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20 Miles - LCSB/ USD 252 Veterans Honor Flight Freedom Ride
(SGT Timmerman Ride)
Virtual Ride:  11 SEP through 11 NOV
On-Site Event:  4 NOV

Named in honor of Emporia and medal of honor recipient Grant Timmerman,  this ride is for everyone!   This is not a race but a ride through the South Lyon County countryside!  Route is over the gravel and dirt-packed roads on the leading edge of the Flint Hills. 


Emporia Freedom Fest is honored to support and partner with the students and faculty/staff at USD 252 Southern Lyon County.  Annually students provide priceless memories and opportunities for over a dozen veterans from past conflicts to visit our Nations Capitol.   EFF is proud to host this ride to provide financial support for the Honor Flight Program

USD 252 South Lyon County Veterans Honor Flight Ride (Route Map)
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53 Mile Merchant Cycles / NLCVM Freedom Ride
(Eisenhower Ride)
Virtual Ride:  11 SEP through 11 NOV
On-Site Event:  4 NOV

For the rider needing a greater length and challenge, this ride explores more of the Flint Hills in North Lyon County.  This event is named after former President, General and citizen of Kansas -Dwight D. Eisenhower.

For the first time our route will take us North through Emporia towards the tiny town of Bushong.  In Bushong you will find a homegrown and hand built North Lyon County Veterans Memorial.  This memorial is a work in progress and truly is inspiring to all who view it.  Your ride also helps support the North Lyon County Veterans Memorial (NLCVM) committee's efforts to finish this Memorial Park. This route was designed by Discover Gravel, LLC. 

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Event Sponsor: Merchant CYCLes

Formerly called Gravel City Adventure & Supply Co.

"Building adventure at a time."

Our mission is to build community on and off the bike through outdoor exploration and adventure. Since 2017 we have specialized in gravel/off-road bikes, bikepacking accessories, equipment maintenance, education, and event promotion. We are the Northeast Kansas one stop shop for everything you need for gravel and bikepacking exploration. From racing to wandering the backroads and trails we have it all. Located in the gravel capital of the world (Emporia, KS), we aim to supply, embody and encourage pushing oneself to immerse in nature, allowing you to find confidence in getting lost on your bike and make an adventure of it.

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