JUNE 16, 2021 *** 4TH OF JULY ROUTE AND GPX FILE
Join us for our 4th of July ride at 9:00 AM from Hunter’s Ridge (46th street and highway 75 – behind the car wash). Alan Apel will lead a 30-mile ride (as seen below). The ride will be followed by a picnic in the parking lot. Riders and their guests are encouraged to bring their own food, drink, and chairs as we celebrate Independence Day together. You may also click on this link for a gpx file of the route to upload to your devices.
MAY 19, 2021 *** RIDE OF SILENCE
Ride of Silence – a world-wide event to honor people killed or injured while bicycling
Four Topeka organizations will stage a Ride of Silence to honor cyclists on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, starting at 6:00 p.m., rolling at 6:30 p.m. It will begin and end in the parking lot west of KTWU on the Washburn campus, 1700 SW College Avenue. There will be music by Kansas Territorial Pipes and Drums.
The Kaw Valley Bicycle Club and the Topeka Community Cycle Project have coordinated the 8th annual ride to be held in Topeka.
The Ride of Silence, now in its nineteenth year, will begin in North America and continue to roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a slow, silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roads. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often is not aware of that right, and is sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
It is a free ride, and cyclists ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. The ride is held during National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week, and aims to raise the awareness of motorists that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. For more information about the ride in general, see rideofsilence.com.
All cyclists are welcome. Cyclists should arrive at the start by 6:00 p.m. for instructions.
We are proud this year to announce that brief comments will be made by Bryan Wheeles about how the Topeka Police Department is working to provide a safe environment in Topeka for bicyclists and other road users to enjoy.
The cyclists will start riding promptly at 6:30 p.m. Helmets are required, and lights are strongly suggested. The 9.6 mile loop planned route will take the cyclists through downtown and into North Topeka, and circle back to the campus, often on Topeka bikeways. The ride will occur rain or shine.
In 2020, the 18th Ride of Silence, there were 458 events worldwide. Rides were staged in 47 States, 17 countries and 6 continents.
FEBRUARY 24, 2021 *** COTTONWOOD 200 UPDATE
We would like to announce that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Cottonwood 200 is cancelled for 2021. We would rather keep our riders and the communities we visit safe than take the risk of increasing infections. We do plan on the ride returning in 2022.
We also hope to be able to hold a 50th Anniversary Ride this fall for Kaw Valley Bicycle Club instead, so please stay safe and stay tuned.
FEBRUARY 21, 2021 *** NEW 50TH ANNIVERSARY KVBC JERSEY AVAILABLE FOR ORDER
We have a new 50th anniversary jersey and socks for sale now! The new merchandise was designed by Randy Breeden and will be manufactured and shipped by Primal Wear. The custom KVBC store will be open until March 10, 2021 with an estimated shipping date of April 30. The jersey and socks can be ordered here:
JANUARY 15, 2021 *** KVBC ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR FEBRUARY 20, 2021
SEPTEMBER 6, 2020 *** LABOR DAY RIDE ROUTE AVAILABLE
June 11, 2020 *** JULY 4TH RIDE ROUTE AVAILABLE
March 22, 2020 *** COVID-19 CANCELLATIONS
We regret to announce that the Capitol Classic and Cottonwood 200 have been canceled for 2020. Please read our full statement here.
May 31, 2019 *** NEW RIDER CALLOUT ON MAY 31
February 9, 2019 *** REGISTER FOR THE CAPITOL CLASSIC AND THE COTTONWOOD 200
Registration for the Cottonwood 200 is now open! Registration for the Capitol Classic will open on February 10. See below for more information.
Register now for the 2019 Cottonwood 200 at cottonwood200.org.
Registration for the 2019 Capitol Classic will open on February 10. Click here for registration options and information.
November 8, 2018 *** DESIGN THE NEW CLUB JERSEY!
Yes, it’s a design contest for the next club jersey.
The winner receives a free membership for the coming year and a free jersey with the new design – plus bragging rights!!!
We all love the current jersey but it’s time for a new look. Heck it’s almost 2020!
Hmm. . . . . CW 200, the year 2020 …. who knows? Let your creative juices flow! Put your design mojo to the test.
Send your design ideas to Angie Shelton at email@example.com.
Final entry date is December 31, 2018. The winning design will be announced at the KVBC Annual Meeting in February 2019.
