Archive for Thursday, September 28, 2006

Cyclists to converge in city for weekend Octoginta ride

September 28, 2006


Expect to see plenty of bicycles around the city and county this weekend.

Hundreds of riders from the state and region are expected in Lawrence for the 37th annual Octoginta ride, organized by The Lawrence Bicycle Club. Events will take place all weekend.

"It's a fall tradition. It is part of Douglas County and part of what makes it neat," said Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug, the club's director of the event. "It's part of our culture now - at least for those of us who ride a bike."

Events start with Octoginta registration from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the South Park Recreation Center, 1141 Mass.

The first event, a time trial on a 6.2 mile course, is a fundraiser for the Free State Racing Development Team and a United States Cycling Federation sanctioned race.

Riders of all ages can participate. The first rider will begin the race against the clock at 7 a.m. on Old K-10 Highway at Noria Road. Riders ages 10 to 18 can register for free; otherwise the fee is $20. The time trial will last until 8:15 a.m.

Riders participating in the 36th annual Octoginta ride down Massachusetts Street last year for the Tour de County. This year's Octoginta events, sponsored by the Lawrence Bicycle Club, begin Saturday.

Riders participating in the 36th annual Octoginta ride down Massachusetts Street last year for the Tour de County. This year's Octoginta events, sponsored by the Lawrence Bicycle Club, begin Saturday.

The 30-mile Tour De County ride and a mountain bike tour each cost $5 and begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the recreation center. A swap meet begins at 2 p.m. at the recreation center.

The weekend's main rides of 40 and 80 miles through the county begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at South Park. Police will escort the riders out of the city south on Massachusetts Street, west on 19th Street, south on Iowa Street and west on Clinton Parkway.

Anywhere from 500 to 800 people traditionally participate in the Sunday rides, Weinaug said. Fewer people may come from the region this year because of Saturday and Sunday's NASCAR events at the Kansas Speedway and hotel-room availability in Lawrence, he said.

The ride takes bicyclists to Lone Star Lake and Bloomington Beach. If riders are in it for the full 80 miles, they will travel along roads west of Clinton Lake.

"It's kind of one of the last hurrahs for road biking because it will be getting too cold really to ride road," said Nick Gardner, a manager at Cycle Works, 2121 Kasold Drive.

Gardner and other staff members will help with repairs along the way Sunday. Sunflower Outdoor & Bike, 804 Mass., will offer its traditional breakfast for riders at a stop northeast of Lone Star Lake.

"We'd be excited to have anybody come out, and we'll try to provide any support that they need. Come out and enjoy a beautiful day in Douglas County on your bicycle," Weinaug said.

Great Harvest Bread Co., 807 Vt., is also a sponsor.

37th annual Octoginta Ride

Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Octoginta Registration, South Park Recreation Center, 1141 Mass. 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. - Time Trial of 6.2 miles, Old K-10 Highway at Noria Road, $20 entry fee, free for ages 10 to 18. 9:30 a.m. - Tour De County and Mountain Bike Tour, both departing from the recreation center, $5. 2 p.m. - Swap meet, recreation center. Sunday 7 a.m. - Ride-Day Registration and Check-in, recreation center. 8:30 a.m. - Octoginta Ride leaves from South Park; rides of 40 or 80 miles across western Douglas County. Organized by Lawrence Bicycle Club


lawrencian 11 years, 4 months ago

The Octoginta Time Trial will have REGISTRATION from 7-8:15 a.m. on Saturday, and the first rider will start at 8:30 a.m.

The flyer can be found at the Winning Events web site:

Come test yourself against the clock!

Richard Heckler 11 years, 4 months ago

Hey Lawrence Bicycle Club thanks so much for your efforts and the bike shops for their support. Those cinnamon twists from Great Harvest Bread must be a huge attraction for riders as well.

This is great activity for Lawrence, Kansas. Why not do 3 more rides each year in different areas of beautiful Douglas County.

Maybe promote a family ride?

Lawrence Bike Club what do you think considering the club does other rides?

Perhaps between the bike club and Judy Billings more events could be scheduled and promoted.

Not only are bikes fun and healthy it creates revenue for this fine community. Lawrence could become noted not only for its' basketball,art and music but also cycling activity.

Cinncinnatti does a "morning glory ride" which starts early in the AM and is sponsored by the Sierra Club as a fund raiser. It is a fun ride throughout the downtown city.

grimpeur 11 years, 4 months ago


They do several rides, including:

LBC and other clubs put on the Kansas Survival Series:

Halloweenie 11 years, 4 months ago

Now is this a kids with special needs race? Or is this a breast cancer research type race?

grimpeur 11 years, 4 months ago

The race is open to anyone with a racing license. One-day licenses are available at the event for first-timers wanting to try out a time trial = one rider at a time against the clock for 10K/6.2 mi.

gmemusic 11 years, 4 months ago

This is a "ride because you like to" event, no strings, no fundraisers, no causes, nothing but people riding because they like to ride. It's not timed, there are no prizes, no awards, just a great breakfast by Sunflower Bike Shop and the Minestrone soup lunch by LBC that is so awesome, not to mention the fun and cameraderie of the great people that participate. If you want a timed event, check out the time trial on Saturday, otherwise, the other rides can be as fast or as leisurely as you like. There's also a swap meet on Saturday, so if you need parts, check it out. All in all, a great weekend for cycling, and the weather this weekend should be perfect! This is only my second year to ride it, but I've heard of some folks that ride it each year and it's like a family reunion on wheels! Park the car, c'mon let's ride!

Richard Heckler 11 years, 4 months ago

Lawrence Bike Club,

I'm actually suggesting 3 more Octoginta Ride type events with much promotion for fun,competition, community revenue and/or create a new industry for Lawrence,Kansas.

Lawrence and Douglas County is beautiful cycling country so why not promote?

walleye9898 11 years, 4 months ago

Great -- I get to spend the weekend dodging idiots on bicycles along Highway 458. Maybe you all can remember not to ride side by side and don't block the highway!

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