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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.
Peter Greig
913-980-4727
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

The folks from KCOI have sent word that online registration is now available on active.com ( Right Here) for the 4th annual Baldwin City Stage Race Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, 2006 in Baldwin City, KS. Race information at www.kcbike.com.

Lawrence Kansas hosted a second consecutive successful National Collegiate Cycling Championship. Area rider Mark Smelser of Kansas State University was top of the podium in the Division I criterium. Here's the link to the results and write up at USACycling.
This week sees more fun and green activities around town for this cycling festival. Read Mike Hendricks of the Kansas City Star's take on B2WW. Hard working advocate Deb Ridgeway of Bridging The Gap gives us the link to the full schedule here. Localcycling.com and our team sponsor, Trek Bicycle Store of Kansas City help host two events during the week: Our Monday night ride becomes a quest for ice cream, and all area riders are invited to our Thursday night Team presentation party. See details on our calendar or the B2WWeek schedule.

Nearly 800 racers competed in this race against the clock in the opening event of the Kansas City Corporate Challenge. This short time trial (approximately 2 1/2 miles) draws athletes of all abilities with scoring by age group and company division. Results. Upcoming Corporate Challenge events include individual and team triathlon and duathlon.

The Kansas Speedway has been nice enough again this year to open up their facility for practice prior to the Bike Race. These practice times will be Monday-Friday, May 1st - May 5th from 5pm-9pm. Participants need to enter the Speedway at the Michigan and Speedway Boulevard entrance and will be asked to sign a waiver at the guard stand. Another opportunity for a final tuneup is this Thursday's 10 kilometer Time Trial in Gardner: Info.
The folks preparing the upcoming College National Championships in Lawrence send this:

Downtown Criterium Changes Day and Course  
            LAWRENCE, KS. – Preparations for hosting the 2006 USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals in Lawrence, May 12-14, are underway and include a new day and revised course for the downtown criterium.
            According to Christopher Hess, technical director of the event, the downtown criterium has been moved from Friday to Sunday to accommodate local merchant interests.
            “Downtown merchants were very supportive of the 2005 event, but also concerned about the commercial impact on customers,” said Hess. “We’ve worked with Bob Sanner, Director of the Conventions and Sports Bureau of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, to develop this change which has been warmly received by the merchants.”

Read more: Collegiate Nationals Schedule Change

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