Entrant List 2022
Join us for Biking Across Kansas 2022 for the classic cross-Kansas tour. Biking Across Kansas (BAK) is more than a bike ride. It’s an experience. We know you’ll enjoy great bicycling and adventure along with the generous hospitality of Kansas including beautiful landscapes, historical points of interest, great people from across the country and abroad, lots of fun and laughter, and adventures, memories, and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Biking Across Kansas (BAK) is an annual, eight-day, bicycle tour across the state of Kansas. We promote health and wellness through bicycling, the history and beauty of the Kansas landscape, and the warm hospitality of the Kansas towns and people.
BAK 2022 is a recreational and social rally for cyclists. It is not an endurance contest, a race, or a test of stamina. Each rider should set a pace agreeable to his or her own degree of expertise. Capable riders of all ages are welcome.
$335 Full-time participant, ages 18 and over (includes riders and non-riders)
$225 Junior participant, ages 6-17 years old (includes riders and non-riders)
$95 (per day) Part-time participant (anyone riding one to three days; days must be consecutive)
Minimum number of participants: 400 (minimum number has been reached)
Maximum number of participants: 800
Note: A participant is any individual (rider or non-rider) traveling with the BAK tour.
Participants, including non-riders, of all ages must register.
There is no charge for children ages 0 to 5, but they must be registered.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about how to registration children ages 0 to 5.
The registration fee you pay to participate in BAK covers many things including but not limited to:
- Lodging - plentiful outdoor space for tent camping
- LIMITED indoor lodging space in schools is contingent on the prevailing conditions of COVID-19 in June
- Daily support - SAG (rest stops) with fresh fruit and water
- Gear transport
- Three meals including the end of tour picnic
- Swag bag including a BAK t-shirt, commemorative embroidered patch, and more
- Optional entertainment and activities including live music, museums, historical attractions, points of interest, and more
- Activities for tweens and teens
- Participant communication – e-newsletters prior to tour; daily info table, text messages, and evening meetings during the tour
- Route guide chock-full of maps, route notes, history and site-seeing notes, and entertainment and meal options
- And more!
Following is basic information regarding Biking Across Kansas. Much of the information aligns with the agreements made with the host cities and schools in which we stay. Be sure you understand these policies, as you will be expected to comply.
Participants, including non-riders, of all ages must register.
Children 5 years old 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.
Note that both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons will be participating in this tour. (See Health and Sanitation section for information on preventing the spread of contagious illnesses within our group and in the communities through which we travel and stay.)
Biking Across Kansas Cancellation Policies
Participants may cancel their registrations and receive a partial refund through April 15, 2022. A $30 PER PERSON FEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR ALL CANCELLATIONS THROUGH APRIL 15, 2022. Absolutely no refunds will be granted after April 15, 2022. BAK registrations are non-transferrable and credits are not offered.
To protect yourself, optional trip cancellation insurance is available for purchase through these third-party vendors: Travelex or Travel Guard
Please note that Biking Across Kansas (BAK) does not make any exceptions to the cancellation policy including, but not limited to, employment, family, medical, or physical situations. BAK cannot allow transfers to another participant and cannot offer credits for a future tour.
If I exhibit symptoms commonly associated with or test positive for COVID-19 immediately prior to the Event, I agree to stay home and not attend. If I exhibit symptoms commonly associated with or test positive for COVID-19 during the Event, I agree to immediately isolate myself from other participants, to cease participating in the Event until testing negative for COVID-19, and to be responsible for my own medical care and transportation. In the event of any other illness or injury during the BAK 2022 Tour, I agree that directorial or medical staff may determine that I cannot continue bicycling or traveling with the event for my own well-being and that of other participants. If this determination is made, I agree that I will leave the event within 24 hours, making my own travel arrangements, at my own expense, with no refund of entry fees. If my medical condition requires hospitalization in a city on or near the BAK route, I agree that Biking Across Kansas will not provide transportation to retrieve me. I agree to make my own transportation arrangements at my own expense.
Submit your cancellation to email@example.com. Please supply your name and the registration number from your registration email confirmation. Refunds will be credited to the credit card you used when paying for your BAK registration. Please allow up to 30 days for processing.
Note: To cancel additional services, such as a chartered bus and/or tent concierge, contact directly the respective third-party service providers.
