Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!! Dirt lovin' good times ahead.
These folks were kind enough to give myself and Ryan a heads up a couple weeks ago. We had a conference call with the series' promoter and we could hear the excitement in his voice.
In 2009 Heartland Racing Series took a necessary break from racing to build an inner-city mtb park (props) and to rekindle the race promotion fire. In 2010 they are back with a vengeance. In their absence the racing scene was scattered with different series, etc. The series' promoters took it upon themselves to seek out individual race promoters to see if they would buy into their idea of a state-wide series (which also would include Kansas). Like Psycowpath, each event has it's own promoter. Thus, the Federation of Dirt was born and for us, more racing only a few hours away. They race on Sundays too, so if a race falls on a Psycowpath weekend, you hard cores can do both. They're also planning to have short track dirt crits and in the future, downhill runs at the new Swope Park.
Ryan and I and many of you have raced down there many times and it always has been a great experience. Their absence from the race calendar was felt and I'm stoked they're back big time.
Yes, there are a ton of races and they are doing that on purpose. They're testing out events in 2010 and most likely will have a more scaled-down version in 2011. Their hope is to garner enough attention to host a national event. With all the momentum down there with Tour of Missouri and CX nats, I wouldn't be surprised.
So, sorry for the long post. I'm obviously excited to see these guys back on the calendar. RF and I will hit many of these. Keep an ear to ground for R&R road trip for details.