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Thursday, August 23, 2012

3rd Annual Halcyon Holiday Gravel Grinder

Save the Date! The best winter gravel adventure is coming up fast!!!

December 15, 2012
Start/finish @ Sunflower Bike Shop
9:00 am start
100k of your favorite Kansas crunchiness.
*There is a shorter route available that skips the Wellsville loop.

Course map here: http://www.mapmytri.com/routes/view/26131428

Get on it!!  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

C4 wrap-up

Two weeks ago we had a badass mountain bike race.  My front room and I are finally recovered.  After reflecting for a while it was truly amazing the quality of event we put on.  Dirt lovin' good times were had by everyone there.  The one complaint I got was that I only made medals for the kids and not everyone (and maybe a couple USAC infractions that our wonder official, Curtis Martell, let slide).  We had a great course, great scoring/registration, great prizes, great venue.  We were cleaned up and could have left the park before 1:00 pm if the last few of us hadn't stayed to take it all in for a few minutes; most other MTB races aren't even finished by 1:00 pm and we had all awards out, the entire course markings picked up, all the trash in the right spots, and it literally looked like no one had been out there.  After expenses we ended up donating quite a chunk to the Trail Masons for continued work at WYCO (and CAT 1/SS/Marathon got paid and paid decently well, which is also unheard of for a local MTB race).  You all may not know, but the Trail Mason's master plan with WYCO parks calls for over 30 miles of trails like those to go all around the lake.  They have built the current 6 miles with less than $1500.  The race $$$ will go a long way to getting their next 2.5 mile section and more opened soon.  It is because of our great team and volunteer group that we brought it.  Everyone on this list helped clean up afterwards too!!!  Special thank you to the following for their contributions:

Thank you to UFD and the 118 racers that braved the heat!!!
Britton: Parisi coffee, Celler Rat gift certificates, numbers, prizes, Volker Bikes sponsorship, Tallgrass beer.  BK's the best.
John W: Food!!!  Amazing as always sir!
Ann Pai: Registration/Scoring.  
Venasa: Registration/Scoring.  Venasa and Ann held the reg/scoring down!!!  Without these ladies things would have been lost.
Kris Presnell: Reg/Scoring.  Irreplaceable.  Thanks, Kris!
Dan O.  Reg/scoring, finding pappy when his head was not good.  Thanks DanO!
Michael Ellis - Registration/scoring
Justin Bay - Registration/scoring.  Justin and Michael were part of our indispensable reg/scoring team.  You guys literally carried our event.  So critical in MTB races and all the more difficult with our number cluster.
Jake S: Parking duty, reg/scoring, Door to Door Organics gift certificates.  Jake also helped with pretty much anything asked of him.
Roger W: Water hoses and water!, chinese hats, course markings Saturday morning.  And he won the marathon race, amazing.
Erik Elving: Registration/Scoring, water hoses, Applebee's Gift Certificates, general badassery.  Erik, I can't even remember everything you helped with, which is nothing new, thank you!
Josh B: Parking duty.  Critical with what we were working with.
Jon Sink: Parking duty.  Showed up, took a piece of paper without me saying much, and it worked.  
Levon: Parking duty, staple gun, course marking Saturday morning, final clean up.  Thanks bro!
Adam K: Parking duty, Port-A-Potties, final clean up.  We didn't have shit everywhere.  That's a win!
David N: Parking duty, course marking Saturday morning, final clean up 
Nate S: Midwest Mountain Bike Patrol (MMBP), water hoses.  Thank you Nate and MMBP for your assistance, helping Pappy out, and for getting all our course markings after the races!!!
Curtis Martell - Our chillin' official.
Andy Schuette - UFD results, UFD webmaster/promoter, and USAC results
Cliff Jones - Co-promoter.  Cliff did as much or more work than I did getting this event ready.  He personally weedeated every single inch of our course, designed the race layout with Shane (really designed the whole system), hooked up the county permitting process, helped me mark the course Friday night, led group rides/race preview rides, got us zip ties in the morning, helped reg/scoring, did MMBP, helped with final clean up, etc etc etc.  He was truly the co-promoter of this event and it could have not gone off without Cliff or any of the rest of your contributions.

Finally, we gotta shout out to our sponsors.  Nothing is free/cheap without them :)
Trail Masons!
Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation!
Pot Pie!
Door to Door Organics!
Celler Rat!
Parisi Coffee!
Colavita Pasta and EVOO!
and of course,
Volker Bicycles!!!

I know I forgot a lot...

We do it all again in 6 weeks for Manion's Cyclocross baby!!!  Then Colavita Cup in November!

thank you all again.  After it's been 2 weeks, I can say, yes, I do want to promote a race again :)  ...one thing is for sure, C4 will definitely be back at WYCO!!!


