Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 God's Country Fat Tire Festival

Results and photos are up -

Update 4/6/17:  Registration closes today at Noon.  Race day registration is available (additional fees apply) - see below guide for details.

Friday the Lawrence Mountain Bike Club will be out working on the course and getting everything setup for this weekend.  Any course changes will be announced on Friday afternoon.  Please check back. 

Cow Town Cycling presents the 15th Annual God's Country Fat Tire Festival.  We invite you to join us in Lawrence, Kansas  April 8 & 9, 2017 for this years Festival. We have two fun filled days of off-road excitement planned at the Lawrence River Trails.

NEW:  Download athlete guide: 2017 God's Country Fat Tire Festival Athlete Guide

REGISTRATION is now open: 2017 God's Country Fat Tire Festival Registration.
  • Free t-shirts for first 175 entries
  • Free post event food
  • Free event photos
  • Custom awards
  • Fun course = "Fat Tire Fun"
  • Online entry fee INCLUDES license fee 
  • Onsite entry increases $10.00 so save and register today.

    Saturday morning (9:00 am) brings us the God’s Country Off-Road Duathlon presented by Harwood Chiropractic.   For 15 years this has been a fun and challenging multisport event for all ability levels.  This year we again increase the fun opportunities by offering both Long and Short course options.  Age-Group, Clydesdale, Relay Teams and Unicycle divisions are available.  It’s a great event for first timers

    Saturday afternoon brings us a challenging 3 hour event - the God's Country Marathon MTB presented by Club Ride Apparel.  We have moved the popular Marathon event to Saturday which will allow everyone to enjoy the course and challenge themselves with the course all to themselves.

    Sunday is the popular God’s Country Mountain Bike Classic presented by   This will be the opening round of the 2017 Unified Federation of Dirt West series.  Traditional cross country mountain bike classes for all ability levels Male and Female: Expert (Cat 1), Sport (Cat 2), Beginners (Cat 3), Clydesdale (225+) Juniors and Masters 60+.  We have also two special classes for this years event.  A tandem class and a  BMX division (BMX and Cruiser bikes allowed).

    Both days Stan will be providing free food.  We will also have free music. Come on out and get some FAT TIRE FUN. 

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    Winter Gravel Grinding Season

    The winter has set in and it is officially Gravel Grinding time. Cow Town Cycling will be leading gravel rides throughout the winter.  Come join us on these fun adventures.

    Some upcoming gravel rides:
    • 12/23/16 - Festivus of Nights 
    • 01/21/17 - The Mullet (oldest gravel grinder in Kansas) 
    • 01/29/17 - Lake Dabinawa Challenge
    • 02/19/17 - Flint Hills Express
    • 02/25/17 - Power Team Grinder
    • 2017 - Bean Lake Gravel Challenge
    • 2017 - Spoke Pony 
     Please check out Guru's Gravel Grinders for more event dates, post event pictures and updates. 

    Sunday, May 1, 2016

    The 2016 Meltdown - Kansas Mountain Bike Championships

     Thank you to all the participants and volunteers that made this years Meltdown MTB Race so memorable.

    Combined results are below

    The 2016 Meltdown - Kansas State MTB Championship Results

     Roger sends us his pictures.

    Meltdown Pictures - Kansas State MTB Championships.

    Carolynn's pictures

    2016 Meltdown MTB Race Pictures 

    Sam Coleman's

    2016 Meltdown Photo's - Cat 1, Cat 2, Single Speed & Clydesdale 225+

    Welcome to this years Meltdown.

    Some exciting news first.  The Meltdown was awarded the Kansas State Championships for 2016.   For years the Trail Masons have spend thousands of man hours to build what many consider now are the premier trails in Kansas.  Come join us on June 18th, 2016 at The Meltdown and challenge yourself on the Wyandotte County Lake Trails (WYCO).

    The WYCO trail system is known locally as "Singletrack Heaven".  Home to some of the best designed and maintained trails in the Midwest and it is easy to see why the 20+ miles (and growing) trails out at Wyandotte County Lake have earned that name.

