This just in from Pete Greig:
Dear racers and cycling fans:
It is with much regret that I must inform you that the Tour of Kansas City is in jeopardy this year. The Tour has occurred every year since 1963 and is the oldest consecutively held bike race west of the Mississippi.
Our team was unable to secure tourism funding for the Cliff Drive portion of the event and we do not have enough money from jersey sponsorships to cover the likely deficit that the race normally incurs. Even with a successful following among the regional race community, the costs to host the race exceed the entry fees by $8000 to $10,000. My team is willing and anxious to do the work required to put on another great race, but we have been unable to come up with the funding on our own.
As it is our hope that this race will not fade away, I am making one plea to you, the cycling community:
If you know of any business owner, person of influence in a larger corporation or charitable organization, or simply a fan of cycling, please ask them if they would be interested in sponsoring and keeping this event going for a 44th year. I am looking for sponsors as small as $500, and obviously, as large as the whole $10,000. No money will be collected until we receive a total commitment of at least $8,000. At that point the race will be on and we will collect sponsorship. Sponsorship commitment must be received by June 19th, or the event will be cancelled (actual collection by July 10th).
In exchange, we offer sponsors the opportunity to place logos on our race flyers, website, and T-shirts. Sponsors will also be allowed to place any sort of banner provided above the start/finish line or on the announcers stage. A single sponsor of $5,000 or more will receive naming rights (the "Your name here" Tour of Kansas City) and the right of first refusal for the subsequent two years. Sponsors will also be provided a reserved space to display any products and/or services.
Please forward this message to all known cycling enthusiasts and contact prospects quickly. Any prospective sponsor must correspond with me directly (by June 19th!!!).
In advance, thanks for your time to help the Tour of KC continue into the future.
A dark and stormy start greeted a number of the first riders off at the Kansas Time Trial Championship. Early promises of ideal weather gave way to lightning, blustery wind and rain. At least one athlete chose not to start due to nearby lightning strikes and race crew and county officials were forced to delay the later categories by 30 minutes. The next wave of riders were plagued with several flat tires from the washed up road debris. Post event spirits were raised by an invitation to all to attend a local barbecue/indoor award ceremony. A healthy prize list including Kansas Championship medals were passed out and many burgers were consumed. A raffle exclusive to the 17 first time riders (courtesy of Trek Bicycle of KC/Localcycling.com) gave goody bags to two lucky competitors. Riders up to age 70 and from several states participated in this epic.
Roger Lomshek, The KCA
and all the helpers put on a first class event under challenging circumstances. Results here
. Click the read more to view the Kansas medalists.
Read more: 2006 Kansas State TT Championship Results