February 7, 2018 *** 2018 CAPITOL CLASSIC REGISTRATION OPEN
Registration for the 2018 Capitol Classic is now open! The ride will take place on May 6, 2018.
Register and find out more information about the ride here: Capitol Classic.
January 1, 2018 *** 2018 COTTONWOOD 200 REGISTRATION OPEN
Registration for the 2018 Cottonwood 200 is now open! The ride will take place May 26-28, 2018.
Register and find more information about the ride here:
AUGUST 29, 2017 **** LABOR DAY RIDE MAPS NOW AVAILABLE
Click on the links below for maps of the two routes in PDF format:
The maps are also available in GPX format (to download to your devices) here:
AUGUST 22, 2017 **** LABOR DAY RIDE & PICNIC TO BE HELD MONDAY SEPTEMBER 4TH
KVBC will again host its annual Labor Ride & Picnic! This year we will begin the ride at Tinman Circle at Lake Shawnee at 9:00 am on Monday, September 4th. Riders will have the option of two 21-mile routes (one north, one south). You can ride one for 21 miles or both for 42. Maps will be provided. Alan Apel will again be leading the ride and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will have a SAG and after-ride picnic at Shelter House #4 at Tinman (click here for a map), so please stick around! KVBC will provide burgers, brats, veggie burgers, potato salad, and baked beans. Riders are encouraged to bring their own drinks (including any alcoholic beverages) + any additional sides or desserts they desire.
The Shelter House does have shaded tables, but riders and guests might also prefer to bring their own chairs.
Hope to see you there!
JUNE 27, 2017 **** BRUCE WHALEY SPIRIT RIDE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
You may now register for the Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride to be held on September 9th. Click here to download the registration form. Mail your completed form and check to: Jenny Godfrey-Smith, 7016 SW 19th, Topeka, KS 66615. Questions can be emailed to Barb Whaley at email@example.com.
More information about the history and mission of the ride can be found here.
MAY 7, 2017 **** CAPITOL CLASSIC PHOTOS
Thanks for a wonderful Capitol Classic this year! We would especially like to thank Kevin Rice, who completed his final year as the Ride Director, in addition to all the dedicated volunteers. Now it’s time to get ready for the Cottonwood 200!
APRIL 25, 2017 **** CAPITOL CLASSIC ROUTE MAPS AVAILABLE
Update! Please click below for maps of the four routes on the Capitol Classic.
APRIL 19, 2017 **** NEW LEADERSHIP ON THE PIZAGEL’S RIDE
The weekly rides at KVBC are getting stronger every year. Last winter Lynn Cress started the Blackbird Midday Ride, and this spring Mark Kossler began leading his Tuesday Training Rides. We have a new change to announce as well for an old ride. Doug Burris has decided to step down as ride leader for the Friday Pizagel’s Ride. We are happy to announce that the ride will continue with Alice Blecha and Steve Henry as ride leaders, and it’s beginning this Friday, April 21! Alice and Steve are keeping it as a casual, social, beginner ride on the trails (about 15 miles). The average pace will be about 10-12 mph. Come and join us if you’re free! Participants usually conclude the ride with dinner at Pizagel’s. The ride begins at 6:15 pm in the parking lot behind Pizagel’s. And of course, please join us on all our other great rides! See you on the ride.
APRIL 7, 2017 **** TUESDAY TRAINING RIDES
KVBC would like to announce that we are introducing a new weekly ride on Tuesday evenings! Ready to learn how to ride faster, how to draft in a group, and how to compete in longer (60, 75, 100 mile) rides? Then join us at 6:10 pm starting April 11 from the 37th & Wanamaker Walgreens for the Tuesday Training Rides. This will be a faster-paced ride (16+ mph average) and slower riders may be dropped. However, initial routes will be an out-and-back and riders can rejoin on the return leg. Ride distance will start at 18-20 miles and lengthen as daylight increases. More information can be found at kvbc.org/rides. We hope you will join us!
FEBRUARY 16, 2017 **** ST. PATRICK’S PARADE MARCH 11
Save the date on March 11 for the St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Topeka! KVBC will once again be riding our bikes in the parade and invite anyone (walkers or bikers) to join us! Staging begins at 10 am at 1st and Kansas, and the parade will begin at noon. We encourage you to wear your green, decorate your bikes, bring lots of candy for the parade watchers, and (if you like) a donation to support Life House, a child advocacy center. See you there!
