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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Final lap for summer's late night bike races

  • Monday night was the culmination of five weeks of bicycle racing at Warren Middle School.


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  • Monday night was the culmination of five weeks of bicycle racing at Warren Middle School.
    This race series has been terrific. Thanks to the hard work of Roger Harrison, Joe Porter, Paula Cole and Barb Sheehan. These folks have been there every week putting in the time and effort to make this a successful event.
    Monday night was unusual for this summer. Temperatures were in the low 80s. We had no gale force winds nor hail like last week. It was truly a beautiful day in beautiful Leavenworth.
    The kids were very excited. Many of them had saved their numbers from last week's rain-out. At 6:30 p.m. children ages 1-5 were lined up at the starting line without being told. They were anxious to get started.
    Part of the charm of this race is the competitors. A girl rode with a tutu. A boy rode on a tricycle whose theme was Mater from the movie "Cars". All of them were smiling.
    Some of the children's races were fiercely competitive. The 9-10 year old division had acquired road bikes and learned the techniques of drafting. In their three laps of racing the bicycles flew by the spectators causing us to lean back.
    Harry Ross stormed out front on the final sprint, while Eric Harding edged out Abby Olsen right at the line. Great racing.
    The adult race started at 7:30 p.m. We started with the miss and out. We had new racers and more experienced racers. This is a training race. Racers learned quite a bit this summer — how to put on a bicycle race number; how to draft; what gearing to use in a criterium; what clothing is allowed in a bicycle race.
    One very important thing we learned last night was not to impede the progress of riders when you have been lapped and are out of contention.
    Thanks to our sponsors — Leavenworth Parks and Recreation; the Leavenworth Bicycle Club; Kramer and Associates Accounting in Leavenworth; Harbor Lights Coffee House; Pizza Hut of Lansing; Mr Goodcents of Leavenworth; the Leavenworth Times and Marfield's Pub of Leavenworth.
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