Biking Across Kansas (BAK) is an annual, eight-day, bicycle tour across the state of Kansas.
The very first Biking Across Kansas was launched in June of 1975. Inspired by the “bike boom” of the early Seventies, Larry and Norma Christie of Wichita decided that a ride across their home state would be fun. It would also serve as a pre-test for the Kansas section of the official Bikecentennial ’76 cross-country route. (Bikecentennial, now called Adventure Cycling Association, sanctioned a bike route across America as part of the nation’s Bicentennial celebration of 1976.) Less than 100 riders participated in 1975, but the numbers quickly grew into several hundred within the first five years.
Contrary to popular belief, Kansas is NOT entirely flat. The weather is usually warm and sometimes hot, although there have been entire days with rain showers and cooler weather. The Kansas wind is always there, either pushing riders along with strong tailwinds, or less often, making their progress more difficult with an occasional (and unwelcome) headwind. Regardless of the conditions, the ride progresses from town to town across the open farmlands and prairies.
The great thing is – where ever you are, there’s always something to look at or explore.
Follow along as we bike from town to town, encountering some of the most interesting people you could ever hope to meet.