Biking Across Kansas

Press Release 8.21.2023

Bryan Toben selected to serve as BAK executive director

Biking Across Kansas, the state’s longest running annual bicycle tour, has chosen long-time rider and volunteer Bryan Toben to lead the organization as it approaches its 50th year of celebrating cycling and Kansas. 

“The Biking Across Kansas Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Bryan Toben as the new Biking Across Kansas Executive Director,” said BAK board chair Dave Rohr. “Bryan is not only a capable administrator, his long history with the organization also gives him a unique understanding of BAK, its traditions, and what makes this cycling experience so special for its participants and volunteers. We look forward to his leadership and collaboration as we embark on our 50th year of Biking Across Kansas in 2024.”

Toben will be the fourth director in BAK’s 50 year history, with the first cross-state ride taking place in 1975.

“I am truly honored  to have been selected as the Executive Director for Biking Across Kansas,” said Toben. “This tour is comprised of an amazing family of riders, volunteers and communities that come from far and wide to make the experience incredible. I look forward to working with everyone as we build upon that legacy for our 50th Anniversary ride in 2024.”

Each year, hundreds of cyclists gather on the state’s border with Colorado to begin a weeklong journey across the state. Along the way, cyclists experience the rich history and hospitality of many Kansas communities, as well as the unmatched views across the Kansas prairie. 

“This tour is rich with tradition, incredible volunteers and amazing memories for everyone involved,” Toben said. “Building upon that history is a challenge worth every moment to ensure this family moves forward into the future. Working together we pedal into 2024 celebrating not only our 50th anniversary, but those that made those years possible.”

Toben brings to BAK his years of experience as a leader with the Parks & Recreation department for the City of Overland Park. With a educational background in recreation management, combined with his understanding of event management, Toben will help keep BAK running smoothly into the future. 

Additionally, Toben’s personal connection to BAK will ensure that the annual ride remains fun and accessible to new and experienced riders alike. Toben first began working with BAK in 1989, helping to organize transportation for riders to and from the Kansas City area, then later as a Junior Route Leader and Route Leader. Over the years, he has assisted riders with equipment and nutritional needs along the route, and served on the organization’s board of directors.

Biking Across Kansas will celebrate its 50th year June 8-15, 2024. Registration for the 2024 ride will open on Kansas Day - January 29, 2024. For more information visit