Sunset and moonlight provide the backdrop for 2019 Lunar Kanza Featured

Riders pass Kahola Lake during the 2019 Lunar Kanza. Riders pass Kahola Lake during the 2019 Lunar Kanza. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The starry night and setting sun lit the way for cyclists during the Lunar Kanza Saturday night.

Around 500 cyclists of all skill levels turned out to the 800 block of Mechanic Street for the ride which got underway at 6 pm. The Lunar Kanza is a shorter more relaxed counterpart to the annual Dirty Kanza. Rather than being a 200-mile race, the Lunar Kanza is a 50-mile ride with no pressure of competition for the participants.

Riders came from near and far to take part in the evening's event including Isaac Ellis of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ellis took a moment from the evening's festivities to speak with KVOE News and discuss what got him involved in the activity of cycling.


Emporia resident and four-time Dirty Kanza and Lunar Kanza participant John Keosybounheaung says he enjoys the event for the atmosphere and the scenery. He says each time he has taken part in the event he has found himself stopping just to take in the sunset in the Flint Hills.


Throughout the route organizers and staff had placed numerous tokens for riders to pick up and exchange for prizes once they arrived back in Emporia. As spectators awaited the return of riders they were able to enjoy a free block party near the finish line at the 700 block of Mechanic. The party featured a beer garden from Mulready's Pub, several food vendors and live music from the DeWayn Brothers.

Photos by Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News 

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Last modified on Sunday, 14 July 2019 13:37