Following is basic information regarding Biking Across Kansas. Much of the information aligns with the agreements made with the cities and schools in which we stay. Be sure you understand these policies, as you will be expected to comply.
Biking Across Kansas (BAK) is an annual, eight-day, bicycle tour across the state of Kansas. BAK promotes health and wellness through bicycling, the history and beauty of the Kansas landscape, and the warm hospitality of the Kansas towns and people.
Biking Across Kansas 2017 is a recreational and social rally for cyclists. It is not an endurance contest, a race or a test of stamina. Each rider should plan to set a pace agreeable to his or her own degree of expertise. All capable riders are welcome.
The fee covers overnight facilities and showers for eight nights, t-shirt, embroidered patch, route guide, one or two meals, celebration dinner/picnic, fresh fruit, truck to carry gear and other amenities.
Children under 5 and under, who do not ride, are free. Child care
services are not provided. Minimum age for unsupervised participants is
18. Participants (riders and non-riders) ages 0-17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All participants, riders and non-riders of all ages must be registered.
Lodging is included in the entry fee. Overnight facilities (usually schools)
include showers, restrooms and grounds to pitch a tent. Some, but not all, facilities have air conditioning and Wi-Fi available.
Typically, half of participants sleep outdoors in tents and half sleep indoors.
will be LIMITED space, depending upon the facility, for indoor sleeping.
BAK cannot guarantee
indoor sleeping space to all participants each evening. but for those who wish to sleep
indoors we recommend bringing a tent and alternating nights sleeping indoors and outdoors. This ensures participants a fair balance of tenting and indoor lodging. We strongly encourage participants to be prepared
tent outdoors if necessary. Seniors and those with medical conditions are allowed to sleep indoors each evening.
Riders must provide
tents, sleeping bags, towels and other personal items. Participants are
also free to reserve (at their own expense) motel rooms, bed and breakfasts, or RV parks where available. BAK does not provide a list of or endorse any motels, bed and breakfasts or RV parks along the route.
BICYCLE PARKING & FACILITIES
Bicycles are expected to be parked outside at the overnight facilities.
Some riders choose to bring a bike lock for use at the overnight stop; however, bike racks and objects to which to secure your bike may not be available.
Some bring a lightweight cover to protect their bicycle from the rain.
Bicycle cleaning and repair
be done outside. Overnight facilities must be in the same, or better condition, than
found them. This means trash in the trash barrels, and no litter lying
around the grounds. BAK is known for being an excellent guest and we work
maintain that reputation. Alarm clocks and radios are PROHIBITED in the
sleeping area between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. There shall be no cleats, food , alcohol or smoking inside the lodging
Kick stands shall not be used indoors. Alcohol and tobacco use on school property (inside or outside)is strictly prohibited by Kansas State laws.
BAK 2017 will provide one or two meals throughout the week. These meals
will be listed in the route guide and announced at nightly meetings and posted on the electronic message board.
All other meals will be your responsibility.
Often local civic groups provide meals as a fundraising project. We make
every effort to notify local restaurants weeks in advance.
Personal baggage will be transported by BAK. You are allowed two bags
not to exceed 40 pounds total and not more than three cubic
feet each. Due to space
please pack only essential items. BAK does not permit the indoor use
of sleeping cots, chairs or
any other item
that could damage the surface of a gymnasium floor. Soft-sided luggage like duffel bags and dry bags are ideal. Hard-sided luggage is not recommended.
Participants typically visit a local laundromat at least once
during the week. Many wash their daily riding attire in the shower.
BAK keeps several support stops (SAGs) and vehicles on the routes daily between the
hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm (ending 10:00 a.m. on June 17). SAG stops provide
fruit, as well as assistance with minor medical and mechanical problems.
SAGs are placed approximately every 15 miles in areas where local services are not available. Riders
to utilize the communities along the route and not rely solely on the SAGs
for support throughout the week. BE PREPARED each day and carry emergency
water, food and basic tools to repair a flat bicycle tire (pump, spare
BAK 2017 is truly a rain-or-shine ride. We will move each day regardless
of weather. Rain, although not good for bicycle bearings, won’t hurt the
riders as long as they stay warm and ride cautiously, preferably with blinking tail lights for visibility. If we should have a real cloud buster, temporary
shelter should be sought in towns or at farms along the route.
We don’t recommend riding in heavy rain or thunderstorms. June in Kansas
can also be hot, windy and sunny—be prepared with at least two water bottles
and plenty of sunscreen and lip balm.
