1. What is the purpose of this ride?
To promote fitness and “Bike Hays”, to promote the Volga German regional history and church architecture, to promote the award-winning food, beverage, and music industry of the area, to promote the downtown Hays business, galleries, and shops.
2. What is included in the registration fee?
Registered riders receive full support & sags on the ride, a t-shirt (if registered early), an authentic German meal, tickets for drinks (beer and/or Gella’s root beer), and the after-ride party.
3. Where does the ride start?
The ride starts at 10th and Main – an area will be designated on the West side of Main.
4. Where does the ride end?
The ride ends at Union Pacific Plaza on 10th and Main Streets of Hays, KS. We call this the “Downtown Pavilion”. The German meal and after-ride party will be held under the pavilion.
5. Where do I park?
We will have ample parking near the Registration tent - west of Main on 10th street.
6. What COVID safety precautions are being taken?
Masks are required at registration, the mass start of the ride until riders are spread out, and at the After-Ride Party. Masks are not required when actively riding, eating and drinking.
Servers will serve individual servings at SAGS and Lunch. Servers will be masked and gloved.
7. Are masks required as part of COVID Safety precautions?
Yes, masks are required at registration, the mass start (until riders are spread out), and at the Post-Ride Party when not actively eating and drinking.
8. What is the “Family Ride”? Is it suitable for children?
The “Family Ride” is an easy 3-mile ride that goes mainly on the bike path and through FHSU campus parking lots. It is suitable for children but if under 12, they must be accompanied by an adult. This is a guided ride.
9. What if I want to do more than the “3-mile Family Ride” but can’t make the 30 miles?
Is there an in-between? YES, after the Family Ride, is the “Fun Ride”. we will lead anyone that wants a few more miles on an easy, “no rider left behind” ride to Munjor and back, which is approximately 13 miles. Register for the “Fun Ride”.
10. What is the difference between the Fun Ride and Family Ride?
The Family Ride is a 3-mile low traffic route. The Fun Ride is a 13 mile no rider left behind ride to Munjor and back. Both rides are guided rides.
11. How difficult is the ride?
This ride offers anywhere from an easy, “no rider left behind” ride of approximately 13 miles (register for the “Fun Ride”) up to a century ride for those that want that much mileage. The supported lengths are 30, 50, & 62- mile routes. Any additional distances are self-supported. This is a ride, not a race. When area riders do the 62-mile route, we have 1296 ft. in elevation change. The wind in western KS can always be a factor!
12. Is there a gravel ride?
Yes – we are adding a gravel route this year! This is a self-supported ride. Sign up for “Ride 5, Gravel Course, 62 miles”
13. What about hills?
The ride goes through the rolling plains of Western Kansas. Elevation gain to Pfeifer is at about 700 feet, and to Catherine about 550 feet.
14. What if I have bike trouble or I need to quit the ride in between SAG stops?
We will have vehicle support to “sweep” the routes and a number to call if you need help or need to be picked up.
15. Is this good training for other rides?
Yes, riders will encounter hills, the Kansas wind, and have flat segments to ride training intervals if they want. If nothing else, the riders are getting base miles in for future and/or races.
16. How many people will be on this ride?
We are hoping for 100 riders. After canceling the ride last year, we are hoping for great participation this year! Each rider should have two water bottles, snacks, extra tube(s)/patch kit, multi-tool, and a small air pump. SAGS will also provide free snacks as part of your registration fee.
17. What about overnight accommodations?
Click on this link to find area hotels, B&B’s and Airbnb’s: www.visithays.com/111/Lodging
18. Can I buy a t-shirt or meal for some extra guests/family members that come along with me but are not registered to ride?
Yes, on the registration form, there is a place to order extra shirts and/or meals. Please fill out that portion of the registration form.
19. I am riding in the Family Ride, can I buy a t-shirt or meal for myself and my children?
Yes, on the registration form, there is a place to order extra shirts and/or meals. Please fill out that portion of the registration form. Please note: Thanks to the Hays Kiwanis and Hays Rotary clubs, shirts for the first 40 children, 12 and under, are FREE!