There is little doubt the Cyclocross is an extremely popular discipline in the Kansas City area. For several years the folks from Source Endurance, a national coaching service have been offering first class instruction at an early season clinic.
This year the The Source Endurance CX clinic will be held at Herman Laird Park in Shawnee. The park has been a featured venue for cyclocross racing events including Grote Prijs Shawnee, 'Cross Off The Old Year and Boulevard Cup.
This edition, instructors include elite level CX racers Cody Kaiser, Shadd Smith, Tom Price, and coach Grant Harrison. The sessions will be divided into Introductory and Adavnace sections.
Beginning riders can learn the fundamentals of mounting and dismounting, carrying the bike, and what to expect on a 'cross course. Advanced riders will focus on skills to optimize their race day.
Things kick off with a Meet and Greet on Friday August 21. The clinics are offered on Saturday August 22nd.
It is too easy to compare the Kansas Velodrome to the film "Field of Dreams". Lawrence based track racing enthusiast, Bill Anderson wanted a Velodrome. He and cycling promoter Mark Thomas, had sat on numerous committees with the good intention of building a concrete or asphalt Velodrome somewhere in the metro. Kansas City has a fairly rich history of bicycle track racing. A large outdoor Velodrome was raced on in the late 19th century, but burned to the ground apparently in the early 20th century. Municipal Auditorium was the scene of popular Six Day events from the 1930's at least until the late 1940's, with local talent like Henry Meyer and the big names in the sport, the Walthours. However, by the early 1960's local track events became rare, and mostly contested on High School running tracks. Mr. Anderson began to look for an alternative to the slow moving process of the "Velodrome Committees."