Coming up: CYCLOCROSS!



From Chris Locke: "Over 200 athletes showed up on a near perfect day for the 5th Annual God’s Country Duathlon.  Ranging from ages 6 to 68 all challenged themselves on the Lawrence River trails and all had seemed like they had a great time. 
Devil’s Revenge winner Brad Cole made it two in a row as he won over Colorado’s Will Kelsay.   Running together during the first leg, Cole and Kelsay put a small gap on the rest of the field.  Once they hit the bike, Cole opened large enough gap to cruise the final win and take the win in 1:26:25.  Kelsay kept the pressure on and finished just over a minute later in 27:55.  3rd place was battled out between Ashley Oelschaeger and KC Multisport’s Brendon Jenks.   Ashley took the final podium spot in 1:32:28.
The Elite Women’s class was won by Amber Mounday.  Amber turned in a solid first run to lead 3 time champions Laura Elsenraat after the first leg.  Once on the bike, Amber used here cycling strength to open up a sizable advantage and was have to take the win in 1:46:22.  Laura held on to 2nd in 1:52:07.  Age-grouper Kelly Carlton turned in the 3rd fastest female time in 2:00:15.
The popular event almost didn’t take place. Earlier in the week the Lawrence area again got some heavy storms that caused severe damage to the trail system. There were hundreds of fallen trees along the 9 mile route. According to Event Director Chris Locke, “We were thinking we were going to either move or cancel the event, but the Lawrence Mountain Bike Club came to the rescue and put in over 24 hours of trail maintenance and cleaned up the trails” Together with the LMBC, members of the Cow Town Cycling Team, the hard working Lantern Rouge Volunteer Group the event turned out to be a great success.

Some great pictures are at

2006 Race days, Times and Prices at Raytown BMX
Please check the Raytown BMX Hotline for schedule changes due to weather, etc. at 816-716-7223 after 4:30 p.m.

Sign-up Times Shown...Races begin ASAP

March 18 & 25
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

April - May
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(2 Moto transfer)
June - August
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
September - November
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Mondays & Thursdays
Sign-ups (See Above)
Racing Starts ASAP
Awards to 1st - 3rd place
Cost: $8.00 class/cruiser

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Saturday, March 25 - sign-ups 2:30 to 3:30 Note time changes

Tuesday and Friday night racing starts April 4, sign-ups 6-7:30
ABA Membership Required.
One-year ($45), 30-day ($25) and free 1-day memberships ($8 to race) available at sign-ups.
  " Up-Coming Races"    Sunday, March 19 -- NE State Qualifier (Indoor)

 Saturday, March 25, sign-ups 12-2
Tuesday, April 4 -- sign-ups 6-7:30
Friday, April 7 -- sign-ups 6-7:30
What will the rider count/moto count be?   Log your guess on the message board.

                Race For Life
                         Friday, May 12, 2006

 Sign-ups 6:00-8:00, $5 donation+$5 entry fee
 No membership is required for this race. HELP A GOOD CAUSE AND THROW A PIE AT JERRY OR CHERYL!
The track goal is  $4,000.00 .
To help this great cause, the top 3 fund raisers will get the 1st pie throws.
All others can throw a pie for $5.00 with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Race for Life!
Remember-Collect $500.00 and have your Grands entry fees paid by ABA.
Donation envelopes are available at sign-ups

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'