enough of a point gap over Albert to keep the current World Champion from winning the UCI overall series title.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #8, Hoogerheide, NED, CDM
1 Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor 1:02:17
2 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabo - Giant Offroad Team. 0:00:07
3 Simon Zahner (Swi) 0:00:11
4 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony Cycling Team 0:00:22
5 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team 0:00:27 * Series winner
6 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team
7 Francis Mourey (Fra) Francaise des Jeux 0:00:33
8 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:00:42
9 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:00:46
10 Lukas Fl├╝ckiger (Swi)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

World Masters Prep

Among those doing work today was Stephen Songer (360 Racing - Overland Park) who heard his name called many, many times the night before at the annual Kansas Cycling Association banquet.  Roger has photos from there.
A few Worlds-bound riders were doing the rounds at Herman Laird Park - Shawnee, earlier today, on a smaller version of the course we've all raced there. World-wide, this weekend is it, nothing really on the radar for next week, with everyone headed to Louisville.

Masters riders go at it Tuesday-Friday the week before the Feb. 2-3 big gun Worlds, on a new venue for everyone (I think), called Champions Park at River Road Country Club. Many classes have placement/qualify heats to set up for the finals on those earlier days.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Serbian Saturday, UCI Sunday

The madness won't cease. Serbian Nats are tomorrow, so no doubt the Twitterworld will again light up with #cxnats - watch for it.

Sunday sees UCI round #8 (the finale') in Hooger-Hide, (Hoogerheide), which is another course that's beyond compare (since it's often wet there, and there will be SNOW this time around. Lots of it.) Worlds were there a few years ago (very similar route), Worlds will be there in another year or two, and this is IT until our Worlds in KY. Pinch me.

(Oh, and basically whoever among Nys, Pauwels and Albert wins the day, wins the title.)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

That's nearly a wrap

National championships the world over rocked last weekend. Cyclocross is a really great sport, really great cycling discipline, and it's always a bit melancholy when these big ones are over, and people start talking "road." Come on, now. This is the dead of winter, this is when cyclocross was invented. Ride those bikes! Go to Worlds. Turn out for Wintery Mix #2.

Things I've learned the past 72 hours or so.

1. Letting this nation's best constantly race on the easiest courses does nothing to prepare them to race in Europe, against Europeans, and/or on Euro courses. If you disagree, pay attention to the results Feb. 3 in Louisville.

2. The first of the Bourne movies is the best, by a mile, though the Moscow and NYC car chases in the third (?) one are beyond compare.

3. Sean's new fatride is just about lighter than my road bike. Jeez.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Watch elite races live from USA CX Nationals

Women race at 1 p.m. KC time, tune in a bit early.

Men race at 2:15 p.m. KC time, stay tuned in.

Frigid, frozen ruts in Verona, but the sun is softening areas up. Going to be Epic. Looks a bit like a Belgian race (or Louisville last January), while the Belgian nationals earlier today looked like a dry race in KC (other than all the sand). Nice ride by Klaas there.

USA Cycling on YouTube

Belgian championships on now

Check it.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

USAC CX Nationals, day four names

USA Cycling apparently is figuring out this Internet thing, and posted some results from today. Those from around here include:

Isaac Jonas (KCOI U20 - Overland Park, KS) was 34th in Junior 17-18.

Lane Johnson (KCOI U20 - Shawnee Mission, KS) was 45th in Junior 17-18.

Andrew Coe (Ethos Racing - Mission, KS) was 13th in 30-34.

Aaron Elwell (Twin Six - Lawrence, KS) was 20th in 35-39.

Travis Donn (Ethos Racing - Kansas City, MO) was 22nd in 35-39.

Shadd Smith (KCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team p/b Challenge Tires - Overland Park, KS) was 15th in 40-44 (a SCREAMING class).

JP Brocket (Ethos Racing - Raytown, MO) was 18th in 40-44 (see above).

Matthew Gilhousen (TradeWind Energy Cycling Team - Lawrence, KS) was 42nd in 40-44 (see above).

Bill Marshall (KCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team p/b Challenge Tires - Overland Park, KS) did not start the above race.

And it continues. Hard Men who don't have such prep will be in Louisville in three weeks.

Stybar is again The Man

One of the reasons we're racing in horrific "Madison" conditions in JANUARY is because USAC CX Nationals were moved a few years back to get in line with the rest of the world. Not that some recent December events weren't biblical, but remember when everyone aimed for a few weeks after Jinglecross, then the rest was all bonus?

What am I getting at? USA nationals aren't the only show in town this weekend. All around the globe, national champions are being named as I type.

