Over 800 bicyclists stop in Holton for 'Biking Across Kansas' ride

HOLTON, Kan. (WIBW) - Hundreds and hundreds of bicyclists from around the country set up camp in Holton Friday night.

They're resting after traveling all the way from the Colorado border.

This is the 45th year bikers have pedaled across the sunflower state for the 'Biking Across Kansas' ride.

"There's about 825 people ... from Wisconsin and Virginia and Vermont and New Mexico and all, pretty much every state I think is represented which is incredible," said Taylor Keller, a rider from Kansas.

Everyone rides for a reason, and Keller's reason is his sister with type one diabetes.

"It's all about raising awareness," he said.

He rides with Team Schnack - they raise money to fight juvenile diabetes.

"Just showing that we are supporting those people just as much as they are needing to be supported, and having a fun time while doing it," Keller said.

The bikers started at the Colorado border a few days ago.

"And then we rode from Goodland to Colby and Colby to Hill City and Hill City to Hayes and just kinda going all the way and we'll end up in Atchison, Kansas," Keller said.

It's a tiring ride with some challenging Kansas terrain.

"Today all I was thinking about is, 'We're gonna go down this hill and there's another hill on the other side that's higher than this one, isn't that fun?'" said fellow rider Bruce Rowe.

"You just have to make it from sun-up to sun-down," Keller said.

As bikers planted their stakes and set up camp at Holton High School - the town square down the street welcomed the crowd with a block party.

"It's an amazing experience, and so whether you think you can or think you can't, you can make it across Kansas, it just takes a team of 825 to do it," Keller said.