39th-annual Kansas bike tour underway

By The Mercury

The 39th year of the largest bicycling event in Kansas history-a 522-mile ride across the State- began Saturday, June 8.

Biking Across Kansas is an eight-day tour originating at the Kansas-Colorado line with a route of over 800 bicyclists and support staff.

The bicyclists started at the Kansas-Colorado line west of Johnson City.

Their overnight stops will be Sublette, Dodge City, Coldwater, Anthony, Arkansas City, Sedan, and Oswego.

The cyclists’ final night together will be in Oswego Friday, June 14. The following morning they will cycle to the Missouri border east of Galena and will finish and enjoy a celebration picnic on historic Main Street in Galena.

BAK is also routed through: Ulysses, Satanta, Montezuma, Ford, Greensburg, Medicine Lodge, Caldwell, Cedar Vale, Independence, Cherryvale, Columbus, and many more Kansas towns.

“BAK is happy to return to the southern part of the State where cyclists will roll through the scenic Gypsum Hills, visit the original site of “Little House on the Prairie,” and enjoy the nostalgia of historic Route 66.

There is simply no better way to experience the culture and quiet beauty of Kansas than pedaling along its highways on the seat of a bicycle,” said David Rohr, Chairman of Biking Across Kansas, Inc.

Riders range in age from nine to 87 years old. Many of the riders will be from Kansas but entries are also as many as 27 other states, including some as far away as New York, Florida, California and Washington. In addition, there are riders from Ireland and Honduras.

Participants will enjoy the state’s favorable early-June cycling conditions.

The main goals of Biking Across Kansas are to promote wellness through bicycling, celebrate Kansas history and the beauty of its landscape, and enjoy the warm hospitality of its towns and people.

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Biking Across Kansas (BAK) is an annual, eight-day, bicycle tour across the state of Kansas.

BAK promotes health and wellness through bicycling, the history and beauty of the Kansas landscape, and the warm hospitality of the Kansas towns and people.

BAK started in 1975 with fewer than 100 hundred riders, 39 years later the tour is now capped at 800 bicyclists annually.

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