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The Constitution-Tribune reported on Thursday, May 14, 2009, that the Chillicothe City Council members unanimously approved an ordinance accepting a contract with the Tour of Missouri, Inc., to host a stage of the tour on Sept. 12.

City Receives Tour of Missouri Spirit Award
Constitution-Tribune, Thursday, December 17, 2009

CAPTION: Several city and area leaders as well as members of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2009 Tour of Missouri were on hand Wednesday for the presentation of the Tour of Missouri 2009 Spirit Award, sponsored by Farm Bureau. The presentation was made in City Hall's council chambers.


C-T Photo

Three months after winning the coveted Tour of Missouri 2009 Spirit Award by serving as a host city for the sixth leg of the professional bike tour, the prestigious traveling trophy has arrived. Several members of the local organizing committee for the 2009 tour, as well as local and area community leaders were on hand Wednesday for the presentation of the trophy and accompanying prize money from the award’s sponsor, Farm Bureau, at City Hall.

Jim Perch, Farm Bureau marketing resources director, presented the award and a check in the amount of $5,000 to Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney, who accepted both on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee.

The Greatest Thing Since...
By Catherine Stortz Ripley, Constitution-Tribune
Monday, Sept 14, 2009


C-T Photo/Butch Shaffer

CAPTION: In front of a huge crowd, the professional cyclists begin Stage 6 of the 2009 Tour of Missouri in Chillicothe. The event attracted many cycling enthusiasts to town to watch the riders begin the sixth of seven stages of the race.

Chillicothe hosted the world’s top bicyclists Saturday as the World’s Home of Sliced Bread served as the starting point for Stage 6 of the 2009 Tour of Missouri. Teams from all over the world participated in the event which began in St. Louis on Labor Day and concluded in Kansas City on Sunday. The teams covered 612 miles with stops and starts in towns throughout the state: St. Genevieve, Cape Girardeau, Farmington, Rolla, St. James, Jefferson City, Sedalia and St. Joseph.

With months of planning now behind, race day arrived with everything in position. Events had started Friday night downtown with food, music, children’s games and bicycle races for young children. By Saturday, the excitement had multiplied. Volunteers were in place to help wherever needed and crowds started arriving around 10 a.m.

While waiting for the professional cycling teams to arrive, the crowds strolled through the courthouse plaza area. A health and wellness expo was on the west side of the courthouse and a kids fun area was on the east side. The Chillicothe High School Band played on the south side of the courthouse. There were more youth bicycle races and CHS cheerleaders circulated throughout the grounds getting people energized for the teams’ arrival.

The caravan of professional cycling teams began arriving in Chillicothe around 11 a.m. Crowds of people meandered throughout the teams, catching a glimpse of the riders and getting their autographs. Never before have so many professional athletes been in Chillicothe at one time. 
The tour’s stop in Chillicothe provided an opportunity for people throughout the Midwest to get up close to a professional sporting event. “It is great to have this so close in the Midwest,” said Kathy Crane, who traveled with her husband from Fairfield, Iowa, to see the race’s start. It is a great thing for tourism and just an awesome event.” Scott Smith, of Omaha, Neb., said he was excited to make the trip to Chillicothe. “It is fun to see huge events come to small towns,” he said.

Amy Supple, director of the Greater Chillicothe Visitors Region, who worked hard to get the Tour to come to Chillicothe, said she was thrilled with the day’s events. Early crowd estimates are between 8,500 and 15,000, but the official numbers have yet to be released by the Tour of Missouri staff and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Supple said that the Tour had an immediate impact by people spending money in the community and that economic benefits will continue to come throughout the years as a result of the Tour. "Chillicothe got a lot of exposure from a lot of people," she said. "Those seeds that get planted take awhile, but they do take off. We will reap the economic benefit years down the road because of the media coverage and marketing efforts."

Many residents of Chillicothe
and the surrounding area and
towns greeted and watched the
riders and their entourage as they
travelled Highway 190.

Photos by BK Web Works

Tour of Missouri Leaves Mark on Downtown Merchants
Constitution-Tribune
Monday, Sept 14, 2009

The influx of Tour of Missouri enthusiasts as well as Chautauqua-goers over the weekend produced extra business for some downtown merchants and generally very little problems in the way of emergencies, according to a C-T check.

