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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Sprint to the finish

  • Wow! We had a terrific turn out Wednesday for Late Night Under the Lights.
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  • Wow! We had a terrific turn out Wednesday for Late Night Under the Lights.
    The weather was warm, but the riders were in great spirits. Roger Harrison and Joe Porter did a terrific job setting up the course.
    Paula Cole organized the entire event, ran registration, kept track of placing and coordinated all the awards and prizes. We had a new volunteer: Elspeth Malcolm. Elspeth jumped right in and helped run the registration with Paula Cole.
    Thanks also to Dan Sheehan and Josh Stratton who set up and tore down the registration area.
    I was pleasantly surprised to see 53 children race. The top three children in each category were given medals. All children received a prize.
    There will be trophies for the overall winner of the series at our final race, which will be on July 24.
    The adult races were great. Many of the racers were first timers. Amanda Muller was very excited after her race. She average 19.9 mph.
    The adult series is specifically designed for training. Riders learned several things about bike racing. First, in bicycle racing (criteriums, circuits or road races), aerobars are not allowed. Next, junior racers require a special gear modification that is designed to protect their knees.
    Race numbers are worn on the side of the back of a rider not on the front of the shirt. Race licenses are required to race. You can obtain a one day license or an annual on site.
    A great aspect of this series is that time is taken to educate the riders. Riders have the opportunity to apply lessons learned on the same night.
    Each adult/junior racer races three separate races on the same course with the same group.
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