Local club finds enjoyment in cycling
Hitting the roadways and trails is more than just exercise for a local bicycle club; is means a lasting friendship among the riders that share a bond and memories through cycling.
Bicyclists of Central Kansas promotes a community of area bicyclists, of all skill levels. Club members want to share information about biking, gear and nutrition, and hope to organize regular group rides, said BCK member Neil Frizell. They would also like to promote rides in the area.
“The club is for everyone that rides and enjoys cycling of different types,” Frizell said. “We encourage people to get out there and ride every day and just enjoy the fun of cycling.”
The club started three years ago, branching off the National Bike Challenge, a yearly event that drew area cyclists together. Nationwide, that event unites thousands of current bicyclists and encourages countless new riders. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, your colleagues and your community to ride more while competing on a local, state and national level.
“Some local riders wanted to get involved with the National Bike Challenge and formed a group to be part of it. The next thing we knew we had a local riding club,” Frizell said. “Over the last three years it has grown and has become a lot of fun to be part of it. You get to meet great people and you get to build friendships and riding partners and the club still participates in the National Bike Challenge.”
Blanket Racing: The next ride
The next Bicyclists of Central Kansas event is the Blanket Race that will happen over the winter months. There are 10 races planned throughout Central Kansas.
“The rules are simple,” Frizell said. “There will be a blanket at the starting line. You bring a $10 gift, put it on the blanket and that is your entry fee. The first person that crosses the finish line chooses the first gift and so on. These races are a way for us to have fun during the winter and stay in shape.”
There is also a mileage award given out at the end of the year for most miles ridden. A new twist this year is a points race for the entire series. Riders will be given points based on their finish in each race and whoever has the most points at the end of the year will be given a prize.
• All races start at 2 p.m.
• Show up with a $10 prize to enter
• Ride like the wind
• Get a prize based on your finish
All races are will be less than an hour long and are meant to keep people active throughout the winter months, and remember this is purely buddy racing.
Oct. 29 — Lake Wilson Switch Grass Trail
Nov. 12 — Coronado Heights
Nov. 26 — Lake Barton trail
Dec. 10 — Salina, Trail Biketek Bike Shop
Dec. 17 — Palen Family Farm Trail (east of Tipton), Cruise the Blues
Jan. 7 — Osborne, Blue Hills Bike Shop
Jan. 21 — Dodge City, Ford County Lake
Feb. 4 — Jetmore, Horse Thief Reservoir
Feb. 18 — Great Bend, Jeffs MotoXC