FEBRUARY 1, 2017 **** CAPITOL CLASSIC REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE
JANUARY 4, 2017 **** KVBC ANNUAL MEETING ON JANUARY 28TH
Come join KVBC for our Annual Meeting! This year we’ll be meeting at the Burger Stand (click here for a map) on January 28th at 6:00 pm. We’ll have elections for the 2017 Board and many prizes to give away. Show up early at 5:00 pm if you want to watch the KU game. We’ll see you there!
JANUARY 1, 2017 **** COTTONWOOD 200 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration for the 2017 Cottonwood 200 is now available! Go to cottonwood200.org to sign up today.
OCTOBER 29, 2016 **** ANNOUNCING A NEW WEEKLY KVBC RIDE — THE BLACKBIRD MIDDAY RIDE
KVBC would like to announce that we are adding a new weekly ride to our calendar! On October 22nd Lynn Cress began leading the Blackbird Midday Ride, to be held every Saturday afternoon at 2 pm. The ride is no drop and the pace is slow to moderate. We hope to see you there! For more information, see our weekly ride page at https://kvbc.org/rides/. Lynn will also be posting weekly details on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kawvalley. Hope to see you there!
SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 **** LABOR DAY RIDE & COOKOUT PHOTOS
Thanks for joining us today on the Labor Day Ride & Cookout! We would like to give special thanks to Alan Apel for organizing the ride and hosting the cookout, and to Lea Ann Curtis for baking homemade brownies, cinnamon rolls, and giving us a SAG at Tinman Circle. Here are a few photos from the ride.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 **** LABOR DAY RIDE & COOKOUT ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Labor Day Ride & Cookout
When: September 5th – 9:00am Start
Start/Finish: 1328 SW 30th St
What: 43 mile Bicycle Ride
Join us for the Labor Day Ride & Cookout! Bring something to throw on the grill, a dish or chips to pass around, and your favorite adult beverages. Outdoor lounge chairs are recommended. Relax and have a nice lunch after the ride. Riders and their guests are all welcome at the cookout.
View the route map here: Labor Day Route Map. There will be a SAG stop with restrooms at Lake Shawnee. For questions contact Alan Apel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you there!
AUGUST 28, 2016 **** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TOPEKA BIKE/PEDESTRIAN COUNTS
The City of Topeka needs volunteers for:
Counts will be held on:
Sept. 14 – 10 a.m. to Noon & 5 to 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Noon to 2 p.m.
At least 14 locations need volunteers for EACH shift, totaling about 40 and 50 volunteers. You can sign up for more than one shift.
Data collected on bicycling and walking will assist City Leaders with estimating usage and demand for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Counts will also be used to track the city’s progress on increasing the use of non-motorized transportation, strengthen grant applications to leverage additional federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects, evaluate existing projects, and help determine the location of future investments.
New volunteers will need to attend a short training session prior to their scheduled count day.
If you participated last year, you do not need to attend a training session.
Training and Informational Sessions:
Cyrus K. Holliday Building, 620 SE Madison
Holliday Conference Room
Tuesday, September 6th, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday , September 7th, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sign up today at:
City of Topeka
AUGUST 15, 2016 **** EARLY REGISTRATION FOR THE BRUCE WHALEY SPIRIT RIDE ENDS AUGUST 17TH
There are only two more days to take advantage of the early registration fee for the Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride. Sign up soon and join us for this worthy ride that helps to support leukemia and lymphoma patient financial aid care in the Topeka area. We’ll see you August 27th for the ride! Register at: Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride.
AUGUST 9, 2016 **** ROUTE FOR LABOR DAY RIDE & COOKOUT NOW AVAILABLE
The Labor Day Ride & Cookout on September 5 will begin at 9:00 am. Riders will begin and end the ride at 1328 SW 30th Street in Topeka. We will ride 43 miles and then finish with a cookout at Alan Apel’s home. Feel free to bring something to throw on the grill, a side dish, or a drink! Outdoor lounge chairs are also recommended. See below for a map of the route. You can also view the map here: Labor Day Route Map. There will be a SAG stop with restrooms at Lake Shawnee.
Questions can be emailed to Alan Apel at email@example.com. We hope to see you there!