It finally feels like proper CX weather; there’s a nip in the air, the trees are changing colors as fast as everyones new team kits, however nobody rocks the pink like Black Sheep Cartel. It’s rained almost everyday this week all of which should make for some excellent cyclocross racing conditions this weekend in Kansas City. The Smithville Cyclocross Festival is scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday October 25 – 26, along the shores of picturesque Smithville Lake’s, Sailboat Cove designed by “The Cross Guru“, whoever that is. I just hope he’s better than the Love Guru, that movie sucked!
You might remember this race as the Riverside Cyclocross Festival. This festival was originally slated to be held in Riverside again but due to midsummer flooding along the banks of the Missouri river just north of downtown Kansas City. Many of the most infamous features of the Riverside race were washed away during the flood in June and July. Just up the river in Parkville, the location for the Boss Cross race sat underwater for a few weeks as well. English Landing Park was just outside my office window before I got laid off, it was sad to see the park underwater, luckily there was little damage to the park and shouldn’t affect that race in any significant matter.
It will be interesting to see how the new venue plays out. There is a narrow beach section that runs right along the edge of the lake which could make for some interesting strategy. It will be interesting to see if anyone ends up in the lake. Bringing some dry clothes might not be a bad idea. There’s rumors of tress sprouting money too.
The NCCX series continues this Sunday near Boone, NC with the Hawksnest Crossfest on the old Hawksnest golf course in Seven Devils, NC.
Good luck guys!
Now, to truly double your fun.