According to Tony Geib, who co-owns Washington Street Food & Drink Co., the restaurant experienced a noticeable upswing in business after the racers left town. “We were 20 percent busier than last year,” Geib said. He added that several people associated with the tour ate lunch there after the racers left town. Peggy Noel, who co-owns Friends’ in downtown Chillicothe, said the weekend turned out to be a profitable one, too. She noted that when she learned the Tour of Missouri would be in town during the same weekend of Chautauqua, she became concerned that the weekend would not be as successful as it normally is when the Chautauqua in the Park is held. But, she said, business was brisk on Saturday after the racers left town. “Everyone was so nice and had nice things to say about how the square looked so I was pleased.” She added that the start of Stage 6 for the Tour of Missouri was “professionally done” and parking proved not to be a problem at all. Jean Graves, owner of Country Corner Crafts in downtown Chillicothe said she had a good weekend, with sales there exceeding last year’s Chautauqua weekend.

Chillicothe Wins Spirit Award
Constitution-Tribune, Monday, Sept 14, 2009


C-T Photo/Butch Shaffer

CAPTION: Marco Pinotti, a member of the Columbia HTC team signs autographs in “autograph alley” Saturday morning prior to the start of Stage 6 of the 2009 Tour of Missouri.

The Tour of Missouri’s actual presence in Chillicothe lasted only a few hours, but planning for the event began nearly a year ago as a large team of volunteers, combined with a strategic plan and a tremendous about of enthusiasm helped get Chillicothe noticed.

Officials announced Sunday that Chillicothe received the Tour of Missouri 2009 Spirit Award. “This recognizes Chillicothe as a community with outstanding spirit throughout the entire process of the Tour of Missouri,” said Amy Supple, director of the Chillicothe Visitors Region, who worked hard to bring the Tour of Missouri to Chillicothe.

The community was critiqued on the structure of its Local Organizing Committee as well as the events leading up to the tour, Supple said. An application was submitted highlighting the various events held in promotion of cycling and the tour. While part of the judging is based on past events, a portion of the criteria is based on the impressions of the athletes and teams on race date. "We consistently showed enthusiasm for this event for the last year," Supple said.

She said the Spirit Award is for the community. "If you came to a press conference or any event, you are the reason why we got the Spirit Award," she said. She also noted the successful bike give-away program which involved awarding approximately 90 bicycles to youth and adults during the last year.


10 Days and Counting...
Wednesday, September 2, 2009, C-T

CAPTION: An estimated 200 people — all volunteers helping plan and organize the hosting of the Tour of Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 12, gathered for a meeting Tuesday evening at Calvary Baptist Church. Celebration events begin Friday, Sept. 11, and continue through Saturday.

C-T Photo / Amanda McKay

Enthusiasm is swelling as the Tour of Missouri’s appearance in Chillicothe is just over a week away. An estimated 200 people — all volunteers from the local area and part of various facets of the Local Organizing Committee — gathered at Calvary Baptist Church Tuesday evening to share the latest information with each other and make the final preparations for hosting the sixth stage of the professional bicycling tour. “It was such a great event to be a part of because there was so much excitement in that room,” said Heather Deshayes, media chairperson for the Stage 6 Tour of Missouri stop. “The people are excited to be ambassadors of Chillicothe and welcome the cyclists and visitors to our town.”

The Tour of Missouri is the state’s largest sporting event. It begins in St. Louis next Monday (Labor Day) and involves 15 teams, with eight riders on each team. Cyclists from over 20 countries with national, world and Olympic champions on team rosters.

Celebrations in Chillicothe will begin Friday night, Sept. 11, as a prelude to the cyclists’ arrival on Sept. 12. Local planning for being a part of the event began nearly a year ago. “The most exciting thing about this whole experience is that we have been able to instill a passion in people for a hobby and a sport that they never knew they enjoyed,” Deshayes said. “Being able to promote healthy living and a healthy lifestyle is a wonderful opportunity.”

