Was the Tour of Kansas City Worth a Seven Hour Drive?

Was the Tour of Kansas City Worth a Seven Hour Drive?

At the beginning of the race season The Tour of Kansas City was not on my calendar. However, after taking a look at the KC race flyer a few weeks ago and realizing that the Masters and Junior races were both scheduled before lunch on both Saturday and Sunday, we decided to make a family weekend of it and enjoy Kansas City during our non-race afternoons and evenings. This race is also part of the Midwest Flyover and I love supporting Jason Engle’s effort to promote road cycling in our area. We will make it to four of the six designated Flyover races this season. Maybe more next season if he adds at 40+ Flyover Omnium—hint, hint. Tour of Kansas City Race Recon Since my wife could get in a day of work at her company’s Kansas City plant on Friday, we drove down to Kansas City from Minnesota late on Thursday. Koen and I had the entire day on Friday completely free. What to do? Ride bikes across town and test ride the Gooseneck climb of course. It was a great day of riding, laughing, eating, and enjoying the hotel swimming pool. We both knew what we were in for at the prologue and circuit race the next day—lots of pain! Tour of Kansas City Prologue Time Trial Who loves time trials? Not this guy. The only time trials I end up racing are part of a larger omnium series and the shorter the better. It doesn’t get much shorter than 2.65 miles. Having never raced this course, my goal was to average 400 watts for a 6:00...

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