2017 event to kick off new USA Cycling US CUP-CX
THOMPSON, Conn. (June 29, 2017) – KMC Cross Fest, the lead-off race weekend of the new USA Cycling US Cup-CX series, has moved its UCI Category 1 racing to Friday September 29. The ninth annual event will feature an exclusive dealer-media event on Thursday, Sept. 28, with fun races and events in the evening under the lights. Cyclocross racing will begin on Friday Sept. 29 culminating in the UCI C1 women, junior, and men’s events early Friday evening. The UCI C2 events will remain on Sunday Oct. 1.
“With adding a full day to the festival this year we can now give our UCI C1 races their own prime time slot on Friday,” explains KMC Cross Fest Programs Director Patrick Goguen. “An international rider could race Friday night in Thompson, then catch a flight back to Europe to make the start line for the inaugural Super Prestige race on Sunday.”
Moving UCI racing to Friday allows for a more complete weekend schedule of amatuer racing and an opportunity for elite athletes to partner with sponsors on events or clinics and be more involved in the festival.
“We have this amazing venue for four days so we wanted to spread out the fun,” added KMC Cross Fest co-founder Richard Fries. “We studied the schedule and realized running the pros on Friday allowed for so much more on Saturday. And given we offer on-site camping for the clubs, we get to truly promote the KMC Cross Fest as a true festival. We want to give ample attention to the New England Gran Fondo presented by Eddy Merckx Cycles, our Clif Bar kids events, and our Silicon Valley Bank Champion’s Dinner, all of which happen on Saturday.”
Thursday’s schedule will include clinics and classes, demos, industry/media cyclocross racing, a road circuit race, and a night mountain bike race. Friday will feature a full day of cyclocross racing. Goguen noted that “with the addition of a third full race day we will be able to offer a unique variety of events including an all new women’s masters field.” A complete schedule is to be released in the coming weeks.
Additionally, this will allow racing to end slightly earlier on Sunday while still accommodating a full race schedule, a change based on feedback from racers looking to depart in the afternoon or catch evening flights home.
KMC Cross Fest organizers are thrilled to be a part of the new US-Cup Series. Fries acknowledges the importance of a new cyclocross series in the US. “Having worked for both the SuperCup and later the U.S Gran Prix, I personally saw the impact a national series had on developing American cyclocross. We are proud to be part of the launch of this new endeavor. Having Ryan Trebon, who built his career around a national series, at the helm should ensure a quality product.”
US Cup Series Director Ryan Trebon is excited to have KMC Cross Fest kick off the schedule for the inaugural year of the series. “It is one of the country’s largest cyclocross races with arguably the most challenging course. It will be a good first test for any racer looking to win the overall series and take home the $10,000 overall prize.”