Lawrence: The 2015 Kansas State Championships for Cyclocross will provide exciting bike racing at Centennial Park on Sunday, November 15. This is the first year for Lawrence to host the Championship, but for three years prior the 360 Cup Cyclocross bike races have been here. The races, made possible by 360 Racing Club and eXplore Lawrence, the travel and visitors bureau for Lawrence, are open to the public. Races begin at 10:30 at the park, 2200 W. 9thStreet.
Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing that involves many laps of a short course that features varying terrain such as pavement, wooded trails, grass, mud, steep hills and also obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount.
There will be men’s and women’s races between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Each race runs from 30 to 45 minutes. A free Kids’ Race will take place following the conclusion of the 12:15 race. Races will resume at 1:45.
“Cyclocross is a bit more of a free-for-all style of racing compared to road racing,” said Bob Sanner, eXplore Lawrence, who helped organize the race. “It challenges cyclists with a course that offers different terrains and a variety of obstacles to navigate. It is lots of fun for spectators who want to see bikers challenge themselves and each other.” There is no charge to spectators and more race information @360racing.org.
(Nov. 5, 2015)