Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Race RiverfrontCX Thanksgiving morning

Nothing overseas coming up this weekend other than the Boonen & Friends benefit in Mol, where The Man Zdenek Stybar will drag out the old CX bike again. Fingers crossed he remembers he's The Man, and comes back for a few more before the season is over.

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

It's Niels' world, he just lets us live in it

Niels schooled Lars at Gieten yesterday, on a track a lot less impressive than the day before at Koksijde, but with the same result. (Lars needed to bring those futuristic pedals back with him, apparently.)

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

Cold day one at Lost Trail

No official results posted, but Roger has photos of the frigid day.

Over in the sand Niels was Niels, Mehvin Mehvin, and Sven just protected his points position on a day that Mourey hung around long enough.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Everybody's racin' for the weekend (?)

Sorry, heard this on the way home ...

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

Wichita results are posted

Results from last weekend's races in Newton and Wichita, KS, are posted now at

Keep in mind that Sunday's Wichita race was a 'k-bar' event, with points implications. That series wraps up at the state race Dec. 8 in Topeka.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Some info

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

Cool weekend, wasn't it?

Europe (Belgium): Nys showed what a World Champion is all over again, taking apart Albert before the final turn as usual on Saturday, then crushed all Sunday at Asper-Gavere, when Albert trailed but fellow BKCP-Powerplus person Philipp Walsleben fell much like his teammate.

bpost bank trofee - GP Hasselt 2013
Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 0:59:53  
Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team  
Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team

Superprestige Gavere
Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team
Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 
Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team

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.)

Iowa: Rain all weekend didn't come through, and great conditions met CX folks at this again ten-days-early UCI race in the state north of KC. Get those results at USA Cycling. And get better, LL, we hear you broke a finger day one in the dark? Snoop info on Twitter if you do that sort of thing.

Somewheres in Kansas: Races Saturday and Sunday were held sort of in the middle Southeastern part of the state, and results are hard to find. Anyone have anything on those events, including a 'k-bar' gathering?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sign up online for Sand Creek CX

Here's the link ... (This is tomorrow's race in Newton, KS)

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

This week holds for us

Cold, for one thing. Good thing it will be like 70 this weekend to make it an average week.

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?

  • Or maybe this is the week you ride RiverfrontCX? Or will you wait until Thanksgiving morning, when we assemble for race action there?
Also this weekend (I don't have time to call this or whatever), you can race if you road trip the opposite direction from Iowa and visit Newton, KS, Saturday, and Wichita, KS, Sunday (for a 'k-bar' race, in fact). Get those details at kscycling (SPIRAL WARNING at one or the other venues, I recall).

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Some results from the weekend

One of the neatest races of the season last night, many contests under lights at Heartland Park Topeka (Grand Prix HPT).

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

Watch the U23 race the first few minutes of the video above, then watch how Lars (From The Future) races in the big boy race.  Those contests are going to get real interesting the next few years, when Nys hangs it up, and some of those guys take on Lars again.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Hamme-Zogge will be muddy!

This will rule, this is a great course in the mud. The bog, being a bog. Hamme-Zogge, Belgium, check the weekender there.

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

There was midweek stuff this week

Seems I didn't look hard enough. Reference the comment received from Volker, and remember it each time Wednesday rolls around.

"It's back!

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.

And if near Roanoke Park, you might check if Micah is calling you out for a Thursday night skills session. Keep up with that group at The Facebook.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What to look forward to this week

If there's any gatherings, I've yet to hear about them. With this return to "standard" time, and our world now plunged into darkness and gloom, post-work formal practices will be tough to pull off. It's like the world is the dark part of Silent Hill all the time, or maybe that's just me.

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

Ah, sand, we meet again

Today was Blvd Cup 2013, or Return to Veterans Park, or sand again, er, Sand Again. (Back me up here, we've had it at Cross Out Cancer, both Boss Cross races, and here.)

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.


More Open.

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.

Help needed for Leawood City Park Singletrack (Cyclocross in my world)

Gather Saturday, this Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. at Leawood City Park Singletrack if you can help make that trail system even longer.

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

Great bunch of races, don't forget Sunday

Zonhoven now.

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 ...