Sunday, November 13, 2022

Madison Wins Kansas State Cyclocross Championship

Madison Cassavaugh brings home the Kansas State Championship WIN for women's Cat 4/5!  After overcoming a first lap crash, Madison remained composed and takes the win for Cow Town!  

Friday, October 1, 2021

Maple Leaf Gravel Grinder

Saturday, October 23rd will mark the 3rd annual Maple Leaf Gravel Grind. This will be an in-person ride in 2021 and we will offer 3 separate routes, a 16, 35 and 70 mile option that will highlight the beautiful fall foliage in and around Baldwin City, KS. Each rider will receive a custom medal and t-shirt included in their entry. All races will be timed by the Timer Guys. 

Proceeds will be split between Prairie Paws Animal Shelter in Ottawa, KS and the Baldwin City Recreation Commission's scholarship fund. 

For the 70 milers, we will offer a cash prize for the top 3 riders in each the male and female category: 1st place $100 
2nd place $75 
3rd place $50 

Ottawa Bike and Trail will once again be onsite offering light maintenance as well as swag for sale. Prairie Paws Animal Shelter will be on site with animals available for adoption as well. 

In addition, all riders that sign up will be eligible for an exclusive ticket buying opportunity to the Maple Leaf Beer, Wine and Spirit Fest that will be taking place from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. that day in Sullivan Square (at the start-finish line). The ticket will include beer, wine and spirit samples, light appetizers as well as food for purchase. 

Maple Leaf Gravel Grind Bicycle Raffle Tickets (coming soon) 

             35 Mile Route
             70 Mile Route 

Date: Saturday, October 23rd 
Time: 70 mile will begin at 9:00 a.m. 16 mile and 35 mile will begin at 10:00a.m. 
Fee: $40 for the 16 and 35-mile routes. $50 registration day of. $50 for the 70 milers. $60 registration day of. Swag bag included for all participants! 

Location: Start and finish on High Street between 7th and 8th streets

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Maple Leaf Gravel Grind

Mark your calendars for the Inaugural Maple Leaf Gravel Grind bike race. The MLGG will offer 16, 35 and 70 mile course options that will highlight the fall foliage in and around Baldwin City, KS. But don't let the beautiful fall colors fool you, this race will challenge you and push your limits. Enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow riders and compete with your friends at this one of a kind event. All proceeds raised for this race will benefit the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter in Ottawa, KS. Prairie Paws will also be onsite with animals for adoption from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. the morning of the event. So bring the kids and take home a new family member! In addition, the Ottawa Bike and Trail will be on site providing support to the riders and will be raffling a new bike that morning! Upon the conclusion, be sure to stick around for live music from Drew Six from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., as well as food and beverage to celebrate your accomplishments! In addition, the BCRC Cancer Challenge will be taking place near the conclusion of the bike race. The Cancer Challenge includes a 5K Walk, and a corn hole tournament. All proceeds from the Cancer Challenge will benefit 3 year old Easton Base, a Baldwin City resident who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. Date: Saturday, October 26th Time: Race will go off at 9:00 a.m. Fee: $30 before race day, $35 day of. Be sure to get registered by Friday, October 4th to ensure yourself a free Swag Bag courtesy of Ottawa Bike and Trail! Location: The MLGG will start and finish on High Street between 7th and 8th streets Register at The Maple Leaf Gravel Grind will be a timed race, timed by The Timer Guys.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

2018 Bone Bender Mountain Bike Challenge

Updated 09/17/18:

Presented by Builder Designs

Results for this years events:  2018 Bone Bender Mountain Bike Challenge Results

Builder Designs presents the 2018 Bone Bender  Mountain Bike Challenge.  Back from the grave, a classic endurance mountain bike event returns to the Midwest with a new date (9/16/18), new format, new venue/course.   Thanks to Lyle Riedy and a cast of wonderful volunteers from Ladydudes, LMBC and Cow TownCycling our new home is Perry Lake State Park.  A great course and venue awaits everyone for this year’s event.  

