BEST SHOP RIDES IN KANSAS–OCT 2

BEST SHOP RIDES IN KANSAS–OCT 2


1. SPORTSMANS SUPPLY
Shop owner Carl Boldra: “We have a couple of groups. One meets a Cervs on 27th and Vine.” This is an MTB ride during the winter and spring that does the local country dirt roads. Six a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday meets. Town: Hays. Contact: (785) 628-2618.

2. SUNRISE PARK
“The other ride meets at the 33rd and Hillcrest Sunrise Park. It’s a mountain bike ride from November through March, and then switches back to a road ride. The Big Creek trail is all singletrack.” Town: Hays. Contact: (785) 628-2618.

3. FORT HAYS UNIVERSITY
“Adds Carl, “The University lays out six miles of cross country running course that we add to the six mile Big Creek trail. Big Creek is tight and twisty through the trees with steep climbs. Town: Hays. Contact: (785) 628-2618.

4. KANSAS FREERIDERZ
Call up www.ksfreeriderz.20m.com and join the mailing list. This organized group is involved in stunt building as well as trail preservation. The Freeriderz are turning Kansas into a stunt mecca. Town: Manhattan. Contact: (785) 539-5639.

5. MORE FROM KSFREERIDERZ
The hot spots? Try the River Trail, Randolf ORV, Milford, Heartland BMX, Lawrence, Clinton and Perry Lakes, Holidome jumps, and the skate park, downtown urban, river bridge dirt jumps plus lots more. Town: Manhattan. Contact: (785) 539-5639.

6. THE PATHFINDER
“We support the Kansas State University Cycling Club,” says manager Dave Colburn. Many of their rides meet at the shop. The riding around here is like a roller coaster; it’s either 100 feet up or 100 feet down.” Town: Manhattan. Contact: (785) 539-5639.

7. LINEAR TRAIL
Dave continues, “The Linear Trail is an eight mile stretch of multi-use exercise trail with beginner difficulty.” More cycling information is available off of www.ksu-cycling.org. Town: Manhattan. Contact: (785) 539-5639.

8. MANHATTAN RIVER TRAILS
“This trail is continually changing and being built up. It’s up to four miles of smooth singletrack with North Shore-style stunts, ladders and bridges.” The trailhead is just east of the Linear Trail. Town: Manhattan. Contact: (785) 539-5639.

9. SPILLWAY CYCLE AREA
Also known as The Bowls, this is a designated ATV area with moderate to advanced riding. The technical singletrack flows along numerous bowls that offer jumps and drop-ins. There are restrooms on site. Town: Manhattan. Contact: (785) 539-5639.

10. CARNAHAN CREEK
A moderate to advanced spot with six miles of technical singletrack and good climbs and descents. But cautions Dave, “This trail is also designated for equestrian use. ALWAYS YIELD to horses.” Town: Manhattan. Contact: (785) 539-5639.

11. TURTLE CREEK
“This is another designated ATV area and beware that the riding is constantly changing,” says Dave from The Pathfinder. “There are ten-plus miles of technical trails with good climbs, descents, and many drop-ins.” Town: Manhattan. Contact: (785) 539-5639.

12. FANCY CREEK STATE PARK
Fancy Creek is the best ride spot,” adds Dave. It has camping, restrooms, and the singletrack is filled with short climbs and quick descents.” Ride difficulty is moderate-to-advanced. Town: Manhattan. Contact: (785) 539-5639.

13. RANDOLPH STATE PARK
A park area that is also used by equestrians. ALWAYS yield to horses to prevent spooking. Randolph has fun singletrack filled with many switchbacks. Showers, restrooms and camping available. Town: Manhattan. Contact: (785) 539-5639.

14. JERRY’S BIKE SHOP
Jerry Morgan says to show at the shop 8 a.m. Saturday. “One ride option is Governor’s Mansion. It’s tight, twisty singletrack that goes down along the plateau following the Kaw River.” Town: Topeka. Contact: (785) 234-0162.

