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Bike Across Kansas participants battle pouring rain to achieve goal

Curtis Waite of Leavenworth, 69, rode the entire route from Spearville to Ellinwood on Monday during the downpour at his fifth Bike Across Kansas trip. There are 900 riders this year, ranging in age from six to 88, coming from as far away as Australia to ride. Quite a few came from California, C...

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LLINWOOD — Bike Across Kansas became an Extreme Sport on Monday when participants faced four inches of pouring rain that some said felt like hail scouring the face, semi’s blasting water from both lanes of traffic, slippery railroad tracks, falls, cold, and head winds, all to be able to say, “I did it.”
BAK usually means searing heat and winds and in the best of circumstances, is not for the faint of heart as bikers ride across the state in a week. This year, total mileage was 555.
For those that rode the entire 80 mile Spearville to Ellinwood route ...


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