Outdoor rides at 6:30 PM! Tue and Thu road rides. Wed mountain bike rides.

USA Cycling Permit #2018-1875

Smooth roads where possible and plenty of SAG's.  Still the flattest, fastest century of the year rolling through Cherokee and Crawford Counties past sights like the awe inspiring Big Brutus Coal Shovel (world's 3rd largest).

Choose from 38, 62 or 100 mile (approx.) ride options.

Pre-registering helps us have plenty of food so please sign up ahead of time if you can.

2018 Gorilla Century Fun Ride


There are three ways to register for the 2018 Gorilla Century.

Registration is $40 in advance or $45 the day of the ride. 

Option 1:

Register online

Online registration is a great way to avoid the lines on the event day. No paperwork and no wasted time.

Option 2:

Register by Mail

If mailing in registration, be sure to provide a separate waiver and entry form for each participant. You can mail more than one set of forms in one envelope. Pre-registration must be mailed by August 21st. Register early to guarantee you get a ride shirt! 

Option 3:

On-site Registration

You can REGISTER ON-SITE Friday, August 31st or Saturday, September 1st (see times below). 

If registering on-site, help eliminate the long lines and save lots of time by bringing an already completed & signed entry form & waiver (we need both). Use the link above.

Packet Pickup: 

​NOTE: We must have an E-waiver (online registration) or a signed paper waiver for you to pick up your ride packet.  ​

If you are pre-registered, pick up your packet & event shirt Friday, August 31st or Saturday, September 1st.

Friday        Saturday

August 31st                                September 1st

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM               5:30 AM – 7:00 AM

Tailwind Cyclists                      Pittsburg High School

16th & Broadway                      1978 E. 4th Street

Link to Local Lodging & Events


Ride starts at Pittsburg High School. PHS is located on the east end of Pittsburg on Hwy 126 (4th ST).

Registration is inside the main building.

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

Ride Info:

Official start time is 7:00 a.m. Showers available until 6:00 p.m. Full service rest stops every 10-15 miles. Maps will be provided at registration. There will be a marked “Bail Out” option at approximately 70 miles that is mandatory after 2:00 p.m. (10 mph average speed) and knocks off 20 miles. Please bring at least one water bottle & flat repair gear. 


Ride description:

Mostly flat with a few hills meandering through numerous small towns in Crawford & Cherokee counties. Route also visits the Big Brutus coal shovel historic landmark. Plenty of SAG’s & low traffic roads keep the fun factor high.


Post ride showers, real toilets and plenty of parking will make your before & after ride stress free. Well stocked, fun-themed SAG stops every 15 miles (or less) ensure a fine dining experience.

Lodging & Visitor information:

Pittsburg and the surrounding area has lots of great hotels and restaurants to choose from. Find them and all kinds of info at the Crawford County Convention and Visitor's Bureau.


Pittsburg’s Little Balkans Days celebration is August 31st - September 2nd, 2018. Activities begin Friday evening, go all day Saturday, and well into the evening when you can join the action for the downtown street dances & carnival. Friends and family can enjoy the live music, train rides, carnival rides, arts & crafts vendors, and a car show which are just a few of the Saturday activities with lots more Sunday.A full list of festival activities & times, as well as history of this event are available at littlebalkans.com or at their Facebook page.

Drive time:

Approximate drive time to Pittsburg (if you drive the speed limit) from:KC-2 hours, Springfield-2 hours, Wichita-3 hours, Topeka 3.5 hours, Tulsa-2 hours, Fayetteville-2.5 hours.

Ride Maps (Coming Soon)