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Thursday, August 27, 2009

The local Tour of Missouri organizing committee needs 60 to 75 more volunteers to fill its roster in advance of the Sept. 8 stage 2 race from Ste. Genevieve, Mo., to Cape Girardeau, volunteer coordinator Troy Vaughn said Wednesday.

The Tour of Missouri is visiting Cape Girardeau for the first time this year. Begun in 2007, the race will attract 120 riders from top world and U.S. teams who will participate in seven race stages beginning Sept. 7 in St. Louis.

The local organizing committee is preparing for up to 30,000 visitors in Cape Girardeau for the race finish on Main Street near Independence Street, Vaughn said.

The biggest need is for race marshals along the county roads and state highways that racers will use as they approach Cape Girardeau, Vaughn said. The local organizers are responsible for finding the marshals needed for 154 locations. Marshals are volunteers who will make sure spectators don't park along the route, identify potential obstacles such as branches or animal carcasses on the road and keep residents from leaving their driveways immediately before and immediately after the racers pass.

Vaughn made the announcement about the volunteer needs at an orientation meeting for volunteers at the Osage Community Centre. In all, he said, the local organizing committee needs about 350 volunteers. Most of the jobs at the race finish are filled, as are the posts for marshals within city limits.

A surge in the number of volunteers -- including whole classes of Southeast Missouri State University students who will help with an economic survey as well as businesses encouraging employees to take part -- has helped swell the numbers in recent days, he said. "We are getting close, but we are still not there yet," he said.

Local organizers have raised most of the money needed for the expenses that will include hospitality for the riders and their support crews, said Tracey Glenn, vice president of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and chairwoman of the organizing committee. Additional sponsorships and vendor booths are still available, she said.

Along with an explanation about their role in making the race a success, the volunteers were told about other actions that are designed to keep the riders safe. Volunteers will visit every residence along the route and leave information about the race, including the expected time riders will pass a particular point, said assistant police chief Roger Fields. There are 415 driveways along the route, he noted, and many other entry points.

"I don't want a combine pulling out during the race," he said.

Volunteer Jill Wicks said she's not a cyclist but looks forward to her job. "I am excited about it coming to Cape," she said. "It will bring good exposure about the city of Cape Girardeau."

rkeller@semissourian.com

388-3642

Pertinent addresses:

43 S. Main St., Cape Girardeau, MO

Tour of Missouri volunteer sign-up:

www.tourofmissouri.com

www.visitcape.com/tom


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Stick your head in the sand a little deeper there Coach.

-- Posted by Hawker on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 9:15 AM

"I don't want a combine pulling out during the race," he said.

LOL - this race was shoved down our throats - you're expecting the farmers here to change their routine for a stupid bike race? I assume the "up to 30,000" was a typo - and that they are preparing for up to 300 visitors. Even that's going to be a stretch.

-- Posted by Beaker on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 9:22 AM

Can't they find 60-75 volunteers out of the visiting 30,000 people?

-- Posted by grandma73 on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 12:06 PM

Yeah , looks like your going to have to plan your work schedule around this thing whether your a farmer , factory worker, or merchant.

As beaker said 300 will be a stretch , I believe hawker needs to "pull his head out"...

-- Posted by rockman54 on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 12:52 PM

"and keep residents from leaving their driveways immediately before and immediately after the racers pass"

And just how are they planning to do this? Will the workers be armed?

-- Posted by malan on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 2:23 PM

oh sure, you're all worried about combines pulling out during this dang speedo bike race - but you don't have a concern for traffic safety at all during that stupid 100-mile yard sale?!!!! Uh, don't look like much corn or beans will be ready by Sept 7th or 8th...so, don't blame the farmers for your poor planning and driving habits...

-- Posted by jacksonjazzman on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 1:14 PM

I wished people in this city would show a little class.This is a huge deal,a world class race.The ignorance I see in this city is unbelievable!!!Well those off us who are well informed and excited will have a great time,and a lot off FUN!!!!We will volunteer and still have time to hang out downtown.

-- Posted by germanlady on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 3:39 PM

Combine and a bicycle race would equal great video.

-- Posted by Mosely on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 10:55 PM


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