FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that’s not answered on this page, please contact us at tourdebbq@gmail.com.

  • Is a helmet required?

    Yes.  Riders are required to wear helmets at all times.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

  • Do I have to be an experienced cyclist to ride in the Tour de BBQ?

    We suggest that you are familiar with how to ride a road bike with a group in urban setting. That said, our 20 mile route is a great course for those new to road rides.

  • Will I have to ride up hills on my course?

    Yes. As this is an urban route and there will be hill climbs on each route

  • Will I get a full meal at each rest stop?

    No. Our rest stops will be giving out BBQ samples. There will also be BBQ at the post-ride pavilion.

  • Where do my fundraising dollars go?

    Your fundraising dollars support the Survivorship Transition Clinic – a support facility for childhood pediatric cancer patients who are transitioning to adult care.

  • Who runs the Tour de BBQ?

    Tour de BBQ, Inc. is run by an-all volunteer board. None of them earns one cent from the event. For logistical support of the ride and post-ride celebration, Tour de BBQ, Inc. has hired  Ultramax Sports – an event production company.

  • What time does the ride start?

    The official ride time will be determined a couple of weeks before the event.  The riders will depart in waves with the first wave of 62 milers usually departing around 7am and successive waves and distances thereafter. 

  • What is the minimum age?

    Because the Tour de BBQ is not a closed course, all riders must be at least 12 years old to participate in the Tour de BBQ.  However, we do make exceptions for those younger than 12, who have sufficient riding experience.  Riders who are 13 or younger must ride with their parents.

  • Am I required to fundraise?

    If you choose to pay a rider fee at the time of registration, there is no requirement for additional fundraising.  If you chose the “Fundraise to Ride” option and do not pay a rider fee at registration, then you must fundraise $100 by September 14 in order to participate in the event.  If you do not raise $100 by September 14, you may still participate in the event by either paying the remaining fundraising amount due or paying the rider fee for your selected distance.

  • Where can I stay?

    There are a number of hotel options near the Prairiefire location at 135th and Nall in Overland Park.  We hope to announce a formal hotel partner very soon.

  • How Can I Volunteer?