    The Meltdown races will feature events for all ages and abilities including junior classes starting as young as 10 all the way up to 60+ Masters classes and 50+ Female classes.  Also included are events for our FAT Bike friends (3.8" tires) and Clydesdale (225+ pounds) riders.

    As the Kansas State Championships the event will feature competitive fields, but also focus on raising funds for the DKMS and maintaining our local trail systems.

    This years event will support DKMS - We Delete Blood Cancer.  Help us save life's and delete bone cancer by registering  at our donor drive on June 18, 2016.  

    Dr. Lindsay Gallion, DC with KC Core will be out again to support our athletes.   KC Core specializes in Sports Chiropractic and Active Release Technique (ART).  Stop by before or after your event.

    Lantern Rouge will be out on Saturday.  As always look for Roger out on course encouraging you to do your best.

    Find his photo albums at Roger's House of Photos.

    How do I register?  

    Registration is easy.  You must have a USA Cycling license or purchase a one-day license $10.00.  (Note: USA Cycling is currently has a rebate program where $5.00 from each one-day license will be paid to the hosting club. All rebated funds will be donated to the Urban Trails Co for use at Wyco)   Online Registration is open: .  You will have to create an account if you do not already have one with USA Cycling.  This is very easy to do.  The one-day license will be added automatically when you "checkout" if you do not already have a license.    

    Race day registration is available but we encourage you to signup online which will help our limited team staff and save you money.

    Schedule for Saturday June 18th, 2016:

    • 7:30 AM Registration and Pack pickup
    • 8:00 AM Course opens for warmups
    • 8:50 AM Riders meeting for 9 AM start 
    • 9:00 AM Start: Cat 3 Males and Cat 3 Females, Fat Bike (Male and Female), Grand Masters (60+ Male and 50+ Female) and Junior 10-14. 
    • 10:50 AM Riders meeting for 11 AM start
    • 11:00 AM Start: Cat 1 Males, Cat 1 Females, Cat 2 Males, Cat 2 Females, Single Speed, Clydesdale's and Junior 15-18. 
    • Awards fore each race once finalized by USAC official. 
    Note: Results will posted live at .  Under Find Races search for "The Meltdown) 

    Flyer below:

    The 2016 course is be close to 8.5 miles in length and feature all the top rated trails our at WYCO.

    Course map below:

    Link: 2016 Meltdown Course Map

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    2016 God's Country Fat Tire Festival Update

    The time has come for the 2016 God's Country Fat Tire Festival.  Cow Town Cycling and LMBC would like to invite you to join us in the Lawrence, Kansas over the April 16 & 17, 2016 weekend for two fun filled days of off-road fun.  Come out an enjoy super fun course, free post race food, live bands, custom awards, t-shirts and great volunteers.

    Saturday is the 13th Annual God's Country Off-Road Duathlon.  Join us for this fun challenging event.  We have a class for all ability levels - Rock the Short Course  or Long Course individually or partner up (1 runner, 1 cyclist) if you're not ready to tackle the whole event alone.

    Sunday brings us the opening round of the UFD West series.  The God's Country Mountain Bike Classic is a traditional cross country mountain bike race with classes for all.  Endurance athletes will test themselves in our 3 hour Marathon class.  We have classes for all ability levels - Cat 1, Cat 2 & Cat 3 along with our popular Single Speed class.  NEW classes for this year included BMX and Fat Bike (3.8 tires) only.

    Come out next weekend and enjoy all the action at the Lawrence River Trails.  Register before 04/13/16 to guarantee entry and avoid late fees - Register for God's Country Fat Tire Festival. No license require - Entry fee includes all required license fees.

    Complete info at our Fat Tire Duathlon Site.

    Athlete Guides can be found at HERE.

