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James Baughn

Tour of the Tour of Missouri bike route

Posted Monday, August 31, 2009, at 12:39 PM


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  • Great blog! I was curious about the route, and would love to drive it sometime. I'm not about to bike it though... I'll leave that to the pros.

    -- Posted by CitizenD on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 2:38 PM
  • Having grown up in Ste. Genevieve, we pronounced River Aux Vases as River Ah Voz.

    -- Posted by Brad_Hollerbach on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 3:43 PM
  • I thought this thing was cancelled?

    -- Posted by Egotistical_Bigot on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 7:23 PM
  • This is the BEST, not to mention the most INTERESTING, description yet of this event! You've made it sound a lot more exciting than the more "serious" articles being written about it. I followed every twist and turn---and I'm not even into bike-racing!(Although I confess, if it were a MOTORIZED-version of this same event---I'd be there in a heartbeat!)Also, I had NO idea what the significance of the name "Three-Notch Road" meant before now. That was my history-lesson for the day! Thanks!

    And, I, too, would be willing to pay to see the "Dodge-The-Downtown-Clock" portion of the race---even the pedal-powered version!

    NASCAR couldn't hold a candle to THAT one...!

    -- Posted by donknome-2 on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 10:43 AM
  • Jim,

    Thanks for reminding me about that bridge at CR 618 and 621. It still gives me nightmares.

    My dad, who was a road builder, set up a gravel plant near Oriole one summer when I was about 10. I can well remember many unsuccessful tries to scale that steep bluff you pictured.

    I've biked a significant portion of that Tour route when I've come back home on vacation. Any rider who underestimates some of those climbs is going to get dropped big time.

    Missouri may not have many really tall bumps, but they have lots and lots of little ones spaced just far enough apart that you do lots of 400 feet ups and 400 feet downs for a net of 0 climbing. Tell your legs that at the end of the day.

    Riders who don't do their homework are in for a big surprise.

    -- Posted by Ken1 on Thu, Sep 3, 2009, at 10:47 AM