Biking Across Kansas
) is an annual recreational and social rally
for bicyclists that follows a route across the state of Kansas, United States
The first BAK was organized in 1975 and has been held annually each June. The BAK route varies from year to year, and has traversed all 105 counties of the state. More than 800 bicyclists from Kansas and other states participate in BAK each year. The event was organized by Larry and Norma Christie through 2001. Charlie Summers began as organizer in 2002 and continues to the present.
The 2008 BAK: June 7-14, 2008 with a 466-mile, eight-day route from St. Francis
in Western Kansas to Atchison
, with nightly stops in the cities of Atwood, Norton, Smith Center, Beloit, Washington, Sabetha, and Horton.
The 2007 BAK: June 9-16, 2007 with a 495-mile, eight-day route from Tribune
in Western Kansas to Elwood
, with nightly stops in the cities of Scott City, Ness City, Hoisington, Lincoln, Clay Center, Centralia, and Troy.
The 2006 BAK was organized with a single 485-mile, eight-day route from Johnson City
in Western Kansas to Mulberry
, with nightly stops in the cities of Satanta, Ashland, Medicine Lodge, Clearwater, Burden, Neodesha, and Girard.
The 2005 BAK was organized with a single 530-mile, eight-day route from Elkhart
in the southwest corner of Kansas to White Cloud
in the northeast, with nightly stops in the cities of Sublette, Spearville, Ellinwood, Lindsborg, Chapman, Onaga, and Hiawatha.