    Friday, March 25, 2016

    God's Country Off-Road Duathlon Flyer

    God’s Country Off-Road Duathlon

    Event Description: The 13th Annual God’s Country Off-Road Duathlon will be held on the Lawrence River Trails  and feature both Long and Short course events.  
    Course Description: Both events begin with trail run consisting of levee and single track. Long course run is 4 miles and the short course is 2 miles.  After the trail run is completed each participant will complete the bike leg which consists of a 10 mile lap of mostly fast, hard-packed dirt single track with some roller coaster hills, some twisty, narrow sections, and a few log obstacles. Long course will complete 2 laps with the short course 1 lap.  It's a great trail for beginners and experts alike.  *Note: Promoter reserves the right to modify course due to trail conditions*

    Race Day Schedule:

    7:00 am - Packet picket and race day registration opens
    7:15 - Transition area opens
    8:30 am - Packet pickup and registration closes for Duathlon
    8:50 am - Pre-race meeting
    9:00 am - Duathlon start – Long and Short courses.
    10:15 am - Post race refreshments/food available
    11:00 am - Results/awards


    Entry fee includes t-shirt and all license fees.  Note: t-shirt guarantee deadline is April 4th, 2016. Please note fee schedule below.   Register today - God's Country Fat Tire Festival Registration.  

    Male Age-group Classes (Long & Short): 29 & under, 30-39 40-49, 50+
    Female Age-group Classes (Long & Short): 29 & under, 30-39 40-49, 50+
    Relay Classes: Men & Co-Ed (Long course only)
    Junior classes (Short course only)
    Clydesdale 225+ (Short course only)
    Unicycle division (Short course only)

    Early Bird Registration (Ends 3/15/16): $35.00 Individual / $45.00 Relay Team
    Normal Registration (End 4/10/16): $45.00 Individual / $55.00 Relay Team
    Late Registration (Ends 4/15/16): $55.00 Individual / $65.00 Relay Teams.
    Race day Registration (if available): $60.00 Individual / $75.00 Relay Teams.


    Top 3 finishers in each division will receive custom awards

    Friday, January 29, 2016

    Gravel News Shorts - 01/29/16

    It is prime gravel grinding weather this weekend.  Get out and enjoy this warm weather we are having. 

    What: 5th Annual  Lake Dabinawa Grinder
    When: Sunday January 31, 2016, 9:00 am
    Where: Lawrence, KS (Lawrence visitor center)
    Why: Come enjoy a beautiful 44 mile tour of North Lawrence.

    Sunday Jeff is hosting the 5th Annual Lake Dabinawa Grinder.

    This years ride the weather is much more enjoyable.  We hope to see you Sunday.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    RIP Joey Locke

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our teammate Joey Locke.  Joey was killed on October 9th, 2015 by a drunk driver in North Florida.

    Joey was a loving father, brother, son, uncle, teammate and trusted friend.  He will be missed by all.

    In Loving Memory of

    Joey Vaughn Locke

    February 23, 1964 - October 9, 2015

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Almanza 3 Peats at the Revenge.

    The 4th Annual Wyco's Revenge was held this past weekend.  Near perfect weather and course conditions greeted the participants for this years event.   Cliff Jones and his crew put on the event this year to help raise money for trails.   In addition to the MTB race a chili competition was held.  

    Roger took some photos - Wyco's Revenge IV Pictures.

    Result boards are below (still waiting for the online version).

    Cow Town members were out in force.  Our own Damian Almanza made it three in a row taking the win in the Spirit division. 
     Gerard Arantowics looked good in his new jersey in route to a 11th place in the stacked Spirit Open class.
     Chris "Ole Man" Locke was chased hard by his nephew Adam Cvengros for most of the event until "experience" won out on this occasion.  Locke joined Amanza on the podium in 3rd place.

     Don Martin had a slight mechanical and was only able to finish up 1 lap in the Cat 3 division. 
     Danny Nobel overcame a crash (and two broken fingers) to earn 6th place in the Men's Cat 2 division. 

     Shane Martin rode well and earned 5th place in the Men's Cat 2 division.  Below he is looking good cruising along during the night lap (Photo by Don Martin)