Archive for April, 2010

Make sure your bike is as ready as you are

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

If you have been training, you don’t want to forget about your bike. When was the last time you had the chain checked for stretch – is it time to replace it? How about the shifter and brake cables? The spokes? Take time now to have your bike checked out at your local bike shop. A broken down bike can ruin your ride; we will have mechanic help on the Cottonwood 200, but there is no guaranty that they will have the exact part that you need, and it could take hours to get you and your bike to the mechanic. The best way to fix a mechanical problem on the ride is to prevent it from happening.

Training

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

We are now one month from the start of the ride – have you been riding? Make the most of the coming weeks – ride as often as you can, preferrably several times during the week. Also try to get in some longer rides on the weekend (30-40-50+ miles), preferrably both Saturday and Sunday. If you don’t have time for a long ride, then make the most of your training by riding a circuit up and down hills, or into the wind. If you don’t have hills or wind, then ride intervals – sprint/recover/sprint/recover. The main thing is to ride as much as you can – more time on the bike means more fun on the Cottonwood!

Registrations top 200

Monday, April 26th, 2010

We are entering the final stretch – over 200 entries, and less than 50 to go. If you are considering joining the 2010 Cottonwood, now would be a good time to do so. The weather has been rainy after a good burning season in the Flint Hills, so the scenery should be great.

Registrations top 150!

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Registrations have now exceeded 150, continuing on a record pace.  If you or a friend plan on joining us and have not registered, best to do it sooner rather than later.  Because of restrictions on space for the Sunday evening meal this year, registration will definitely be closed at 250.  We may need to close at 230 after reviewing the accomodations.  With all the rain, it’s going to be beautiful this year – don’t miss out!

Typical Kansas Weather

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Finally, we have experienced consistently warm weather. However, besides higher temps, Spring also means storms, wind, and humidity. Yesterday a storm blew through in the morning. Typical of Kansas, the rain did not last long, and soon the sun had dried the roads. But as Nancy and I went out for a training ride, the day turned hot and humid. And soon the wind was blowing as we have come to expect in this season. I thought – “this is just like the Cottonwood”. So when you are preparing for the ride, be sure you have rain gear for the potential quick downpour, dress in layers as cool days can turn hot, and definitely train with the wind if you can. I can guaranty we will have wind during the ride – just not the direction from which it will come.

Places to Check Out During the Ride

Monday, April 5th, 2010

The Cottonwood 200 will include plenty of interesting places that you should check out during the ride. Follow the links below to learn more about the various locations:

1) www.councilgrove.com - be sure to click on “Visitor Information” and the Historic Tour.
2) www.kshs.org/places/kaw/index.htm - Kaw Indian Museum – State Historic Site
3) www.hayshouse.com - great history and great place to eat.
4) www.chasecountychamber.org/ – we will visit Cottonwood Falls on Sunday.
5) www.nps.gov/tapr/index.htm – Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve – very cool. Plan on touring the barn and mansion; if you can, make arrangements to take the bus tour around the park.
6) www.emmachasecafe.com - great food and a great supporter of the Cottonwood 200.
7) http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/society/cottonwd/ – the Chase County Historical Society Museum – lots of neat stuff.
8)  www.chasecountychamber.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=73&Itemid=69 - Roniger Memorial Museum. One of the largest collections of arrowheads and Native American artifacts in the state.
9) http://www.kansassampler.org/8wonders/8wondersofkansas-view.php?id=22 - Chase County Courthouse – one of the oldest operating courthouses west of the Mississippi and designated one of the “8 Wonders of Kansas.