Ninety-two racers from around the four state area converged on Walnut Saturday morning turning the town into a hive of frenzied activity as racers warmed up, did last minute repairs and prepared for their test of endurance.

Ninety-two racers from around the four state area converged on Walnut Saturday morning turning the town into a hive of frenzied activity as racers warmed up, did last minute repairs and prepared for their test of endurance.
The time trial is raced alone with each rider timed to see how fast they can cover the distance without any assistance.
Top racers can average close to 30 miles per hour for the entire 25 miles of flat and rolling roads.
 A number of local area racers took part in addition to the many who drove long distances seeking their share of a $1,600 cash purse and the chance to be crowned state champion. Ken Giefer of Girard Pittsburgers Jon Mayfield, Ken McDougle, Gary Mapes and Jim Simone plus PSU alum Tyson Patrick, now in Ft. Benning, Ga., all raced for Tailwind Cyclists.
Defending elite men's champion Ryan Heydenrych (Team BMC) also hails from Pittsburg and Mark Shipley of Joplin, Mo. contested the beginner men's race.
 Heydenrych had to be content with fourth place and the silver medal as second fastest elite male Kansan surrendering his crown to Phil Gronniger of Overland Park.
Gronniger and Heydenrych were both beaten by Will Gualt's (Tulsa) winning time of 52 minutes, 56 seconds and Andy Chocha's (Whiteman AFB) six-second slower second place.
 Mapes took sixth in the Category 4 (intermediate) men at 1:02:58. Jon Mayfield's 1:02:17 was good enough for the silver medal and second overall in the beginner men while Tysone Patrick (8th), Jim Simone (9th), Mark Shipley (10th) and Ken Giefer (11th) filled out the top ten plus one in the beginner men contest.
 Ken McDougle placed 19th in the men 45-59 race which was won by Bruce Tanner of Wichita in 53:15.