Stonehendge at Eva Bandman's cyclocross track.
Stonehenge at Eva Bandman’s cyclocross track.

The 9th Annual Papa John’s Storm Eva Bandman Halloween Cross Event is scheduled for Sunday, with more than 500 racers from across the Midwest scheduled to compete.

The cyclocross event will have 24 youth, adult and masters cyclocross races taking place at Eva Bandman, the same track that hosted the 2013 World Cyclocross Championship last spring.

And by all accounts, the course at Eva Bandman Park – just off River Road about a mile west of Zorn Avenue – is world-class.

“Storm Eva’s course is challenging, super fun to race, and great for spectators,” stated race promoter Bob Bobrow in a news release. “The course features a stone-step run-up dubbed Stonehenge, a railroad-tie-step run-up, several hair-raising drops, wooded trails, sand and a road section for a World Championship-feel finish.”

The first race is at 9 a.m. and the last race is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Of course, this close the Halloween, there has to be a connection to the spiritual world, right?

From the release:

Competitors and spectators are encouraged to wear their costumes and other appropriate attire for the occasion as Storm Eva Bandman Halloween Cross also serves as the region’s largest Halloween Party on two wheels. The top three costume contest winners will receive gift baskets, and racers receive extra points if they compete in costume.

Storm Eva Bandman is the sixth race in the Ohio Valley Cyclocross Series, so racers will be vying for series points. Competitors can check USAC’s rankings or Crossresults.com and then get signed up at Bikereg.com.

Entry fee is $7.

Other features at Storm Eva Bandman include a mechanic for last-minute bike issues, courtesy of Clarksville Schwinn, complimentary massages courtesy of Elite Massage Therapy, and prizes sponsored by Baptist Health Sports Medicine, Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling, Perelmuter & Goldberg Orthodontics, Firefighters Union Local 345 and Hincapie Sportswear, according to the release.

Other race-day amenities include two local food trucks. Black Rock Grille will serve up burgers and frites in Louisville. And the Traveling Kitchen will offer Korean-inspired tacos and dumplings as well as Korean Chicken Soup and hot coffee.

About the Ohio Valley Cyclocross Series: The 2013 Zipp OVCX is a 14 race series representing the scenes in Cincinnati, Dayton, Louisville, Lexington, Bloomington and Indianapolis region. Racers accumulate points for participation and placing in series events (best 7 placings) to win the overall championship in 23 categories. Overall awards and Zipp raffle will be held immediately following OVCX #14 at Brookside Cross Cup in Indianapolis Top 3 for each OVCX category will

About Louisville Sports Commission: The Louisville Sports Commission is a Louisville, Kentucky-based 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to create a legacy of economic and social vitality through sports. LSC attracts and hosts sporting events and activities that have a positive economic impact on Louisville, enhance the area’s image as a premier sports destination, promote healthy lifestyles and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.

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