Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What was and will be

It wasn't just our two days of Boss Cross that left a mark last weekend, there were other races going on. To catch up:

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.

Laatse lapree:

Now that all that is out of the way, we have the rest of the week ahead of us. Quite a lot of rain out there, so I'd recommend tearing up RiverfrontCX if you need to go hard Wednesday. Not sure the Swayze gathering will go, but it is still October, so who knows?

Thursday, you know. Since we're basically kids racing bikes in parks and jumping over stuff, let the real kids have their fun. The kid who shows up with the bike on one shoulder gets all our candy.
Colavita Cup, sort of where Sunday's Boss Cross race was (Southwest of Johnson Drive and Pflumm in Shawnee). You know the field you noticed from the high point of that race? That's where we'll be racing. (61st and Pflumm.) No idea where we'll be parking. I'll try and find out. Hell, ride there.
The party where cyclocross races sometimes break out, Boulevard Cup will take place exactly where Boss Cross was last Sunday, or right next to where we race Saturday. We'll get this.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Boss Cross. Yeah, it happened.

"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
WHICH fork in the road am I looking for?

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?)
Then my wheezing car made it to the top of the bluff (?), and it looked like the place. The course (Boss
Don't Google Map and drive, and take a photo. Where am I?
Cross-ish all the way), was a bit like the Swope course of years gone by: A long deal on either side of a road in the woods, but with an awful amount of elevation change. Hills I had to run (walk), not so much ride (more on that in a bit).

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.
But enough of that. Joe noted that this was the first of two Boss Cross days this season, and only two, what with troubles any more finding places to host our craziness.  Much, much gratitude to those who let us race here. This wasn't just a tough course a little bit like we stream from Europe, it was a feast for those crazy straight-bar 29er folks. Nearly short-track mountain bike racing, it seemed. Good thing we'd be at the driver-ish Veteran's Park in Shawnee tomorrow. You think?

KCA result
Roger's evidence

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 ...

KCA tells
Roger photos

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lars IS from the future

Did you see that kid? Holy cow. It was inevitable Lars VDH would get one, but the way he won Sunday should strike fear in a few of the other guys we're usually talking about.

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

This week/end

Two words: Boss Cross

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

Joules Day Two: What a day ...

Picture-perfect day to hang out in a lawn chair, maybe have a soda pop or two, grab a bowl of chili or slice of pizza when you're hungry. Or maybe coffee and a donut ball or two.

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.

Loads of fun! Joules day one done

Rain did wonders for Joules, smoothing out areas which are sometimes a bit bumpy, and making tires stick well. Quick, near-brakeless track that will throw at least one surprise in the reverse direction, and another day of the bouncy house thing for kids.

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

Joules Saturday/Sunday - World Cup 1 Sunday

NOW: Check the Joules schedule, see the Joules map.

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

The week ahead

Joules is Saturday and Sunday at that place just north of Lawrence (the way a non-Lawrence person sees it). You know the course ... but you might check out the weekend weather outlook, and find a few more clothes for those earlier races.

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

Today's results, and great day by the Cross Out Cancer crew

Euro: World Champion Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony) took round one of bpost Bank Trofee at Ronse, BEL, in a muddy/rainy day on a crazy hill course. Epic Number One of the season.

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:

Second barriers today allowed the daring to hop the (low) first, then get over the second in conventional ways.

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/ 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.

Watch Ronse, get to Cross Out Cancer

Watch Ronse (8 AM start, I think)

Get there an hour early to sign up and see the course: Cross Out Cancer starts at 10 a.m. (for the 4/5 Men and Women 35+)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Big weekend. Big.

Okay, I don't know how fast you can go with cantilever brakes sticking out there and 24 psi Belgian-taped tubulars buzzing on concrete, but it's still up to you if you want to try your aero skills at Saturday's Octoginta TT near Lawrence. It's been 44 years of such madness, and it might be more your style to do one of the long rides after the TT, or buy/sell some stuff at the swap meet later in the day.

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.
Secondly, this race is at Ronse, which is a little bit like our first race being at Manions. Hills make a diff. Ronse, I think means hills. It's on, like, the biggest hill of all in Flanders, (cxmagazine pic) which may or may not mean much, but still ... it let Kevin put Zdenek in arrears here a little bit. There must be something to this.

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

More about this week

Life's what you make it, and there's a bunch of living to do this week if you're so inclined.

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

This week

We have Cross Out Cancer Sunday at Shawnee Mission Park. One of the best courses of the year, in my opinion, at least last year. A day of rain ending that morning helped, but so did lots of 90 degree turns, rather than a fascination with as many 180s as tape would allow. Just saying.

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

360 Cup Day Two

Another blustery day, another fine day at Centennial Park, and another day of legit CX weather 'round these parts (yes, even including late day two at Manions, if you've checked out early races at Treviso, Italy, in recent years).

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

Nice work by the 360 crew: 360 Cup Day One

Very much the same course layout as last year at Lawrence's Centennial Park, only better (not so frantic up there by the playground area), with a bit more flow. Punchy course with pretty quick lap times, for all classes.

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

I don't know much, but I saw a few things

Katherine Kelter (GP-Velotek, Olathe, KS) had a good one going in Women's Open until a last-lap or so crash. Hope you're okay!

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

Race(s) this weekend

Two days at Lawrence's Centennial Park for year two of the 360 Cup there. Not a south-facing hill, and tonight's forecast is worth a look. Could it be two Saturdays in a row for this? (Thanks, Chris Thomas.) Around here? No way!

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

RiverfrontCX report, because you're wondering

First of all, I'm KOM at 7:28. Have at it.

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

RiverfrontCX is back in business

If RiverfrontCX rings a bell, that's because it's the KC-area's only (basically) full-time CX practice playground, and you won't be dodging soccer balls, frisbees, or cars on either side of Ward Parkway. That drive to the middle of nowhere is worth it, when you see the winding course, Belgian-like sandy downhill, stair climb, and legit barriers (in a day or two, I hope).

Get busy setting that line today or tomorrow after work. Or, jump on The Facebook and see what's what.

This year's course is new, too, so prepare thy Strava device, if you want to be the 2013-14 KOM.

Same warnings apply this year:

  • 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?