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Sunflower Events for the Self-Propelled

In-store and outdoor events celebrating life outdoors.


Take your adventure all the way by joining us at one of our upcoming events! Sunflower hosts a variety of events designed to give you a great experience in the great outdoors — or help your next one be even better. From educational events, like our bike repair clinics, to community events, like being the launching pad for weekly group bike rides, we have something fun for people of all ages and abilities. We look forward to being your host as you learn something new, find your community, and start living a better life outdoors. 

Check out our event calendar below to see what’s coming up. We add to it regularly. (Click the plus sign at the bottom of the calendar to add our events calendar to yours so you never miss one.)

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Events Calendar

Ongoing Events

Sunday Chug: Gravel Ride — Check Instagram for Weekly Details 

Group gravel ride typically starts at 8:30. The Chug often has an early or late start option depending on the season or weather. No riders left behind before the first pit stop — water, coffee,  gels, and quick bike service (if needed) provided by Sunflower. Get a complimentary bike wash at the shop after the ride while you refuel in the Sunflower Cafe! Weekly ride info on Instagram: @thesundaychug; and Strava: The Sunday Chug.

Monday Mingle: Beginner's Ride (Paused until warmer weather)

Beginner's Ride on Mondays at 6 p.m. All skill levels welcome; no riders left behind. 

Velas Ride: Women's Ride (Paused until warmer weather)

Women's ride on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Typically two distance options; all skill levels welcome. Weekly ride info on Instagram: @wearevelas; more contact info at We Are Velas website.

COMING SOON...

Sunflower Wellness Studio — Spring 2023

We’re gearing up to fully support your love of the outdoors with more indoor activities, focusing on your flexibility, strength, mental well-being, and more. Construction continues on the second floor as we shape a wellness space designed for yoga, meditation, Pilates, and other classes crafted for the self-propelled. This long-term vision is physically taking shape at the shop, and we’re excited to share more about the future Sunflower Wellness Studio in the coming weeks. To preview class offerings, instructor bios, pricing, and more, explore OmTree Shala's website

Featured Annual Events

Belgian Waffle Ride: Kansas

October 13-15, 2023 

We are proud to host the 3rd annual Belgian Waffle Ride (aka. BWR) in Kansas! One of the events in the Quadruple Crown of Gravel and one of the premier events of the gravel season, this year’s event is back and better than ever. All of the three event distances include rolling gravel hills, a cyclocross course through the Snake Farm, water crossings, and a bit of single-track to surprise and delight all riders. Race proceeds benefit the Steve Tilford Foundation, whose mission is to help young people of all backgrounds find and chase their passion through the sport of cycling by promoting education, mentorship, and access to quality cycling opportunities. Click here to learn more and register. 

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

September; Liberty Hall

Each year, the Banff Mountain Film Festival presents the most creative and inspiring examples of outdoor adventure filmmaking from around the world. The Banff Mountain Film Festival, a presentation of The Banff Centre (of Banff, Canada) was originally started in 1976 and featured 10 films with just 450 people in attendance. The festival’s film selections are the award-winning selections from the screening and judging held at The Banff Centre. The annual Lawrence film festival screening has regularly been a sold-out event, attracting more than 1,200 attendees. Sunflower hosts the film festival in an action-packed weekend at Liberty Hall, with half of the films being screened on Friday and the other half on Saturday. Stay tuned for details for our 2023 event. 

Annual Sidewalk Sale 

September

Every year, downtown Lawrence businesses welcome the community on a Saturday morning for the annual Sidewalk Sale. Make Sunflower your stop for all things bikes, outdoor clothing, and accessories. Refuel at the Sunflower Cafe with our full-service coffee and bar menu and hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings.