Trans Am cyclists traveling in the area
The first participants in the Trans American Bike Race arrived in Kansas on Tuesday, with more cyclists expected to cross the state in the coming weeks.
Event cyclists enter Kansas from Colorado on the K-96 and pass through Leoti, Scott City, Rush Center, Larned, Reno County, Newton, Eureka, Chanute, Girard, and then Pittsburg.
The organization’s website showed that race leader Kraig Pauli, 54, of Milwaukie, Oregon, was heading east on a Butler County road late Tuesday night, after riding approximately 2,460 miles.
Second-place runner Evan Deutsch, 47, of Portland, Ore., Was in rural Pawnee County at 10 p.m.
Some 42 runners started the 4,300 mile race in Astoria, Oregon on June 6, and the website said 30 are still competing on Day 10.
Event runners generally travel individually rather than in groups.
Motorists are urged to watch cyclists and allow them sufficient space.
At least three runners in the race have been struck by Kansas motorists in the past two years.
State law requires at least 3 feet of space between a cyclist and a vehicle when passing, so drivers should pass like any other vehicle, only when it is safe to do so with sufficient space.
The Kansas Department of Transportation is also advising that other cycling events are also scheduled statewide this summer, and motorists are encouraged to exercise extra caution.
The Trans American Bike Race is an annual, self-funded ultra-distance cycling race that ends in Yorktown, Virginia.
This is not a stage race, which means that once the race has started, the timer will not stop until the runners reach the finish line. Now in their seventh year, every runner must strategically decide when to rest, ride and refuel.
The route uses the TransAmerica bike path, developed by the Adventure Cycling Association for the Bikecentennial event in 1976, which crosses 10 states.
For more information on the event, visit transambikerace.com.