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Biking Across Kansas

Biking Across Kansas (BAK) is a recreational bicycle tour that crosses the state of Kansas within the space of eight days. Participants enjoy the challenge, camaraderie, and adventure of pedaling from Colorado to Missouri under their own power. It is a unique way to discover the history and quiet beauty of the Great Plains region. Cyclists experience the friendly hospitality of the many small communities along the way.

Biking Across Kansas began in June 1975 and has been held annually ever since. The route varies from year to year, and takes place on paved roads, using secondary state highways and county roads wherever possible. BAK provides SAG support along the route, typically every 10-15 miles, as well as a celebration picnic at the finish.

The 2014 edition of the tour leaves leaves Elkhart, near the Colorado border, on Saturday, June 7th, and arrives in White Cloud, near the Missouri River, on June 14th. The route covers about 547 miles, with overnights in Satanta, Spearville, Ellinwood, Salina, Wamego, Oskaloosa, and Hiawatha.

Web Site: bak.org


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06-07-2014Biking Across Kansas - Biking Across Kansas (BAK) is a recreational bicycle tour that crosses the state of Kansas within the space of eight days. Participants enjoy the challenge, camaraderie, and adventure of pedaling from Colorado to Missouri under their own power.


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Photos From Biking Across Kansas (10)

Big Basin is a Huge natural sink hole more than one mile in diameter and about 100 feet deep. The Big Basin Prairie Preserve is now home to about 50 head of free-roaming buffalo. In the 1800s this area was often an encampment for settlers, cowboys, or Indians. The Chief Theater in Coldwater, Kansas was built in 1928, and radiates a nostalgic charm from the days of silent movies, newsreels and nickelodeons. In the late 1940's the theater was decorated in a Native American theme with colorful murals in the lobby and auditorium which have been preserved to this day. This faithfully-restored theater now features current release on a new state-of-the-art projection system. The Gypsum Hills on Hwy 160 west of Medicine Lodge. A cyclist pedals through the Gypsum Hills on Hwy 160 west of Medicine Lodge. The Arkansas River east of Clearwater.
Sunrise leaving Burden, Kansas on Hwy 160. The green southern Flint Hills east of Burden, Kansas on Hwy 160. Loading the luggage truck in Johnson City. Unloading the luggage truck at an overnight stop in Medicine Lodge, KS on BAK 2006. A SAG stop in southwestern Kansas on BAK 2006.

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Last Update: January 29th, 2014