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Volunteers still needed for bicycle competition

June 9, 2008


Runners are lined up to help. The Clinton Lake armada is set.

Now it's just time to find 30 or so cyclists to help keep 1,500 triathletes hydrated and on course June 15 for the Ironman 70.3 Kansas.

"It's going to look like a kayak convention out there," said Ryan Robinson, co-event director. "We've had a huge response for volunteers. The swim is covered. The run is covered by the great people at Red Dog's Dog Days.

"Now we're needing people for the bike course."

Anyone interested in volunteering to help out for the Ironman event - whether during expo events Friday and Saturday, or during the race itself Sunday - is asked to e-mail

Volunteers receive a T-shirt, plus a chance to be involved in the first Ironman in Kansas. All volunteers will get a complimentary lunch, and those from the bike course will be able to see the finish at Bloomington Beach.

The volunteer roster won't be limited by age, athletic ability or anything else.

"It's all comers," said Robinson, who already has more than 200 volunteers lined up. "We can find a job for anybody."


leemerrill 9 years, 11 months ago

I bet DonQuipunch is one of those people who give the bike riders the finger and 2 inches of road while he is smoking and probably drinking. I send lots of love his way!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 11 months ago

Seems to me that the "attitudes" are held mainly by homicidal car drivers.

Leandra Galindo 9 years, 11 months ago

I'm volunteering for the upcoming event and I am so excited. I stress..get out and volunteer in your local community.

Daytrader23 9 years, 11 months ago

Anonymous userDonQuipunch (Anonymous) says:I volunteer to honk at these a-holes when they ride 2-3 wide down 458 while i cannot pass them due to oncoming traffic.LOL What an Idiot. Get your fat arse off the highway.

leemerrill 9 years, 11 months ago

Oh yea, Its bike riders that you can thank for getting roads in the first place. The League of American Wheelmen, or L.A.W., was established in 1880 helped lobby for the first paved roads. And I have seen a-hole drivers pass 3 wide in cars and motorcycles "BOZO" So keep your anger in the bottle and get out and exercise.

Paul Geisler 9 years, 11 months ago

Donquipoop or whatever, bike riders have rights to the roadway by law so you might want to review the laws of the road before you complain about cyclists interfering with your travels. However, it would certainly improve the situation if roads were built to better accommodate cyclists, especially around Lawrence. When we lived in the Twin Cities my wife and I road our bikes all over the place, from our second-tier suburb all the way to downtown Mpls, out west to Lake Minnetonka, and elsewhere. At the very least the City of Lawrence should add bike/walk paths to link the major city parks together. That approach has worked very well in some of the Twin City suburbs, and having been back in Larrytown for four years now it has become clear to us that this city has fallen behind in these types of community emmenities. From what I've read on the LJW posts it would appear there simply aren't enough Lawrencians who think it's worth paying a bit more in taxes to provide these kinds of community attractions.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 11 months ago

Yes, there are inconsiderate bikers out there, Don. And about once a week or so, I'm irritated when they cross my path. Just as I'm irritated at inconsiderate motorists each and every time I hit the streets, whether it's on foot, on a bike, or in a car.But I don't use that as justification for hating everyone who ever drives a car.

hail2oldku 9 years, 11 months ago

Bicyclists, like every other user of the road, has it's share of a-holes. It never fails to irritate me when I'm out for a ride with my 13 year-old and trying to teach him the proper way to ride a bike, both on the road and the bike path, when along comes someone that should know better runs a light/stop sign, fails to alert other riders/pedestrians they are passing, riding the wrong direction down a one way street, etc.That being said, Donq's original comments are especially inappopriate when discussing an event that is going to have controlled access so he should be on an alternate route anyway.

leemerrill 9 years, 11 months ago

Since a cyclist can get the same moving violations as a person driving a car. Then I think they should be able to use the same road without feeling like they will be run over by some a-hole. State law (I believe) is a Column of 2 bikes is allowed as well as vehicles are suppose to give 3 feet of space between vehicle and bike when passing. Don't hate the ones who love to use there own power to move. Let alone the fact that they are not destroying the environment with Co2 admissions.

otto 9 years, 11 months ago

hail2oldku mentions that there will be controlled access to this area. Are they going to close roads? There are a lot of people that live in this area. Poor communication from the organizers to the public in my opinion.

dozer 9 years, 11 months ago

I agree notnowdear. Those inconsiderate bikers on their pedal powered machines, racing down the road at 15 mph nearly run my 2,500 pound gas powered machine off the road everytime I try to pass them doing 65 mph.

Tammie Bryant 9 years, 11 months ago

Maybe the biker's attitudes towards everyone else on the road is why they don't have enought volunteers.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 11 months ago

The roads are public-- everyone is entitled to use them, Don.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 11 months ago

I don't know if you're crazy or not, but you are exaggerating a problem well beyond anything that happens on any but very exceptional occasions.But I am curious. It would be almost impossible to drive across this town without being subjected to at least one motorist doing something inconsiderate, stupid and/or dangerous. Why do you have no similar outrage towards motorists, Don?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 11 months ago

Maybe you should read my posts (and others') more carefully, leemerrill.

eotw33 9 years, 11 months ago

Oh and I'm guessing b3 is one of those who doesn't use their turn signal, does rolling stops, never lets a pedestrian go first, changes lanes at intersections, and drives 20 in a 45 and 60 in a 20, right along with many, many, many others. I think the LPD needs to have a better traffic force that focuses on these problems because I have been hit by a car on a bike, on foot, and in a vehicle and none of them were my fault. Have some respect Lawrence, someday it may be you on the other end. It should be illegal anyway to be within a car length or two of a bike when in a vehicle, that is the rule for cars after all. Hate brings the world down! (and right now it's pretty low on all aspects of life such as jobs, economy, wars, killings)

leemerrill 9 years, 11 months ago

Bozo my appoligies, I did mis-read. I was typing while driving of course. (ha ha)It just hacks me that a few people don't realize what a blessing it is to get out and ride a bike whether in a group or by oneself. Events like the ironman and other run/bike events make Lawrence such a great place to live.

eotw33 9 years, 11 months ago

if you know how to drive then you would be able to avoid a bike without a problem. Is it that big of deal to wait a couple seconds so you can pass a biker who's just either trying to save gas or get exercise or maybe can't afford a car. I ride a bike and drive a car and i've never had a problem with someone riding a bike beside maybe a kid or two swerving all over the road but most stay to the side. It's amazing how disrespectful and heartless people are in Lawrence. And you wonder where these kids get the attitude they don't have to care about other peoples lives.

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