Tour of Hermann
By David Cawthon and Abby Holman
In our April 2014 issue, we featured some of our favorite cycling routes across the state. If you'd prefer some company on your two-wheeled adventure, be sure to check out these races throughout the year where you can pedal with hundreds of fellow cyclists.
Tour of Hermann: April 5-6
If you've got a competitive edge, check out the Tour of Hermann, a two-day professional-level cycling event that has three stages. Plus, Hermann's shops, eateries, and wineries are an added bonus before or after (most likely after) the competition.
Trail to a Cure: May 3
The seventh annual Trail for a Cure, a fundraising event to help those with AIDS, begins in Rocheport on the Katy Trail. At the event, you can walk, run, or bike, and there are several distances that will suit everyone from beginners to experts.
National Bike to Work Day: May 16
Join over 500 cyclists in celebrating Bike to Work Day with Trailnet, and enjoy breakfast provided by Companion Bakehouse. Watch their website for more details and a map of refueling stations.
Tour de Bier KC: May 18
Cyclists and beer snobs rejoice. The Tour de Bier KC weaves through the city's breweries and brewery-related landmarks. Learn about this city's brewery history, urban legends, and the "wettest block in the world," where Kansas City's famed alligator pit once resided.
Pedaler's Jamboree: May 24-25
This musical cycling party cuts along the MKT/Katy Trail from Columbia to Boonville. Enjoy the sights along the trail and the sounds of musicians along the way. When you arrive in Boonville, enjoy the music fest at Kemper Park near the YMCA.
National Trails Day: June 7
Join Missouri State Parks and other outdoor organizations for a day of celebrating and learning about trails, park, and other outdoor recreation resources in Missouri.
The schedule includes a children's bicycle safety program, bicycle rodeo with Missouri State Park rangers, a kids bicycle decorating station, a bicycle parade, a bicycle mechanic station, outdoor equipment demonstrations, vendor booths, information on trails and organizations, and much more.
Tour de Corn: June 28
Located in Southeast Missouri, this appropriately titled, charitable ride cuts through rural farmland where you'll pass through cropland. The scenery features bayous and nature, too. It wouldn't be called the Tour de Corn if you couldn't chow down on delicious sweet corn, watermelon, and homemade cookies at rest stops with live entertainment.
Ride the Rivers Century: September 21
Pere Marquette Park is hosting Ride the Rivers this year. Pre-registration is recommended for your choice of two rides.
Registration fee includes socks or a patch, a filling lunch, and food and beverages at all rest stops. Enjoy a beautiful ride and stay for the food and music afterward.
Tour de Cape: September 27
Explore the Southeast Missouri countryside and downtown Cape Girardeau on routes that last 15, 30, 60 or 100 miles. The proceeds from the ride are donated to the Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship program, which helps children with disabilities.
Check out the route in the Missouri Life April 2014 issue, and explore our detours and pit stops related to this route any time of year.
Ride Across Missouri: September 30 – October 5
The Journey Across Missouri starts at the Missouri border in Kansas City and crosses the state line on some of our most beautiful byways.
Riders can choose from rides that last from one to three days, or they can opt for a six-day cycling and camping adventure that will extend from Kansas City to St. Louis.
Tour de Bass: October 5
Some riders told us that this is the only ride that they've ever gained weight on because lunch is catered by the Bass Pro Shops chefs. That doesn't mean it isn't a grueling ride, though. Routes vary from 102, 77, 42, or 25 miles that start in Springfield and meander through the small towns that encircle Springfield.