Lodging & Visitor information:

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


Pittsburg’s Little Balkans Days celebration is September 2nd-4th, 2016. 

Activities begin Saturday, while you're riding, and go 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.

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.


Ride starts at Pittsburg High School at 7AM. 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.

GPS - N37° 24.6493’, W094° 40.3841’

Ride Info:

Official start time is 7:00 a.m.

Why do we have an Official Start time and can I start early or late?

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.


September 2nd

5:30 AM – 7:00 AM

Pittsburg High School

1978 E. 4th Street


September 1st

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Tailwind Cyclists

16th & Broadway

2017 Gorilla Shirt Design

On-site registrants & spectators may purchase a surplus tee 
​for $10 while supplies last.

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, September 1st or Saturday, September 2nd (see times to the right).


There are three ways to register for the 2017 Gorilla Century.

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