CHROME - Here's a company that sponsors some of the largest and most well-known underground race series in the nation, and for some reason they decide to sponsor our race too. This year they threw us 5 different messenger bags and backpacks, as well as a handful of other prizes. They have been our most generous sponsor over the years and always have been a joy to work with.
VELO+ - Our cycling homies from Lenexa. When I approached Vincent to inquire about sponsorship, he had a huge box of components, gloves, accessories and a SHIT load of coffee ready for me within minutes. These dudes have always supported our shenanigans. Go check out their shop if you haven't yet, go geek out on bikes while drinking some of that sweet, sweet MAPS coffee.
ANDREW THE MAKER - He donated three of his handlebar bags as prizes. If i was a slightly less honest person, I would have totally kept one for myself because they are sweet. Always rad to get some handmade shit to give out, let alone KC-based handmade shit. Holler at this dude if you're looking for some super cool framebags for your bikepacking rig AKA touring bike.
TADDIHOGG - Thad makes us feel really uncomfortable most of the time with his bad touches, but he also runs the #capsnothats game in Kansas City. He donated 6 hats that I drunkenly gave away to racers within minutes of receiving them. I should have made them last all series. I'm sorry Thad. I love you.
ODDITY CYCLES - Donated a Thudbuster seatpost that was given away at the final race. Learn this name because something tells me you'll be tripping over them at the local trails in about a year or so. He's out in Ft Collins making some ridiculous frames and components.
PETE BARTH - This dude showed up a few years ago with a high end camera and a good eye for action shots, and he's been coming back ever since. He is our official photographer that we don't pay. Pete, we owe you some beers. Your photos have helped us spread the word of Street Cred immensely.
TOPEKA/MANHATTAN DUDES - Why you guys think our races are worth the drive is beyond me. But we are so glad you came out to ALL of them, and are welcome back to KC any time to ride and party with us.
MARK THOMAS - Mark lets us use his cones every year for Urban Cross. Seems like a small thing, but the race wouldnt happen without his generosity. Sorry that they were returned a bit muddier this year. I blame the cops and their cone-stacking skills for that.
EVERYONE ELSE - If you came out, raced, helped out with a start/finish, heckled, just watched, drank beer with us, you are awesome. You make this race happen and you make it fun. Dare I say that this year was the best one yet? Come back next year, bring even more friends.
That about sums it up. Next year will be a decade of Street Cred. There may be some torch passing next year. Interested in the acceptance of said torch? Let us know.
In the words of the retired ultra-dad Adam Keck, "LONG LIVE STREET CRED."