While Biking Across Kansas will send about 600 cyclists streaming through the area this week, the annual non-competitive ride isn’t the only bicycle-related event that passes through central Kansas this month.
With three riders killed while traveling through the state over the past five years, cyclists and event organizers are asking motorists to be aware and share the road.
State law requires at least 3 feet of space between a cyclist and a vehicle when passing, so drivers should pass like any other vehicle, only when it is safe to do so with sufficient space.
Two races — the Trans Am and the RAAM — should reach the western Kansas border around the third week of June, if not sooner. Those races follow different routes. The Trans American has started
The Trans Am Bike Race is an annual ultra-distance cycling race that travels about 4,200 across 10 states.
The route uses the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, which passes through northern Reno County and into Harvey County.
It primarily follows 95th and 82nd avenues, although this year, the map also shows an alternate route in Reno County, called the Nickerson Alternate, that takes it south on Nickerson Road to Fourth Avenue, across on Fourth to Hendricks, and then back north of 82nd.The site doesn’t explain the reason behind the 19-mile alternate, the only one on the map in Kansas.Cyclists in the event enter Kansas from Colorado on K-96 and travel through Leoti, Scott City, Rush Center, Larned, Reno County, Newton, Eureka, Chanute, Girard, and then Pittsburg.The […]