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Biking Across Kansas coming to Eudora in June

February 19, 2010

Opportunity will ride into Eudora on two-wheels this June.

Charles Summers, director of Biking Across Kansas, said Eudora would be the final stop June 11 on the annual weeklong bicycle tour of the state.

"There'll be about 850 riders," he said. "You're probably the most crucial stop we have. The last night, it can be really exciting or ho hum. We stayed in Lawrence one year and it's so big, we kind of got swallowed up.

"Last year, Troy had kind of a carnival atmosphere for us."

Summers said tour riders will spend the night at Eudora Middle School, which will be open to them starting at 11 a.m. Early rising, fast riders may arrive from Osage City at 10 a.m., he said.

As Troy did last year, individuals or community groups often make the overnight stays special by offering food and entertainment to the riders, Summers said. Tour members do spend money at the communities they visit, he said.

"That's what we really aim for — that and them coming back to visit at another date," he said. "We don't want to interfere with local restaurants. That being said, the group likes those mom and pop things.

"This is a group who is really big on sitting around and taking in local color. If you are on a bike all day and stop at a town, you don't want to get back on the bike to go get something to eat."

This will be the first time in the tour's 36-year history it has rolled through Eudora on its route from the Colorado border to Missouri, Summers said. Because it was a first-time stop, he said he would visit the city this spring to meet with school district officials and others in Eudora.

Anyone wishing to talk with him about coordinating an activity for the bikers, should call him at either (316) 285-7528 or (316) 772-3749, Summers said. More information on the tour can be found at bak.org.

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