After two big weekends of international racing in the U.S., the 2017 KMC Cross Fest kicks off an important month and a half of domestic racing with the start of the seven-race US Cup-CX series. The new series sponsored by Sho-Air International and directed by two-time national champion Ryan Trebon fills a void in the U.S. domestic calendar that has existed since the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross series folded in 2012.

The 2017 edition of the KMC Cross Fest will be the ninth overall and second at the Thompson Motor Speedway in northeast Connecticut.

The Course

Cyclocross Magazine reached out the KMC Cross Fest team to ask what is in store for the riders.

“We had to share the venue one day with a driving school [last year], so we had to build the course in such a way that we weren’t anywhere near the race cars,” said media director Lauren LeClaire. “This year we have free run of the place which allowed us to remove a great deal of the pavement you saw in last year’s version, add in new features, and make the race have a more compact feel and allow spectators and racers to get around the venue much more easily. The start/finish and the pits are all in the track infield. The technical features and really decisive points on the course will be front and center of our expo, team areas, and food and beer tents.”

She added, “One of the comments about Patrick Goguen’s course designs is he designs course features in a way that invite riders to make mistakes, he makes you have to think, make decisions and quickly weigh options.”

Last year’s course had several technical features, including a steep drop:

Curtis White rode with the strength of six men to take an early lead before teammate Hyde eventually took over. 2016 KMC Cross Fest Day 1, UCI C1 © Nin Lei

Curtis White rode with the strength of six men to take an early lead before teammate Hyde eventually took over. 2016 KMC Cross Fest Day 1, UCI C1 © Nin Lei

And a run-up that was effectively weatherized:

Noble kept Compton in her sights for the first half of the race. 2016 KMC Cross Fest Day 1, UCI C1 © Nin Lei

Noble kept Compton in her sights for the first half of the race. 2016 KMC Cross Fest Day 1, UCI C1 © Nin Lei

This year’s course also appears to have some tricks up its sleeve as well:

The folks from the KMC Cross Fest put together this video that previews the changes for 2017 and has a discussion with course designer Patrick Goguen.

The Racers

Full Men’s and Women’s start lists are below.

Noticeably absent this weekend will be Katie Compton (KFC Racing p/b Trek/Knight Composites), who was planning on racing KMC before heading to Europe for most of this season. Compton had two tough World Cup races in the Midwest, with the Jingle Cross edition marred by a crash and the Waterloo running derailed by a bee sting, of all things.

Katie Compton goes back-to-back, wins 2016 KMC Cross Fest Day 2. © C. McIntosh / Cyclocross Magazine

Katie Compton goes back-to-back, wins 2016 KMC Cross Fest Day 2. © C. McIntosh / Cyclocross Magazine

Compton won both days at the KMC Cross Fest in 2016, so the field will be wide open for the start of the US Cup-CX series. As we saw last season, the talent in the Women’s field is deep, and the two races in Connecticut will be important for riders with aspirations of winning the overall $10,000 US Cup-CX prize.

On the Men’s side, Cannondale p/b teammates Stephen Hyde and Curtis White won at the Thompson Speedway in 2016 and return as two of the favorites in 2017.

Curtis White is overcome with emotion while crossing the finish line for his first Elite UCI win of the season. © Chris McIntosh / Cyclocross Magazine

Curtis White returns as a favorite after winning the KMC Cross Fest in 2016. © Chris McIntosh / Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde’s two U.S. World Cups were hindered by an illness, so the defending U.S. national champion will certainly be hungry to start the US Cup-CX series off on a good foot if he is back at 100%. Kerry Werner (Kona) and Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz / Donkey Label Racing) are two other riders who had successful campaigns in Iowa City and Waterloo and are worth keeping an eye on this weekend.

The log staircase is no match for Tobin Ortenblad who pops his front wheel over the top step of the challenging obstacle. Trek CX Cup. © D. Mable /

Tobin Ortenblad rode well in Iowa City and Waterloo to start the season. Trek CX Cup. © D. Mable /

The Schedule

Elite racing at the KMC Cross Fest takes place on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. Friday night will be a UCI C1 event and Sunday a C2. The KMC Cross Fest is also one of the few U.S. races with Men’s UCI Junior 17-18 racing.