Cancellation of Event by Biking Across Kansas due to Acts of God or other Force Majeure Events
If, in Biking Across Kansas, Inc.’s (“BAK’s”) sole discretion, the commencement or continuation of the BAK 2022 Tour and any related events and activities (collectively the “Activity”) are made impossible, impracticable, or unreasonably dangerous to participants, staff or volunteers due to the occurrence of any force majeure event, or credible threat thereof, including but not limited to any Act of God, fire, earthquake, acts of civil or military authority, casualty, weather, flood, war, terrorist attack, epidemic, pandemic, public emergencies, insurrection, civil unrest, strikes or other labor activities, environmental conditions or any other similar cause beyond the reasonable control of BAK (“Force Majeure Event”), then BAK has the right to cancel all or any part of the Activity. In the event of any cancellation due to a Force Majeure Event, all registration fees are forfeited and will not be refunded by BAK.
Please understand, the Activity depends on many favorable conditions beyond BAK’s control, and in their absence, some part or all of the Activity may have to be cancelled. Please also understand, if the Activity is cancelled as a result, you will lose your registration fee. BAK strongly recommends that you obtain trip/travel or similar insurance to protect you if the BAK 2022 Tour must be cancelled due to a Force Majeure Event.
Schools serve as BAK’s overnight accommodations and home base each day. During BAK 2022, you should be prepared to sleep outdoors on school grounds. BAK will make every effort to offer LIMITED indoor sleeping at the schools. However, indoor sleep is contingent on the prevailing conditions of COVID-19 in June. If indoor sleeping is allowed, seniors and those with medical conditions will have first priority. Those sleeping indoors do so at their own risk.
Your safety, the safety of other riders, and the safety of the communities in which we stay are our highest priority. Note that we are required to abide by KDHE, county, city, and host school districts’ respective regulations/ordinances/mandates that are in place at the time of the June tour. BAK will be monitoring the situation and will update you as things change.
For outdoor sleeping, riders must provide their own tents or secure tent rental/set-up services through Pork Belly Ventures. Riders must also provide their own sleeping bags/gear, towels, and other personal items.
All lodging, outdoor and indoor (if available), at the schools in our host cities is included in the entry fee. Overnight facilities include showers, restrooms, and grounds to pitch a tent. Some, but not all, facilities have air conditioning and Wi-Fi available. Riders are welcome to use the indoor facilities to shower and cool down after riding each day. Portable toilets are available in the tenting area.
Note that BAK does not permit the indoor use of sleeping cots, chairs, or any other item that could damage the surface of a gymnasium floor.
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 spaces at RV parks where available. BAK does not endorse any motels, hotels, 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. Bicycle cleats are not to be worn inside lodging facilities. Cycling shoes must always be removed before entering the facilities.
Overnight facilities must be left in the same or better condition than
found them. This means trash in the trash barrels, and no litter lying
around the grounds or inside. 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.
The schools at which we stay are alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarette, and firearms free environments. All persons traveling with BAK must follow the same while on school property. Absolutely NO firearms or alcoholic beverages are allowed on school property–it's against the law.
Please note that E-bikes must be self-supported on Biking Across Kansas. We are NOT equipped to provide mechanical support for E-bikes or SAG support to lift/transport E-bikes. BAK cannot guarantee access to the electricity to charge E-bike batteries and recommends that such charging in a public assembly area is supervised.
Your registration fee will cover three meals, including the end of the tour picnic, throughout the week. These meals will be listed in the route guide, announced via text messages, 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. Seeing laundry drying on school grounds is a common sight as many wash their daily riding attire in the shower.
BAK keeps several support stops (SAG stops) and vehicles on the routes daily between the
hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm (ending at 11:00 am on June 18). SAG (rest) stops provide
fruit as well as assistance with minor medical and mechanical problems.
SAG stops are placed approximately every 15-20 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 2022 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.
Your safety, the safety of other riders, and the safety of the communities in which we stay is our highest priority. In addition, we will be required to abide by the host school districts’ respective regulations/mandates that are in place at the time of the June tour.
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 illnesses within our group:
- Wash your hands with soap and water on a frequent basis.
- Carry hand sanitizer and use it frequently.
- If you feel sick at any time during the event, immediately notify a BAK medic or staff member.
- Stay home if you test postive for, or are recovering from COVID-19, the flu or other contagious illness.
IMPORTANT: In the event of your illness or injury during Biking Across Kansas, the directorial or medical staff may determine that you cannot continue bicycling or traveling with the event your own well-being and that of other participants. If this determination is made, you will be asked to leave the event within 24 hours, making your own travel arrangements, at your own expense, with no refund of entry fees.
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. SAG stops will include hand sanitizer, handwashing stations, and sanitization/disinfectant solution/supplies for cleaning surfaces. Whole fruit, single serve wrapped snacks, and hands-free water spigots. Upon arrival at each SAG stop, participants must remove their cycling gloves and wash their hands prior to being served at any SAG stop..
