New information about BAK 2013 will be posted here on January 29, 2013
BAK 2013 is a recreational and social rally for cyclists. It is
not an endurance contest, a race or a test of stamina. Each rider
should plan to set a pace
agreeable to his or her own degree of expertise. All capable riders are welcome.
Adult registration fee for 2012 was $175.00 (alternate indoor/outdoor),
$155.00 (tenters/motels ONLY),$140 for junior (18 and under) and $145 for
(65 and over) riders.
The fee covers overnight
nights, t-shirt, embroidered
dinner, fresh fruit each day, truck to carry gear and
After May 8th, a $30.00 late fee will be added to registration
fee. No refunds will be
made after May 8, 2013.
For those riding only a few days, the fee will be $32.00 per day. The deposit fee for active SAG drivers will be $20.00. Deposits
will be returned at the end of BAK to registered SAGs who complete their full
term. Children under 5 and under, who do not ride, are free. Baby-sitting
service is not provided. Minimum age is
an adult at all times.
Lodging is included in the entry fee. Overnight facilities (usually schools)
include showers and grounds to pitch a tent. There
will be LIMITED space to unroll sleeping bags indoors, depending upon the
BAK cannot guarantee
indoor sleeping space to all each evening, but for those who wish to sleep
indoors at least part of the week, a system of alternating nights will be
implemented, allowing interested participants a fair balance
tenting and indoor lodging. We strongly encourage participants to be prepared
tent outdoors if necessary. Riders must provide
tents, sleeping bags, towels and other personal items. Participants are
also free to reserve (at their own expense) motel rooms where available.
BICYCLE PARKING & FACILITIES
Bicycles are expected to be parked outside at the overnight facilities.
Although BAK has never had problems with theft, some choose to bring a
lock for security.
Some bring a lightweight cover to protect their bicycle from the rain.
Bicycle cleaning and repair
be done outside. Facilities must be in the same, or better condition, than
found them. This means trash in the trash barrels, and no litter lying
around the grounds. BAK is known for being an excellent guest and we work
maintain that reputation. Alarm clocks and radios are PROHIBITED in the
sleeping area between the hours of 10 pm and 7 am. There shall be no cleats, food or smoking inside the lodging
Kick stands shall not be used indoors.
BAK 2013 will provide one or two meals throughout the week. Those
will be announced later and listed in the route guide.
All other meals will be your responsibility.
Often local civic groups provide meals as a fundraising project. We make
every effort to notify local restaurants weeks in advance.
Personal baggage will be transported. You will be allowed two bags
not to exceed 40 pounds total and not more than three cubic
feet each. Due to space
please pack only essential items. BAK does not permit the indoor use
of sleeping cots or
any other item
that could damage the surface of a gymnasium floor.
Participants typically visit a local laundromat at least once
during the week. Many wash their daily riding attire in the shower.
BAK keeps several support vehicles (SAGs) on the routes daily between the
hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm (ending 10:30 AM on the final day).They provide
fruit, as well as assistance with minor medical and mechanical problems.
SAGs are placed in areas where local services are not available. Riders
to utilize the communities along the route and not rely solely on the SAGs
for support throughout the week. BE PREPARED each day and carry emergency
water, food and basic tools to repair a flat bicycle tire (pump, spare
BAK 2013 is truly a rain or shine ride - we will be moving each day regardless
of weather. Rain, although not good for bicycle bearings, won’t hurt the
riders as long as they stay warm. If we should have a real cloud buster, temporary
shelter is sometimes available at the cities or farms that we will be passing.
We don’t recommend riding in heavy rain or thunderstorms. June in Kansas
can also be hot, windy and sunny—be prepared with at least two water bottles
and plenty of sunscreen.
It is the shared responsibility of
both organizers and participants to maintain a sanitary and healthy environment
during BAK. We urge the following steps be taken to prevent the spread
of contagious illness within our group. Each participant is urged to carry
a container of hand
sanitizer and use it frequently, along with "soap
and water" hand washing
on a regular basis. If you feel sick at any time during the event, please
notify a BAK medic or staff member immediately. Important: Please
do not join BAK if you are recovering from the flu or other potentially
contagious illness. It is better to arrive later during the week
when you are completely recovered, than to take the risk of spreading illness.
drivers and support staff are instructed to strictly maintain sanitary
conditions at each SAG stop along the route. BAK has strict
policies for the handling of food items, water containers,
will be expected to comply with these measures to ensure the well-being
of the group.
GETTING TO & FROM
Each entrant is responsible for transportation to the starting point at
the Colorado state line, and also for pickup from the finish point. If
in chartered bus service, contact the vendors listed below.
Bus Service from Wichita
Contact: Betty Dewitt
W 53rd St N, Wichita, KS 67204
316.831.0850 or 316.207.1869 cell
checks payable to: Betty Dewitt
Bus Service from Kansas City (Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan)
Leaving Kansas City (Lenexa)
Contact: Cheri and Cran Cederlind
8436 Maplewood, Lenexa, KS 66215
913.888.6310 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RIDER HOSPITALITY SERVICES
Padre's Cycle Inn will be along during the tour to provide tent set-up and other hospitality services.
Visit Padre's Cycle Inn at:
(Please note that services by Padre's Cycle Inn are provided at an additional cost and not included in BAK registration fees. Padre's Cycle Inn is a third-party vendor and interested participants will deal directly with the vendor.)
BAK SHIRTS & APPAREL
A t-shirt with the BAK 2013 color design is included with each
full and part-time entry. Shirts are 100% cotton, so indicate your size accordingly.
may be purchased for $10.00. A collared polo shirt with the BAK logo
will be offered for $15.00, a long sleeve cotton t-shirt is offered
extra for XXL).
To enjoy BAK 2013 to its fullest you need to be in good/excellent
riding condition. It’s time now to become serious about
conditioning both yourself and your bicycle. Plan training
rides for as many miles as you can—the more the
better. Short rides won’t do as much good as the longer
ones. It is important to ride as often as possible—every
day if you can. Add some long rides on weekends of 40 to
One suggestion is that you should
be able to do 30 miles
in 3 hours or less. But many have found it is more enjoyable to ride
at a faster pace.
you don't like training alone, find out if there is a bicycle
club in your area. Most clubs schedule rides on a weekly basis--it's
a great way to meet other cyclists and learn how to ride safely within
SAFETY & HIGHWAY
Inexperienced highway riders should study safety precautions and
State laws. Generally, riders will break up into small groups
that are not
hazard. The State law prohibits bicycles from impeding traffic and
does not allow riding more than two abreast. Single file riding, near
the right-hand edge of pavement, is the safest way to travel on
the highway when traffic is passing. Most of the roads on BAK
traveled, but don’t let that cause you to lower your guard.
Highway riding requires constant attention all the time.
Ride Defensively! Helmets are strongly recommended and should be worn at all times when riding.