50th Anniversary Ride

SEPTEMBER 13 UPDATE: Maps are now available! Click below to see the maps, cue sheets, and gpx files for the routes on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19. The routes will be marked and we will have printed maps available at the ride.

September 18 Maps

Route 1 – Silver Lake, 31 Miles
Map    Cue Sheet    GPX File

Route 2 – Meriden, 23 Miles
Map    Cue Sheet    GPX File

September 19 Maps

Route 1 – Gage and Tecumseh Park, 31 Miles
Map    Cue Sheet    GPX File

Route 2 – Tecumseh Park, 21 Miles
Map    Cue Sheet    GPX File

AUGUST 18 UPDATE: Please see the Covid-19 Protocols we will have in place for the riders and volunteers here.

Located in Topeka, Kansas, Kaw Valley Bicycle Club was founded in 1971. We are a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote a general interest in bicycling for all types of cyclists—tourists, racers, commuters, and casual riders. The club takes its name from the Kansas or “Kaw” River flowing through Topeka.

Every year KVBC puts on three major rides: the Cottonwood 200 and Capitol Classic in May, and the Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride, a charity memorial ride to benefit the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, in September. While these three rides have been put on hold this year due to COVID-19, we will be hosting a ride to celebrate our 50th anniversary as a club September 18-19, and we invite you to celebrate with us!

The ride will begin and end in Topeka both days with various routes for riders to choose from as we travel through the beautiful landscapes of northeastern Kansas. On both days you will have the option to ride either 50 km (31 miles) or 2 combined loops totaling 50 miles. All routes are on paved roads and will be fully supported with SAGs and restrooms.

Helmets are required on all KVBC-sponsored rides.


September 18 Start: 8:00 am at the Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center, Shelter #1

September 19 Start: 8:00 am at Lake Shawnee, Shelter #1


Early registration will open June 15 and close on September 10 at 11:59 PM. After September 10 we will have the following fees for regular registration.

Regular Registration Fees – All Riders

Single-day Registration – $40

Full-event Registration – $55


Online Registration

Click on the BikeReg logo below to register online (or click here).


Online registration will be open until September 17 at 11:59 PM (central time).

Print Registration

Click here to download a print registration form:  50th Anniversary Ride Print Registration

Complete the form and mail with your ride fee postmarked by September 1 to: Kaw Valley Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 4474, Topeka, KS 66604. If you plan to order a t-shirt, your registration form must arrive by August 18. After September 1 you can register online or the morning of the ride.

There are no refunds after September 1, 2021.


T-shirts were available for pre-order until August 18. Although the pre-order window has closed, there will be a limited number of commemorative t-shirts, socks, and patches available for purchase the day of the ride. The price is $15 per shirt. Sizes 2XL and above are an additional $2. Socks are $10 and patches are $5.

Adult Size Chart





Maps will be available in early September, so look for an announcement on the club website and the KVBC Facebook page.


Topeka has many hotel options for riders. However, if you’re interested in camping, check out this list of camping options.


If you have further questions about the ride, please email us at kvbctopeka@yahoo.com.