Stories From The Saddle

Octoginta Weekend 2014

Photo Cred: Andy White

Photo Cred: Andy White

It was a busy weekend of riding, racing and enjoying beautiful weather for the Chamois Butt’r crew. We participated in the Octoginta Tour de County, the expo and bike swap, Octoginta Sunday ride and CX

Out Cancer cross race.

Saturday morning Chamois Butt’r president Steve Mathews headed over to Broken Arrow park in Lawrence, KS to participate in the Octoginta Tour de County. Steve was one of about 50 riders that took part in the 30 mile ride. I rode my bike from Kansas City to meet Steve and Curt, who had driven out with all of our expo gear. It was a beautiful morning for a ride, though I was glad to have muscle warming embrocation as it was a bit cool in the morning. We had our booth set up by about 1pm and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon talking with riders, checking out the swap meet cycling gear and enjoying the nice fall weather.

Sunday morning Chamois Butt’r COO Curt Shelman lead a team of 5 Chamois Butt’r Cycling Team riders on the 80 mile Octoginta ride. This year was the 44th edition of Octoginta, which is hosted by the Lawrence Bicycle Club. One of the highlights of the ride was the amazing breakfast provided by our friends at Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop.  As you can see from the picture, the food was really popular with the Chamois Butt’r riders!

On Sunday in Kansas City, I headed out to Shawnee Mission Park for this year’s edition of Cross Out Cancer – a local cyclocross race put on by Midwest Velo to raise money for cancer research. The event was very well run, well attended and they had pulled pork sandwiches which are always a crowd favorite! The course was challenging, fun, and as is often the case here in the Midwest, the wind played a significant role as well.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend on two wheels. On deck for midweek riding – Tuesday night hammer fest, Wednesday Cross practice and hopefully some mountain biking Thursday night. It’s a great time of year to mix it up!

We’d love to hear about your adventures on a bicycle. Feel free to tell us what you are up to in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page.

See you on the road!

Ben Woodbury

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