Autumn Is My Favorite Time of Yearby , VP Racing
Autumn is my favorite time of year! The hot summer weather begins to moderate, giving way to cool mornings and many delightful sunny days, the fall foliage is always beautiful, but, more than anything else, it is because it is cyclocross season! Sometimes referred to as “the NASCAR of bike racing,” this fast growing sport involves about 90% riding and 10% running over a 1-2 mile closed-loop course. The course will include a variety of surfaces, barriers, hills and tight turns, and is said to require “the finesse of a ballet dancer, the speed of a motorcycler and the grit of a hockey player.” But, whether you are a racer plowing through a sand pit or part of the crowd ringing cowbells and cheering the racers on, it is great fun for everyone.
This year, the Ohio Valley Cyclocross Series, promises to be bigger, better and more exciting than ever before and, with four of the fifteen races in the series right here in the Louisville area, it will be easier than ever for you to join in the fun. On September 9, the season kicks off with the first race in Columbus, Ohio, and after that there are races around the region nearly every weekend until early December.
The first local race in the OVCX series will be the JPMorgan Tour de Louisville at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park on Sunday, September 30th. Besides cyclocross, this event will feature a number of other activities for your whole family including golf, soccer, lacrosse, a FunZone and a food court. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to local charities. A great way to spend an autumn afternoon!
The last two races in the series will also be in our “backyard.” One is the “Storm the Greens” race at the former River Road Country Club on December 2 and it will again be the USCF Kentucky State Championship race. Our own LBC’s Team Louisville will host the season finale at Wendell Moore Park just outside LaGrange, Ky., on the following Sunday, December 9th. Racers receive double points for this race, which can often determine the overall winners of the series. It has been a couple of years since we have raced at Wendell Moore Park. It offers some very challenging terrain set against the beautiful backdrop of a large lake and I am very excited about having our race there this year.
Most races will also offer a children’s race and food, so bring the family out.
I have saved the best for last!
By far and away, the biggest highlight of this season will come on October 27 and 28 when Louisville and 2Wheelsports hosts the Papa John’s Derby City Cup at the former River Road County Club. We are very fortunate to be one of only three cities in the nation to be selected as a site for the series of races known as the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross. The Derby City Cup races will be two of the six days of qualifying races that comprise the officially recognized USA Cycling’s national series. There will be hundreds of CX racers from all around the country in town to participate and they will certainly include many of the top men, women, U-23, masters and junior riders in the sport of cyclocross. In fact, America’s best ever showing at the world championships in Belgium last year (three silver medals) came from riders that competed for places on the US Team at the USGP events.
So circle the weekend of October 27 & 28 on your calendars so you won’t miss out!
I would also like to encourage you to pitch in and help make this event a huge success. Just like the National Senior Olympics or the Ford Ironman Triathlon, we will need plenty of volunteers to help with the essential and often mundane tasks associated with staging an event of this magnitude. If we would like our city to host world-class events such as this, it is up to all of us to do what we can to make them a success. If you would be willing to help out please contact Mike Hewitt at 2wheelsports.com for more information.
I hope to see you all at the OKHT. Be sure and stop at the Team Louisville SAG stop at the top of Lilly Pike for some fun and refreshments!
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web posted: 21 Sep 2007
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