Tour of Kansas City bicycling events take to Lee’s Summit streets

June 19, 2013 

Tour of Kansas City is marking 50 years with a three-day cycling festival celebrating health and wellness, while promoting the culture of cycling with opportunities for every level of bicycle enthusiast from the novice to the fastest professional cyclists.

It kicks off at the Kansas City Museum on Friday June 21 and continues in Lee’s Summit during the weekend.

Events include pleasure rides, family activities and Kansas City’s first and only Real Ale Fest.

Tour of Kansas City will host three days of criterium racing staged at three different venues. The fastest professional cyclists from across the country will compete in more than 28 racing categories on courses at the Kansas City Museum, Longview Farm, and Downtown Lee’s Summit. Close to 10,000 spectators are expected to attend.

Novice to experienced cyclists can enjoy two fully supported pleasure rides on the scenic roads of Jackson and Cass counties.

The Rock Island Ramble Saturday, June 22, will highlight the Rock Island corridor, the forthcoming Rock Island State Park connecting Kansas City and the Katy Trail.

The Rotary Ride: Pedaling Against Polio, June 23, will travel the streets of Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs and Kansas City.

Kansas City’s first Real Ale Fest kicks off at noon on Saturday, June 22, at New Longview in Lee’s Summit with an opportunity to taste and talk to brewers.

VIP tickets are $25 and include two hours of cask ale tasting from a variety of brewers from around the country. VIP’s will receive a commemorative KC Real Ale tasting glass. At 2 p.m. general admission ticket holders will sample the remaining cask beer and dozens of bottled conditioned ales. General admission tickets are $15 and the first 250 through the gate will receive a commemorative tasting glass.

The festivities continue with an outdoor street party on Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. in New Longview, with food from local street vendors, a beer garden and live music. A Sunday street party 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Downtown Lee’s Summit includes music, food and drink. Attendees will have a front row seat to the Tour of Kansas City race. Children’s events include the State Farm Bike Rodeo and bike safety lessons in Downtown Lee's Summit.

Primary beneficiaries of the 50th Annual Tour of Kansas City are Gift of Life, Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, Rotary and the New Longview Foundation.

For more information, to register or to purchase tickets to the KC Real Ale Fest go to tourofkc.com.

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