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JUNE 27, 2017 **** BRUCE WHALEY SPIRIT RIDE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

You may now register for the Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride to be held on September 9th. Click here to download the registration form. Mail your completed form and check to: Jenny Godfrey-Smith, 7016 SW 19th, Topeka, KS 66615. Questions can be emailed to Barb Whaley at bjw219@aol.com.

More information about the history and mission of the ride can be found here.

MAY 7, 2017 **** CAPITOL CLASSIC PHOTOS

Thanks for a wonderful Capitol Classic this year! We would especially like to thank Kevin Rice, who completed his final year as the Ride Director, in addition to all the dedicated volunteers. Now it’s time to get ready for the Cottonwood 200!

APRIL 25, 2017 **** CAPITOL CLASSIC ROUTE MAPS AVAILABLE

Update! Please click below for maps of the four routes on the Capitol Classic.

Capitol Classic Short Route (24 Miles)

Capitol Classic Medium Route (48 Miles)

Capitol Classic Long Route (71 Miles)

Capitol Classic Gravel Route (36 Miles)

APRIL 19, 2017 **** NEW LEADERSHIP ON THE PIZAGEL’S RIDE

The weekly rides at KVBC are getting stronger every year. Last winter Lynn Cress started the Blackbird Midday Ride, and this spring Mark Kossler began leading his Tuesday Training Rides. We have a new change to announce as well for an old ride. Doug Burris has decided to step down as ride leader for the Friday Pizagel’s Ride. We are happy to announce that the ride will continue with Alice Blecha and Steve Henry as ride leaders, and it’s beginning this Friday, April 21! Alice and Steve are keeping it as a casual, social, beginner ride on the trails (about 15 miles). The average pace will be about 10-12 mph. Come and join us if you’re free! Participants usually conclude the ride with dinner at Pizagel’s. The ride begins at 6:15 pm in the parking lot behind Pizagel’s. And of course, please join us on all our other great rides! See you on the ride.

APRIL 7, 2017 **** TUESDAY TRAINING RIDES

KVBC would like to announce that we are introducing a new weekly ride on Tuesday evenings! Ready to learn how to ride faster, how to draft in a group, and how to compete in longer (60, 75, 100 mile) rides? Then join us at 6:10 pm starting April 11 from the 37th & Wanamaker Walgreens for the Tuesday Training Rides. This will be a faster-paced ride (16+ mph average) and slower riders may be dropped. However, initial routes will be an out-and-back and riders can rejoin on the return leg. Ride distance will start at 18-20 miles and lengthen as daylight increases. More information can be found at kvbc.org/rides. We hope you will join us!

FEBRUARY 16, 2017 **** ST. PATRICK’S PARADE MARCH 11

Save the date on March 11 for the St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Topeka! KVBC will once again be riding our bikes in the parade and invite anyone (walkers or bikers) to join us! Staging begins at 10 am at 1st and Kansas, and the parade will begin at noon. We encourage you to wear your green, decorate your bikes, bring lots of candy for the parade watchers, and (if you like) a donation to support Life House, a child advocacy center. See you there!

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FEBRUARY 1, 2017 **** CAPITOL CLASSIC REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE

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Register online at BikeReg.com or you can also head over to the Capitol Classic page to download a registration form. It’s going to be a great ride. We hope you can join us!

JANUARY 4, 2017 **** KVBC ANNUAL MEETING ON JANUARY 28TH

Come join KVBC for our Annual Meeting! This year we’ll be meeting at the Burger Stand (click here for a map) on January 28th at 6:00 pm. We’ll have elections for the 2017 Board and many prizes to give away. Show up early at 5:00 pm if you want to watch the KU game. We’ll see you there!

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JANUARY 1, 2017 **** COTTONWOOD 200 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Registration for the 2017 Cottonwood 200 is now available! Go to cottonwood200.org to sign up today.

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OCTOBER 29, 2016 **** ANNOUNCING A NEW WEEKLY KVBC RIDE — THE BLACKBIRD MIDDAY RIDE

KVBC would like to announce that we are adding a new weekly ride to our calendar! On October 22nd Lynn Cress began leading the Blackbird Midday Ride, to be held every Saturday afternoon at 2 pm. The ride is no drop and the pace is slow to moderate. We hope to see you there! For more information, see our weekly ride page at https://kvbc.org/rides/. Lynn will also be posting weekly details on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kawvalley. Hope to see you there!

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 **** LABOR DAY RIDE & COOKOUT PHOTOS

Thanks for joining us today on the Labor Day Ride & Cookout! We would like to give special thanks to Alan Apel for organizing the ride and hosting the cookout, and to Lea Ann Curtis for baking homemade brownies, cinnamon rolls, and giving us a SAG at Tinman Circle. Here are a few photos from the ride.

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SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 **** LABOR DAY RIDE & COOKOUT ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

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Labor Day Ride & Cookout
When: September 5th – 9:00am Start
Start/Finish: 1328 SW 30th St
What: 43 mile Bicycle Ride

Join us for the Labor Day Ride & Cookout! Bring something to throw on the grill, a dish or chips to pass around, and your favorite adult beverages. Outdoor lounge chairs are recommended. Relax and have a nice lunch after the ride. Riders and their guests are all welcome at the cookout.

View the route map here: Labor Day Route Map. There will be a SAG stop with restrooms at Lake Shawnee. For questions contact Alan Apel at alana11@me.com.

We hope to see you there!

AUGUST 28, 2016 **** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TOPEKA BIKE/PEDESTRIAN COUNTS

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The City of Topeka needs volunteers for:
Bicycle/Pedestrian Counts

Counts will be held on:
Sept. 14 – 10 a.m. to Noon & 5 to 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Noon to 2 p.m.

At least 14 locations need volunteers for EACH shift, totaling about 40 and 50 volunteers. You can sign up for more than one shift.

Data collected on bicycling and walking will assist City Leaders with estimating usage and demand for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Counts will also be used to track the city’s progress on increasing the use of non-motorized transportation, strengthen grant applications to leverage additional federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects, evaluate existing projects, and help determine the location of future investments.

New volunteers will need to attend a short training session prior to their scheduled count day.

If you participated last year, you do not need to attend a training session.

Training and Informational Sessions:
Cyrus K. Holliday Building, 620 SE Madison
Holliday Conference Room

Tuesday, September 6th, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday , September 7th, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sign up today at:
www.topekampo.org/bike-ped-counts-2016.html

Or email:

Taylor Ricketts
Multi-modal Planner
City of Topeka
785.368.1607
tricketts@topeka.org

AUGUST 15, 2016 **** EARLY REGISTRATION FOR THE BRUCE WHALEY SPIRIT RIDE ENDS AUGUST 17TH

There are only two more days to take advantage of the early registration fee for the Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride. Sign up soon and join us for this worthy ride that helps to support leukemia and lymphoma patient financial aid care in the Topeka area. We’ll see you August 27th for the ride! Register at: Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride.

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AUGUST 9, 2016 **** ROUTE FOR LABOR DAY RIDE & COOKOUT NOW AVAILABLE

The Labor Day Ride & Cookout on September 5 will begin at 9:00 am. Riders will begin and end the ride at 1328 SW 30th Street in Topeka. We will ride 43 miles and then finish with a cookout at Alan Apel’s home. Feel free to bring something to throw on the grill, a side dish, or a drink! Outdoor lounge chairs are also recommended. See below for a map of the route. You can also view the map here: Labor Day Route Map. There will be a SAG stop with restrooms at Lake Shawnee.

Questions can be emailed to Alan Apel at alana11@me.com. We hope to see you there!

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