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NCT event

To our friends, families, mountain biking, hiking and outdoor enthusiast communities;

After hours of discussions and deliberating about the pros and cons of the request to receive approval for the NCT mountain biking event, Kisscross Events has decided its in the best interest of everyone to rescind our request from the NFS.

Please understand this decision wasn’t easy and we appreciate all the time and energy many of you spent writing letters and well thought out editorials on the history, conflicts, synergies, relationships and perspectives on the North Country Trail.

This is not a we won they lost or they won we lost situation, but an understanding that this proposed event and it’s intensions to showcase the beauty of the NCT would be overshadowed by negativity and unproductive finger pointing.  It is our hope that we all will continue our discussions, put our differences aside and come together to preserve, maintain and enjoy this national treasure.

We thank you all for your support and understanding and hope you take time to get outdoors and enjoy all the natural beauty our state is offering during this Fall season.

Rick Plite and Scott TenCate
Kisscross Events

Mudhattan Park!

Wow, that was a cross race! Some great battles were fought out there and everyone looked drained. Lots of move up’s today. Please remember that if you are a A or B racer doing a C race for a warm up or practice you should at least soft pedal at the end and put yourself in a lower position.

Move up’s include:

Harrison Webb, Brian Hancock, Tony Hersberger, Jimi Minnema, Eric Wolting, Jenny White, Jeff Warner

While I have your attention: take a moment if you would please and help our sponsor ERG Energy Bars obtain a Chase Bank small company grant. Go to then click vote and type in ERG_Foods. Don’t forget to grab a ERG bar at each race and a discount card out of the box near the registration table.




Mountain bikers input needed!

Dear fellow mountain bikers,

Kisscross Events has submitted a proposal to the Manistee National Forest Service to obtain a permit to use the North Country Trail System for a Fall 2015 mountain biking event.


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This would be a point to point, timed challenge that would navigate approximately 80 miles of the most scenic sections of the North Country Trails, which are always open to bicycle traffic. Sound awesome? We need your help!


The Forest service is soliciting comments from the public regarding allowing or denying the permit for this event.


If you, your friends and teammates feel this is an event you would support, please take a minute to provide your feedback and help spread the word throughout the cycling community.


The deadline is October 15.


Comments can be addressed to: Kathy Bietau, US Forest Service

Email: or  Phone: 231 745-4631


Positive comment bullet points would include:

Economic impact to the community

Bring awareness and appreciation of The North Country Trail

We are active and enjoy healthy lifestyles

We are respectful to other trail users

Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Manistee National Forest

Scientific evidence now indicates thatmountain biking is no more damaging to trails than other forms of recreation, including hiking. (source-IMBA 2007 study “managing mountain biking”)


Thank you for your help!

Richmond Park

What a perfect day for Kisscross racing!  Thanks to all of the racers and spectators who came out to Richmond Park to experience some perfect cyclocross weather. With temps in the 50′s, cloudy skies and intermittent rain showers, racers were battling themselves, their opponents and the course conditions as they grinded their way around the 1.5 mile course.  A big thank you to Grand Rapids Bicycle Company for hosting the race with a great course layout, excellent post race food and a bunch of swag for the racers. What a day!

**The move up rule is in effect for the following B racers who won their class and need to move up to the A category for the Manhattan race;

Joe Perry, Dan Korienek and Mike Brower

Additionally, if you are racing in the C race as a warm up or you are racing C’s as an A or B category racer, please pull off before crossing the finish to allow the “real” C-racers their shot at glory.


ERG! orders with promo code

For those that prefer to order ERG! bars via the online store you may do so by visiting ERG!

Click link on bottom of the main page ….. “Events Discount”
Click “KissCross 2014″
When prompted enter “KissCX”
All Bars $2.10 (retail $2.49 to $3.00 some places)
Orders over $25 still ship free.
Orders typically ship same day.
1 Day delivery to GR, etc.

It’s nice to be back!

Great turnout, weather and course design. From what I heard the Rapid Wheelmen out did themselves today. Everyone commented it was the best Highland layout ever! We would like to thank all the returning customers and spectators for making it a very complete and satisfying start to the cross season. A recap would not be complete without a mandatory move up in class list. The following need to make the jump up a class and give your other cycling friends a chance at glory: Jeramy Duffield, Brittany Fisk, Chris Kretovitc and Bryce Nuiver. On the fence racers include: Wade Bagnall and Keegan Korienek

Until next time, ride often!



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Official 2014 schedule!


2014 Schedule:

Sunday, September 7th, Kisscross #1 Highland Park hosted by the Rapid Wheelman and Village Bike Shops

Sunday, September 21st, Kisscross #2  Richmond Park hosted by Grand Rapids Bicycle Company

Sunday, October 5th, Kisscross #3  Manhattan Park hosted by Freewheeler

Sunday, October 19th, Kisscross #4 Lakeside Park, Caledonia Hosted by the TNR

Sunday, November 2nd, Kisscross #5 Cascade Park hosted by Alger Bikes

Sunday,November 16th, Kisscross #6  Markin Glen Kalamazoo hosted by Pedal Bicycles and Trikats

Sunday, November 30th, Kisscross #7 Window on the Waterfront, Holland hosted by Velo City Cycles

A, B and C races are $25 day of event. Tandems are $30. A second race is $10 additional. One lap kids race is $5 but a full length B or C race for kids 14 and under is $10.  No licenses required.

Start times:

C race- Kids one lap, Juniors, Men, Women and Masters (40+)- 11:00am
B race- Men, Women, Masters, Tandem and Singlespeed- 12:00pm
A race- Men and Masters (40+)- 1pm


Tentative 2014 schedule

Sunday, September 7th, Kisscross #1 Highland Park

Sunday, September 21st, Kisscross #2 Richmond Park

Sunday, October 5th, Kisscross #3 Manhattan Park

Sunday, October 19th, Kisscross #4 Lakeside Park, Caledonia

Sunday, November 2nd, Kisscross #5 Cascade Park

Sunday,November 16th, Kisscross #6 Markin Glen Park, Kalamazoo

Sunday, November 30th, Kisscross #7 Window on the Waterfront, Holland


Fat Cross

Wow the addition of a fat bike division was pretty impressive. As long as we have snow on the ground I can see this becoming a tradition. The 2013 Kisscross season has come and gone quickly and I’d like to thank all the supports through the year. It isn’t just the racers, it is all the folk behind the scenes too, the sponsors, the volunteers, the venue hosts. We could not do it without all of you.

Sorry that there seemed to be a mix up with the raffle, for some reason folks thought we were raffling items off at Velo City Cycles but that wasn’t the case, we always do it at the park after tear down. Greg Newland won the Kona frame and fork and Brian Gurd won the Velocity wheelset.

See you at Barry-Roubaix!

Rick and Cathy