Another aspect of preparing for the tour’s arrival has been the awarding of bicycles to children and adults through community support and individual donations. “Lives will be forever changed by the bicycles that we have been able to give away,” she said. Around 60 bicycles have been given away and it is hoped that 40 more will be given away between today and Sept. 12.

Deshayes said that people still wanting to be involved in supporting the local event may become a friend of the tour by donating $100 which will pay for a bike to be given away in the donor’s name. "This is a nice opportunity to ‘pay it forward,’” Deshayes said.

The full slate of activities, plus more, can be found at www.bikechilli.com. For more information, contact Amy Supple, director of the Chillicothe Visitors Region, at 646-4050.

Local Events for the Tour of Missouri

Friday, Sept. 11

  • 5:30 p.m.: Hornet Tailgate party with food and entertainment from Wabash BBQ
  • 6 p.m.: Youth Time Trials will narrow the field to six finalists in each age group to compete in the finals at the Chillicothe Hornet stadium at half-time of the Hornet football game. (Age groups: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10)
  • 7 p.m.: Chillicothe Hornet Football game with finals of the youth races to be held at half-time
  • 8 p.m.: Street dance to the music of the Dustin Thomas Band

Saturday, Sept. 12

Continuing the Bike Fest with the “Greatest Thing to hit Chillicothe since Sliced Bread” are a number of race day events. Activities start at 10 a.m. in Historic Downtown Chillicothe featuring live family entertainment, the Home of Sliced Bread Baking Contest, Celebrity Trike races, older youth races, and concessions provided by Hy-Vee.

  • 10 a.m.: Enjoy family entertainment, Kids Fun Zone, rock wall, inflatables, the Wandering Cowboy and the Health and Wellness Expo
  • 10:15 a.m.: Older Youth Races (Ages 11 - 13, Ages 14 - 18)
  • 10:30 a.m.: Celebrity trike races featuring regional celebrities
  • 10:45 a.m.: “Home of Sliced Bread” Baking Contest
  • 11 a.m.: The Bag Piper
  • 11:15 a.m.: Bike give-a-way
  • 11:30 a.m.: The cycling teams begin to arrive
  • 11:50 a.m.: Riders begin to sign-in and circulate in the autograph alley
  • 1 p.m.: Stage 6 race officially begins
  • 1:10 a.m.: Ride the Route — parents and children in grades 2 through 8 are invited to ride the same route as the riders and follow the motorcade out of town (a 1.5-mile trip from the start at the courthouse down Washington Street to the YMCA and then back up Locust Street to the start at Locust and Jackson streets.) All riders must wear helmets. Second grade students must be accompanied by an adult. Students should arrive by 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, near the intersection of Elm and Jackson streets. Participants may drive up east Jackson to Elm street to drop off their students and their bikes. The staging area for the students will be between Elm and Locust on Jackson Street. This will allow the students to watch the start of the race and then start as a group following the professional riders. The expected start time for the students is 1:10 p.m.

The fun continues as members of the public watch the race as it continues to St. Joseph on a big screen and official viewing party at the Chillicothe Country Club.

Also during the weekend will be the 25th Chautauqua in the Park on Saturday and Sunday at Simpson Park. The event features one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, a variety of food, drinks, live music, entertainers, and artisans as well as a children’s area with rides, games, and a petting zoo.


No. 1 Ranked NRC Team Added to Tour
3rd annual elite pro cycling race set for Sept. 7-13
Published: Friday, May 29, 2009, C-T

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Event organizers and Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder on Thursday announced the participation of USA Cycling's National Race Calendar's top-ranked team OUCH presented by MAXXIS to the lineup for the Tour of Missouri, an elite professional cycling race scheduled for Sept. 7-13, 2009.

Team OUCH will be led by Floyd Landis, who won the 2006 Amgen Tour of California and the 2006 Tour de Georgia. Team standout Rory Sutherland of Australia was the 2008 United States National Race Calendar winner and is currently positioned No. 1 domestically.


