41st annual cross-state bicycle tour to lunch in Osage City Friday

The 41st year of the largest bicycling event in Kansas history, a 505-mile ride across the state, began last Saturday and will be coming through Osage County this Friday, with Osage City set as a mid-morning lunch stop. Biking Across Kansas is an eight-day tour originating at the Kansas-Colorado line with a route consisting of close to 900 bicyclists and support staff.

The bicyclists gathered in Johnson City on June 5 and started at the Kansas-Colorado line west of Johnson City the next day. Their overnight stops include Lakin, Jetmore, Larned, Sterling, Goessel, Council Grove and Baldwin City. The cyclists’ final night together will be in Baldwin City on Friday, June 12. The following morning they will cycle to the Missouri border near Louisburg and will celebrate the end of the ride with a picnic on Saturday.

Osage City is set as a lunch stop for the leg of the trip from Council Grove to Baldwin City, as the cyclists follow U.S. Highway 56. From Osage City, they will head north through Burlingame and then east through Scranton toward Baldwin City.

BAK is also routed through: Ulysses, Garden City, Kalvesta, Burdett, Hudson, Inman, Marion, Cottonwood Falls, Strong City, and many more Kansas towns.

David Rohr, chairman of Biking Across Kansas, Inc., said the route includes some of the most scenic areas of the state.

“Our participants will pedal through Fort Larned, the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, historic Council Grove, and can explore three new overnight stops in Lakin, Goessel and Baldwin City,” Rohr said.

Riders range in age from nine to 88 years old. Many of the riders are from Kansas, but entries are also expected from as many as 36 states, including some as far away as New York, Florida, New Mexico, Washington, and California. One participant is returning from Ireland.

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.

View BAK’s route in detail here BAK 2015 Google Map. For more information on Biking Across Kansas 2015, visit www.bak.org.

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