Saturday's Cincinnati’s Kings International Cyclocross will be the last chance to see Niels Albert in World Champion stripes before he trades them for national colors in Louisville one week later. Albert and BKCP-Powerplus teammates Wietse Bosmans and Radomir Simunek decided to get a taste of American racing and fight jetlag by flying to Louisville two weeks before the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.
Also in the mix will be Swiss Champion Julien Tamaracz (BMC), Simon Zahner (EKZ Racing Team), Danish National Champion Kenneth Hansen (EKZ Racing Team), Canadian Under-23 Champion Evan McNeely (Specialized Canada) and Voltech Nipl (Czech National team).
Many of the USA National Worlds team will also race their final tune-up before the race. US National Champion Jonathan Page (Engvt), Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus), Joachim Parbo (Challenge-TRP), and Ryan Trebon and Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld), Drew Dillman (Bob's Red Mill) will also be on the start line of the Cincinnati’s Kings International Cyclocross (C2) this Saturday January 26th at Kingswood Park in Mason, Ohio.
With equal prize money for women, the list of confirmed racers is also as impressive and includes European Continental Champion Helen Wyman (KONA). Amy Dombroski (Telenet-Fidea), Georgia Gould and Katerina Nash (LUNA), Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) and Swiss National Champion Jasmin Achermann (Rapha-Focus).
Race director Corey Green says, “It is a rare opportunity to witness our US elite up against European elites in a non-Worlds environment. It is also a rare opportunity to race as an amateur on the same course, on the same day as the reigning World Champion. We may be the first opportunity in the US to say that.”
Mason is only 90 minutes north of Louisville, Ky. Elite women start at 2 p.m. Followed by men at 3:30 p.m., all times EST.
The main features of Kingswood Park in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason are a double-topped hill known as “the Camel”, the DeFeet Flyover and a run up known as the “Heckle Zone.”
Kings CX is home to the Lionhearts Junior Racing team, a 53 member juniors only team with kids ranging from 8 to 15 years old. The event is a fundraiser for the team. The Lionhearts will be running a chili and waffles stand, as well as selling coffee and hot chocolate. Food trucks will also be on site.