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This week sees more fun and green activities around town for this cycling festival. Read Mike Hendricks of the Kansas City Star's take on B2WW. Hard working advocate Deb Ridgeway of Bridging The Gap gives us the link to the full schedule here. and our team sponsor, Trek Bicycle Store of Kansas City help host two events during the week: Our Monday night ride becomes a quest for ice cream, and all area riders are invited to our Thursday night Team presentation party. See details on our calendar or the B2WWeek schedule.

Nearly 800 racers competed in this race against the clock in the opening event of the Kansas City Corporate Challenge. This short time trial (approximately 2 1/2 miles) draws athletes of all abilities with scoring by age group and company division. Results. Upcoming Corporate Challenge events include individual and team triathlon and duathlon.

The Kansas Speedway has been nice enough again this year to open up their facility for practice prior to the Bike Race. These practice times will be Monday-Friday, May 1st - May 5th from 5pm-9pm. Participants need to enter the Speedway at the Michigan and Speedway Boulevard entrance and will be asked to sign a waiver at the guard stand. Another opportunity for a final tuneup is this Thursday's 10 kilometer Time Trial in Gardner: Info.
The folks preparing the upcoming College National Championships in Lawrence send this:

Downtown Criterium Changes Day and Course  
            LAWRENCE, KS. – Preparations for hosting the 2006 USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals in Lawrence, May 12-14, are underway and include a new day and revised course for the downtown criterium.
            According to Christopher Hess, technical director of the event, the downtown criterium has been moved from Friday to Sunday to accommodate local merchant interests.
            “Downtown merchants were very supportive of the 2005 event, but also concerned about the commercial impact on customers,” said Hess. “We’ve worked with Bob Sanner, Director of the Conventions and Sports Bureau of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, to develop this change which has been warmly received by the merchants.”

Read more: Collegiate Nationals Schedule Change

The localcycling news desk was pleased to get this press release  for an outstanding event:                                             
KCOI Boulevard and SKC Racing Teams present the 4th annual Baldwin City Stage Race Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, 2006 in Baldwin City, KS. This points based stage race has a $5,000 total payout and is on the Midwest Region Maxxis Cup Cycling Series. 
The Baldwin City Stage Race features a 10K time trial and a challenging criterium on Saturday followed by a Sunday morning road race.    Racers can compete in one, two or all three stages.   Prizes will be awarded for individual stages and overall points.  All juniors race free in junior races.
Online registration will be available in early May.  Check for updated information and race flyer.  Please refer questions to:
Tony Stewart
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Lots of cool events planned around this celebration of human power. Check it out here and ride your bike.
Last round of Midwest Challenge Duathlon series on the 22nd. Heartland Cross Country at Perry Lake State Park on the 23rd. Joseph Sheehan Road Race on the 23rd. Lincoln-Plating Stage race on the 22nd and 23rd. VeloTek Grand Prix Stage Race on the 29th and 30th. Lots to choose from!

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.

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