⚙ Event Info

What is the Tour de BBQ?

The Tour de BBQ, which will be held on September 27, 2014, is KC’s tastiest event on two wheels. It is a “tour” – not a race – where riders choose between routes of 15, 35, and 62 miles. What makes the event unique is that the rest stops for each route are some of Kansas City’s most famous barbeque restaurants where riders are provided a sample of that restaurant’s offering. After cyclists complete their route, they’re greeted with Boulevard Beer, more barbeque and a free concert.

Funds raised by the Tour de BBQ support the Midwest Cancer Alliance’s Transitions Clinic – a program for young adult survivors of pediatric cancer. The Transitions Clinic is a partnership between the University of Kansas Cancer Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital. The Tour de BBQ will provide funds for a nurse navigator to assist adolescents as they transition from pediatric to adult oncology treatment.

Since its inception in 2009, the Tour de BBQ has donated $280,000 to fight cancer in Kansas City. To view videos about our event, learn who we help and what this event is about, click here.

Event Basics:

Event Date:

  • Saturday September 27th, 2014

Event Times:

  • 6:00AM-9:15AM: Event Day Packet Pickup @ Prairiefire Entertainment District
  • 7:20AM: Full Slab (60-65 Mile) Start
  • 8:20AM: Long Stack (30-35 Mile) Start
  • 9:30AM: Short Stack (15-20 Mile) Start

Event Location:

Event Routes

  • Short Stack (15-20 miles)
  • Long Stack (30-35 miles)
  • Full Slab (60-65 miles)

Registration Information:

There are two types of registration for the Tour de BBQ: “Fundraise to Ride” or traditional registration.

Traditional Registration

Here, you simply pay the registration fee and fundraising is optional – although still encouraged. Once you pay the registration fee, you can still join a fundraising team, create your own team, or fundraise individually. But nothing further is required if you simply choose to show up and ride.

Before August 1 After August 1 Day of
Short End (15 mile route) – $30
Long End (35 mile route) – $45
Full Slab (62 mile route) – $65
Short End (15 jile route) – $45
Long End (35 mile route) – $60
Full Slab (62 mile route) – $80
Short End (15 mile route) – $50
Long End (35 mile route) – $65
Full Slab (62 mile route) – $85

Fundraise to Ride

The other way to register is through the Fundraise to Ride.  With this option you pay no upfront rider fee, but rather commit to fundraising at least $100, by September 14 in order to participate in the 2014 Tour de BBQ.

What happens if I don’t raise $100 by September 14?  If you have not raised $100 by September 14, you can still participate in the Tour de BBQ by paying the current registration price for your distance or personally donating the remaining amount to fulfill the $100 fundraising obligation.

Click here to register for the 2014 Tour de BBQ!!!

Tour de BBQ Highlights:

• Goodie Bag
• Custom Tour de BBQ Pint Glass
• Custom Tour de BBQ Tee
• Free famous KC BBQ samples at designated Rest Stops along the route(s)
• Free Post-Ride BBQ
• Free Concert
• Free Beer provided by Boulevard Brewery
• Raising money to fight cancer in Kansas City

Schedule:

Thursday, September 25th:

Friday, September 26th:

Saturday (Ride Day) September 27th:

  • 6AM-9AM: Packet Pickup + New Registration @ Prairiefire
  • 7:30AM: Full Slab 62 Mile Wave Start (3 Waves every 10 Minutes)
  • 8:30AM: Long Stack 35 Mile Wave Start (5 Waves every 10 Minutes)
  • 9:30AM: Short Stack 15 Mile Wave Start (3 Waves every 10 Minutes)
  • 11AM: Post-Race Food Available
  • 12PM: Live Entertainment by Atlantic Express
  • 3PM: Course and Prairefire Closes

Please note schedule and packet pickup times are subject to change. A pre-ride email will be sent out within the week of the event with final times and schedules.

Location:

The 2014 Tour de BBQ will be held at Prairiefire at 135th and Nall in Overland Park, KS.  Although this is a new location, it will still have the same fun with all of the excitement of the Metro’s hottest new entertainment district.  To learn more about Prairiefire, visit, www.visitprairiefire.com

Parking:

Parking is available on a first come, first serve basis within Prairiefire Entertainment District. Parking in the apartment complex is not allowed. Please view the parking map for more information!

USA Cycling:

The Tour de BBQ is sanctioned with USA USA Cycling. USA Cycling rules apply. The complete list of rules can be found at http://www.usacycling.org/.

Volunteer:

We have positions of all kinds where volunteers can see the start, portions of the race and even the finish. Nearly 100% of all unsolicited racer comments include praise for our volunteers; this is truly what makes these events possible. The racers really appreciate your time because they know and realize they could not pursue this sport without volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please take a second to fill out our Volunteer Inquiry Form.

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  • Thank you to everyone who helped make the 6th annual Tour de BBQ a success—our riders, sponsors, & volunteers made this a ride to remember!
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  • RT : Did 34 miles at the today...first time riding road bike too...I will now invent a comfortable bike seat
  • RT : It's been 2 months since my knee surgery. 1 month ago I set a goal to ride 60 miles in the charity... http://t.co/XE7DxWWWnc
  • RT : Awesome to ride with my bro-in-law just a year after a bike accident broke his back! #tdbbq http://t.co/2zJPR6fXnu
  • RT : Tour de BBQ 60 mile finish! Perfect weather! ☀️Jamie Steve Dan Pedigo Abe #gripnrip http://t.co/tHIxnXVkry
  • RT : Thinking about swapping out one of my water bottles...not sure if this counts as proper hydration. #tdbbq http://t.co/FQ2T2bJSbW
  • RT : Post burnt ends and grits! $ http://t.co/47cn99zaK3