Participants are required to follow any/all COVID-19 regulations/ordinances that are in place at the time of ride in the various cities and counties through which we will ride and stay. In addition, CDC recommendations active at the time of the ride will be followed.
SAG stops will include hand sanitizer, handwashing stations, and sanitization/disinfectant solution/supplies for cleaning surfaces. Whole fruit, single serve wrapped snacks, and hands-free water spigots. Handwashing will be required prior to being served at any SAG stop.
Each participant will be required to abide by the Illness/Injury and COVID Compliance outlined in the Biking Across Kansas, Inc. | BAK 2022 Release Form. (Review full release form here.)
ILLNESS/INJURY: If I exhibit symptoms commonly associated with or test positive for COVID-19, I agree to immediately isolate myself from other participants, to cease participating in the Event until testing negative for COVID-19, and to be responsible for my own medical care and transportation. In the event of any other illness or injury during Biking Across Kansas, I agree that directorial or medical staff may determine that I cannot continue bicycling or traveling with the event for my own well-being and that of other participants. If this determination is made, I agree that I will leave the event within 24 hours, making my own travel arrangements, at my own expense, with no refund of entry fees. If my medical condition requires hospitalization in a BAK overnight city, I agree that Biking Across Kansas will not provide transportation to retrieve me after the tour has progressed along the route beyond that city. I agree to make my own travel arrangements at my own expense.
COVID COMPLIANCE: I agree to abide by the COVID-19 public health regulations of the jurisdictions in which the Event occurs, including wearing a mask when not cycling, unless excused by local law. I agree that my failure to comply shall be grounds for my expulsion from the Event with no refund of entry fees by BAK.
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: $200 ; One-way $130 Wichita to Syracuse; One-way return $130 Louisburg to Wichita
Contact: Zach and Phet Brewer
12001 Meribeau Court, Wichita, KS 67235
Download the flyer for details and registration form (pdf) »
Bus Service from Kansas City area (Lenexa, KS) (Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan, Salina)
FEES: Round-trip: $200; $150 Lenexa to Syracuse; $50 Louisburg to Lenexa
Contact: Amy Cederlind-Hanna
12000 Linden Lane, Overland Park KS 66209
Download the flyer for complete details (pdf) »
RIDER HOSPITALITY SERVICES
Pork Belly Ventures will be along during the tour to provide rental tents/set-up services and air-conditioned sleeping rooms, which are available each night at the overnight stops.
Visit Pork Belly Venturesat: https://pkbelly.com/Event/info/BAK2022 to review and register for their services.
(Please note that services by Pork Belly Ventures are provided at an additional cost and are not included in BAK registration fees. Pork Belly Ventures is a third-party vendor and interested participants will deal directly with the vendor.)
A t-shirt with the BAK 2022 color design is included with each
full and part-time entry. Shirts are Gildan Performance, a jersey knit with moisture wicking and antimicrobial properties.
Additional t-shirts may be purchased for $15.00. A long sleeve Gildan Performance t-shirt, a jersey knit with moisture wicking and antimicrobial properties, is offered for $20.00. T-shirt sizes XXL and larger are an extra $2.00.
BAK custom jerseys are available for pre-order with registration for $75 each or available separately on the BAK Online Store. Pre-order deadline is March 25.
Men's short sleeve jerseys ($75) are made by Peak 1 Sports.
• Club fit
• QUICKDRY fabric is moisture-wicking and breathable
• Three rear pockets
• Full-length zipper
• Elastic arm openings
• Silicone waist gripper
Women's jerseys ($75) are made by FloraVelo and are available in short sleeve and racerback options.
• Two different technical fabrics provide moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial and UV50 sun protection properties
• Two back pockets plus signature side pocket
• Choose your size based on your typical size for a comfortable shirt; FloraVelo jerseys do not run small.
To enjoy BAK 2022 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 70 miles. At minimum, you should be able to bicycle 30 miles in 3 hours or less. Many have found it is more enjoyable to ride at a faster pace. Be certain to training on hills and on windy days; you will encounter both during the tour.
If you don't like training alone, seek a bicycle club, show-and-go rides, 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 a group. If you can’t find a club, contact your local bike shop and ask about rides.
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.
A bike mechanic and massage therapist also travel with the tour to ensure both riders and bicycles are in tip top shape to make the trip across the state. Both charge fees for their services.
BAK relies on many volunteers to make the tour a success. If you are interested in learning about what volunteer opportunities are available, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Many other frequently asked questions are addressed HERE
A suggested packing list can be found HERE