Come to Lawrence October 6-7, 2018, to join the Lawrence Bicycle Club and hundreds of other cyclists for the 49th Octoginta, a Midwest fall classic.  This end-of-season ride includes SAGs and support that combine with lovely fall foliage for a ride you’ll never forget.

Routes available below.

Weather-related questions:  Update 6 a.m. 10/7/2018 – Octoginta has been cancelled due to hazardous weather conditions. The weather is not what we ordered, and we’re sorry to have to cancel, but rider safety is paramount.  We don’t want cyclists or volunteers out in a thunderstorm.  We will mail t-shirts to their purchasers.  We hope you’ll come ride with us in 2019 for Octoginta 50.

The Tour de County ride scheduled for Saturday  10/6/2018 is cancelled due to weather.  Rider check-in and t-shirt pickup will still be available in South Park 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. And it looks like we might get a break in the weather for the swap meet – if so, come on down!

As of 10/5/2018, the weather forecast is calling for rain and possibly thunderstorms.  We hope the forecast changes by Sunday (hey, it’s Kansas — the weather can change on a dime!), but if circumstances dictate, events are subject to postponement or cancellation, and there are no refunds because of bad weather.  All announcements will be made on Sunday at South Park, on our Facebook page and via Twitter, and at on the Octoginta page of our website. We will make any weather-related announcements regarding Octoginta by 6 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Weather-related announcements about Tour de County will be made by 6 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Don’t miss these cycling or cycling-related events when you’re in town:
  • Saturday morning ride, Tour de County, to start off your Octo weekend, and swap meet on Saturday afternoon.  See details below.
  • Rolling Revolution: How Bicycles Changed Lawrence, Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts.   Watkins is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.  Exhibit ends October 13.
  • CANCELLED — “Rolling Revolutions at Free State Brewing” — live music and food from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Free State Brewery’s bottling facility, 1927 Moodie Rd., adjacent to the Lawrence Loop bike path.  Event will include an open house at the production facility, free bike valet parking, food trucks, and beer for sale.  More details as we have them.


Online registration is closed.  On-site registration available on Saturday, Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m – 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 7 prior to the ride.  See details below.  T-shirts may be available day of ride for $25 on a first-come, first-served basis.  This year’s shirt is a performance fabric, comes in men’s and women’s sizes, and has the LBC logo on the back.

Your ride registration includes

  • Marked routes
  • Roving support vehicle for assistance when required
  • SAG stops every 10-20 miles with water, fruit, and snacks
  • Breakfast at SAG 1 staffed by Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop – scrambled eggs, french toast, orange juice, coffee – the works!
  • Mechanical support provided by Cycle Works bike shop
  • Lunch at the end of the ride, including soup, sandwiches, and — you guessed it! — beer!

Schedule of events

Saturday, October 6

8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Rider check-in and on-site registration all day Saturday at the South Park gazebo, 1198 Massachusetts St.  Beat the Sunday morning rush!

9:30 a.m. Tour de County

This 30-mile round-trip ride through pastoral Douglas County departs from South Park at 11th and Massachusetts Street, with a SAG at the halfway point. Ride day registration begins at 8:30 a.m., or register online.  Fee:  $5.

1-3 p.m. Swap Meet

Looking for something? Want to get rid of something, but don’t want to throw it away? Come enjoy the festivities at South Park at 11th and Massachusetts Street.

Sunday, October 7

7 a.m. – Ride-day rider check-in and registration

The mass start is at 8:30 a.m. at South Park at 11th and Massachusetts Street.  As in past years, route options will include the full 80-mile tour through northeast Kansas as well as a shorter route, around 45 miles.  Lunch will be served following the ride at South Park.


Questions?  Email ask-lbc@lists.lawrencebicycleclub.org.

Want to see how much fun riders had last year?  Check out photos from the 2017 ride.

All events are subject to postponement or cancellation. There are no refunds because of bad weather. All announcements will be made on Sunday at South Park, on our Facebook page, and at lawrencebicycleclub.org.

Thanks to our sponsors!