Bicycle race gets rolling Sunday
Registrations are starting to roll in for Tour de Tongie.
The criterium race set for Sunday in Tonganoxie's Urban Hess Business Center has drawn about 30 reservations, said Craig Bissell, race promoter.
"I have a feeling most will come in the day of the race," Bissell said. "Cyclist are sort of notorious for waiting until the last minute. I guess they want to wait to see what the weather will do."
Bissell has also received about 25 inquiries so far. About 1,300 fliers have been dispersed through the Midwest, and he expects 130 -200 participants when the races begin at 7 a.m. Sunday.
"That's about average," Bissell said about the numbers. "It may pick up a little. It should be a nice weekend weather-wise because it's not too hot and it's starting to dry out."
The only competition in the Midwest to the race on Sunday is in Minneapolis, Minn. The Kansas State Road Race Championships, the next weekend in Olsburg near Manhattan, also should help attendance.
Laming Road, between U.S. Highway 24-40 and Leavenworth County Road 5, will be closed to through traffic from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
But spectators can park at First State Bank and Trust across from Urban Hess Business Center.
Racers, meanwhile, will park at the Tonganoxie High School parking lot. The races begin at 7 a.m. The final race is scheduled for 12:10 p.m.
A time trial and road race that were proposed for Tonganoxie will be staged Saturday between Lawrence and Topeka, roughly 20 miles southwest of Lawrence in a rural area. The races will start and end at Don's Steak House in the rural setting. Promoters pushed for the races to be staged on county roads north of Tonganoxie, but county law enforcement officials thought the course would cause traffic problems.
Local residents also are invited to compete in the Tour de Tongie. People wanting to race would spend $27 $22 for the entry fee and $5 for a one-day license from the United States Cycling Federation.
For more information on registration, call Bissell at (913) 432-9398.