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Lawrence’s Ashton Lambie Sets new American & World Records

Ashton Lambie

Photo by Andrew Owen White

Repost from LJworld.com

A Lawrence resident has set a new American and world cycling record as a part on an international competition.

Ashton Lambie broke the American record and set a new unofficial world record in the individual pursuit on the third day of the Pan-American Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico at the Bicentennial Velodrome last weekend.

Moments after Gavin Hoover set the American Record in the event, Lambie responded by doing even better. He recorded a time of 4:07.25, which shattered the previous World Record of 4:10.534 set by Australian Jack Bobridge in 2011. Taylor Phinney previously held the American Record with a time of 4:15.16 before Hoover posted a time of 4:14.2.

“This is an absolutely stunning achievement and the world should get to know Ashton Lambie,” said Derek Bouchard-Hall, President and CEO of USA Cycling, in a release from USA Cycling.

Individual pursuit is a type of cycle race that occurs on a track and features two riders competing head-to-head but also for time.

Lambie first represented USA Cycling at the 2017 Pan-American Championships after winning the Individual Pursuit and placing second in the Omnium and Points race earlier in the summer at his first-ever Track National Championship. Lambie represented Team USA in several World Cups, including the 2018 UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands in March where he placed seventh in the Individual Pursuit.

“It’s incredibly humbling to think about this past year up to today,” Lambie said. “It’s been a lot of hard work, but trusting the process and making the right decisions day to day makes all the difference. The support from my family, the team and my coach has been so important. It’s amazing to have this result. I’m thankful as well to USA Cycling for all the support.”

2018 Transportation Commission Bike Route Posted

The Transportation Commission Weds, May 16, 2018 Bike Ride Map has been posted and may be found at: 

Https://assets.lawrenceks.org/assets/boards/transportation-commission/2018/agendas/ss/tc-ss-2018may16.pdf

This year's ride departs from Riverfront Parking Garage at 3:00 pm

You Need To Know FLAT!

FLAT | Friends of Lawrence Area TrailsThere's a local organization you need to get to know.  It's called FLAT, no it's not a play on the great plains once you get to the other side of the Flint Hills and can see Denver, FLAT is an acronym for the Friends of Lawrence Area Trails.

FLAT is a nonprofit group devoted to developing, promoting and maintaining a robust and vibrant trails system in Douglas County and northeast Kansas. FLAT’s primary roles are to raise funds for trail construction, build a community of trails supporters, and advocate for city, county and state investment in trails.

The founding committee is composed of local well-known local champions of being active that include:

  • Kate Dinneen – Chair
  • Marilyn Hull – Member
  • Sarah Hill-Nelson – Treasurer
  • Susan Hampton – Member
  • Jeff Severin – Member

From their website:

We envision a time when Lawrence area residents and visitors of all ages and abilities have convenient access to a trail system that delivers healthy people, economic growth, and a green future.

Our immediate goal is to work toward completion and greater use of the Lawrence Loop, the 22-mile paved trail that will eventually circle the city.

Looking ahead, we will work toward expanding the Lawrence area trail network and promoting Lawrence as a northeast Kansas trail hub.

FLAT will work collaboratively with existing groups that build and maintain trails and organizations that host events on trails.

We intend to establish ourselves as a 501c3 by the close of 2018. Meanwhile, the Douglas County Community Foundation is accepting tax-deductible donations to the Friends of Lawrence Area Trails Fund.

For more information about FLAT check out their: 

 

Great Local Educational Opportunity: Bicycle Friendly Driver Course 3/27 & 3/30

The Bicycle Friendly Driver program is an hour interactive class, aimed at educating all drivers on the best and safest ways to share the road with people on bicycles. Developed by FC Bikes in collaboration with Bike Fort Collins. This course answers questions like:

  • How do most crashes involving motor vehicles and bicyclists occur? 
  • What is the safest way to make a right-hand turn when bike lanes and/or bicyclists are present? 
  • Why do bicyclists ride in the middle of the road? 
  • Attendance is open to everyone, no need to RSVP.  

Please make plans to attend one of the two sessions offered by KU Sustainability. 

The class will be presented twice.

MARCH 27th 2018 11:30-12:30 in Ritchie Hall Room 268, located in the new Earth, Energy & Environment Center, 1414 Naismith Drive. 

MARCH 30th 2018 1:30-2:30 â€‹presented in Chalmers Hall room 421, 1467 Jayhawk Blvd. 

Topics being covered include:

  • What’s legal and what’s not legal, for both motorists and bicyclists 
  • Why bicyclists “take the lane” and what motorists should do in response 
  • Why sharing the road is the safest alternative for both motorists 

Questions? Contact Kirsten Yunuba Stephens at 785-764-1857 or email Bikefriendlylawrence@gmail.com

Input Needed From Lawrence Residents About The Lawrence Loop

The City of Lawrence is studying potential alignments for two incomplete sections of pedestrian and bicycle path to complete the Lawrence Loop. An open house was held in June to gather public input on proposed routes. Over the summer the study team evaluated the proposed routes and developed a series of alignment options. We are now seeking input on the proposed routes. There are two ways to provide input. 

Attend the open house September 18th, 2017, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont Street. There will be no formal presentation so please feel free come at your convenience between these times.

OR

Take the short survey on Lawrence Listens.

For more information or to view the proposed routes go to www.lawrenceks.org/loop.

Questions – contact Jessica Mortinger, Senior Transportation Planner, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, at (785) 832-3165 and jmortinger@lawrenceks.org

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