Coming up: Gravel!
The Tuesday night training races for 2006 have a slightly different format than previous years. If you want speed this is the place to find it. Click here for the details.
An alumni of these events, Kelly Benjamin, entertains us with tales of criteriums at the elite level, in her rider diary.
Hey, we're a work in progress! Notice the blue menu to the left? Don't forget to click it for more news items. Click Kansas City and find stories, links to ride information, the Major Taylor Foundation AND Contact links (that finally work!). Check out the St Louis page for info under the Arch. Browse the photo galleries and watch for updates.
It's come to our attention at the Localcycling newsdesk that sometime in January, one end of the string to tin can e-mail system we use came unfastened. In plain terms, some of the e-mail you sent from the first of the year until lately didn't reach us. We're double (and triple checking) to get the system back up and running correctly. Feel free to resend any thoughts, comments, advertising requests you feel we may have missed after this upcoming weekend.

Here's a nice shot of new area pro Brian Jensen at the Tour of California provided by Brad Schrock. Check out the graphics down to the shoe covers.

Local racer and promoter Bill Marshall is working the Amgen Tour of California . Check out his diary with an up close and personal view of the action.

Amgen Tour of California Prologue 
 

“Many riders dream of racing as a professional cyclist but very few are able to take it to that  level. Same way with promoters, some of us want to put on the ‘big’ event. I am working at the Amgen Tour of California for the next 8 days to see first hand pro riders in action, learn more about the business side of race promotion and of course it doesn’t hurt that I get to hang out with some of the best cyclists in the world. 

Read more: California Dreamin'

Here's a press release from one of the most distinctive clad teams in the area:

"The Cow Town Cycling Team is preparing for another exciting season, building on a very successful 2005, which included several cyclo-cross, mountain bike and road championships along with numerous event victories.  “With the addition of several key riders and support from sponsors MVS Systems, Garmin, Hammer Gel/E-Caps, Ritchey Logic, Rudy Project, Maxxis and Go Fast we are looking forward to a successful 2006 season”, says team president Chris Locke (keep reading for more on the spotted jersey folks)....

Read more: Cown Town For 2006

Curtis Martell and the  Kansas Cycling Association folks have compiled a tentative listing of area races. Take a look at the metro event calendar. Jim Whittaker has sent an e-mail indicating the Spring Fling dates will be released soon. This brief blurb from Jim, "...spring fling dates rolling out early next week. Eleventh year, same old same old. Categories 1 to 5 can race around the Clinton loop. free junior races too."
2005 was a monumental year for the Major Taylor Foundation of Greater Kansas City.  Foundation Director, Kenneth Walker has some news and notes regarding the growth and changes that occurred in 2005.  Click here for the full news!

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