Lt. Gov. Kinder Touts Tour of Missouri Event
Published: Monday, May 4, 2009, C-T

CAPTION: Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder speaks about the upcoming Tour of Missouri cycling race in September 2009 which will for the first time, feature Chillicothe along the route. Kinder spoke during the Chillicothe Rotary Club’s Community Service luncheon at the Chillicothe Country Club Friday afternoon. He noted that the Tour of Missouri is the largest sporting event in the history of the state.

C-T Photo/Laura Schuler

The Tour of Missouri will have a “huge” impact on Chillicothe and will allow people from around the globe to get a glimpse of the city and the state during the September 2009 event, according to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. Kinder served as the keynote speaker of the Chillicothe Rotary Club’s annual Community Service luncheon Friday at the Chillicothe Country Club. He spoke prior to a presentation of the Unsung Hero Award which was awarded to Lesley Patek, local animal shelter guardian.

The lieutenant governor began his remarks by offering a brief history of the Tour of Missouri. He explained that the event’s roots go back to 2005 when Gov. Matt Blunt became intrigued with the idea of hosting a world class cycling event in Missouri and subsequently asked Kinder to form a task force to determine if it was feasible.

So, Kinder said, after forming a panel comprised of representatives from the private sector as well as several state agencies, the idea moved forward and the state will, in September, host its third annual Tour of Missouri, with Chillicothe as one of the host cities for the first time. Kinder said that the Tour of Missouri is the largest sporting event in the history of the state and the 2009 edition will feature two of the top three finishers of the Tour De France. He noted that while the sport of cycling may not be on everyone’s radar screen, cyclist enthusiasts are like Civil War buffs — they’re everywhere and they are prepared to come to Missouri again this year to watch the race.

Kinder noted the race has attracted 800,000 spectators in its first two years, making it the largest sporting event in the history of the state. According to an MU economic impact study, Kinder said, the Tour of Missouri brings $26.2 million annually to the state of Missouri. He added that the study found the average Tour of Missouri tourist is more affluent, stays longer and spends more money than other tourists visiting the state. "And, this race gives us a great opportunity to rebrand Missouri to an international and national audience that we have never had before," Kinder explained. He noted that people from all around the world (in approximately 145 countries) will be viewing the race on the Internet and many of those, he said, will never have heard of Missouri.

CAPTION: Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (second from left) stands with five local students who were awarded bikes from the 2009 Tour of Missouri local organizing committee Friday during the Chillicothe Rotary Club's annual Community Service luncheon held at the Chillicothe Country Club. Student winning bikes are (front row, from left): Dimitri Dickerson, Ryan Milanovich, Tim Yount, Julie Kelly and Jevon Glasgow. Pictured with the students are Dr. Linda Gray Smith, R-2 superintendent (left); and Brent Kline and Rolfe McCoy (back row), of the local 2009 Tour of Missouri organizational committee.

C-T Photo/Laura Schuler


Chillicothe Hosting Tour of Missouri Professional Cycling Race
Constitution-Tribune, Tuesday, January 27, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Event organizers and Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder today (Tuesday) announced the start and finish host cities and the overall course for the third Tour of Missouri professional cycling race, scheduled for Sept. 7-13, 2009. And, this year’s tour includes Chillicothe serving as a host city.

“The Tour of Missouri is a professional sporting event of the highest caliber,” said Amy Supple, director of the Greater Chillicothe Visitors Region. “We are incredibly excited to be able to host the tour. I have every confidence that our stage of the race will be an impressive one.”

The Greater Chillicothe Visitors Region worked with the City of Chillicothe, local cycling enthusiasts and others to submit a proposal to host the Tour of Missouri. A site visit in early January with local officials cemented Chillicothe’s selection. A group of approximately 10 Chillicotheans were on hand in Jefferson City today to watch as Mayor Chuck Haney spoke at the press conference.

Chillicothe, promoted as the Home of Sliced Bread, will play host to its first stage as cyclists will face a moderately flat start while moving into short steep hills toward the finish at St. Joseph. St. Joseph, the fifth largest city in the state, will play host to its first tour finish after serving as host to the overall start last year. Other cities playing host to a leg of the tour are: St. Louis, St. Genevieve, Cape Girardeau, Farmington, Rolla, St. James, Jefferson City, Sedalia, St. Joseph, and Kansas City.

