Coming up: CYCLOCROSS!



The first event of the Cowtown Series brought 104 racers to a fairly technical course at Clinton Lake, near Lawrence. Click here for results and photos from the fine official Cowtown site.
It could happen. Read this important notice form the Earthriders:

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District will be holding a public comment forum on October 21st to solicit input regarding future use of the Oakridge Farm area and Mack House at Shawnee Mission Park. This area is due north of the existing mountain bike trail system. If you have ridden or run off-road at SMP in the past two years I’m sure you are aware of the Phase 1 changes to the existing trail system. We plan to complete Phase 1 by the end of this year and will be looking to get started on Phase 2 very soon afterward. The Phase 2 trail system will be within the aforementioned Oakridge Farm area. I have mapped out Phase 2 with a proposed 10 mile loop and I plan to present this proposal to the County for their approval. If we can get a significant representation of trail users to attend this public input meeting and express their interest in a singletrack trail system I am extremely confident that the proposed trail would be approved.

We have an incredible opportunity here to develop a sizeable trail system in the heart of Johnson County. Even if you don’t live in JoCo, there will be enough trail here to make the drive worthwhile. Please participate in the public input meetings. Don’t leave it to others. Make a day of it, come out and ride or run first then just drop by the park office on your way out.


The public input meeting will be held:

Saturday, October 21st at 12:15pm

JCPRD Admin Boardroom (at the Renner entrance to SMP)

7900 Renner Rd.

Keep reading for more details:

Read more: 15+ Miles of MountainBike Trail at Shawnee Mission Park?

The news desk received this editorial. With an enthusiastic start to cyclocross season this makes some good points. Click 'Read More'.


Read more: Age Group Racing


Here's the info fresh from the bovine: "The Cow Town Cyclocross Series kicks off this weekend with the Chris Cross on October 14th.  Throughout the series look for some great cyclo-cross courses, fun atmosphere, great post race food/drink, custom awards and plenty of prizes/swag including race primes for each class.  One lucky winner will even come home with a Badger Custom Bicycle which will be custom made for him by Rob Pennell.

Round #1 takes place out at the popular Clinton Lake State Park.  The Dirt Works designed course has a mix of pavement, gravel roads, rollers, sand and plenty of flowing turns that will challenge everyone.  Things get underway at 9:00am with fun trail run.  The cyclo-cross racing begins at 11:00am. 

Series Events/Dates:

Round #1: Chris Cross, Oct 14th, 2006, Lawrence, KS

Round #2: Riverside Cyclocross Festival (Day 1), Nov 4th, 2006, Riverside, MO

Round #3: Riverside Cyclocross Festival (Day 2), Nov 5th, 2006, Riverside, MO

Round #4: Sunflower Cyclocross, Nov 11th, Lawrence, KS

Round #5: Veterans Cross, Nov 12th, Leavenworth, KS

Round #6: 2006 Kansas State Cyclocross Championships, Dec 10th, Leavenworth, KS

Read more: Cow Town Cyclocross Series

This Saturday is the Trek WSD Breast Cancer Awareness Ride. A 10 mile 'no drop' event for a very worthy cause. Click on this link to the flyer for full details.

This Saturday is the Trek WSD Breast Cancer Awareness Ride. A 10 mile 'no drop' event for a very worthy cause. Click on this link to the flyer for full details.

More great cylocross racing in the metro. Here's the flyer for the KCOI Boulevard Cup. Watch our event calendar for all the flyers.
The news desk recieved this info on an upcoming ride:

AIDS Bicycle Challenge to take place on Mill Creek Streamway Trail

Charity Ride Benefiting the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City
The second annual AIDS Bicycle Challenge, sponsored by the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City, will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2006. This second year event will take place on the Mill Creek Streamway Trail, Shawnee, KS.  Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. and the Ride will start at 9:00 a.m.
We invite individuals and families of all skill levels to join us and exercise their hearts and bodies. Participants can choose from either a 10, 18 or 35 mile ride while enjoying one of Johnson County’s most exhilarating landscapes. In addition, all riders will receive an AIDS Bicycle Challenge t-shirt and will be invited to a post-ride celebration at one of our neighborhood restaurant sponsors.

Read more: AIDS Bicycle Challenge