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 Entry includes:
  • Memories that will last a lifetime. 
  • Event t-shirt to first 100 entries.
  • Aid stations to help you get through the event.
  • Food provided after the event by Trails and Taco’s 
  • An epic 23 Mile course at Perry Lake Mountain Bike Course
  • USAC insurance

Registration Link : Bone Bender Mountain Bike Challenge Registration

If you have any problems signing up for this event or missed the registration deadline (and would still like to participate) please email: 

Event Flyer and Postcard below:

Event Start Times:
  • Full Course Race (45 Miles) 9:00 am
  • Full Course Tour (23 Miles)  9:01 am
  • XC Race (12 Miles)  9:15 am  
Cut-off Times:
  • Full course Race participants must begin lap 2 by 12:00 Noon.  

Course:  Perry Lake MTB Trails.  Perry was designed and built specifically for mountain bike enthusiast and is a perfect venue of the Bone Bender.  The trails has a very rocky tread, many hills, short steep sections with tight turns, off camber, fast and technical rocky sections.   Are you up for one our our challenges?  The full Bone Bender (45 miles), The Bone Bender Tour (22 miles), and the Bone Bender XC (12 miles).  Course map below:

Directions: From Lawrence, take US Highway 23 West to Perry, Turn North on Kansas Route 237 (West Lake Road).  Follow West Lake Road past the Perry State Park Office, across the bridge towards Rock Creek Marina.  Just past the marina and the bridge, take the first right.  Parking and trail head on the right at the end of the pavement.

Packet Pickup: Packets will be available at 7:30 am on race morning.  Location Perry Lake MTB Trail head.  This is also the start/finish of event.  

Parking: Parking is available at the event venue. 

Post Event:  Enjoy a wonder post race meal provided by Trails and Tacos.

Sponsoring teams: Cow Town Cycling and The Ladydudes.

Event Support: Lawrence Mountain Bike Patrol

Sponsors: Builders Design, Epic Bike and Sport,Trek Store of Shawnee, Horizon Cycling, Let's Ride Bikes, Spokes Cafe & Cyclery, Bike America, Family Bicycles and Cycle City.
Check back for updates as our event approaches.  Help spread the word

See you at the races.
Cow Town Cycling/The Ladydudes

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

2018 Meltdown Mountain Bike Challenge

Welcome to this years Meltdown (Updated 6/10/18)

Thank you to the Ladydudes and our volunteers that made this event a success. 


Meltdown Marathon 3 Hr Results
Meltdown MTB Beginners, Juniors, Tandem and Women 50+ Results
Meltdown MTB Expert, Sport, Single Speed, Clydesdale and Masters 60+


Lantern Rouge - Pictures of the 2018 Meltdown Mountain Bike Challenge
Jennifer Piko - The Meltdown 2018 Album

Start list is posted: 2018 Meltdown Start List. We are offering registration on Sunday.  Please arrive early to allow time to register.  Raceday registration closes 30 minutes prior to start.

Come join the Cow Town Cycling Team and the Ladydudes on June 10th, 2018 as we present The Meltdown Mountain Bike Challenge.

Please support our local sponsors.  Without them our events would not be possible.

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 25+ miles (and growing) trails out at Wyandotte County Lake have earned that name.

SINGLE SPEED class added!!!!

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.   Never participated in a mountain bike race?  We have a class for you - Cat 3 (Beginner).  Long distance is your thing?  We have a class for you - 3 hour Marathon. Only have one gear?  Single Speed is your class.

Event Flyer:

How do I register?  

Registration is easy - Visit: USA Cycling - Meltdown MTB

Remember this event is protected by the Event Cancellation Refund Protection Program.  What does this mean?  If we cancel the event due to rain (muddy trails) you get a refund.  Now you have no excuses not to sign up.

You must have a USA Cycling license or purchase a one-day license $10.00.  (Note: USA Cycling is currently having 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)  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.


Wyandotte Country Lake Park, Shelter #3 - Google map directions

Schedule for Sunday, June 10th, 2018:

  • 7:30 AM Registration and Pack pickup
  • 8:00 AM Course opens for warmups
  • 8:30 AM Registration closes for 9 AM starts
  • 8:50 AM Riders meeting for 9 AM start 
  • 9:00 AM Start: Marathon, Cat 3 Males and Cat 3 Females, Master 50+ Females and Juniors.
  • 10:30 AM Registration closes for 11 AM starts
  • 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, Clydesdale's, Single Speed and Grand Masters 60+ Males
  • Awards for each race once finalized by USAC official. 
Awards:  Custom awards are finished.

Post Race Food:

Trails and Tacos will be onsite with their tasty tacos.  A $5.00 donation is suggested.

Course Map: