Coming up: CYCLOCROSS!



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!
A small but hardy crew set out from the Trek store on Monday evening to see the lights and sights of the holidays.

Read more: Cold Ride to See the Lights

Steve Tilford and Catherine Walberg repeated finishing top of the podium at day two of the weekend's cyclocross racing at Wyandotte County Park. Sunday's event was the combined championship for Kansas and Missouri. Riders from both states and around the region contested in the frigid weather. Since day two was held under USCF rules, an extra board found it's way into "Hooligan Alley". The surprise addition, to what had been a challenging set of doubles,  tripped up several riders. Nearly as treacherous were the acorns that crashed the bare naked streaker who jumped onto the course during the Mens Elite event. The wintery conditions kept the free beer extra cold and the spectators extra enthusiastic. The KLM  folks will be bringing back UCI racing again next year in preparation for the 2007 and 2008 USCF Cyclcross National Championships to be held in Kansas City.