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KMC Cross Fest will add dealer event for 2017

Published January 16, 2017
Eddy Merckx Cycles to sponsor event's Gran Fondo.

THOMPSON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Organizers of the KMC Cross Fest, a long-running event that includes races, recreational rides and an expo, said they will expand the event to four days this fall and add dealer and media event.

The event will kick off with the dealer and media event on Thursday, Sept. 28, which will be followed by Thursday night racing under the lights. Racing will continue Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

"Our new home in Thompson is perfectly suited to create a demo event for both dealers and consumers. We have a closed road circuit, miles of gravel roads, and a network of nearby mountain bike trails," said Richard Fries, co-founder of the event, which was held in Providence, Rhode Island, until 2016, when it moved to the Thompson Speedway. "Just like Laguna Seca, this venue is built to host large events. We have classrooms, a bar, restaurants and banquet facilities capable of hosting multiple clinics and demos."

While UCI-sanctioned cyclocross races will remain the focus of the event, additional family friendly and non-racing activities will be available, including an expo, the Paddock Party, a new mountain bike Gran Fondo, and the Eddy Merckx New England Gran Fondo, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, and will feature a mix of dirt roads and twisty, rolling, paved New England terrain.

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