Registration opened on Kansas Day, Jan. 29, for the 2018 Biking Across Kansas (BAK) bicycle tour. The much-anticipated BAK route was announced Jan. 20 during a route reveal party in Topeka. The 44th year of the longest-running bicycling event in Kansas history—a 559-mile ride across the state—begins Sat., June 9. BAK is an eight-day tour originating at the Kansas-Colorado line with up to 900 bicyclists, including support staff.
The bicyclists will start at the Kansas-Colorado line west of Johnson City and will stop overnight in Montezuma, Ashland, Pratt, Clearwater, Burden, Fredonia and Arma. The cyclists’ final night together will be in Arma Fri., June 15. The following morning they will cycle to the Missouri border near Arcadia and cycle into Fort Scott, where they will celebrate the end of the ride.
BAK is also routed through: Ulysses, Meade, Greensburg, Coldwater, Zenda, Belle Plaine, Winfield, Longton, Elk City, St. Paul and many more Kansas towns.
“2018 offers a variation of the much-requested southern route that Biking Across Kansas has visited less frequently than other parts of the state," David Rohr, Chairman of Biking Across Kansas, Inc., says. "The route will take cyclists through several scenic regions of Kansas including the wide-open High Plains, the Red Hills, the famed wheat country of south central Kansas and the rolling Flint Hills. Highlights along the way include the Adobe Museum in Ulysses, the Stauth Museum in Montezuma, the Dalton Gang Hideout in Meade, the Big Basin sinkhole in Clark county, the World's Largest Hand-Dug Well in Greensburg, the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine and historic Fort Scott.”
Many bicyclists will return as repeat participants, some who bicycled the very first tour in 1975. Others will take on the challenge and enjoy the trip across the state for the first time. Riders represent a wide age span—from eight to 85 years old—and multiple-generational families. Entries are anticipated from 30 or more states, including as far away as Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Mexico, Washington and California. In addition, Biking Across Kansas will attract participants from countries outside the United States.
The primary objectives 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.
For more information on Biking Across Kansas 2018 or to register visit https://bak.org/.