Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Tour de BBQ Planning Committee is seeking guidance from our riders, sponsors and beneficiaries – including KU Cancer Center and Children’s Mercy, to evaluate possibilities for this year’s ride. Please understand, while we have no desire to postpone this year’s event, our first priority is the safety of our riders and volunteers. If conditions improve to the point we can relax social distancing guidelines, then our hope would be to open registration sometime this summer. If and when registration does open, we will post the update on social media and send out an e-blast to all our past riders. To receive updates, please subscribe to our mailing link (found at the bottom of this site’s homepage) or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. We appreciate your ongoing support of the Tour de BBQ! Stay tuned and stay safe!
The Tour de BBQ, which will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019, is KC’s tastiest event on two wheels. It is a “tour” – not a race – where riders choose between routes of 12, 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 barbecue restaurants where riders are provided a sample of that restaurant’s offering. After cyclists complete their route, they’re greeted with frosty beverages, more barbecue and a free concert.
Funds raised by the Tour de BBQ support The University of Kansas Cancer Center Survivorship Transition Clinic – a program for young adult survivors of pediatric cancer. The clinic was developed through a research partnership with Children’s Mercy Hospital, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Midwest Cancer Alliance, the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center. The Tour de BBQ provides 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 nearly $500,000 to support cancer survivors in Kansas City.