15. CAPP’S BIKE SHOP AND FITNESS
Tells Sales Manager Chris Armstrong, “Every other Sunday meet 9 a.m. at Lake Perry. There’s 15 miles of structured singletrack with a lot more to come. Get on our emailer for monthly ride updates.” Town: Topeka. Contact: (785) 266-5900.

16. MOONLIGHT RIDE
“In late October Capp’s does a huge moonlight ride. We go through town and to the Shunga Trail around Lake Sherwood and come back. Afterwards it’s a night full of eating, partying and entertainment.” Town: Topeka. Contact: (785) 266-5900.

17. KAW VALLEY BICYCLE CLUB
“Capp’s is totally hooked up with www.kvbc.org. They run a very organized ride schedule which includes rides on multi-use trails. Routes include Dornwood Park, Landon Trail and Governor’s Trail. Town: Topeka. Contact: (785) 266-5900.

18. SUNFLOWER OUTDOOR & BIKE
“Lawrence itself has two of the best riding opportunities in northeast Kansas,” informs owner Dan Hughes. Great singletrack is within pedalling distance from any place downtown or the university campus.” Town: Lawrence. Contact: (785) 843-5000.

19. KANSAS RIVER TRAIL
“On the way to this trail you pass by Free State Brewry. Stop in and have a Cyclist Beer,” suggests Dan. The popular trail is turny, twisty roller coaster riding. Expect to climb over some logs. Town: Lawrence. Contact: (785) 843-5000.

20. CLINTON LAKE TRAILS
“Twenty-five miles of trail on the west side of town. It’s technical with bigger rocks and logs, tighter turns and more elevation gain. There are also “blue” trails that are more worn and offer easier. Town: Lawrence. Contact: (785) 843-5000.

21. PERRY LAKE TRAILS
“Here they pack in as much as they can. It offers many different loops and the longest climbs around–a few hundred feet, four minute long grades. The trails are on a bluff and there’s a lot of switchbacked riding.” Town: Lawrence. Contact: (785) 843-5000.

22. KANSAS UNIVERSITY TEAM
“Sunflower sponsors the team and I hook the racers up on their team rides. Through us and them you can easily find a full year’s worth of training and racing. The team is bursting with MTBers and roadies.” Town: Lawrence. Contact: (785) 843-5000.

23. LAWRENCE FREERIDE
“Built obstacles are starting to appear at the River Trails. Sunflower’s own Thomas Fulbright seems to be leading the movement. Currently there are some jumps and a gangway that drops into a bowl area.” Town: Lawrence. Contact: (785) 843-5000.

24. LAWRENCE MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB
“Leavenworth County is the hidden treasure of Kansas,” The www.lawrncemountainbikeclub.org is largely responsible for building and maintaining area riding. Come out yourself and enjoy a workday. Town: Lawrence. Contact: (785) 843-5000.

25. SANTA FE TRAILS BICYCLE AND COFFEE
Tuesday and Thursday rides meet at the west gate of Ft. Leavenworth. “It’s a nine mile singletrack trail,” explains owner Brendan Sheehan. “Northeastern Kansas is extremely hilly with up to 1000 foot climbs.” Town: Leavenworth. Contact (913) 682-2444.

26. SUNDAY AT THE BIG HOUSE
Meet at 1 p.m. The Fort Trail starts off at the U.S. Federal Penitentiary. The trail winds by the skeet range and hunting club, cuts through the Boy Scout camp and heads by the disciplinary barracks. Town: Leavenworth. Contact (913) 682-2444.

27. OLD TOWN CYCLERY
“Weekly rides begin from on the Missouri side 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pat Murphy’s Bar,” tells owner Sarah Gibson. “There can be up to 40 people. You can find more ride info on www.oldtowncyclery.com.” Town: Lenexa. Contact: (913) 894-5588.

28. OLD TOWN CYCLERY WHOOPS
Continues Sarah, “This is a great one. Meet 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Lawrence River trailhead. It’s a nine mile loop of the fastest, whoop-de-do filled singletrack that you will ever do.” Town: Lenexa. Contact: (913) 894-5588.

