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Thursday, December 13, 2007

It's time to play in the mud

For those of you who like to play in the mud or watch others play in the mud, the USA Cycling 2007 Cyclocross National Championships started today in Kansas City, Kan.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the concept of cyclocross (PDF file), here's a brief description from the organizers of the Kansas City event:
Cyclocross is a cross between road racing and mountain biking. Competitors race laps around a course featuring a variety of surfaces (pavement, grass, sand, gravel, dirt, etc.) while negotiating a number of obstacles that may require them to dismount and remount their bicycle. Beginning in the fall and running through the winter months, cyclocross used to be mostly popular for off-season training, but has become a very popular sport in its own right.
The event takes place at Wyandotte County Park, at the intersection of State Avenue and North 126th Street in Kansas City, near the Kansas Speedway. Events began this morning and will continue throughout the weekend, culminating with the elite women's and men's races on Sunday.

Cyclists can expect sloppy conditions. In addition to the major ice storm that hit eastern Kansas and western Missouri earlier in the week, snow is in the forecast for Saturday.

In addition to the event's Web site, which includes a blog, the Kansas City Star has written an overview of the event and a feature about a Topeka, Kan., participant. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch also did an article that features St. Louis-area cyclocross racer Mike Heffernan and Russ Murphy.

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Roger 3 comments links to this post 10:22 AM

A quick search of the 4 main TV station's web sites reveals one station mentioning this -- and that story was on Monday. It will be interesting to see if anyone covers it tonight.
Is there a nonhistorical reason why they don't race in less insane weather? Is that part of the fun?
You'll find some pictures from today here: http://flickr.com/photos/acmebicycle/sets/72157603452583079/
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