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De Stad Cyclo-cross Van Kansas series announced

The home of the US Cyclo-cross National Championships is undergoing a boom of interest in the sport, and now race organizers have announced a six race cyclo-cross series to be held near the Kansas City Metropolitan area.

The first race of the series is scheduled for October 14th, 2007 in Lawrence, Kansas. Promoters Gerard Arantowicz and Chris Locke are making preparations for the 6th annual Chris Cross International held at the scenic Clinton Lake State Park on October 14, 2007. "We expect a big crowd in preparation for the National Championships held in Kansas City in December. The local 'cross scene is buzzing here in the Midwest. People are ecstatic to have Nationals once again since the 2000 event and are eager to start the 07 cyclo-cross season," said Arantowicz.

Subsequent events will be held in Riverside, Leavenworth and Shawnee.

October 14: Chris Cross, Lawrence, KS November 3: Riverside Cross Festival, Riverside, MO November 4: Riverside Cross Festival, Riverside, MO November 24: St. Mary's Cross, Leavenworth, KS December 9: Kansas State Cyclo-cross Championships, Leavenworth, KS January 6: Grote Prijs Shawnee, Shawnee, KS

For further information on the series go www.kansascitycross.com.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.