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Gorilla Century Ride

September 03 2022
Pittsburg, Kansas
Status: The date for the event has not yet been confirmed.

The Gorilla Century Bicycle Fun Ride has become a Pittsburg tradition held every year as part of the Little Balkans Festival events on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.  The Gorilla Century began in 2003 to celebrate Pittsburg State University's 100th anniversary.

As the ride has grown it's settled on starting at Pittsburg High School to accommodate the large number of riders with plenty of parking, indoor bathrooms and post-ride showers.

Riders can choose from 38, 62 or 100 mile paved routes or a 62 mile gravel route.

This course features mostly flat, fast roads rolling through Cherokee and Crawford Counties past local sights like the awe inspiring Big Brutus Coal Shovel (world's 3rd largest).The Gorilla Century Ride will be held on Saturday, Sept. 4, in Southeast Kansas.

There are four options — 38, 62 and 100 miles, as well as a 62-mile gravel route. All leave from Pittsburg High School at 7 a.m.

Roger Lomshek, of Tailwind Cyclists, said it is the flattest, fastest century ride in the region, “The flattest thing this side of a skating rink,” he said.

Gorilla Century shirts and jerseys will be available for sale while supplies last Friday and Saturday but someone always misses out.  

If you want one order it ahead of time to reserve yours!

Gorilla Century Bicycle Fun Ride

Routes: 38, 62 and 100 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Start Times / Itinerary

Pittsburg High School at 7 a.m.


The entry fee is $60 if you register before the ride, and $65 if you register on-site. 

Packet Pickups

Friday evening from 4 PM - 8 PM in Downtown Pittsburg

Pittsburg Farmer's Market, 11th & Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762

Downtown Pittsburg will be hopping Friday night!  You can pick up your rider packet or register for the ride then grab a bite at one of Pittsburg's downtown restaurants and watch Pittsburg's Drag The Gut car cruise starting at 7 PM!


Saturday morning from 5:30 AM - 7 AM at Pittsburg High School

Pittsburg High School 1978 E. 4th St, Pittsburg, KS 66762

Masks are required in the building.

Get there early to beat the crowd!  Everyone shows up at 6:30 AM and is amazed there's a line of people.  

Start Address: Pittsburg High School 1978 E. 4th St, Pittsburg, KS 66762
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