PS:  Since this is super long, here are some of the upcoming MTB opportunities still left:

Swope Dush Dash, A group night ride, Swope Park Trails, 8.11.12
Cruise the Blues 5 hour endurance solo/team race, Glen Elder Kansas, 8.25.12
24 Hours of Iowa solo/team race, Boone Iowa, 9.8/9.12 (I WANT TO DO THIS AS A TEAM!!!)
Slaughter Pen Jam (all disciplines), Bentonville Arkansas, 9.8/9.12 - or this would be cool too :)
Sac River 6/12 hour endurance solo/team race, Springfield Missouri, 9.8.12
Tour de Lizard, Ark City Kansas, 9.9.12 XC/Marathon, UFD West #8
Northwest Arkansas Championships (all disciplines), 9.15.12, West Fork Arkansas (Devil's Den)
Tall Oak Challenge 6 hour solo/team race, Jeff City Missouri, 9.23.12
Rhett's Run, Columbia Missouri, 9.30.12 XC/Marathon, UFD West #9, Series Championship
Castlewood Race Two XC/Endurance, UFD East #10/UFD Series Finale
Burning at the Bluff 6/12 hour solo/team race, Potosi Missouri, 10.13.12
Berryman Epic, Steelville Missouri, 10.27.12
Attila the Hun XC/marathon, 11.18.12, Little Rock Arkansas

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Swope Dusk Dash

I'm calling for a big ole honking group night ride at Swope Park Trails to get the fiz out of this heat....Come join the fun!

Saturday August 11, 2012
Swope Park Trails
8:00 pm...We'll roll out soon after that, MTB time.
Main Trailhead and parking lot off Oldham Road and Oakwood Drive.

Bring your lights and your smiles. Fun is only thing allowed on this ride. We'll ride for a couple hours/laps/until lights go poo-poo.

grainy waters to be drank after...

see you there!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Roanoke Park Trail Maintenance

You may not know, but I am the trail steward at Roanoke Park...check it out and come help me this weekend!!!

We'll be using part of the singletrack for cross races this year, yay!

7.28.12 Roanoke Park Trails maintenance...weedeating, blowing, some lopping (and maybe a chainsaw on one thing if a bow saw won't do it), and a couple things to destaub.  Also have one or two areas that may need a scraping/tamping after a couple months of use since opening and going to move tools to our new on-site shed the neighbors got us!

Let me know if you can make it.

Saturday 7.28.12
8:00 am...earlier the better if anyone wants to get out there...
Westport-Roanoke Community Center or find me on the Layover or Devil's Dip.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Colavita Cross Country Challenge tomorrow! UFD West series race...

The eve is upon us...

Info here: http://www.facebook.com/events/115980758539805/

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer 2012 events

It's time for some fun....come join if you can at the following MTB-KC events this summer:

June 23 - Jackson County Journey : MTB Century

Not for the weak at heart or legs.  This is a strict no PAB ride...


Who: Anyone
What: 100+ miles of a pure Jackson County Journey
When: June 23. Start at 8:00 am
Where: Begins at the Trolly Track Trail trailhead, Volker and Brookside (near UMKC, Russell Stover, Plaza Library)
Why: It is time.
How: Trolly Trail-->BuRP (River, BoHaCa, Ox Bow, Wagon, Serengeti, Ox Bow, Basement, River)-->Blue River Road-->Swope (Wudchuck P1/2, Rancho P4, Wudchuck P3, Wudchuck Offshoot, Rancho P3/1)-->Blue Springs Lake (Lake Vista, North Shore)--Adams Dairy Parkway Trail-->Landahl (Tasty, Lollipop, Rim Job, Family+Offshoots, Scott's New Loop, Family/Dave's Maze, Will's)-->Little Blue Trace-->Stadiums-->Brush Creek Trail


We'll stop somewhere in Blue Springs together after the lake trails to regroup and get a real meal (where exactly TBD). Other than that, food, water, and other support is on your own. Won't try to drop anyone, but won't sit around all day waiting on you either. Got 100+ miles to finish, hopefully before dark. All the trail systems have water available at them.

Probably try to keep around a ~15 MPH average on the road sections to get us between the gnar. Hopefully a bigger group will provide opportunity for rest (drafting).

Come on out and join the fun. If you've never done a century with dirt included, come gitchyasum. I personally promise you will make it back home (unless you don't...)

Should end up being right at 110 miles or so...about 40% dirt, 60% gravel and pavement.

July 21 - Colavita Cross Country Challenge @ WYCO Lake Trails

Part of the UFD West Series.  Traditional MTB-XC Races for all ages and abilities.  At Wyandotte 
County Lake Trails.  Should be a nice little loop :D  More info soon...

August 11 - Dusk Dash @ Swope Park (Evening MTB Race)

Title pretty much says it all :)  More info soon...

see you around!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Postponed-Colavita Crocodile Rock


It is with great regret that I must postpone the Colavita Crocodile Rock originally scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2012. My father is quite near to losing his 9 year battle with cancer, and the next few days/couple weeks are going to be dedicated fully to him, my mom, and the rest of my family. I've already missed one week of work and school and will likely miss all this week as well. I just do not have the time, and frankly will not make the time over my family, to tie up the last loose ends, and do the finishing & preparation work that needs to be done the next 2 weeks so that I can promote a successful event.

It kills me that I have to postpone, especially since it is my first "real" promotion attempt, and since we have had perfect weather so far this season. My head is just not in the right spot right now to promote a race within the next 2 weeks. There is also a possibility that we will be in Arkansas for his burial depending on when he finally does pass. I guess this is more of a precaution than anything; I'd rather do it now than have to do it the day before the race.

We will reschedule for July 21 (the original date of the "Endurance Race"). The endurance event will be replaced with the typical XC/3 hour events (basically the endurance day will now be our series race). I would like to make this weekend into more of a festival type atmosphere, perhaps even doing the races at night for a change of pace/something cool to do in the summer.

Thank you all for your guidance and support,
Brett Shoffner