There’s an obvious trend with cyclocross, and no, it’s not riding without gloves, carbon everywhere or wearing white skinsuits. It’s the new cyclocross festival. This year, we’ve seen Providence, Ohio, Lone Star, and now Smithville’s festival in Kansas City. With the family-fun ad spectator-friendly nature of ‘cross, we think that’s a great thing for the future of our sport. Press release on Smithville below.

Oct. 20, 2009 – The De Stad Van Kansas CX Series presented by Paceline Products looks forward to the Smithville CX Festival on Oct. 25. The festival is host to Round #3 at Sailboat Cove, Smithville Lake, MO just 25 minutes north of Kansas City.

Promoters Heather Jordan and  Chris Locke said, we are excited about the success of the 2009 race series. 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.

A well balanced course has been designed by the Cross Guru for the Smithville CX Festival. The course features 158 feet of climbing per 1.8 mile lap with plenty of pavement, flowing turns, a few off camber turns, a natural steep run up (one the Guru is famous for) and Hammer Beach along the shores of Smithville Lake. As always, the money tree will be in full bloom for the festival.

The Wheel Cyclery, Clay County Parks, KCA, Tifosi, FRS, Hammer Nutrition, Raw Revolution, Sugoi Performance Apparel, Lantern Rouge Volunteer Group, Thoroughly Kneaded Muscle Therapy, JET performance Chiropractic, 53×11 Coffee, Cow Town Cycling and Chamois Butt’r, bring the event more than $3,000 in prizes.

Prizes are plentiful; and the food abundant. Sunday will feature a Chili Extravaganza.  Don’t forget…coffee by the gallon and lots of sweets!

Racing at Sailboat Cove begins Sunday at 10:00 a.m. with the Category 4 men going off first.  Ladies don’t forget that KCA is sponsoring the Category 4 women with supplementing your entry. Which means you race for only $10.  Races continue throughout the day with the Category Men 1/2/3 racing at 1:00 p.m. and the finale at 2:00 with the Men’s Cat 3/4. This is a great venue for spectating.

Get your cross bikes ready to roll, there are categories for Men and Women from Pro to beginner and everything in between. Visit for all the details.