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Cyclists roll into town for Tour of Lawrence

June 25, 2012

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The Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau expects more than 600 cyclists from all over the country to race Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Lawrence during the fourth annual Tour of Lawrence.

Members of the Mercy Elite Cycling Team, based out of Fort Smith, Ark., head up 12th Street to the KU campus on a short ride Monday. The team won several events at this past weekend’s Tour of Kansas City races and will be participating in the Tour of Lawrence this weekend. From left are Dylan Jones and Zach Allison, both of Fort Collins, Colo.; Cotton Jarisch, Victoria, Texas; Austin Vinton, Springfield, Mo.; and Adam Mills, Lawrence. Events in Lawrence begin Friday.

Members of the Mercy Elite Cycling Team, based out of Fort Smith, Ark., head up 12th Street to the KU campus on a short ride Monday. The team won several events at this past weekend’s Tour of Kansas City races and will be participating in the Tour of Lawrence this weekend. From left are Dylan Jones and Zach Allison, both of Fort Collins, Colo.; Cotton Jarisch, Victoria, Texas; Austin Vinton, Springfield, Mo.; and Adam Mills, Lawrence. Events in Lawrence begin Friday.

The tour is for professional and amateur cyclists and will include street sprints, a circuit race and a criterium race in downtown Lawrence as well as on the Kansas University campus.

Tour highlights

Tour of Lawrence isn’t just for cyclists. The event also has free music, food, drinks and children’s activities. Below are some highlights of the 2012 Tour of Lawrence.

Friday

• Women’s Open Street Sprints, 7 p.m., New Hampshire Street (between Seventh and Eighth streets).

• Men’s Open Street Sprints, 8 p.m., Eighth and New Hampshire streets.

• Beer Garden and Free Live Music: Twang Daddies, 8:45 p.m. to 11 p.m., outside the Sandbar (17 E. Eighth St.).

Saturday

• Kansas University Campus Circuit Race, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., begins at Wescoe Hall, 4.4 mile route through campus.

Sunday

• Mass Street Mile Run (register at massstreetmilerun.com), 8  a.m., Ninth and Massachusetts streets.

• Free Kids’ Fun Run (register at massstreetmilerun.com), 8:45 a.m., Ninth and Massachusetts streets.

• Free State Brewery Downtown Lawrence Criterium Races, 9:15 a.m. to 5:30  p.m., Ninth and Massachusetts streets.

• Free Kids’ Bike Race Registration, 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m., Ninth and Massachusetts streets.

• Free Kids’ Bike Race, noon, Ninth and Massachusetts streets.

• Free Kids’ Zone, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ninth Street between Massachusetts and Vermont streets.

Adam Mills, Lawrence resident and Mercy Cycling Team manager, said his team, which will be participating, is made up of residents from Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri and Texas.

The Tour of Lawrence isn’t just for cyclists, though.

Susan Henderson, Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau director, said the Tour of Lawrence is as good a spectator event as a cycling event because of the activities for adults and children.

Friday night, Tour of Lawrence will host a beer garden and free live music by the Twang Daddies starting at 8:45 p.m. Sunday kids’ activities begin at 8:45 a.m. with a fun run. There will also be a kids’ bike race and fun zone.

Mills said one of the best parts of the event is being a spectator and that residents should show up to watch the actual races and spend the day in downtown Lawrence.

“It is a really cool town and a really fun atmosphere, and if you include a bike race, it’s even better,” Mills said.

Many local cyclists, like Mills, participate in the tour, and Henderson said they enjoy getting to race in front of other Lawrence residents.

“The riders really appreciate the spectator support and it is one of the reasons they like to ride in (Tour of Lawrence),” Henderson said.

Tour of Lawrence begins at 7 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. The event is free and open to spectators.

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