Over in Stribo, Czech Superman Zdenek Stybar just picked up his sixth consecutive flag (?) jersey. (Thanks CX Magazine.)

Friday, January 11, 2013

USAC CX Nationals, day three names

First, has word of a few surgeries, get well, you two!

Victoria Brocket (Ethos Racing - Raytown, MO) was 11th in 11-12.

Karen Brocket (Jet Cycling - Raytown, MO) was 9th in Junior 17-18.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

USAC CX Nationals, day two names

Not unexpected, Steve Tilford (Tradewind Energy - Topeka, KS) won the Masters 50-54 national title today in generally frozen mud conditions.

Thomas Price (Trek Cyclocross Collective - Overland Park, KS) did not start, and Stephen Songer (360 Racing - Overland Park, KS) started, but did not finish that same race. Anyone got the story there? Steve has been getting out fast all season.

I need to also mention Tim Hacker (Planet Bike - Madison, WI) who finished 9th in 50-54, because I think he's the Wisconsin distance runner guy I followed long ago.

Catherine Walberg (Kenda - Topeka, KS) was 6th in Masters 50-54.

Doug Long (360 Racing - Chillicothe, MO) was third in Masters 60-64. Podium! And sorry I always forget to look for Doug. Sorry!

Jennifer Herrell-Rhoades (Trek Cyclocross Collective - Kansas City, MO) did not start Women 40-44.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

USAC CX Nationals, day one names

James Summers (Slimenundgrossen (?) - Overland Park, KS), 44th - Single Speed
Benjamin Woodbury (Kansas City, MO - 20th) - Open Non-Championship 30-39

It was Single Speed and "Killer B's" Day at the frozen/muddy USAC CX Championships in Verona, WI.

Two local names popped up. Summers is on Slimengrossen? You or Ben reading this? Send a report.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Wintery Mix #1 all done

Will the mix blend? Yes, it will. Another chance to wash the bikes, and the standard Elite power course; how about those incredibly wide, incredibly soft, incredibly tough straights?

A bit cold for the earlier ones, nice and even more mud as the day warmed. How fun is it, that this is a series, and we get to do it all again in a month?

Results from KCA
Roger was there

So was I, but I only got a few

Sarah Worthington (Ethos Racing - Kansas City, MO) won Womens Open.

Sandy Collins (Tri-Fam - Hiawatha, KS) was second, here crossing an area which got muddier as the day grew longer.

Watch Nys win in new kit

UCI CX World Cup #7 at Rome

You know Nys will win. New color (sort of, he's been in green before). Still. A little less LandowhateverBlah. A few new company names to learn. Same as the old boss, boys, get used to it.

Update: What the heck do I know? (And we had more mud then they did, huh?)

Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games   
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus   
Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing

Friday, January 4, 2013

Your weekend

If you're heading to Madison next week for Nationals, something tells me you might want to find your running legs this weekend. A spin around RiverfrontCX might not be a bad idea, too, if Sean's photos are any indication.

Though I'm not sure we'd need a front-end loader to take snow off THAT course ...

Sunday, if you're up early enough, look for UCI Cyclocross World Cup #7, which is cool for all the usual reasons, but especially so because it's in ROME. How is that not worth a look? Suspicions abound, too, it's getting interesting.

Also Sunday, wander down to Elite Cycling/Mission Farms, for race one of the two-race Wintery Mix Series, a Slimenundgrossen production. Temperatures might loosen up those grounds a bit on the day, just sayin'.

Or maybe you're heading to Chicago this weekend for the last big UCI event in these parts before Madison? We'll be watching.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

I'd be remiss

keitsuji1983 has an eye for it.
I prefer to use my own crappy cell phone photos on this site, or post official promotional images from elsewhere, so/but I'd be remiss not pointing out this great Flickr feed of a recent race in Japan (at altitude, no less).

Check out Nobeyama Cyclocross 2012, by keitsuji1983.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ahoy! It's another series

Wintery Mix #1 is Sunday at ELITE Cycling/Mission Farms, which looks like it's becoming pretty central to KC Cross. Get the flyer at right.

Then there's Nationals (Madison) and Masters Worlds (Louisville), then Wintery Mix #2 at ELITE Cycling/Mission Farms on Feb. 10. Word is the two-race fandango is another series. Okay!

Pauwels wins in the mud at a Nys race

Nys was ill and couldn't do his own race in his new kit. Pauwels rode away from Stybar like it was nothing.

bpost Bank Trofee - G.P. Sven Nys, Baal (Tremelo) (BEL)

Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor    
Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus