In addition to the other world class events occurring in St. Louis over Halloween Weekend, professional cyclocross racing returns Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th at the 3rd Annual Gateway Cross Cup at Heman Park in University City, Missouri. The only event of its type in the region, athletes from across the United States and Europe will be competing for prize money and coveted UCI ranking points that are up for grabs at this internationally sanctioned two day event.
The field for the event is a who’s who in competitive racing featuring the top professional men and women in the sport. Key American racers are Zach McDonald (Rapha Focus), Nicole Duke (SPY/Marin Bicycles), Craig Etheridge (Raleigh/Clement) and the current leader of the US Pro CX Series Elle Anderson and her California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized teammate Cody Kaiser. Top European rider and Belgian U23 Champion Ben Berden (Raleigh/Clement) is returning to defend his title.
Both C2 events offer up equal prize money for elite men and elite women, $1936.40 25-deep with the winner taking home $458.50. Saturday’s evening races are also the second round of the Cross After Dark series which started with Cross Vegas.
Initially a one day, midweek competition, the Gateway Cross Cup now features two days of internationally sanctioned professional and amateur racing over Halloween Weekend. A 1.7-km course, with 80% grass and 20% pavement, will be laid out in Heman Park that takes advantage of the naturally challenging terrain.
The racing begins early Saturday afternoon with amateur events beginning at 12:30 pm CDT. Prior to the men’s and women’s professional events there will be a fun races for children as well as an afternoon 5K held on the race course at 3:50 pm CDT. The professional events occur in the evening under the lights with the women’s race at 6:50 pm CDT and the men’s race at 8:10 pm CDT. The Cardinals game will be shown live in the Expo so sports fans can enjoy the best of both continents. Sunday, the racing begins at 9:30 am CDT with amateur races, the women’s Professional race is scheduled at 3:20 pm CDT and concludes with the men’s Pro race at 4:50 pm CDT.