Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Packet Pick-Up Opens; Start Lists Available

Kansas City, Kan. - More than 30 pages of start lists hang on the wall outside the room for packet pick-up at the Holiday Inn Express, the host hotel for the 2007 USA Cycling National Cyclocross Championships.

SportsBaseOnline President Dirk Cowley and his staff were swiftly processing athletes through the first three hours of what will be a 10-hour day (packet pick-up closes Wednesday at 10 p.m.).

Athletes are reminded that they must show a valid USA Cycling license in order to complete their registration.

Final course setup was taking place Thursday afternoon. Conditions will definitely be muddy, with a combination of ice and mud for the early-morning races - provided the temperature remains below freezing.

Thursday's forecast calls for partly sunny skies with temperatures in the mid 30s. However, the temperature at 9 a.m. - the start of the first race - is only expected to be in the mid 20s.

As for those start lists, defending national men's elite champion Ryan Trebon has the distinction of wearing No. 1 for the championships. Katie Compton, the 2006 elite women's champion, will wear bib No. 200.

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