Cycling in Winfield


We know we’re biased, but we also know it’s fact that Winfield’s surrounding countryside has some of THE best gravel cycling in the state.  From the Flint Hills with scenic vistas to the Arkansas River Lowlands with more than a dozen stone arch bridges, the scenery is breathtaking, and routes range from beginner to advanced.

Plan a trip to Winfield and bring your bike!

Gravel Cycling Routes near Winfield

More Gravel Routes


Winfield is also home to the Elrod’s Cirque Bike Race every May. 

Elrod’s Cirque is a self-supported gravel course through the Flint Hills in south central Kansas. Riders will begin in beautiful downtown Winfield before enjoying backcountry gravel roads throughout the southern Flint Hills. We suggest taking a moment to appreciate the historic stone bridges and beautiful scenery throughout Cowley County.

The 100 mile course is the crown jewel of Elrod’s Cirque, taking riders through the far reaches of Cowley County. Featuring over 4,000 ft of climbing this course is as rugged as it is beautiful. In 2023 we’re offering a 150 mile adventure to commemorate Winfield’s 150th Birthday! The brave souls that sign up for this are certain to have a day they won’t soon forget.

If that sounds like a bit too much fun, there are also a 50, 25 and 12 mile options. The 50 mile course can be fast or make a day of it and ride to enjoy the sights. E-bikes are welcome on the 50 mile course.

The 25 mile option will travel over mostly well groomed gravel roads with a couple hills for good measure. The 12 mile course will stick to mostly pavement and keep away from major inclines. Both of these rides are suitable for e-bikes, beginners, families and anyone else who’s looking for a great excuse to get outside.

Riders will all start in downtown Winfield before venturing through the best roads in Cowley Co. Riders in the 12, 25 and 50 mile course will have snacks and hydration provided at the turn-around point. Those riding in the 100 mile race will have at minimum two SAG stops. The 150 mile course is an adventure, please bring cash to resupply at convenience stores. In the event of abnormally hot weather extra hydration stops will be added to the course.

Bring your lawn chair to relax after the ride! We’ll have food trucks and alcohol available on site but you’re welcome to bring your own food and drink.

Elrod’s Cirque Registration


Winfield is also proud of its growing cycling culture in town.  With the addition of Sharrows on main streets, colorful bike racks throughout downtown, and mapped bike boulevards, we welcome bike transportation throughout town.


Bike Boulevard Map