Octoginta Fall Classic & Events

Posted on: Oct 09, 2014

10349897_798194596878754_8848744078817776979_nJoin the Lawrence Bicycle Club and hundreds of other cyclists for the traditional wind-up event of the year. In its 45th year, the Octoginta is truly a fall classic. So come join the festivities this fall. It’s never been better!

Known as one of the best rides in the Midwest, the 2014 Octoginta promises to be another great end-of-season ride. The Lawrence Bicycle Club prides itself in going the extra mile to give you the best SAGs and support along with the gorgeous fall foliage that combine for a ride you’ll never forget.

The Sunflower Bike Shop will again be providing a full breakfast with all of the trimmings as a part of their sponsorship of Octoginta. You won’t want to skip this SAG unless you were hoping to lose weight on the ride.

The Octoginta lunch SAG, at the end of the ride, features a hearty minestrone soup that satisfies vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.

Here’s the rundown:

Saturday, October 11

7-8:15 a.m. – Time Trial

Registration is between 7-8:15 a.m. Start off the Octoginta Weekend by testing yourself in “the race of truth” – an individual time trial! Categories available for all ages and skills.

Riders start at one minute intervals and race out and back over the 10 km. (6.2 mi.) course. This event will also serve as a fundraiser for Women’s Free State Racing Team.

Historic Lecomption High School, 620 E. Woodson, Lecompton, KS 66050

$25 except age 10-18 FREE! Pre-registration information is available at http://www.usacycling.org/events. Event held under USA Cycling (USAC) permit. All USAC rules apply. All participants must have USAC annual license or purchase one-day license for $10.

Emily Wamsley, fastoldlady52@yahoo.com

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Pre-registration

Come down to South Park, on Massachusetts St., between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. to register and pickup your packets. Beat the Sunday morning rush and register on Saturday!

9:30 a.m. – Tour de County

Enjoy this 30-mile round-trip ride through pastoral Douglas County. Return for brunch at downtown Lawrence. The ride departs from South Park, with a SAG at the halfway point. $5

2 p.m. Swap Meet

Looking for something? Want to get rid of something but can’t quite bring yourself to throw it away? Come and enjoy the festivities at South Park on Massachusetts street.. There will be various vendors as well as the traditional SWAP meet.

Check back here for further details on which vendors will be attending.


Sunday, October 12

7 a.m. Ride-day Registration & Check-in

Late registration & check-in begins at 7 a.m. at South Park on Massachusetts street.

8:30 a.m. – Ride Start

The mass start begins at 8:30 a.m. at South Park on Massachusetts Street near downtown. Please be registered and checked in before this time.

Another beautiful route has been chosen for this year’s 80-mile tour through northeast Kansas. In addition to the 80-mile ride, there will be a shorter route around 45-miles. View the fall colors as you bicycle scenic country roads.

Sunflower Bike Shop‘s SAG has become famous for its breakfast fare of bacon, sausage, eggs, French toast and extras sure to fuel up the hungriest cyclist.

The Lawrence Bicycle Club will be serving the traditional minestrone soup and sandwich lunch acclaimed as the best of any ride in the Midwest. Lunch will be served at South Park.

Cycle Works will be performing emergency repairs.


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Take Your Bike On The Lawrence “T” Bus System

Posted on: Sep 22, 2014

Combining biking and transit can get you farther in Lawrence. There are just a few things to be aware of when taking your bike on the bus.

  • All buses in Lawrence are equipped with bike racks that can hold up to two bikes. Racks are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • If there are no bikes in the rack, you should place your bike in the slot closest to the bus.
  • To lower the rack, squeeze the handle and pull it down.
  • After placing your bike in the rack, raise the support arm over the front tire to secure it.
  • Remember to remind the driver that you will be removing your bike when you get off the bus.

Be safe, and have a great ride!

There’s even a handy video they’ve created showing you how to do it!

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Lawrence’s First Fall Community Bike Ride

Posted on: Sep 20, 2014

Fall-Bike-RideIt was beautiful early fall Saturday morning when approximately 100 riders and volunteers descended on the Haskell Indian Nations’ Stadium parking lot for our first fall Community Bike Ride.

The mile and a half ride up Burroughs Creek Trail and back made for a great quick three mile for riders of all experience levels.

There’s a lot of people to thank:

One of the riders, Eddie Davalos, had his camera and shot some great pics from the registration area and out of the course.  Below is a galley of his images.  Thanks Eddie!   If you have any images you’d like to share email them to us them to us and we’ll get them posted.

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Comments Invited for the 2015-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) & Program of Projects

Posted on: Sep 16, 2014

mpoLogoLongDevelopment of the 2015-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Program of Projects for the Lawrence Transit System

The TIP is a multi-year listing of federally funded and/or regionally significant projects selected to improve the transportation network for the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Area. The official 30-day public comment period for this TIP starts on September 16, 2014 and will end on October 15, 2014. This TIP Amendment will come before the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board for approval on October 16, 2014. This public notice on the TIP development process satisfies the FTA’s Program of Projects requirements for the Lawrence Transit System.

A new TIP covering all of Douglas County must be created at least once every four years to comply with federal regulations. This TIP includes projects scope, costs and schedules for transportation projects sponsored by Lawrence, Douglas County, Lawrence Transit and KDOT. Public Comments received will be reported and considered by the MPO Policy Board where decisions pertaining to revision this document will be made prior to final approval.

The draft 2015-2019 TIP will be available for public review online at: www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/tip; paper copies are available for review at Lawrence City Hall, Lecompton City Hall, Baldwin City Public Library, Eudora Public Library and Lawrence Public Library.

Written comments may be emailed to jmortinger@lawrenceks.org or mailed to Jessica Mortinger at the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Office, PO Box 708, Lawrence, KS 66044-0708.

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Bike MS – Kansas Day One Ride Overnights in Lawrence’s South Park Saturday 9/13

Posted on: Sep 12, 2014

bikelogoBike MS passes through the Kansas City Metro into the back roads of Kansas’ finest countryside. The routes include fully-stocked rest stops every 10-15 miles, a great lunch stop each day and safety provided by volunteer EMT’s, HAM radio operators, the police department and bicycle repair from their partner bike shops.

The ride will conclude the day at South Park in Lawrence, KS, where riders and local bikers will be treated to a fun Gears & Grooves Festival featuring musical entertainment, food and Boulevard beer. Everyone will be up early on Sunday for a pancake breakfast by Chris Cakes and back out on the road to Olathe, KS for a finish line celebration.

More info about the ride at http://bikeksg.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=BIKE_KSG_Kansas_City_Ride

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