"We'll swamp them," Kennedy said.
Kennedy said if any two Lawrence teams raise more funds for MS than his Team Pathfinder, then one member from the Lawrence teams will get a free night in a Manhattan hotel and a fancy dinner at a Manhattan restaurant.
When Lisa Rasor, the leader of Lawrence team Lickety Split heard that, she responded: "Like that's any incentive. Why would I want to go to Manhattan?"
But Rasor said Lickety Split will try to shut Kennedy's team down and shut Kennedy up.
Both were bragging and jibing tongue-in-cheek.
"I think it would be wonderful if they did beat us. It would mean more money for MS," said Kennedy, who is the Riley County attorney.
The two-day bike tour is the major fund-raiser for the eastern Kansas branch of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, said Sheri Daudet, branch manager.
Last year, some 450 riders on the tour raised $140,000. This weekend, officials are hoping to raise $154,000, Daudet said.
Kennedy's Team Pathfinder led the fund-raisers last year with $15,000.
Riders must pledge a minimum of $150 to participate.
The 150-mile tour starts at 7 a.m. Saturday at Washburn-Rural High School in Topeka, goes around Clinton and Lone Star lakes and ends at Southwest Junior High in Lawrence. Sunday, riders go back around Clinton Lake then to Lecompton and around Lake Perry before ending at Perry-Lecompton High School.
-- Staff writer Scott Rothschild can be reached at 832-7221.