Biking Across Kansas to stop in Humboldt

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

More than 800 riders began the 2009 Biking Across Kansas (BAK) Saturday at Syracuse, only 17 miles from the Colorado border insouthwest Kansas.
According to the BAK rider list, four are from the Iola area, Gena Clounch and Terri Anderson of Iola, Bill Lamb of Moran and Lonnie VanArsdale of Le Roy. The annual bicycle tour across Kansas stops overnight in cities along the 500-plus mile ride.
This year the BAK riders will stay overnight in Humboldt Thursday. Humboldt is expecting riders to begin arriving that day at noon.
Riders will stay at the Humboldt schools’ gyms. There will be a lunch served Thursday plus a dinner and Friday’s breakfast.
Humboldt has a number of activities planned for their BAK guests. Details will be listed on the Humboldt page of Tuesday’s Register.
This is the 35th year for the BAK. The first one was in 1975. They have tried over the years to make each year’s cross state ride different.
Humboldt is one of seven overnight stops for the cyclists. The riders began their trek eastward Saturday. They stopped in Garden City and in Jetmore. They will stop in St. John, Halstead, Eureka, Humboldt and Paola.
Each day’s ride is from 50 to 85 miles. The 2009 ride finishes in Louisburg. There will be an end-of-the- ride celebration dinner in Louisburg.
The BAK is a recreational and social rally for cyclists. All capable riders are welcome to participate. There is a registration fee for the event.
Support vehicles and services are provided along the ride. Baggage for riders is transported by BAK from city to city.
Biking Across Kansas is a rain or shine ride.