Upcoming Rides on my “To Do” List

There are several rides coming up that I hope to do.  The first is the “Prairie Pedal” ride on August 15th.  This ride is organized by the Oz Bicycle Club in Wichita, KS.  There is a 30 and a 60 mile route.  The ride starts in Augusta, KS and takes you on lightly traveled roads through the prairie in central Butler county.  I did the 60 mile route last year and it was a nice, scenic ride.  Last year it was extremely hot and we had wind gusts that were 30 plus……..hope this year the weather cooperates a little more.  Here’s a link to more information if you are interested in participating:  http://www.kansascyclist.com/events/PrairiePedal.html

Another ride I plan on doing is the “Cruise The Blues” mountain bike ride on August 28th.  This event is held on the Palen Family Farm near Tipton, KS in the north central part of the state.  There are 13 miles of private trails winding through creeks, pastures, grass and cropland on the farm.  Participants ride for 5 hours and complete as many laps as possible during that time.  There are two divisions you can compete in, the Glory (for serious racers) and the Joy (just for fun).  I plan on competing in the Joy category.  You can race as a solo participant or in teams of two.  There is a hog roast following the race and a blues concert featuring the Doghouse Daddies from Kansas City, MO.  Participants can camp at the farm and primitive showers and toilets are available.  There is also a kid’s race if you have little ones.  I’ve never done this ride before, but have wanted to.  I have my calendar cleared this year, and I’m looking forward to it.  They have a facebook page.  Here’s the link to their site:  http://www.cruisetheblues.com/index.html



The next ride on my list is the “Gorilla Century Ride”, September 4th, in Pittsburg, KS.  The available routes are 28, 68, or 101 miles.  The ride is held in conjuction with the Little Balkans Day celebration, so there are lots of events going on in town over the weekend.  The routes are mostly flat and travel through Crawford and Cherokee counties.  One of the SAG stops is at the Big Brutus coal shovel.  Big Brutus was used to mine coal in this area.  It’s no longer in use and is now a tourist attraction with a small museum.  It stands 16 stories tall and one “scoop” from the shovel would contain enough material to fill three railroad cars.  Last year I did this ride and completed 102 miles for my first century.  The SAG stops have fun themes and the ride is really well organized and marked.  I’m planning on doing the century route again this year.  Here’s their link:  http://www.kansascyclist.com/events/GorillaCentury.html




Finally there’s the “Dam J.A.M. Bicycle Tour” on September 11th in Pryor, OK.  They offer a 30, 50, 72, or 100 mile route.  The routes follow scenic country roads in Green county in Northeastern Oklahoma.  You get to enjoy beautiful views as you ride past Lake Hudson and Chimney Rock Lake.  I’ve never done this ride before, but it’s not too far away and it looks like a really nice event.  They even have a facebook page.  Here’s the link for more info:  http://www.damjambicycletour.com/index.php 


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