The Papa John’s Storm Eva Bandman Cyclocross race is back for its 13th year this Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Eva Bandman Cyclocross Park in Louisville, KY.
Eva Bandman is best known for hosting the 2013 World Cyclocross Championships, the only Cyclocross Worlds ever held outside Europe. The race provides an annual opportunity for riders from across the Ohio Valley to race on not just a Nationals-caliber, but Worlds-caliber course. Sven Nys and Mathieu van der Poel are, sadly, not included.
The race at Eva Bandman is also the Ohio Valley Cyclocross (OVCX) series’ annual Halloween Party. Costumes are strongly encouraged and there will be a costume contest with impressive prize baskets going to those voted to the costume podium.
About the Race
Racing starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday and continued until 3:30 p.m. As always, admission for spectators is free for all OVCX races.
Eva Bandman Cyclocross Park is located near downtown Louisville along the Ohio River. The course incorporates features built for the 2013 Worlds and has run-ups, sand pits, steep drops and twisty, wooded trails.
The full schedule and registration can be found at the bikereg.com page. Registration closes on Thursday.
Papa John’s Pizza is the title sponsor of the Storm Eva Bandman race. Other returning race sponsors include Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling, Perelmuter & Goldberg Orthodontics and Louisville Firefighters Local 345.
New sponsors for 2017 include Against the Grain Brewery and Tuff Shed. In addition, Baptist Health Sports Medicine will be on hand on race day to help with race-related injuries and Clarksville Schwinn will provide an on-site mechanic.
Black Rock Grille will be on-site to provide Louisville’s best burgers and frites, and Against the Grain Brewery will be tapping kegs of their exceptional Louisville-brewed offerings.
About the OVCX
The OVCX is one of the nation’s top cyclocross series. It draws about 400 racers every weekend. Most racers at Storm Eva Bandman come from Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio, but the event has drawn riders from across the country during its 13-year tenture.
The OVCX also has a strong Junior racing program, with several former national champions coming out of the series. Over 100 Junior racers are expected at Storm Eva Bandman in 2017
To register for Sunday’s race, visit bikereg.com.