Kris’ Birthday / Old Time Cyclocross

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Today is my brother’s birthday.  And I guess the cyclocross season is over, nearly for everyone.  I know there are a few races to compete in spread throughout the country, and of course, the World Championships at the end of the month, but for the majority, it is over.  It’s time, even though it is just the 2nd week of January, to start looking forward to road reason.

Anyway, I was hoping to post a picture out of Bicycling Magazine of a cyclocross they held in Martin Park, in Lawrence, back in 1974.  I didn’t even know what it was back then.  Kris competed in the race and they put a picture of him in the February, 1975 issue.  I was super jealous and thought that I should have done the race, even though I had no idea what it was.  What it was is pretty much taking your road bike and riding around a MTB course.  At least that is what I envision.

Kris raced a couple cyclocross races this past season, so that means he’s been doing it for right about 40 years, give or take.  Pretty incredible.

Gene Wee, our fearless leader of the Mount Oread Bicycle Club, sent me this photo.  It is a picture of the start/finish line and a friend, Dennis Scott, who was from Kansas City.  If I find the magazine, then I’ll scan the picture of Kris and post it, but this will have to do.  Happy Birthday!

DennisScott-Nov1974MartinPa

We rode by Marin Park on Monday, on the way to watch Cyclocross Nationals.   It seemed appropriate.

We rode by Marin Park on Monday, on the way to watch Cyclocross Nationals. It seemed appropriate. Still pretty primitive.

6 thoughts on “Kris’ Birthday / Old Time Cyclocross

  1. peter k

    Since the City of austin did such a crappy job at promoting the National Cyclo Cross Championships and then closing the park for an over abundence of fear of environmental damage, Maybe the National should be held at Martin Park near you Steve….

     
  2. biscuit

    any truth to the rumor Kris holds the Kansas 40k TT record in a time of 51minutes and change? remember seeing his name on a Kansas CycloCross champions trophy (1989?) at The Bicycle Exchange shop in Wichita.

     
  3. Jim

    Those pictures remind me of what all of us looked like doing cross in the late ’70’s in the Cleveland area. Actually kind of cool that we were SO clueless. Thanx for the memories.

     

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