The De Stad Cyclocross Van Kansas Series comes to what will soon be known as “Cyclocross Paradise” in the small town of Paradise, Missouri (just 25 minutes North of Kansas City). Situated along the shores of beautiful Smithville Lake is Sailboat Cove Park which offers a great venue for cyclocross with its natural obstacles, tree line paved trails, rolling terrain, woody areas and beach shoreline. Spectators and racers will both enjoy the course as it offers plenty of opportunities to view the action.
The Smithville Cyclocross Festival takes place October 25th and 26th, featuring a well-balanced course with 158 feet of climbing per 1.5 mile lap with plenty of pavement, flowing turns, a few off camber turns, a natural steep run up and the return of Harter’s Horseshoe V2 along the shores of Smithville Lake.
Promoter Chris Locke said, “We are excited about the success of the 2008 race series and the growth we have had after 8 years of bringing great cyclocross events to the Kansas City area. With growing attendance at each event, Kansas City is fast becoming the hotbed for cyclocross. As the numbers rise, the series attracts more sponsors to grow higher payouts and more prizes. This weekend will be no different as we expect over 500 riders.”
There are categories for Men and Women from Pro to beginner with everything in between including the very popular Single Speed class. Prizes are plentiful and the food abundant. Saturday will feature a Mexican Fiesta and Sunday a Chili Extravaganza. Visit www.kansascitycross.com for all the details.