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Katie Compton and Tim Johnson took the Elite titles at the final day of the USCF Cyclocross National Championships in Kansas City, KS. Johnson last won the title in 2000 when the races were held at Stohl Park in Overland Park. Check out the results for today's racing here.

In the short term, cyclocross racing continues December 30th with the Epic Holiday Cyclocross and the final round of the DeStad Series: The Grote Prijs Shawnee. In the long term, the National Championship returns to Kansas City for 2008!

This was in the localcycling.com mail today:

"Just wanted to remind you that the Major Taylor Foundation of Greater
Kansas City will be featured Saturday, December 1st,(which is tomorrow)
on KKFI- 90.1 FM/ Urban Connection hosted by Donna Wolfe, at 4-5pm.
Several area African-American riders will also be on the show as guests-
Christian Griffin, Desmond Wilkins, Marcus Brown and MTFGKC President
Kenneth Walker will share their insight on the sport of cycling, their
ambitions to race, and the effect they themselves have on others, as
black men riding bicycles in Kansas City.
It should be a good show, so check it out."

Here's the website with some updated weekly rides: www.majortaylorkc.org

 

A reminder from Joe Fox of Cycle City: "We will be having Pre-registration for Sunday's Boss Cross #2 tomorrow (Thursday) evening from 7:00-9:00 at The Power Plant Brewery in downtown Parkville. Come hang out, drink some good beer, and save $5 on race entry."

 

Riders from the KC area did well in Iowa: Jingle Cross Results. Those that stayed home continued the 'wearing in' of the upcoming nationals course with a 'training race'. This weekend features Boss Cross 2 at English Landing Park in Parkville. You can preregister for Boss Cross at the Power Plant Brewerey on Thursday night this week from 7-9 PM. Then the following weekend are the State Championship races for Kansas and Missouri. The big Nationals weekend is expected to draw 2000 riders, you can check the start lists out at the site.

The Kansas State Championship is part of the DeStad Series, which will continue on to the final race: The Grote Prijs Shawnee. The rumor mill is buzzing about one other event, a new December 30th "Holiday Cross" race. Watch for a venue announcement, flyer and details later today.

Here's a nice thing happening the weekend:

"On November 18th, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we're putting on an
Alleycat race, the second annual Cranksgiving. Last year's event, the
first, had 75 riders going all over the city collecting 4 Bicycle
Boxes full of non-perishable foods at grocery stores. This year, the
event originator and  organizer, Michael Forester graciously allowed
us to put on the event. The Kansas City Community Kitchen will be
around with a truck to pick up donations so the goal is to fill it to
the brim.

click on 'read more'

Read more: Cranksgiving

Here's a nice blast from the past, the course preview for the 2000 Cyclocross Nationals in Overland Park. All very nice, but shot the week before the event, minus the lovely snowfall.

Yesterday's 200 plus rider event, The Boulevard Cup, brought 'crossers from around the region to race on the same roads and turf as the upcoming USCF National Cyclocross Championships. The course showed that it could handle the large fields of riders that will compete in December. For those who didn't make it, here are pictures from Roger Harrison, many focusing on the 'double run-up hill'. Sunday saw single boards instead of stairs on this feature, but the challenge of running a steep hill, remounting and riding back down only to turn back and repeat after only a few seconds of recovery is big. This will likely be a key factor at Nationals.

The Boulevard folks also know how to throw a party. An enomous raffle capped off a day of Cajun cuisine (prepared by chef Tony Stewart) and free flowing Boulevard Beer (including previews of some delicacies like 'Sixth Glass" and "Saison".

Click on 'read more' for brief results. Full results here.

Read more: Boulevard Cup Bash Previews Natz

Jeff Unruh and company put together a nice long flowing euro style course for the inagural Capital Cup Cyclocross. A number of athletes travelled from around the region to sample two days of area racing, particularly since tomorrow's Boulevard Cup previews the Nationals Course.

 

 

 

UPDATE: Complete results. Photos by Roger Harrison.

 

 

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