The cyclocross snake, a photo by Susan Hackett
Now that it is July, it seems like it is the right time to go ahead and start getting prepared for the 2013 series. The 2012 series went out with a bang and we’re hoping the 2013 series will kick off with the same enthusiasm.
2013 is the seventh consecutive Cap City Cross series and we’re going back to the roots for this season. With that, we are making some changes to the way the series is run. First up is our association with Kenda Tires. Kenda has been of stout sponsor over the years and this year they are stepping up to be our title sponsor. They’ve been wicked rad in the past and are helping out in a big year this year. Kenda has been highly involved with cycling in central Ohio for years and this is just another great thing they’re doing for our series and our scene.
Second big change for 2013 is that a handful of local clubs stepped up to take part in the series. Each race in the series is going to organized and supported by these clubs. This may not sound like a big change, but it definitely is. Cap City Cross has an amazing core of local racers that are very dedicated to the series. Each of those racers belongs to a local club and that club has the ability to bring in new racers, sponsors and volunteers. With this help, we can grow Cap City Cross bigger than it has ever been.
The third major inclusion of the 2013 series is the Ohio CX Cup races. The Ohio Cycling Association is going to be hosting a series of races in Ohio called the Ohio Cyclocross Cup. Each cyclocross series in Ohio (Cap City Cross, Northeast Ohio Cyclocross and Ohio Valley Cyclocross) will be hosting two races in the CX Cup series that will be culminating to the Ohio State Cyclocross Championships in Broadview Heights, OH. This means that racers will be seeing some stiff competition in all races around the state in 2013.
To be honest, working with these guys has been awesome and the enthusiasm is building. We’re just over two months away from the Series kick off which will be September 21 with Team SixOneFour at a new venue to the series, Summit Vision. After that, the series kicks in to classic venue mode with races at Smith Farms, Lobdell Frisbee, Infirmary Mound (Queen of the Cap City Cross classic courses) and Big Run. We’re also heading back to Alum Creek State Park for a little beach party and over to Darree Fields for some PostgivingCX action.
Big Run Fun, see FUNNNN, a photo by Susan Hackett
Other than the aforementioned changes, series information is pretty much staying the same! First time racers go for free (must still pay USA Cycling insurance and license fee), series prices stay the same ($25 for men, $15 for women/juniors), and no jerks and P.M.A.