The public is invited to greet 850 cyclists as they arrive in Leavenworth on Saturday and wrap up a 522-mile journey across the state.
Leavenworth will be the final stop for this year's participants of the Biking Across Kansas program.

The public is invited to greet 850 cyclists as they arrive in Leavenworth on Saturday and wrap up a 522-mile journey across the state.

Leavenworth will be the final stop for this year's participants of the Biking Across Kansas program.

Various organizations are partnering for a celebration in downtown Leavenworth to welcome the riders. Brendan Sheehan, one of the organizers, said the event will last from 8 to 10 a.m.

"There will be a lot of cool stuff going on in those two hours," said Sheehan, owner of Santa Fe Trails Bicycle Shop.

The event will take place around the Riverfront Community Center and on Delaware Street between Third and Esplanade streets.

Sheehan said two blocks of Delaware Street will be closed to traffic for the event.

"We are going to have a stage in the street," he said.

He said there will be music and an announcer will greet riders as they arrive.

He said the first 250 spectators will be provided with cowbells they can use to cheer on the cyclists.

"We hope to have as many spectators as possible," he said.

Sheehan said he wants the cyclists to have a positive experience in Leavenworth.

He said cyclists from all over the United States as well as Germany are participating in Biking Across Kansas this year. In addition to the cyclists, support personnel and family members also will be stopping in Leavenworth on Saturday.

Various vendors will be on hand for the celebration. And some local merchants will be offering special deals the day of the event, according to Kristi Lee, manager of the Leavenworth Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The CVB is one of the organizations participating in the celebration.

This year's Biking Across Kansas journey began last week at the western end of the state. Since then, cyclists have been traveling east toward Leavenworth, according to the BAK website.

On Friday, the cyclists will stop for the night in Tonganoxie.

"They are starting in Tonganoxie Saturday morning and they are riding 20 miles to Leavenworth," Sheehan said.

Some of the riders likely will make their way to the city's boat ramp so they can dip the wheels of their bicycles into the Missouri River to signify the end of their journey across the state.

Sheehan is currently traveling with the cyclists, providing mechanic support to the riders.

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