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Cowtown Cyclocross Series

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 them 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.

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The following teams are presenting this year’s series: Cow Town Cycling, Lantern Rouge Racing Team, E.C. Sunflower, Winning Events, The Wheel Cyclery and the Billy Goat Midwest Summit Racing team.

Current series sponsors are: The Wheel Cyclery, Badger Custom Bicycles, Chamois Butt’R, Paceline, Jewel Cartoons, Garmin, Scott Bikes, Go Fast Sports, Corning Fiber, Hammer Nutrition, The City of Riverside, Friends of the Clinton Lake Trails and most important The Lantern Rouge Volunteer Group. Look for more sponsors to be added in the coming weeks. For more info visit www.cowtowncycling.com for event flyers and event updates.

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Board of Directors Meeting July 22

Minutes from the July Board of Directors Meeting are now .

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Minutes from Board of Directors and 2005 Annual Meetings

Minutes from the all the KCA meetings have been posted including from the 2005 Annual Meeting and recent Board of directors meetings. | More |

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Cyclocross – What is it and How do I do it?

Today Cyclocross is much more than an off-season training technique, it’s a full-blown UCI World Cup sport with professional riders and World Championships, has it’s own USCF National Championships, and a growing grassroots racing movement.

Races take place typically in the autumn and winter, and consists of many laps of a short (2–3 km) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles requiring the rider to dismount, jump the barrier and remount. The sport began in the 1940s and the first world championship was held in Paris in 1950.

Despite the professional aspect, Cyclocross is still a good way for amateur road racers to use the winter months maintaining cardiovascular fitness, building power and improving bike handling skills. The USAC web site has a good cyclocross primer covering the Basics, Equipment, Technique, Training, Racing and the Season. Cyclocrossworld.com has several good technical articles and is a good resource for specialized cyclocross frames and parts. There are also specific USCF rules for Cyclocross races.

Locally the racing scene is strong and growing with at least a dozen races in Kansas and the Kansas City area culminating with the a UCI Cyclocross event on December 3 and the Kansas State Cyclocross Championships on December 4. For the second year there is also a 6 race regional series, The Mid-Americal Cross Cup.

Big time cyclocross will return to Kansas City when USCF Cyclocross Nationals will be held in Kansas City in 2006 and 2007.

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President’s Message – State of the Association

I would first like to thank the members of the Kansas Cycling Association for your support and efforts this past year. Each rider, promoter, team captain, official, scorer, volunteer, board member, coach, sponsor and spectator has played an important part of the experience of cycling in Kansas. 2005 has had it share of problems, small and large, but the general direction for cycling in Kansas continues to move up. Overall the KCA and cycling in Kansas has had a very good year. | More |

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2005 KCA Annual Meeting and Dinner

The Kansas Cycling Association Annual Meeting and Dinner has been scheduled for November 20, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. At the Holcom Recreation Center (map) in Lawrence. The agenda for the meeting will include Board of Directors elections, Presentation of trophies to the Kansas Omnium winners, and inductions into the newly formed Kansas Cycling Hall of Fame.

This years meeting will also feature a pot-luck dinner. The KCA will provide BBQ beef, pork and turkey from Vermont Street BBQ and attendees are being asked to bring their favorite side dish. Please RSVP to Curtis Martell with the number of people planning to attend.

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2005 Kansas Omnium Final Results

The final results have been tabulated and the winners of the 2005 Kansas Omnium have been determined. Check the Omnium Page for complete results. This year the Omnium winners will receive a personalized plaque that recognizes their achievement. Plaques are being ordered now and will be distributed at the KCA Annual Meeting and Banquet.

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Kansas Championship Weekend

Cat. 3 Final Sprint won by Chris Hall

This years events had record breaking participation with 164 riders competed in the USCF State Championship Road Race on June 18 and 167 riders State Criterium Championships June 19. Team X and KLM Marketing did a fantastic job organizing this years event. Complete results available for the road race and criterium.

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Kansas Omnium

The Kansas Omnium recognizes the rider with the best combined results in the State Championship road race, criterium, and time trial. To be eligible for the Omnium title, competitors must participate in all three Kansas State Championship events in the same class/category, be an annual USCF license holder and a Kansas resident.

Contrary to what was published on the State Championship Road Race and Criterium Race flyer, points will be awarded as follows: 15, 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 point for finishing. Ties will will be decided by highest placing in the Road Race. Awards for the Kansas Omnium will be awarded at a later date to be announced. | More |

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New KCA Officials Coordinator

Amy Urbauer will assume responsibility for the assigning of officials for USCF-KCA events for the remainder of 2005. The existing Official’s Schedule will remain in place until or unless officiating adjustments need to be made.
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