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Welcome to Kisscross Michigan Cyclocross as we present the 2020 dates and venues for the cyclocross season. I have been working hard setting up the venues and sponsorships and proud to take the hand up to help lead our local Kisscross Michigan Cyclocross program. Same 11 classes and 5 venues, plus great hosting teams / clubs that I know will keep Kisscross rolling right along.

What’s New? Again offering pre-registration on line, awarding the whole podium (top 3), plus the random prize/awards, still offering chip timing at each race this Kisscross season. We will again NOT be running a point series this year instead focusing on adding more prizes and race management services. We welcome the local teams/clubs will assist in setting and cleaning up the courses and some will even feed you post race. Let’s keep it simple, fun and race our bikes!

Kisscross Michigan Cyclocross “My personal favorite form of bicycle racing” - Brent Walk

A group of us started Kisscross back in 2002 because we saw the need for cyclocross racing in the West Michigan area. The closest ‘cross races around were in the Detroit area and had a $30+ entry fee.  Not to mention going through a tank of gas and spending an entire day driving for a short 40 minute race. We started as volunteers with no business sense, no insurance and fees of only $10! About thirty of us (including myself) would go on my command and racing was underway. Someone wrote down our names in the order we finished. K.I.S.S.CROSS was born. Keep It Simple Stupid. The idea here was to have a series of cyclocross races that were fun, affordable, low key and challenging for riders of any skill level. And the beer….Yes we give away a six packs of Founders to the winner of each category and the rest of the prizes are awarded randomly. You could win a great prize for last place!

A few things have changed since then. No one can blame us for purchasing insurance and this also meant forming an LLC to protect our personal assets. Then the races became larger, the sponsors donated more swag and additional classes became necessary. Professional timing was introduced in 2012 to score 150+ people accurately each week. Little by little our prices have risen but at the end of the day these races don’t put much money in our pockets, we do it out of the love for the sport and to support the habits of our local family of cyclocross racers.

Our races tend to be held in City or County Parks and are very spectator and family friendly. Most courses are about 1.5 miles long and can be seen from one or two vantage points. Local teams, clubs and individuals “host” each race, setting up and tearing down the course which helps to keep the costs of the race down. It can take as long a full day to set up a course so please thank them when you have a chance. Kisscross Events also donates $1 per rider to the host team for their efforts. Most of the teams or clubs turn right around and give the money back to the ‘cross community by offering lunch for the day, a keg of beer or additional prizes and awards! How cool is that?!

Also, don’t forget each ‘cross race you enter increases your odds of winning a Velocity Wheelset to be raffled off at the end of the series. Thanks to our long time sponsor and supporter Velocity USA. Just fill out a name card and deposit it in the raffle box at each event. However, we now require you to be present at the final race to win these sweet wheels so that we can all share in the joy of your spoils and show our dedicated racers some much deserved loyalty!

Are you a skilled ‘cross veteran? Come on out and give it a go. As you already know, there’s not much else in the way of cyclocross action in West Michigan. This will give you a good chance to have some fun and hone your skills in the process. Plus it is affordable at only $25 per race. Now offering on line pre registration for only $20

Day of registration must be registered 30 min before your race - No license required.

Never tried cyclocross before? Want to learn more about the sport? This is a great opportunity! While this a “training series” we have all the professionalism and features of larger, sanctioned races. Come out and give it a shot!

We have four classes available to choose from; the one lap kids race which runs at 10:30 am. The Beginners, including Juniors <14, Men<40, and Masters and lasts about 30 minutes, the Women’s race, including Juniors <14, Women<40, and Masters lasts about 35 minutes, the Sport Race includes, Men<40, and Masters and lasts about 45 minutes and the Expert Race includes Men<40, Masters and Single Speeds class lasting about 60 minutes.

A cyclocross bike is not necessary, mountain bikes and even fat bikes are allowed; just remove the bars ends if you have them. Heck, some folks even use road bikes.

You will race for 30, 45 or 60 minutes depending on the class you signed up for. After everyone in a class is underway we will determine how many laps the lead pack must do to come as close as possible to your designated race time. At this time we will hold up the “laps to go” cards so you know how many laps are left. If you get lapped by the leader or leaders you will be scored as being down a lap. Everyone finishes on the leaders lap.

New this year we will be offering pre-registration on line (only $20), awarding the whole podium (top 3) plus the random awards and adding chip timing at each race just for starters this cyclocross season. We also have many prizes donated by our other great sponsors so please check the prize table after each race to see if you have won something. We label prizes with random placements in each class, even DFL!

Riders, please refrain from riding the course during other's races.

Classes:
- Expert = Men Open, Masters 40+, Single Speed
- Women = Women 15-39, Women Masters 40+, Women Juniors 14 under
- Sport = Men Open, Masters 40+
- Beginner = Men Open, Masters 40+, Juniors 14 under

*Single Speed will race and compete in the "Expert " race (you can still race SS in sport but will be
in open scoring)

Race Start Times (Kisscross Only)
10:30am – Shimano Kids Race (short lap) ($5 timed race)
11:00am – Beginners race – 30 min. race – Juniors (14 & under, full race), Men, Masters 40+
11:45am – Womens race – 35 min. race – Women Juniors (<14, full race) Women, Women Masters 40+
12:45pm – Expert race  – 60 min. race – Men, Masters 40+, Single Speed, Single Speed, **Open
2 pm  –  Sport race – 45 minute race – Men, Masters 40+, Single Speed, **Open

Race Entries (Kisscross Only)
Beginner, Sport and Expert races are $25 day of event. New on line pre registration only $20
One lap kids race is on a shortened course is $5. Prizes for all!
Full length beginner race for kids 14 and under is $15

No licenses required (except MBRA races, of course...)

Q: I have never tried cyclocross, what race should I sign up for?
A: Here is easy guide to follow if you have never raced cyclocross before. If you have experience racing in another discipline such as; road or mountain bike racing your race category would be as follows:

Beginner race = beginner mountain biker/Cat 5 road racer
Sport race = sport mountain biker/Cat 4 road racer
Expert  race = expert and elite mountain biker/Cat 3, 2 or 1

 

Q: Can I use a mountain bike, Fat Bike instead of a cross bike?
A: Yes, just remove any bar ends you may have on it.

Q: Can I register for more than one race on the same day?
A: Yes

Q: Can I warm up on the race course?
A: Not until the current race is finished

Q: Do you have podium awards?
A: We will only have podium awards for the point series winners following the last race of the season.
We will be awarding the whole podium (top 3) plus the random awards. No points series cyclocross season.

Q: I raced in the Sport race and it shows I only did 7 laps and everyone in front of me did 8 laps. Why is that?
A: The leaders of the race lapped you therefore you are down one lap, every one finishes the race on the leaders lap.

Q: What are the entry fees?
A: All races are $25 day of event except 1 lap kids race is $10 . full length beginner race for Juniors 14 and under is $15.  No licenses required. Pre registration on line only $20
11:45 am = Women race Juniors women (14 and under full race), women 15-39, women masters 40+ 35 min
Q: What are the start times?
A: Start times
10:30 am =  Kids one lap ($5 timed race)
11:00 am = Beginners race- Juniors men(14 and under full race), Men, Women and Masters 40+ 30min
11:45 am = Women race Juniors women (14 and under full race), women 15-39, women masters 40+ 35 min
12:45 pm = Expert race – Men, Masters 40+, Single Speed 60 min
2 pm pm =  Sport race – Men, Women, Masters 40+ 45min

Kisscross Michigan Cyclocross