LBC Events

National Bike Challenge starts on May 1, 2018

The National Bike Challenge where thousands across the nation will embark on the biggest group rider ever and log their miles for prizes and bragging rights.

In short, it’s free, fun, easy to make points and you can win great prizes too!  Most importantly, be safe by observing some simple safety rules.

To join our team contact us for info.

Let’s show them how we “ROLL” in the Leavenworth Bicycle Club.

Try the BAK for an epic bicycle challenge!

Biking Across Kansas


 Looking for a challenge to take your bike riding up a notch? We have just the ride experience for you!

It’s called BAK (Biking Across Kansas) and that’s just what you will do in eight days beginning in early June.

BAK began in June 1975 as the brainchild of a Wichita couple, who decided that a ride across their home state would be fun. About 100 riders took off from the Colorado/Kansas border heading east. Today, the ride is limited to 800 riders.

If your curiosity has been tweaked, BAK registration is open and usually closes out quickly. If you’re interested, check out their site for registration and route announcements.

The Leavenworth Bicycle Club has been well represented on BAK over the years. To help you prepare for the ride, LBC is considering offering a training program for interested riders beginning in April.  It goes without saying that you should continue your riding up until then (weather permitting), by taking advantage of riding the Tour de Basement during winter, taking spinning classes or setting up a trainer.

Proposed Training Program (dates are approximate)

  • April 1: We’ll begin riding each Wednesday and Saturday, starting at about 10 miles;
  • April 15: Distance increases to about 20 miles;
  • April 29: Increase the distance to about 40 miles;
  • May 13: A 50-mile ride;
  • May 15 – May 22: In order to prepare for seven days of serious mileage – Kansas is about 400 miles across depending on which route you take — those who can get away will ride the KATY Trail from Clinton to St. Charles, Mo. (About 225 miles one-way.) Food and lodging are available along the trail;
  • For those not doing the KATY Trail ride, continue your 40 – 50-mile rides. Try to get in a couple days of back-to-back rides;
  • May 27 – June 3: Ramp-up your training with bigger and longer hills, a longer ride or two, and more back-to-back rides.

It’s never too early to begin thinking about what you’ll need in the way of equipment and supplies that you might not normally carry. The BAK webpage has suggested equipment lists, along with a great Q&A page, and other valuable tips.

Those who’ve ridden BAK before are universal in their praise for the organizers, the “civilians” you’ll meet at the SAGs (every 10-15 miles), and, of course, the riders from all over Kansas, the United States, and the world.

There are quite a few riders in the LBC who have ridden BAK before, so, if you’re not sure if it’s for you, find someone who can talk to you about the ride. (Santa Fe Trails Bike & Coffee Shop is a good place to start looking for veteran BAK riders who you can talk with.)

So, if you’re ready to “dial it up to 11”, sign-up and then just do it!

36th Annual Buffalo Bill Century Ride

Saturday, September 15, 2018 @ 8am

Leavenworth Riverfront Community Center
123 S. Esplanade, Leavenworth, KS 66048

  • Road Routes:  25, 60 & 100 Mile  

  • Gravel Route: 50 Mile

  • Registration:  www.bikereg.com/bbc

  • Entrance Fee: $40

    • Celebration Dinner, Beer & Drinks Included

    • T-Shirt included if registered by September 5th, 2017

  • Email us at contact@leavenworthbicycleclub.com with any questions

BBC FAQ

Q. Will you post the route ahead of time? Has it changed from last year?

A. Yes, the route is posted on our website & Facebook page. We do have a new route this year so we hope you enjoy the new scenery.

Q. I’ve never ridden your course before.  How many SAGS or bathrooms?

A. You will not go hungry on our route! We try to have about 10 SAGS stationed through out the county. Most of the SAGs have a bathroom available & you will go past several convenience stores on our route. At the Riverfront Community Center we will have a celebration SAG. A real meal to reward you after all those energy bars!

Q. Can I register the day of the event?

A. Yes you can! No matter what incentives we’ve tried in the past we still have over half sign up on the day of the ride.  It’s the nature of the beast that we decided to embrace. HOWEVER, if you want a t-shirt or a hot meal at the end we recommend signing up ahead of time so we can do our best to plan for you!

Q. Do you have a hashtag?

A. Sure! Use #BBCR18 on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook and we’ll all be able to see each others photos. You can also post them on our FB page.

We look forward to seeing you and hope you have a great ride!