Biking Across Kansas riders coming through the area

Riders will pass through Viola – and some through Conway Springs – before camping in Clearwater; They will pass through Peck, south of Haysville, the next morning

 

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the June 7 print editions of The Times-Sentinel, Star-Argosy and Haysville Sun-Times.

More than 800 bicyclists will pass through Viola, then spend the night in Clearwater on Tuesday, June 12, as part of Biking Across Kansas.

The riders will be leaving Pratt for the day’s ride between 7 and 8 a.m.

“We anticipate some bicyclists arriving in Clearwater as early as 11 a.m.,” said Stefanie Weaver, BAK executive director. “These will be only the very strong riders that make few stops along the way. The majority of riders will pull into Clearwater between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. A small handful will arrive as late as 5 p.m.”

The riders will spend the rest of the day sightseeing and socializing around town. Clearwater residents are showing their Kansas hospitality by coordinating the following activities while BAK is in town:

• Fundraiser meals, snacks and beverages will be served during the afternoon and early evening at Clearwater High School; school groups are raising funds.

• The Dear Friends band will play at the City Park from 7 to 9 p.m. Local residents are welcome.

• Bicyclists will take advantage of the swimming pool, museum, restaurants, bar and more during their overnight stop.

• Clearwater Lions Club is serving an early morning fundraiser breakfast on Wednesday.

Riders will pass Viola on Highway K-42, and will pedal east down Ross Avenue before arriving at the high school.

Many of those bicyclists will also pass through Conway Springs.

Biking Across Kansas includes an optional “Century Loop” for cyclists who want to pedal 100 miles in a single day. Century Loop riders will travel east to west through town on Parallel Street.

“We anticipate the early-bird riders might arrive in Conway Springs at noon (fast, strong riders), through 4 p.m.,” Weaver said. “My guess is that the majority will arrive 1-2 p.m.”

The passage through Peck is part of the sixth day of a nine-day bike trek from the Colorado to the Missouri border.

Bicyclists will leave Clearwater between 7 and 8 a.m. Most will pass through Peck on W. 119th St. S. between 8 and 9 a.m. The riders will then traverse Belle Plaine, Udall and Winfield before arriving in Burden, where they will spend the night.

For more information about Biking Across Kansas, visit www.bak.org.