July is shaping up to offer diverse racing opportunities appealing to just about anyone.
Admittedly, with the early season announcement that the 2022 Tour of Lawrence wouldn’t happen, this leaves a gap in the calendar. As we see it, the gap allows for more training time. Right?
Thursday July 21 – The John Brown Time Trial continues with the second installment in the series. Fast and flat, one can race the five mile course multiple times in multiple categories for one entry fee. It’s a great way for beginners to try out time trial and for seasoned veterans to test new gear and positioning.
Saturday July 23 – A Very Peculiar Criterium returns for a second year and under new promotion management. Directeur Sportiff John Pahlmann (Team Grip N Rip) has designed this event to pit local teams against each other in a battle to determine who has the best Category 3 squad. Flyer coming soon on BikeReg…keep a look out
Saturday July 31 – The Kansas Track Championship Race returns to the famous Grass Velodrome. With Category and Age Group championship races, this event is sure to be exciting. The event will feature 500m and 1000m individual time trials as well as scratch races.
There’s more racing action planned for August which proves to be a time trial junkie’s dream come true with multiple TT opportunities. More to come…
Race promoter Jim Whittaker is excited to be racing on the flat, five mile out and back course again located near Riverfest Park, just north of downtown De Soto.
Like the race’s namesake, Whittaker says he aims to do things a little differently, “For one low entry fee you can race as many times as you want in a variety of USAC categories plus a few that are rare: Team, Single Speed, even a Cheater category to name a few. We don’t publish a start list…just line up when you’re ready, tell the starter your name and category then punch it.”
Because the course runs along the Kansas River on a rural road, traffic is rare making this a perfect place for men, women and kids to try time trial for the first time. Experienced racers can experiment with varying equipment and form to perfect that aero style.
Parking and racer staging is located at Riverfest Park, 33440 W 79th St, De Soto, KS
Onsite registration $20 for men and $10 for women (thanks to Natural Grocers). Online registration entry fees slightly higher via BikeReg
Registration opens at 5:45, first rider off at 6:30