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Last Updated on 21 January 2012

The 2011 Wichita Omnium burned up the Great Plains and the base of the Flint Hills with a remarkable weekend of racing and fun. As many racers and their family members noted, Wichita races are as much about Mid-Western hospitality and a great social experience as it is racing. Racers triumphed over extreme heat and wind Friday to compete in a 14.77 kilometer Time Trial, 24 mile Road Race, and a .82 mile rolling terrain Criterium course.

The Time Trial went off well with Brian Mitchell- MH3 showed the field his TT skill as he hammered out a smokin’ time despite the wind to win his class. Sherry Shultz WH3, Rick Gore- MH2, James Watson-MH1 posted respectable times placing 1st in their classes. Cassie Mitchell- WH1 posted a time just slightly off the WH1 National Standard winning their class in the Kechi Time Trial. 35 mph south wind with gusts to 45mph and 100 degree heat made the north-south out and back course a challenge. With an elevation increase going out and incredible tail wind it was easy to over do the first half and under estimate the difficulty of the punishing wind after the turnaround. More than a few racers were struggling at the finish. Jake O’Connor did surprisingly well “off the couch” in his Shark “Tank” but did get bested by a girl and a Quad. A couple racers Mike Wagner and James Watson struggled with the turnaround. Wagner dug up a little grass getting off the course under pressure of another racer cutting close inside at the cone while Watson tried to turn to close to the cone with too much speed and had to abort to keep from tipping or going off road, resulting in a figure 8 chasing a corner marshal before getting back on track. John Barker suffered derailleur issues but managed to complete the race.

Last Updated on 22 January 2013



Here are the results of the time trials in Kechi, KS. 

Race # Name:    
Final Time:
722 Brian Mitchell    
718 Drew Wills    
721 Rafael Ibarra    
720 Vern Achenbach    
719 David Swaim    
710 Rick Gore    
713 Mike Wagner    
716 David Nelson     
712 Jose Pulido    
706 Sherry Schultz    
708 James Watson    
714 Steve Taylor    
715 Jake O’Connor    
711 John Tutorino    
705 Cassie Mitchell    
707 Wayne Romero    
703 Glen Fretz    
709 John Barker    

Last Updated on 04 June 2011

Sorry for the short notice but Wheelchair Sports has been afforded the opportunity to host a handcycle clinic this weekend (June 4th) during the Wichita Cyclefest Omnium. The clinic is sponsored by Intrepid Cycles a manufacturer of handcycles based out of San Diego CA and they will have equipment on hand to test ride.

When: Saturday, June 4th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Where: 11645 E. Kellogg Ave. (Former Sportsman's Warehouse parking lot)
See flier for more details
In addition, WSI invites all members to support the local racers this weekend at the following races; Time Trial race in Kechi on Friday evening, 24 mile Road Race in Atlanta KS on Saturday morning and the Criterium in Ventures Park on Sunday morning. Please see the attached flyer for details on the clinic and please contact me with RSVP. Race locations can be obtained by contacting James Watson or Wayne Romero.


The Wichita Omnium kicked off with the Latham Road Race. Located at the base of the flint hills, the 30 mile course through the rolling hills proved challenging in the warm sunshine.
The group of racers quickly broke into 2 packs with Brian Mitchell and Drew Wills trading off the lead. they soon dropped the rest of the pack working together until the last turn. Mitchell powered up the steep climb leaving Drew behind to finish 1st in the HC3 class. David Nelson made a great showing with 3rd (using both crank handles in this race) followed by David Swaim 4th, Jan Mattern 5th, Jose Pulido 6th, Mike Wagner 7th, John Tutorino 8th, Dennis Clark 9th, Robert Ackerman DNF.
Easily winning HC2 was Rick Gore, followed by Ken Bestine 2nd.
Taking the early lead in the HC1 class was Tom Kahler who started out in the lead of the pack with James Watson and Wayne Romero trailling. The steep hills of the first leg proved to be an advantage for Watson who quickly caught Kahler on the hills. Kahler stuggling to get his bike into the small chain ring dropped behind and was unable to regain the lead. The HC1 class finished out James Watson 1st, Tom Kahler 2nd, Wayne Romero 3rd.

Last Updated on 21 June 2010