Tour De Grove, Missouri’s largest cycling race, is set to kick off in the Grove neighborhood this afternoon. It’s the only race in the region on the prestigious USA Cycling National Racing calendar (NRC) and the USA Crit Championship Series. The weekend includes includes US hand-cycling races, children’s races, and a 5K run/walk, all with cash prizes.
The Grove is a St. Louis business district located along Manchester Road between Kingshighway and Vandeventer.
The action starts this afternoon with the Midtown Rally Grand Prix. Onsite registration for the Midtown Rally Grand Prix begins at 3 p.m. with the first category pedaling off at 4 p.m. Click here to see the schedule of events.
Saturday’s events start at 9 a.m. with” The Running of the Grove,” a 5K run/walk on the the Tour de Grove criterium race course. Registration, which can be done from 8-8:59 a.m., is $30 and includes a race t-shirt and cap. According to the Tour De Grove website, the course is a fast and flat 5K mile circuit (2 laps) featureing two bridge crossings and a flat wide open finish. The race offers $1700 in cash and age group prizes.
The Tour De Grove bike action begins at 9:40 a.m. Saturday with various categories at different start times. Bikers can register onsite between 8 and 8:59 a.m. onsite. The races continue all day with various categories. You can check out the details here.
There’s even a Tour De Grove kids race at 2:30 p.m. Children’s activities include complimentary helmet giveaways and helmet fitting from Helmets First, face-painting, balloons, crafts. Registration for the race begins at 12:30 p.m. According to the Tour De Grove website: “Kids, ages Big Wheel to 12, will be able to race or ride across the exact same finish line as the pros. . .Racing distance will be approximately 200+ meters.”
The fine print for the kids’ race:
The $5 entry fee includes a Tour de Grove T-Shirt, special St. Louis Science Center packet, City Museum coupons, Jelly Belly Pro Cycling Team schwag, a Tour de Grove Coloring Poster designed by Rokitmul, an official race number , awards ribbons and more. Proceeds will go towards The Grove and Dutchtown neighborhood charities.
Age classes are divided into six categories, (Big Wheel, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8. 9-10, 11-12) making for fair and fun competition. Participants should arrive and register one hour prior to race start- registration closes 15 minutes prior to the races.
The top three finishers in each category will receive custom Tour de Grove Build-a-Bears from Build-a-Bear Workshop.
The fun continues into the night with Tour De Grove Street Sprints and the Dash Du Chocolat Bicycle Races. Click here for details.
The racing resumes with another full day of action Sunday with the Dutchtown Classic Criterium. For the schedule and route, click here.
Art Crank, a poster show of bicycle-themed art featuring local artists and printmakers, is on display at Atomic Cowboy , 4140 Manchester, through Sunday.
Wanna watch the Tour de Grove but not sure how? Check out the Tour’s tips on how to watch a race.
Top off the day after the races at the first-ever Tour de Grove Pub Crawl. A $15 ticket will get you four drinks at participating bars. Tickets will be sold at the Grove CID booth on Saturday. Three-wheel bicycle taxi drivers will provide complimentary rides to event-goers to surrounding restaurants and bars.
For specific route and race details, check out www.tourdegrove.com.