Archive for Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tour of Lawrence offers events for all ages, interests

The Tour of Lawrence final day was the KU Campus Circuit Race Sunday. Andrew Coe with Team SKC (center) and other riders take off at the start of the Men's Cat 3 race. Coe finished first.

The Tour of Lawrence final day was the KU Campus Circuit Race Sunday. Andrew Coe with Team SKC (center) and other riders take off at the start of the Men's Cat 3 race. Coe finished first.

February 9, 2010


Tour of Lawrence making summer return

The second annual Tour of Lawrence will take place in early July. Hundreds of professional cyclists will take part in the races. Enlarge video

Join the team

Tour of Lawrence organizers seek volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, from assisting with registrations to setting up courses and serving as marshals.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Bob Sanner at 856-5302 or e-mail

Volunteer information also will be available soon at the race Web site,

Children, start your pedals.

As part of this summer’s Tour of Lawrence cycling event, July 2-4, area children and youth will line up once again for a Kids’ Race, the community’s biggest pint-sized competition on two wheels.

Kiddos will ride their Big Wheels, tricycles, training wheels and other self-propelled vehicles on parts of the same course used by some of the region’s fastest adults.

Last year’s tour drew 317 professionals for the pulsating 200-meter Street Sprints, white-knuckle Downtown Criterium and elevation-adjusting KU Campus Circuit Race.

Those races are back, along with the crowd-pleasing Kids’ Race that saw nearly 200 youngsters walk, push and pedal their way to the finish a year ago.

“We’ve got something for everybody,” said Bob Sanner, sports marketing director for the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau. “I can tell everyone with a straight face that we had at least 4,000 spectators downtown. For the Kids’ Race alone, the number of parents, grandparents and older siblings alone was just staggering.

“We were just overwhelmed — actually, we were run over, but that’s great. There’s enough interest on the community’s part that we need to do more.”

The events surrounding this year’s tour — a pro-am sanctioned by USA Cycling — are expanding beyond cycling to include the first “Mass. Street Mile,” a run sponsored by Garry Gribble’s Running Sports.


Robert Rauktis 8 years ago

Does the Chamber of Commerce write this newspaper?

Isaias Shannon 8 years ago

Great!! This was such an amazing event last year and really made for a festive fourth of July celebration for the whole city to enjoy. I grew up here, and previously there was such a sad lack of interesting things to do on the 4th (well, since the old school "Independence Days" festival at Burcham Park - anyone remember that?) - this cycling event is a perfect fit! So awesome that they are also including a run - I can't wait!!

tomatogrower 8 years ago

This is good news. Last years race and the festival in the park were so much fun. A real community event! Happy people all over the place. Actually I really can't wait for warm weather, but I suppose by then I'll be moaning about the heat and humidity. Oh well, I still love living here.

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

Hey how about a March madness sidewalk sale with Lawrence gardening and brew vendors set up in the middle of Mass Street? Bring on the music

Then how about a fall sidewalk sale and celebration on a game day as well. Lets get with it making fun and money.

Lawrence is sooooo lucky to have bicycle activity... Yes. The more the merrier. Just not at the time Mt. Snow competition is coming off during August in Vermont.

parrothead8 8 years ago

Well, nobody can say they didn't give enough notice.

ralphralph 8 years ago

The Mass Street Mile is a fantastic idea.

christy kennedy 8 years ago

This is SO great! I'm glad for the notice with kids and summer schedules and trips now I know to not go anywhere 7/2-4. This is SO much fun!

blackfox 8 years ago

WHy cant events like this be ran on a "purpose built" coarse? All other sports have a designated place to be played, why cant bicyles? Its cycling like this that DOESNT belong on the road!

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

It's fun events like this that save taxpayers bundles of tax dollars because of making excellent use of existing resources aka our roads. Kinda like the "Tour de France".

Thereby eliminating the need for a "special" venue.

Bring on the Rollerblades!

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