Monday, April 28, 2008

Calling All Women Riders.

"All is set for the 2nd Annual Lansing DAZE Criterium. This is a Women ONLY event being held in Lansing, Kansas. Prizes galore, a new and personalized trophy for the Women's Masters Group Winners both Open and Category 4 in all age groups, personalized medals for second and third places, large cash payouts for Juniors, and Category 3/4 women, primes from the Susan Komen foundation(some of the primes are wrapped in a Longaberger basket donated by my special friend Rosalee Robinson), police protected closed course, city street sweeper swept course on day of race, and FREE massages, KCKCC Message Therapy Students, donated by Farmer's Group Insurance, and Tailwind Cycling. NEW Riders ONLY, bring the discount card provided by our friends at Boulevard, see what kind of a discount that you receive for your entry fee.
New added field, Masters Women Open 30+, preregistration via fax, 913.682.5247, scan to this address jpg please, or drop off at Santa Fe Trails Bicycle and Coffee Shop.

More info visit:

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Heartland Race Cancelled Again

Will we ever get to race???

Crocodile Rock cancelled
Written by Craig Stoeltzing
Sunday, 27 April 2008
It rained solid here from 9:30 to 1:00 am. We've checked the trails this morning and will have to cancel the race due to conditions. Stay tuned for updates.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Kansas City Trails System Logo Competition


The KCMO Citywide Trails Plan project team is challenging the creative minds of Kansas City (no age or expertise requirements) to a trails logo and naming competition. The winning logo and name may appear on trail signage, trail promotional materials, and mile markers and serve as the new "brand" for Kansas City's trail system.

FIRST PRIZE: Gary Fisher hybrid bike


Please forward the entry form and informational flyer to your friends, family, colleagues, students, and neighbors.

Here is the Entry Form
For more information please visit

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Cohutta 100

Cow Town Cycling would like to wish the following riders luck at this weekends Cohutta 100. The Cohutta is the first round of the very popular National Ultra Endurance Mountain Bike Series (N.U.E)

Good Luck to all!

Randy Cartwright - 65 Mile
Selby Holler - 35 Mile
Tige Lamb - 100 Mile
Chris Locke - 100 Mile
Christopher Locke - 35 Mile
Carolynn Locke - 35 Mile
Joey Locke - 35 Mile
Eric Tiffany - 100 Mile Single Speed

Look for a full race report and pictures here.

5th Annual VeloTek Grand Prix.

The 5th Annual VeloTek Grand Prix is just around the corning. Coach Jim Whittaker and his GP VeloTek team put on this annual time based stage race.

A 2.5 km TT and Criterium are will be held on Saturday April 26th out at Clinton Lake. Sunday April 27th brings the Lake Perry Road Race. Time bonuses for top placings are available - see event flyer.

Here is the flyer for the 08' Velotek Grand Prix.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Paseo Bridge Groundbreaking

We need your support for a safe bike/pedestrian crossing on the Paseo Bridge by having your presence at the ground breaking Friday, April 18 at 2 pm. Ride your bike, walk, run or take transit to the ceremony. MoDOT and Senator Kit Bond will be there.

Paseo Bridge Ground-Breaking Ceremony
Friday, April 18, 2:00 p.m.
Isle of Capri Casino parking lot
1870 East Front Street, Kansas City, MO 64120 (map/directions)

* Bike there: A group of cyclists will ride 1.5 miles from the KCATA park-and-ride lot at 3rd and Grand, leaving promptly at 1:40 p.m.
* Bus there: The Isle of Capri is served by Metro bus #173 - Casino Cruiser. It leaves the 10th & Main Transit Center at 1:41 p.m. and arrives at the casino at 1:50 p.m. The return bus leaves at 3:08 p.m. Route map and schedule (PDF).
* Walk there: The Isle of Capri is walkable from Berkley Riverfront Park, via the Riverfront Heritage Trail.

Work is being done to design and get funding for the Paseo bridgebike/ped ramps that MODOT said has to happen to get them to completethe bike/ped lane on the bridge. There are 2 separate KCMO council resolutions asking for it and a regional River Crossing Policy that recommends it. KCMO is committed to it and MODOT needs to see that they must stand behind their agreement to finish the bike/ped lane on the bridge deck if other agencies can get the connecting ramps there.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Crank 'n' Cruise Postponed!

Crank ‘n’ Cruise POSTPONED

Racing friends and loyal supporters of HSP:

Do to the current and projected weather conditions at Crowder State Park, the Crank-N-Cruise Mountain Bike Race that was scheduled for Sunday, April 13th has been POSTPONED…More details forthcoming. I'm sure you were probably expecting this message. I know you are frustrated, as are we.

The winter from "Hades" has continued to rear its ugly head into the spring racing season. Crowder State Park has received over an inch of rain on Tuesday, a quarter of an inch last night, and it has rained all day today. The extended forecast is calling for possible rain and below average temperatures. There is even a chance for snow flurries Friday night. The Thompson River is currently rising and Grundy County is under a flood alert. With all these contributing factors

We have already stated our reasoning for not supporting "Rain or Shine" races in past posts. I've stated my personal view points on "Pappy's Place" but I'll give you the short version anyway:

We choose to look at the "Big Picture" and the impact our decisions will make in the long run, not for immediate gratification. Racing in the mud is not fun and is detrimental to the ecology of the trail systems we utilize for our race venues.

'm not willing to compromise our trails or cobble together an alternative "short option" that would simply satisfy the requirements of "calling it a race." We have some of the best trails in north Missouri. That is why we host a race. We want to showcase our wonderful trails. We would rather wait until the conditions improve and we can offer a better racing experience. We, Heartland Sport Promotions [HSP], have very high standards and expectations for our events. We strive for the best and that is what racers have come to expect when they participate in our events.

The decision to cancel or reschedule a race is not totally ours to make. We are utilizing public lands and have a land manager that has jurisdiction in making the final decision as to whether an event will proceed or be cancelled. At Crowder State Park that decision is based on environmental impact, public safety, and following the established policies concerning inclement weather and trail closures.

Please continue to monitor the Heartland web page for updated information on the 2008 race schedule. We are looking at possible options for rescheduling events.

I hope you will continue to support our efforts to provide the racing community with quality events. We love to ride bikes and share trails just like you do!

Doug “Pappy” Long

Monday, April 7, 2008

Ouachita Challenge Results and Pictures

The 7th Annual Quachita Challenge was held this past weekend in Oden, AR. The Ouachita Cycling Club put on a great event with a ride on Saturday and then the race on Sunday. Both events sell out quickly so be sure to put this event on your "must do" list.

The Womble and Quachita trails were used to make up the majority of the planned 60 mile route. Due to the recent rains that the area received parts of the course had to be cut out. The final course distance turned out to be about 52 miles, but with the muddy conditions it felt more like 75 miles...

Still waiting on the official results, but here is what I do know. Jeff Winkler (former National Collegiate Road Champion) won the overall title in 4 hrs 29 min. For Cow Town Rich Anderson had a great race to finish in around 25th (~5hrs 20 min). Chris Locke finished in 35th (~5hrs 30min). Randy Cartwright had some mechanical troubles but still finished in 51st. Mike Classed ended up coming in a little under 6 hours, 30 min.

Below are some pictures Carolnn Locke took: