Bicycling in the Chase County Flint Hills can be a fantastic experience for avid cyclists. Wide open vistas, hundreds of miles of gravel and low maintenance roads, and less than 4 people per square mile. Expect wildlife ranging from the simple Skink to the majestic American Bald Eagle.
Beware however, the Flint Hills is not an “easy” ride. Some roads have very large rocks which can be difficult for some riders and bicycles. There are many rolling hills that can offer challenges to any cyclist. In addition, the weather can be extreme and quickly severe during certain times of the year. We recommend that cyclists ride a Cyclo-cross or Mountain Bike. Proper protection such as helmets, gloves, and extra tubes are a must for anyone venturing off into the Flint Hills. Also take plenty of food and water as there are very few places in which to restock those items.
Prepare yourself; the sunsets are breath taking.
A safe way to experience the Flint Hills for the first time are group rides that leave from High Gear Bike Shop in nearby Emporia. They can provide valuable information, supplies and equipment, and ride times.
If you’re a hardcore cyclist looking for a real challenge, try the world famous Unbound Gravel bike race. Formally known as, the “DK”, begins and ends in Emporia, Kansas and is an all gravel road race that covers 200 miles of the Flint Hills in a single day! It has become the premier gravel grinder race in the world hosting racers from 47 states and 6 countries, totaling over 1200 racers for 2014. Truly an event to experience! Renamed in 2021 to Unbound Gravel Race.
Enjoy your time in Chase County on your bike as you ride alongside the best that Kansas has to offer in wide open spaces and unspoiled nature.