CHANUTE, Kan. — Registration for the 49th annual Biking Across Kansas tour opens Sunday, Jan. 29, which is, fittingly, Kansas Day. The riders will pedal the highways and byways from June 10 to 17, on a route that will bring them through Southeast Kansas.
The full route from Colorado to Missouri covers 542 miles in the span of a week. Riders pedal between 50 and 80 miles each day.
Overnight stops this year include Elkhart, Satanta, Spearville, Stafford, Newton, Eureka, Chanute and Garnett, with a celebration picnic in Pleasanton. Cyclists will pass through Hugoton, Sublette, Dodge City, Kinsley, Partridge, El Dorado, Toronto, and Iola among others.
“BAK is an annual bicycle tour across the state of Kansas,” said David Rohr, BAK board president. “It promotes health and fitness through bicycling, as well as the history and beauty of the Kansas landscape, and the warm hospitality of the Kansas towns and people.”
Many bicyclists will return as repeat participants, some who bicycled the very first tour in 1975, he said. Others will take on the challenge and enjoy the trip across the state for the first time.
In recent years, riders represented a wide age span — from seven to 87 — and multiple generational families. Entries are anticipated from 30 or more states, including as far away as New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Mexico, Washington and California. In addition, Biking Across Kansas has attracted participants from countries outside the United States. Starting with around 100 riders in the first year, as many as 800 participate now.
“It is a cycling challenge and a uniquely Kansas adventure,” Rohr said. “On a bicycle, you are moving more slowly and can experience this beautiful state like you can't from behind a windshield.”
Registration opens at 6 a.m. Jan. 29. For more information, visit https://bak.org or contact BAK Director Stefanie Weaver at 913-735-3035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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