It is the shared responsibility of
both organizers and participants to maintain a sanitary and healthy environment
during BAK. We urge the following steps be taken to prevent the spread
of contagious illness within our group. Each participant is urged to carry
a container of hand
sanitizer and use it frequently, along with "soap
and water" hand washing
on a regular basis. If you feel sick at any time during the event, please
notify a BAK medic or staff member immediately. If you have a contagious illness, you should make arrangements to leave the ride and return home for a full recovery.
do not join BAK if you are recovering from the flu or other potentially
contagious illness. It is better to delay your arrival until you are completely recovered or not to join the ride at all than to take the risk of spreading illness.
BAK has strict policies for the handling of food items, water containers, and utensils. SAG support staff and volunteers are instructed to enforce these sanitary policies at each SAG stop along the route.
Upon arrival at each SAG stop, participants must remove their gloves and wash their hands before refilling water bottles and/or taking food items. Participants
will be expected to comply with these measures to ensure the well-being
of the group.
GETTING TO & FROM
Each participant is responsible for making their own transportation arrangements to the starting point at
the Colorado state line and also for pickup from the finish point. If
in chartered bus service, contact the vendors listed below. (Please note that bus services are provided at an additional cost and are not included in BAK registration fees. Biking Across Kansas, Inc. does not provide this service. Interested participants will deal directly with these outside vendors.)
Bus Service from Wichita, KS
FEES: Round-trip: $149; One-way $75
Note: The Wichita bus can not accommodate three-wheeled "trikes" due to space constraints.
Contact: Betty Dewitt
W 53rd St N, Wichita, KS 67204
checks payable to: Betty Dewitt
Secure your seat on the bus by May 7.
Bus Service from Kansas City area (Lenexa, KS) (Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan, Salina)
FEES: Round-trip: $200; $150 Lenexa to Tribune; $50 Leavenworth to Lenexa
Contact: Amy Cederlind-Hanna
12000 Linden Lane, Overland Park KS 66209
Download the flyer for complete details (pdf) »
RIDER HOSPITALITY SERVICES
Bubba's Pampered Pedalers will be along during the tour to provide tents, tent set-up and other hospitality services.
Visit Bubba's Pampered Pedalers at:
(Please note that services by Bubba's Pampered Pedalers are provided at an additional cost and are not included in BAK registration fees. Bubba's Pampered Pedalers is a third-party vendor and interested participants will deal directly with the vendor.)
A t-shirt with the BAK 2017 color design is included with each
full and part-time entry. Shirts are Gildan Performance.
Additional t-shirts may be purchased for $15.00. A cotton, collared polo shirt with the BAK logo will be offered for $20.00. A long sleeve moisture-wicking t-shirt is offered for $20.00. All XXL shirts are $2.00 extra.
A BAK jersey is available for $75 each. Offered in Men's Sportcut, Women's Sportcut (with sleeves) and Women's sleeveless. Order online with your BAK registration or separately on our website starting January 29.
To enjoy BAK 2017 to its fullest you need to be in good/excellent
riding condition. It’s time now to become serious about
conditioning both yourself and your bicycle. Plan training
rides for as many miles as you can—the more the
better. Short rides won’t do as much good as the longer
ones. It is important to ride as often as possible—every
day if you can. Add some long rides on weekends of 40 to
One suggestion is that you should
be able to do 30 miles
in 3 hours or less. But many have found it is more enjoyable to ride
at a faster pace. Training on hills and windy days will help you prepare.
you don't like training alone, seek a bicycle
club or other cyclists in your area. Most clubs schedule rides on a weekly basis—it's
a great way to meet other cyclists and learn how to ride safely within
SAFETY & HIGHWAY
Review BAK Safety Information
Inexperienced highway riders should study safety precautions and
Kansas laws and Kansas Bicycle Statutes. Generally, riders must break up into small groups
that do not pose a traffic hazard. The State law prohibits bicycles from impeding traffic and
does not allow riding more than two abreast. Single-file riding, is by far the safest way to travel on the highway. Most of the roads on BAK tours are lightly
to moderately traveled, but don’t let that cause you to lower your guard.
Highway riding requires constant attention.
Ride Defensively! Helmets are strongly recommended and should be worn at all times when riding.
OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Many other frequently asked questions are addressed HERE
A suggested packing list can be found HERE