Here are the things you need to know about what happens during the ride
Print your maps before the ride
We have maps for each day, in printable versions, on the website. Print your maps before you arrive at the ride. Spend a little time studying the highlights and the map, too. It will help you plan and customize each day’s ride, and anticipate the turns ahead.
The emergency contact number is 913-703-4724. It is printed on both sides of the map. You can call during the ride, to request assistance. Please use this number only in emergencies.
- A system of school buses is used to transport riders forward and to the end of each day's ride. The buses shuttle riders from the pass-through communities, every hour, to the next stop. Use the buses to design your perfect ride and mileage.
The trail boss receives your call for assistance, and directs the right assistance to you, ASAP.
Route marking We will have painted markers on the pavement, approaching turns or intersections. Generally, expect to see two markers leading up to a turn or change in course. Markings are not perfect, and are easy to miss, so plan to rely primarily on your maps. Each day’s map has the detailed turn-by-turn directions. In general, if you are on blacktop, and heading the right general direction, chances are very good that you are on the right course. If you study your maps, and prepare for the turns, it will be easy and natural. If you think you are lost, call the trail boss.
Tips for a great ride
Consider getting out early. Central Kansas can be hot and windy.
Enjoy the stops and detours. This isn’t a race. Slow down, and have some fun in the pass-throughs, and visit local attractions.
Ask a sheriff. Our board members are called sheriffs. Each one has a badge. If you have questions, or need assistance, ask one of our sheriffs.
Wear your wristbands. Your chain link wrist bands are your pass to bus and truck service, as well as to the BBQ. Be sure to wear your wristband during the ride.
I have everything I need to be self-sufficient on the road. (spare tires, tubes, spare chain, tools, etc.) How much stuff will be available at the SAG stops? I don't mind riding with it, but do I really need all that much actually with me?
We have a bike store mechanic team and truck on each day’s route, for the major mechanicals. And each bus and the trail boss vehicle will have a floor pump for tires. In general, you should be able to travel pretty light. We recommend riders carry spare tubes, patches, and pumps or CO2 inflators, and items needed to recover from routine flat tires, and minor problems.
I've downloaded the maps, but how well is the route marked with signs or etc.?
We will have painted markers on the pavement, approaching turns or intersections. Generally, expect to see two markers leading up to a turn or change in course. Markings are not perfect, and are easy to miss, so plan to rely primarily on your maps. Each day’s map has the detailed turn-by- turn directions. In general, if you are on blacktop, and heading the right general direction, chances are very good that you are on the right course. If you study your maps, and prepare for the turns, it will be easy and natural. If you think you are lost, call the trail boss.
In the mornings is it a group start or start when you are ready? What time is a common start time for most people if it’s a start when your ready thing?
Everybody does their own thing to start the ride. Some riders leave at first light. Others leave as late as 9 AM. Riders are encouraged to leave between 7 AM and 8 AM.
Will there be a community tire pump available to check tire pressure in the morning or do I need to bring a tire pump? (I have a mini pump mounted on my bike).
There should be plenty of floor pumps available to riders. Look for the trucks and buses in the morning. And each bus and support vehicle will have floor pumps. Keep your mini-pump on your bike, to recover from routine flats.
I usually ride by myself here in town, but would imagine riding in a group would be better on something like this. However, I don't know anybody, but willing to make friends to ride with.
There isn’t any hard and fast rule about riding with a group vs. alone. Riders are encouraged to take their time, meet people, explore and discover the countryside, and visiting local attractions and venues. You should naturally find yourself in groups of riders, at times. Other times, you may want to ride down the road alone. If you stay in the main stream of riders, you should make new friends and have a lot of fun.
What if I get tired?
Catch a ride on one of the buses. That’s what they are there for. You can sag ahead, and rejoin the ride, later, or stay on the bus and enjoy a scenic ride into the next town. If you want to ride some more, jump on your bike. If not, wait for the next bus.
Off the bike
Pre and Post-ride support
Our sheriffs are here to answer your questions. Our board members will be wearing badges off the bike.
Thursday registration and check-in
Blue Earth Plaza 1 PM to 5 PM