Kandango K2r - 2016
Welcome to the 4th Kandango K2r (pronounced "K tour")
Kandango is a 3 ½ day road bicycle ride on the back roads of Kansas. It originated in 2013, as a tour through the Flint and Smoky Hills regions of Kansas. Its central themes are to ride the road less traveled (but far more interesting), take the time to explore the pass-through communities and see the local attractions during the ride.
Each day’s ride is unique, and has its own name. Fridays ride is named “Coolio Iglesias”. The ride passes many historic churches (iglesia) in Ellis and Russell Counties, on the way to Russell.
Saturday’s ride is called “Roller Coas2r”, because of the hills south of Wilson Lake. The locals call the scenic highway between Lucas and the lake “nature’s roller coasters”.
We named Sunday’s ride “The Road to Somewhere”. We visit the Rolling Hills Zoo, en route to Tescott and the , because the ride returns to end in Brookville, and the Sandstone Saloon.
One of the things that makes Kandango unique is the community participation. Kandango works with the towns and businesses to create events and activities, incorporating the riders and the communities. Bike Hays and Gella’s Diner and Lb. Brewing Company host the 2nd Annual Half Pint Block Party on Thursday. The Hays community is invited to join the riders on the first ride of the tour, on Thursday. On Friday, the Russell community is invited to attend the BBQ Extravaganza and join the riders touring the town on bikes. On Saturday, the Sandstone Saloon hosts a party to honor the teams participating in Kandango, and the public is invited to ride to Brookville and join the fun. Our buses will transport the locals and Kandango participants back to Salina, after the party.
The ride selects back roads not normally ridden on conventional tours. This year’s ride features 2 secondary roads on Friday – an out and back to Pfeifer, and another one to Fairport. On Saturday, the ride turns north to put riders into the scenic hills, south of Wilson Lake. Riders can get to the end, much faster and more direct, but they would miss the entire purpose of the tour – the beautiful back roads.
The ride features a novel ride support system that uses motor coaches and trucks to pick up riders and bikes along the route, and provides in ride support. Our one of a kind “Area 52” allows riders to pack coolers and lunches, and send them ahead for them when they arrive at the designated stop on our buses. Riders are encouraged to use the buses to sag ahead, or to stow or retrieve provisions or food during the ride. The system provides a great safety and comfort net for our riders.
Kandango also can transport riders to and from the ride. This year, the ride features three buses – Overland Park, KS, Des Moines, IA, and Brookville, KS. The Overland Park bus transports riders and gear to and from the ride, and can stop in Lawrence and Topeka. The Des Moines/Omaha bus brings our RAGBRAI friends down to Kandango and back home on Sunday. The Brookville bus (new this year), starts from the end town, and carries riders and bikes to the start town. Riders of the Brookville bus enjoy the luxury of returning to their car twice during the ride – once on Saturday (on the way to Salina), and again on Sunday (when the ride ends). The buses add fun and convenience to the ride. The Iowa/Nebraska bus is already near capacity and the Overland Park and Brookville buses are quickly filling.
We look forward to seeing you and your friends next month.
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