In the summer of 2005, the partners of GSD Event Productions were on the hook to promote the national cyclocross championships. Three venues had been rejected. Lyle Fulkerson brazenly asked Providence officials to hold the event on the grounds of the Rhode Island State House. After flatly rejecting that proposal, officials directed him to Roger Williams Park, just three miles south. Each of the three partners toured the park separately; each were stunned. The amenities, the topography, and the beauty of the park sang out. They had found a Valhalla of American cyclocross.
After many years of growth in size and scale the Providence, Rhode Island location is no longer a viable venue for reaching an international level and the event moved to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson,CT in 2016.
The KMC Cross Fest will be Sept 28 – Oct 1, 2017. Highlights include:
• Infield Industry Trade Show and Exposition
• Racers will be in attendance from throughout America, Canada and Europe
• More that 5,000 Spectators, Participants and Exhibitors are expected each day
KMC Cross Fest is the kick-off weekend of the Sho-Air Cycling Group US Cup-CX series
ABOUT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY
Tucked away in the beautiful countryside of Northeastern Connecticut, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is the home of a historic raceway and a classic 18 hole golf course. Owned and operated by the Hoenig family for four generations the Thompson Speedway offers more options than any other track in New England.
The historic 5/8 mile high banked oval hosts a number of annual NASCAR stock car and open wheel racing events including the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen All American Series. The 1.7 mile road course is the rebirth of the first purpose-built closed-circuit road racing track in the United States. It offers elements to challenge amateur and professional drivers alike.
The Raceway Golf Club offers 18 holes of classic New England golf course design. The Clubhouse, Restaurant and Banquet Facility overlook both the golf course and motorsports facility and Bogey’s Ice Cream Stand continues to serve up the region’s best ice cream. Just 50 minutes from downtown Boston, 2.5 hours from New York City and 40 minutes from Hartford and Providence.
ABOUT THOMPSON, CONNECTICUT
Thompson is a rural town in Wyndham County, Connecticut. Thompson is located in the northeastern corner of the state and is bordered on the north by Webster, Massachusetts and Dudley, Massachusetts, on the east by Douglas, Massachusetts and Burrillville, Rhode Island, on the west by Woodstock, Connecticut and on the south by Putnam, Connecticut.
Besides claiming the Thompson Speedway as a historic raceway and hosts one of the biggest race programs in New England “The World Series of Auto Racing” each fall, its other claim to fame is the TriState Marker located just on the border of Thompson. Thompson is also home to the term “Swamp Yankee” which originated during the American Revolution in 1776. It is thought that the term was coined when the residents of Thompson, Connecticut fled to the surround swamps to escape a feared British invasion in 1776. When refugees arose from the swamps several weeks later, they were ridiculed and called “Swamp Yankees.”