“We had a record amount of cities inquire about the Tour of Missouri,” said Lt. Gov. Kinder. “It is a testament to the success of the race. We faced a very difficult process of eliminating some great cities. Our commitment, however, is to continue to route the course to all areas of the state. This year, for the first time, we will visit the southeast part of Missouri while spending a longer time north of Interstate 70. In addition, we will be able to highlight some of the agricultural regions.”

The overall course will take on a very different slant in 2009. For the first time, the race will route east to west, starting in St. Louis and finishing in Kansas City. The past two years, the race routed west to east starting in Kansas City to finish in St. Louis. Stage by stage courses will be announced at a later date. “In keeping with tradition, we will change the course from year to year to keep it fresh,” said Chris Aronhalt, the managing partner of event organizers Medalist Sports of the Atlanta area. “There will be new drama on the race route and we expect a few more hills. Overall, we have some great and very excited host cities.”

The race will be contested over seven days and seven stages. There will be two circuit races (St. Louis, Kansas City), one individual time trial (Sedalia), and four point to point road races (St. Genevieve to Cape Girardeau; Farmington to Rolla; St. James to Jefferson City; Chillicothe to St. Joseph).


Local Efforts Mount for Big Event This Fall
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY, C-T News Editor
Constitution-Tribune, Tue Apr 21, 2009

The Tour of Missouri’s Chillicothe visit is months away yet groundwork is being laid to assure that the event — which will put the community in an international spotlight — becomes the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Eight teams have been announced to date to compete in the third Tour of Missouri professional cycling race, including the current world No. 1-ranked team, QuickStep of Belgium, which was announced last week. The Tour of Missouri is now one of the top five-ranked events outside Europe by international and national federations for cycling. 

The Tour of Missouri is scheduled for Sept. 7-13 and a total of 15 eight-member teams will be slotted in for the lineup. “These teams are the cream of the crop,” said Local Organizing Committee spokeswoman Heather Deshayes.

The race will be contested over seven days and seven stages. There will be two circuit races (St. Louis, Kansas City), one individual time trial (Sedalia), and four point to point road races (Ste. Genevieve to Cape Girardeau; Farmington to Rolla; St. James to Jefferson City; Chillicothe to St. Joseph). The overall mileage for the course is expected to be more than 600 miles. The tour’s stop in Chillicothe will be Saturday, Sept. 12.

So far, around 200 local people are directly involved with the event and more will be added to the volunteer roster as the race nears, Deshayes said. The committee anticipates, conservatively, a minimum of 10,000 people for the day, which also coincides with the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chautauqua in the Park. Among visitors to Chillicothe will be the professional cyclists and their support crews, several hundred Tour workers, spectators and media. Last year’s tour brought over 750,000 people to the state of Missouri, Deshayes said.

The crowds, undoubtedly, have an economic impact on the community. But, even more impressive, will be the worldwide exposure Chillicothe will receive. Last year, the tour averaged about 160 media outlets at each stage of the race from all over the world.


World’s No. 2-Ranked Team Saxo Bank Announced for Tour of Missouri
Event to field seven Tour de France entrants and world’s top six teams

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (April 30, 2009) --- Following the announcement of No. 1-ranked Quickstep’s participation two weeks ago, the current world No. 2-ranked team, Saxo Bank of Denmark, has been announced for the third Tour of Missouri professional cycling race, scheduled for September 7-13, 2009.

The addition of the powerful Saxo Bank team, which is led by superstars Fabian Cancellara (Olympic and world champion time trialist) of Switzerland; brothers Frank and Andy Schleck (winner of last weekend’s Leige-Bastogne-Leige) of Luxembourg and Germany’s Jens Voigt, will mark the seventh entrant expected to line up at the 2009 Tour de France this summer. It will mark Saxo Bank’s first time racing at the Tour of Missouri.

“With the addition of Saxo Bank, this will be one of the best fields assembled on American soil,” said Jim Birrell, the event’s race director. “The stature of the event continues to grow, and the participation of Saxo Bank re-enforces how far the Tour of Missouri has matured in three short years. This is shaping up to be a special kind of race and we expect people from around the country to see the world’s best come to Missouri.”

