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Insights, updates, and stories for those who believe, like we do, that life is better outdoors.

Sunflower Outdoor & Bike 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

Whether you're shopping for the cyclist who has everything, the camper who takes as little as possible, or the people in your life who just believe life is better when you spend as much time as possible outdoors, you'll find a Sunflower-staffer-recommended option that fits the bill in this list. 

Life Is Better Outdoors Photo Contest Winners

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2023 Sunflower Photo Contest. We want to give a huge shout out to the Sunflower community that came through with the best photos and stories of celebrating life outdoors. Explore the 16 winning images that capture the spirit of exploring and appreciating the great outdoors.

Sunflower’s Car Camping Checklist

Sunflower turned to our Outdoor Shop team to compile this go-to list of items to own and pack to make car camping a success, whether on your own, with friends, or alongside family.

Sunflower in the Wild, le Tour de France Edition

Last month, Sunflower’s Bike Shop Manager Paul Heimbach traveled with his partner, Laura, to Europe. His trip included many fabulous stops and sights, but we were most jealous of his day spent watching the 21st and final stage of this year's Tour de France on July 23. The Tour traditionally closes with a final sprint stage featuring eight laps of the iconic Champs-Élysées. Pull up a seat and relive this exciting day, as told through the eyes and ears of our very own Paul.

2023 Sunflower Photo Contest

Here at Sunflower, we like to say life is better outdoors — and we really mean it. Outdoor recreation can look many different ways, and we invite you to share with us what that means to you by capturing your favorite outdoor moments for Sunflower’s 2023 photo contest. The theme this year, Life Is Better Outdoors, inspires us to showcase the best of what nature has to offer, both the vibes and for self-propelled adventures.

Positivity, Power, and Perseverance — The Three Ps of P-Bitty

With a combined 16 Unbound 200 finishes between them, Sunflower staffer Dan Hughes and his fiancée Sunflower Ambassador Paulina Batiz decided to shake things up. So they competed on a tandem bike. Read Dan's full race recap on how the duo became the first tandem team to cross the finish line at this year's Unbound 200.

Tales from the Saddle: Hannah's Unbound Race Report

Sunflower Ambassador Hannah Glatter shares how she conquered Unbound 2023 by adapting to the chaos, finding comfort in her preparation, and embracing the unexpected.

Gravel Memories Mulled and Made

The dust and mud have settled on Unbound 2023, and we're so excited to have played a role in this year's lead-up to the biggest gravel goings-on. What began as a small race of 34 people in a parking lot in central Kansas has now become a week-long celebration of all things gravel. Read Sunflower's recap of the journey to Unbound 2023 and get the race day highlights.

Growing the Community of Youth Cycling with Kansas NICA

We sat down with the League Director of Kansas NICA, Dallas McCarter, to find out more about how to be a part of Kansas NICA and what it looks like to join one of the teams across the state, including our own Sunflower Devo team.

A 2023 Guide to Epic Endurance Cycling Events

Whether you’ve opened the email confirming you’re bound for the Unbound 200, the 10,000-foot starting line for the Leadville 100, or another epic cycling event, you’ll find information on how to get ready here. Dan Hughes has crossed the finish line at some of the most challenging cycling events in the country, and now his hard-earned insights can now be used to your advantage in this guide we've dubbed the Dan Hughes How-Tos. 

Sunflower Outdoor & Bike 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Here at the shop, we're self-proclaimed nerds. We use the word "nerd" with great affection, because when it comes time to plan your next adventure or find a gift to support someone else's big plans, our nerds will get you set. From bikes to backpacks, clothing to car racks, trail running to tent camping, and everything in between, we've got the gear and friendly advice to ensure a great experience in the great outdoors for you and those on your holiday gift lists.

Sharing the Love of Cycling Through the Steve Tilford Foundation

We love sharing the enjoyment of riding and the pride that comes with giving it your all on the race course with the next generation. Two ways we support youth cycling: Helping found both the Kansas Interscholastic Cycling League (Kansas NICA) and the Steve Tilford Foundation. 

Come to the G. Love & Special Sauce Street Concert!

Sunflower is stoked to present G. Love & Special Sauce for a street concert at 8th & Mass. on the Capitol Federal stage on Friday, Oct. 14, as a fundraiser for the Steve Tilford Foundation as kick-off to the Belgian Waffle Ride weekend! Get info on how to get free tickets to join us for a fun night and raise money for a good cause!

Take on the 2022 Belgian Waffle Ride Kansas

Sunflower Outdoor is the proud host for the 2nd annual Belgian Waffle Ride (aka. BWR) in Kansas! The fourth and final event in the Quadruple Crown of Gravel and the gravel season, this year’s event is back with a new (longer) course with exciting surprise additions. 

Sunflower Again Named One of the Best

For a seventh year in a row, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop has been named as one of America’s Best Bike Shops by the National Bicycle Dealer’s Association.