Missouri's Professional Cycling Race Comes to Springfield
Missouri's first-ever world-class professional cycling race is coming to Greene County and Springfield on Wednesday. The tour of Missouri race is bringing many events to the area, along with some cautions about changes in traffic flow. KSMU's Jana Greer has more.
On Wednesday afternoon about 120 cyclists will be entering Greene County on Missouri 123 and will be traveling to the finish line in downtown Springfield. The race is a part of the 600 mile, six day world class race across Missouri. The competitors are expected to reach Greene County around 2:30 and will be downtown around 3:30. There will be many free events during the day including a health and wellness expo, a community block party and a Big Smith concert after the awards ceremony. Louise Whall is the Director of Public Information for Springfield. She says that this a great experience for the community.
Through out Springfield and Greene County the race course will be closed to traffic. Many major roads in Springfield will be affected by the race course closures including West Bypass, Kansas Expressway, Grant Avenue, Division Street and Chestnut Expressway. Residents are urged to examine the race course and plan accordingly for the road closures. Whall says that it is important to be cautious during this event.
There will also be a tour of Springfield Community Bike Ride Tuesday night that takes place along one lap of the race course. Anyone can ride in the tour but must have a helmet. The course is 2 miles long and begins at Jordan Valley Park at 6:30. To see the race course and the roads that will be closed this Wednesday you can visit the race website at www.tourofspringfield.com