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Lawrence residents, visitors enjoy Tour of Lawrence event

Cyclists took to New Hampshire street in the Tour of Lawrence Street Sprints on Friday July 1, 2011 as crowds of people line the streets for the head to head races.

July 1, 2011

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Siblings Beth Anne Jordan, 7, and Joey Jordan, 8, both of Silver Lake, celebrate Friday night with a carnival ride on Eighth Street, which was set up with children’s activities. Spectators lined up nearby on New Hampshire Street to watch the Tour of Lawrence sprint races Friday evening. Tour of Lawrence activities continue today on the Kansas University campus.

Siblings Beth Anne Jordan, 7, and Joey Jordan, 8, both of Silver Lake, celebrate Friday night with a carnival ride on Eighth Street, which was set up with children’s activities. Spectators lined up nearby on New Hampshire Street to watch the Tour of Lawrence sprint races Friday evening. Tour of Lawrence activities continue today on the Kansas University campus.

Marc Mondi, of Des Moines, Iowa, was one of hundreds who stood along New Hampshire Street downtown Friday night to take in some national-class cycling at the third annual Tour of Lawrence.

He returned to Lawrence, his hometown, with his girlfriend so they could cheer on a friend.

“I think it’s great, blocking out the streets” so people could come out and socialize, he said. “And who doesn’t like drinking a beer in the street?”

In addition to the beer, spectators enjoyed live music and children’s games.

And, oh yes, it was hot.

“At last check, the temperature was 100 degrees, but you probably knew that already,” the public address announcer said at one point. “It was the 30 pounds of water weight you just lost in the past few minutes.”

But the heat didn’t stop the cyclists from enjoying the event as much as the spectators.

“It’s an excellent event. It’s national-class,” said Nick Kiernan, a cyclist from Euless, Texas, who participated in the races Friday.

He said he particularly enjoyed the street sprints Friday that allowed spectators to see the events up close.

Adam Mills, a cyclist from Lawrence who travels throughout the country, said it was special to play host to a competition like this.

“Any time you can ride your bike to a start line of a high-quality event like this, it’s great,” he said.

As cyclists whizzed by, Bob Sanner, event director and director of sports markets for the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, said cyclists were in town from across the U.S. — Minnesota, Texas, Colorado, Illinois and Virginia. He said he was pleased with the way the event had turned out. More than 600 cyclists participated in all.

“Traditionally the Fourth of July has been very slow for hotels and restaurants, and we wanted to change that,” Sanner said.

After Friday’s speed sprints, cycling continues today with a circuit race on the hills of Kansas University. On Sunday, the action moves back downtown for the Criterium.

Comments

cato_the_elder 3 years, 5 months ago

Great event. At least it keeps the guys in the Peter Pan outfits off the county roads for three days of a holiday weekend.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 5 months ago

I bet it's disappointing that there are fewer cyclists for you to run off the road.

cato_the_elder 3 years, 5 months ago

I've never done that, but I have encountered groups of bicyclists who have tried to run me off the road.

appleaday 3 years, 5 months ago

They'e just like football uniforms only without the extra padding.

chigger 3 years, 5 months ago

Bicycle rider engines are typically about 1/3rd of a horsepower. How big is your motor in your car or truck? You sneer at bicycle riders but are you tough enough to do what they do? Big talk,- little man. Life is too short to get impatient with riders that have a legal right to be on the road.

cato_the_elder 3 years, 5 months ago

"Life is too short to get impatient with riders that have a legal right to be on the road."

Routinely riding four abreast on county roads as fast as their little 1/3 horsepower motors can take them and refusing to move over so that drivers who don't want to hurt them can safely use the roads? What "legal right" do they have to do that, pal?

chigger 3 years, 5 months ago

State law allows 2 riders side by side. More than that is illegal. I do want to point out that often from the riders position they are actually either ahead or behind each other. If you could see the formation from above this would be apparant. From the vehicle dirvers seat it will look like they are all riding side by side. Also bicyclists riding together on country roads help each other along by riding close together. It is more efficent and more fun for the riders. Alert and responsible riders break down the formation when they see approaching vehicles.

cato_the_elder 3 years, 5 months ago

I've driven for as long as a mile waiting for "the formation" to "break down" before I can simply pass all of them. If "alert and responsible riders break down the formation when they see approaching vehicles," then that's something I've seldom encountered.

chigger 3 years, 5 months ago

Yes, there are clueless riders and impatient drivers. Personal consideration and responisbility took a hit a couple of generations ago. Watch the Tour de France on VERSUS- it is fascinating.

chigger 3 years, 5 months ago

Yes, there are clueless riders and impatient drivers. Personal consideration and responisbility took a hit a couple of generations ago. Watch the Tour de France on VERSUS- it is fascinating.

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