Starting The New Year Right

A few Kansas cyclists celebrated the new year by getting on their bikes:

  • The Lawrence Mountain Bike Club hosted its annual New Year’s Day Ride on the Lawrence River Trails which draws as many as 50 riders.

  • Chris Locke attended the LMBC New Years Day Ride and offers this report: The Cow Town Cycling Team was well represented at today’s annual Lawrence Mountain Bike Club New Years Day Ride. Held since 1996, this ride starts off each new year no matter what the weather. This year the temperatures were in the 20’s with gusting winds around 20+ mph making it a cold day in the saddle. Trail conditions were varied between great to icy to 2 foot snow drifts. A few crashes were had by all, some even before they left the parking lot.

  • Riders in Salina have an annual New Years Day ride they call the Red Eye Bicycle Ride that takes place the afternoon of the first day of the year. More than a dozen riders took part in this year’s event, with some getting in as much as 20 miles. Although there was snow on the ground, the streets were clear, and the temperature was in the mid-20s.

  • The Oz Bicycle Club of Wichita offered a a 6- to 24-mile bike ride starting at noon, followed by food and social time at a local restaurant.

  • The Tailwind Cyclists Annual New Year’s Day Ride in Pittsburg provides a “hardy few a chance to spit in the eye of Nature and shake their fist in the face of Father Time,” according to Tailwind Cyclists owner Roger Lomshek. This year, a group of 13 riders pushed off at 9 a.m. with the temperature hovering near the 20-degree mark and the wind blowing steadily out of the northwest at more than 15 mph.

How about you?

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By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web's premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

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