29. EARTH RIDERS
“The www.earthriders.org do weekly rides too,” says Sarah. They ride Shawnee Mission Park, Coe Creek, Stadium Trails and more. Landahl Park Reserve in Blue Springs has the most pristine singletrack you’ll ever find.” Town: Lenexa. Contact: (913) 894-5588.

30. NINER AT MINER
Meet 9 a.m. Sunday at the circle drive in Miner Park,” says BikeSource mechanic Eric Prim. “It’s fast singletrack with some rocky sections and short, steep climbs. Five to 15 riders and a moderate-plus pace.” Town: Overland Park. Contact: (913) 451-1515.

31. TACO TUESDAY
“Says Eric, “First ride the singletrack at Miner. Then enjoy 75 cent tacos at Pat Murphy’s Bar.” This is a recreational ride for everyone. Miner Park is an in town system with 25 miles of trail. Town: Overland Park. Contact: (913) 451-1515.

32. HEARTLAND MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Bikeource sponsors this spring-to-summer series throughout the four state region. Locations include Perry Reservoir, and Landahl Reserve and Crowder State Park in Missouri. Log on to www.heartlandrace.com. Town: Overland Park. Contact: (913) 451-1515.

33. BICYCLE PEDALER
Owner Ruth Holliday tells, “There’s a 9 a.m. Wednesday ladies ride that alternates meets between the east and west sides of town. They go about 20 miles mostly on county road. The slowest rider sets the pace. Town: Wichita. Contact: (316) 685-4545.

34. THOMPSON BIKE & SPORT
“Cycle Bobs stands for Big On Bikes and they do at least one mountain bike ride per month. We also have some trails out here that we do weekly during the winter and on weekday nights when it warms up.” Town: Independence. Contact: (620) 331-7777.

35. ELK CITY RESERVOIR TRAILS
Adds Julie Thompson, “There’s great riding here. The river bottom singletrack is tighter and hillier. The middle section is flat and easier. At the very top it’s rocky with short, steep climbs.” Town: Independence. Contact: (620) 331-7777.

36. NEEWOLLAH FESTIVAL
The week long Halloween spelled backwards festival kicks off with a big ride. People show up on all kinds of bikes and do the 70-, 45- or 25-mile rides on surface roads. Food and activities afterwards. Town: Independence. Contact: (620) 331-7777.

37. BICYCLE ADVENTURES
These 6 p.m. sessions meet at the shop. Wilderness Park is single and doubletrack mix of busy and open stretches of trail. Expect a group size of five and an intermediate and up pace. Town: Pittsburg. Contact: (620) 231-7727.

38. 23rd ST. DUMPS
Bicycle Adventure’s weekday ride could also go to The Dumps. “It’s an old strip pit and the riding is all tight, twisty, roller coaster singletrack,” says manager Joe Skidmore. Town: Pittsburg. Contact: (620) 231-7727.

39. WEEKEND RIDES
Get picked up or meet at the shop for the Saturday evening or Sunday morning ride. Ride Turkey Creek Trails, Farlington Lake or others. Farlington’s eight mile loop is one of the Midwest Fat Tire Series courses. Pittsburg. Contact: (620) 231-7727

40. TAILWIND CYCLISTS
“Meet at the shop 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday,” tells shop owner Roger Lomshek. The local rides do the trails that are right here in town. View the ride schedule on www.tailwindcyclists.com. Town: Pittsburg. Contact: (620) 231-2212.

41. SATURDAYS AT TAILWIND
The 1 p.m. Saturday ride carpools from the shop or meets directly at the ride destination. “On weekends we like to drive off to the big loops where we can get up some speed. These are advanced rides.” Town: Pittsburg. Contact: (620) 231-2212.

42. FARLINGTON OR JOPLIN?
“Farlington Lake is one weekend destination. Or we go 25 miles southeast into Missouri to ride the Joplin Trails.” Joplin has numerous sections of technical, creek bottom singletrack with moderate climbs. Town: Pittsburg. Contact: (620) 231-22

 

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