Friday C1 Schedule

Junior Men: 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Women: 5:30 p.m. Eastern

Men: 6:30 p.m. Eastern

Sunday C2 Schedule

Junior Men: 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Women: 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Men: 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Saturday Champions’ Dinner

On Saturday night, there will be a Champions’ Dinner to benefit the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition advocacy organization. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet professional cyclocross riders and others in the industry. The Dinner will also feature the new inductees to the Society of the Wooly Mammoth, which is the U.S. Cyclocross Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the Champions’ Dinner are $75 and will be available at the door. More info:

Women's Start List - 2017 KMC Cross Fest

FristLastHome CityHome StateTeam
CrystalAnthonyNewbury ParkCAMaxxis Shimano Pro Cyclocross
AllisonArensmanBrevardNCJ.A. King p/b BRC
KatieCarlsonBristolCTLadies First p/b Milton Caterpillar
KatieClousePark CityUTAlpha Bicycle Co. - Groove Subaru
ErinFacconeMedfordMATeam Averica
RebeccaFahringerConcordNHStan's NoTubes p/b Maxxis / gofahr
ChristelFERRIERGranbyQCSas Macogep Aquisio
ChristaGhentLyonsCOAmy D Foundation
DanaGilliganCraighurstONGarneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare
RebeccaGrossgoldenCOZero D Racing
ArleyKemmererPalmertonPAFearless Femme Racing
KaitlinKeoughColorado SpringsCOCannondale/
TaylorKuyk-WhitePhiladelphiaPAPhiladelphia Bike Expo
ReginaLeggeSalemNHTrek Cyclocross Collective
EricaLeonardBarieONTransitions LifeCare p/b Garneau Easton
JenniferMalikColumbusOHAmerican Classic Pro CX
PhiliciaMarionMount AiryNCAmerican Classic Pro Cyclocross Team
FionaMorrisNorth TurramuraAUSSpeedvagen MAAP
EllenNobleSouthamptonMAAspire Racing
MeghanOwensRichmondVTUVM Cycling
TurnerRamsayRutlandVTAlpha Bicycle Co. - Groove Subaru
LaurelRathbunMonumentCODonnelly Sports
MaghalieRochetteSt-JeromeQCCLIF Pro Team
RachelRubinoPhiladelphiaPAFearless Femme Racing
NatalieTapiasEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
RubyWestDundasONCannondale Devo team
PaigeWilliamsNorth BenningtonVTFuji Cross Crew
JulieWrightFlorenceMATeam Averica

Men's Start List - 2017 KMC Cross Fest

FirstLastHome CityHome StateTeam
IanClarkeBurlingtonVTUVM Cycling
PatrickCollinsShrewsburyMAMinuteman Road Club
ZacharyCurtisBridgewaterMABMB Racing
Marc-AndreDaigleMontr?alQCGarneau- Easton P/b Transition Life care
NicholasDinizOakvilleONNCCH Elite p/b MGCC
JamesDriscollPark CityUTDonnelly Sports
JeremyDurrinWesthamptonMANeon Velo Cycling Team
GrantEllwoodBoulderCOBCS Elite Cross
RossEllwoodBoulderCOBoulder Cycle Sport
DanielFitzGibbonsDorchesterMAGREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar
GarrettGercharBoulderCOClif Bar Development Mountain Bike and Cyclocross Team
JulesGoguelyOgdenUTApex / NBX / Hyperthreads
PeterGoguenHopedaleMARACE CF
DavidHildebrandEllingtonCTAetna-Expo Wheelmen
GunnarHolmgrenOrilliaONTeam Ontario / Centurion Next Wave Cycling Team
StephenHydeEasthamptonMACannondale P/B
JackKisseberthEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
NickLandoRingwoodNJElite Pro Factory
JustinLindineNorth OgdenUTApex / NBX / Hyperthreads
TravisLivermonWinston SalemNCMaxxis/Shimano
Clyde SebastianLoguePortsmouthNHColonial Bicycle Co
GarryMillburnTurramurraAUSSpeedvagen MAAP
NateMorseCohassetMAMinuteman Road Club
TobinOrtenbladSanta CruzCASanta Cruz / Donkey Label Racing
MichaelOwensRichmondVTHands-On Cycling p/b Guerciotti
SpencerPetrovSouthamptonMAAspire Racing
JeremyPowersSouthamptonMAAspire Racing
BenPowersHaverhillMARiverside Racing
FernandoRiveros PaezAustinTXStan's NoTubes p/b Maxxis / CZ Racing
AnsonRossPlainfieldCTSouthbridge bikes/cannondale
BrodySandersonOrilliaONCenturion Next
AndyScottAmesburyMARiverside Racing
ScottSmithEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
JohannesStromskiGreenlandNHKillington Mountain School
JackTannerBoulderCOTeam Clif Bar Developement Cyclocross Team
TroyWellsDurangoCOTeam CLIF BAR
KerryWerner Jr.birdsboroPAKona Factory CX Team
CurtisWhiteDelansonNYCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld
CooperWillseyHinesburgVTCannondale p/b