Bike big weekend (Sept. 7)

September 6, 2009

This is a big bike weekend in St. Louis, culminating tomorrow in the Tour of Missouri, starting tomorrow in downtown St. Louis. Your kids can compete for free on a mini version of the pro route at 1 p.m. (see the Gateway Cup homepage for details and to download the permission form), or you can join us for a bike-centric street party in Soulard, on 13th between Russell and Ann (a block west of McGurk’s), where S.’s school is blocking off the street for the kids to bike around while waiting for the professional racers to zoom past. Come by and grab a snow cone and/or a beer!  We’ll be there around 2 p.m., and expect to see the racers about 2:30 p.m. (and then nine more times over the next three hours).

It’s a good idea to go onto the Tour of Missouri homepage ahead of time to get info on what the race is about and how to maximize your viewing experience. For us, it’ll be hard to miss the 75-mile first stage, as it winds on several Soulard streets, including one two blocks from our house.  There are also estimates of what time the racers will arrive at certain points — because the thing with bike racing is, they go fast — blink and they’re gone. On the other hand, that means there’s plenty of time to enjoy the festivities!

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