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder said: “We have exceeded our expectations with the field of this race. No doubt this will translate directly into more spectators and more economic impact for the state and host cities.” Saxo Bank joins one of the top fields assembled outside of Europe this season.

Previously announced are the world No. 1-ranked Quickstep of Belgium; top United States-based teams Garmin-Slipstream and world No. 5-ranked Columbia-High Road, as well as the world No. 3-ranked Cervelo Test Team, 2009 Tour de France favorite Astana, and one of Italy’s top pro tour teams Liquigas. Domestic-based Jelly Belly and recent Paris-Roubaix team entrant BMC Racing have also been announced.

“Tour of Missouri has quickly grown in stature and quality each year, which is reflected in the quality of the teams and riders who will compete in the 2009 race,” said Sean Petty, the Chief Operating Officer for USA Cycling and a member of the UCI’s Road Commission. “Undoubtedly this has become one of the best races outside Europe in three short years. This directly correlates to the high level of marketing and management behind the event and the key support from the state.”

The overall course will take on a very different slant in 2009. For the first time, the race will route east to west, starting in St. Louis and finishing in Kansas City. The past two years, the race routed west to east starting in Kansas City to finish in St. Louis.

A total of nine teams have been announced to date. A total of 15 teams will be slotted in for the September line up.

The race will be contested over seven days and seven stages. There will be two circuit races (St. Louis, Kansas City), one individual time trial (Sedalia), and four point to point road races (Ste. Genevieve to Cape Girardeau; Farmington to Rolla; St. James to Jefferson City; Chillicothe to St. Joseph). The overall mileage for the course is expected to be more than 600 miles.

Though a stellar world-class field was presented last year, the three-year-old race is expected to be even better as the Tour of Missouri was granted an upgrade to one of the top five-ranked events outside Europe by international and national federation’s for cycling. The upgrade will guarantee more top teams. Additional teams will be announced in coming weeks.

American Christian Vande Velde won last year’s race, while countryman George Hincapie won the inaugural race in 2007.

The Tour of Missouri’s premier sponsors to date are Missouri Tourism, Missouri Farm Bureau of Jefferson City, Drury Hotels, Edward Jones and Wind Capital Management, all of St. Louis. For more information: www.tourofmissouri.com.

Join our community site: www.tourofmissourifanzone.com

RACE CONTACTS: STATE CONACT:

  • Priscilla Visintine, (314) 422-5646 or Gary McElyea, (417) 848-4878
  • Steve Brunner, (719) 322-7022

Quick Facts

  • Dates: September 7-13, 2009
  • UCI Ranking: 2. HC (one of top 5 outside Europe)
  • Total Estimated Miles: 625
  • Teams (to date, as of April 28, 2009): Astana (LUX); BMC Racing (USA); Cervelo Test Team (SUI); Columbia-High Road (USA); Garmin-Slipstream (USA); Jelly Belly (USA); Liquigas (ITL); QuickStep (BEL); Saxo Bank (DEN)
  • Television: in final negotiation
  • Live Web coverage (3 hrs daily): tourofmissouri.com
  • 2008 Champion: Christian Vande Velde, USA (Garmin-Chipotle)
  • 2007 Champion: George Hincapie, USA (Discovery Channel)
  • Sanctioning: International Cycling Union, USA Cycling
  • Presenting Sponsor: Missouri Division of Tourism

Course Schedule

  • Sept. 7 / Monday / St. Louis, Circuit Race
  • Sept. 8 / Tuesday / Ste. Genevieve to Cape Girardeau, Road Race
  • Sept. 9 / Wednesday / Farmington to Rolla, Road Race
  • Sept. 10 / Thursday / St. James to Jefferson City, Road Race
  • Sept. 11 / Friday / Sedalia, Individual Time Trial
  • Sept. 12 / Saturday / Chillicothe to St. Joseph, Road Race
  • Sept. 13 / Sunday / Kansas City, Circuit Race

Visit the Tour of Missouri website for a complete schedule and calendar, to sign up for email newsletters, visit the Fan Zone, print an official poster, see a list of sponsors, buy merchandise, and view the complete Route Map.

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