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The Cottonwood 200 is a three-day bicycle tour on paved roads through the Flint Hills of northeast Kansas. The ride covers 200 miles (75 miles day one; 50 miles day two; 75 miles day three) over the Memorial Day Weekend. It is a loop tour that starts and ends at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

The route covers some of the best cycling terrain in the state, using some of the same paths used by Native Americans, settlers, and cattle drives. The route will cross through lands that are the historic home of the Kaw (or Kansa) Indians, after whom the state of Kansas is named. Parts of the route follow the original Santa Fe Trail, used by settlers in their journey to the American southwest. The route follows paved secondary roads, and includes SAG (rest) stops with bountiful food and water approximately every 10-15 miles. The route has been planned to allow you to take food and water breaks at various towns as well as at the SAG stops.

This is a tour of the Flint Hills of Kansas, so the terrain is a combination of flats and hills. While there are no mountains in Kansas, the Flint Hills surprise some riders with their size - most of the grades are gradual, but some are over a mile in length. Adding to the challenge is the Kansas wind, which on any particular day could be a headwind or a tailwind, and could average over 30 mph. It is impossible to say what the wind will be like, but it is a good bet that on at least one day, the riders will face a headwind and on at least one day they will have a refreshing tailwind.

The Cottonwood 200 is hosted by the Kaw Valley Bicycle Club.

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Location: Topeka, KS

Event Info:

05-28-2016Cottonwood 200 - A 200-mile, three-day bicycle tour through the Flint Hills of northeast Kansas, covering some of the best cycling terrain in the state, and using some of the same paths used by Native Americans, settlers, and cattle drives.

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It’s almost time for the Cottonwood 200! 05-11-2015
The Cottonwood 200 is now less than two weeks away. Are you ready? If you are riding one, two or three days, keep training! The more mileage, the better. If you can train into the wind or with hills, even better. This past Saturday morning would have been a perfect day […]
Volunteers still needed 05-06-2015
We are looking for a few more volunteers, including sweep drivers on two days and sag volunteers for sags on Saturday and Monday. Remember volunteers get a free registration and can volunteer on one day and ride on the other two. Contact Mark Kossler at […]
Late Fee kicks in after May 9 05-06-2015
If you or a friend is thinking about registering, you should act soon. The $25 late fee will apply after May 9.
T-shirt Deadline is Friday May 8 at 1 pm!!! 05-04-2015
The deadline for ordering a t-shirt for the 2015 Cottonwood 200 is this Friday at 1 pm. You can view the shirt at and order one through the registration page, Don’t miss out on a shirt! […]
When is the last time your bicycle saw a mechanic? 04-20-2015
The Cottonwood 200 will have mechanic help at the start of the ride, at some sag stops, and at the overnight accommodations in Council Grove. However, each year a few folks have mechanical issues with their bike somewhere along the route, most of which could have been prevented […]
Mass – Saturday night, May 23 04-19-2015
For anyone interested, Deb Masterson, a Cottonwood 200 participant, has made arrangements for Saturday night Mass at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Council Grove. Father Theodore Khin has graciously offered to have an extra Mass at 7 pm for anyone wishing to attend. […]
Route Page includes pdf map and links to Map My Ride 02-17-2015
The Cottonwood 200 route page, at, has both a single page pdf map showing distances and directions, as well as links to Map My Ride for each day’s routes. The Map My Ride maps allow you to zoom in and out, include elevation charts, […]
Flyers to be sent this week! 02-17-2015
Ride brochures will start printing Wednesday February 18 and should hit mailboxes and bike shops around the Midwest starting Friday and Saturday. The flyers includes information and registration forms for both the Cottonwood 200 and the Capitol Classic, KVBC’s other […]

Last Update: December 21st, 2015