Cycling News

Cycling News

Cycling News

By Barbara Day

Twenty-Seven Years of Racing History: 2007 Kentuckiana Spring Training Series

The 2007 Kentuckiana Spring Training Series (KSTS) starts its 27th year of existence in 2007 as one of the most well known annual cycling events in the Midwest. Starting the first weekend in March, KSTS will attract riders from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Illinois and West Virginia who will brave the early spring weather to get a start on their competitive cycling season.

The Kentuckiana Spring Training Series consists of six events that take place in various cities around Kentucky and Indiana and is arguably one of the most important race series for many of the teams from the states that are represented in the series.

The Series is promoted each year as an important opportunity for new teams and team members to familiarize themselves with new equipment and each other for the upcoming season.

In 2006, KSTS was the starting point for six U.S. National Championship jerseys and one medal at the Masters World Championships. Over the 27 years, KSTS has begun the season for 30 U.S. National Championship jerseys and two World Championship medals.

The U.S. Cycling Federation sanctions all these events:

March 3 L'' Esprit Road Race, La Grange, KY

March 10 Henryville Classic Road Race, Henryville, IN

March 17 Green River Road Race, Columbia, KY

March 24 Clark State Forest Circuit Race, Henryville, IN

April 7 TBD

April 21 Lexington Circuit Race, Lexington, KY

For Information and to be added to the series mailing list visit http://www.kyanaseries.com .

Mayor Abramson and a Delegation from Louisville to Speak at the 2007 National Bike Summit

The National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. will feature Mayor Jerry Abramson as a keynote lunch speaker March 14 at 12:45 p.m. The promotional information regarding the keynote reads:

“Jerry Abramson, the mayor of Louisville, Ky., and his staff have set aggressive goals for becoming a gold-level bicycle friendly community, and achieved bronze status in 2006 — two years ahead of schedule. Find out how your community, and the country, can learn from Louisville.”

In addition, Mohammad Nouri, assistant director, Metro Louisville Planning and Design, will be the moderator for a panel on innovative sources for funding bicycle facilities entitled, “Looking Beyond Federal Funding for Bicycling and Trail Projects,” featuring Earl Jones, president of the Louisville Bicycle Club and the Louisville Bicycle Task Force Chair, and Mary Lou Northern, secretary for the Cabinet of Neighborhoods, Parks and Cultural Affairs of Louisville. The promotional information regarding the keynote reads:

“Panelists will share strategies on how to realize the vision of building a bicycle friendly community without relying on just the transportation enhancement or recreational trails program. They will share best practices on how to involve the community to secure resources, and discuss how to promote bicycle projects through state and local ballot measures. A case in point: in just a couple of years, the Louisville region has raised more than $50 million toward an $80 million 21st Century Parks program that will deliver miles of trail and roadway improvements.”

New Website for Kentucky Cyclists

The new site, www.bikekentucky.com , has been developed for all cycling disciplines in and around Kentucky. The site will eventually have a huge database of places to ride your bike with descriptions, directions and more. Currently the site offers a forum, user blogs, photo gallery, cycling news feeds from around the Web and a growing number of articles and how to''s.
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