⚙ 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
  • 7:30AM: Full Slab (60-65 Mile) Start
  • 8:30AM: Long Stack (30-35 Mile) Start
  • 9:30AM: Short Stack (15-20 Mile) Start

Event Location:

Event Routes

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 at KC Live Block
• Free Beer provided by Boulevard Brewery
• Raising money to fight cancer in Kansas City

Schedule:

Thursday, September 25th:

  • 2-7PM: Packet Pickup @ TBD

Friday, September 26th:

Saturday (Ride Day) September 27th:

  • 6AM-9AM: Packet Pickup + New Registration @ Prairiefire
  • 7:30AM: 62 Mile Wave Start
  • 8:30AM: 35 Mile Wave Start
  • 9:30AM: 15 Mile Wave Start
  • 11AM: Post-Race Food Available
  • 12PM: Live Entertainment Starts
  • 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:

Information coming soon!

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.

Sign up for Tour de BBQ Newsletter

  • Happy Friday! Today's your last chance to lock in our introductory registration rates! Prices increase tomorrow. http://t.co/mmEkFfyVgO
  • To ensure we have enough BBQ & such for all our riders, we're capping this year's registration at 1500. Register now! http://t.co/LofnIJrFqz
  • RT : Sign up for at this year - ride, great cause, great ride, great BBQ! http://t.co/8GL1bBlGtu http://t.co/flUrdEVm6B
  • We forgot to raise our rider fees for August. Since we goofed, we're going to offer the lower rates til Friday 8/29! http://t.co/mJ91xawBcl
  • Thank you to National Beef! Their encouragement & enthusiasm has been invaluable in our fight against cancer in KC! http://t.co/iAmxm1mDX7
  • Introducing Morgan Simpson—our '14 Grand Marshal! Cancer survivor & Transitions Clinic patient http://t.co/FoiNgWLYvq http://t.co/F9qPODRhMR
  • Woodyard BBQ is authentic, smoke-the-meat-on-the-porch kind of #KC BBQ. Experience it before the Tour! https://t.co/8WLgoOYuZV
  • Preliminary routes are posted! Check out the 15, 35 & 62 mile courses & see where you'll be sampling #KC's best BBQ! http://t.co/miTY3tZRIb
  • We hope you'll ride w/ us on 9/27 as we attempt to raise $100K for the Transitions Clinic right here in KC! more info—http://t.co/zsujdeIlmu
  • With almost 70yrs of excellence, knows BBQ & sauces. Yet another Rest Stop on the Tour, add them to your training regime! #KC