Archive for Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Second annual Tour of Lawrence to be held Fourth of July weekend

The second annual Tour of Lawrence is set to roll into town. The event will feature bike racers from across the country and will have races around Lawrence, including the KU campus and downtown.

June 29, 2010, 1:21 p.m. Updated June 30, 2010, 11:44 a.m.


World-class cycling is coming to Lawrence this weekend for the Tour of Lawrence, a three-day event that will include both intense competition and youth-friendly participation.

A look at some of the numbers:


This is the second-annual Tour of Lawrence, an event produced by the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau. For event details, including maps and schedules, visit


Length, in meters, of the Eldridge Hotel Sprint course, an uphill climb along Seventh Street, between Kentucky and Massachusetts streets. Women’s heats start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with the men’s competition to follow at 8 p.m.; a Kids’ Zone, sponsored by Lawrence Central Rotary, will provide a bounce house, obstacle course and other free activities at Seventh and Massachusetts. The Mudbugs will provide live music from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Massachusetts.


Length, in miles, of each loop in the KU Campus Circuit Race, with competitions to run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on the Kansas University campus. Spectators can park in the parking garage adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse, or along campus side streets.


Number of racers expected to compete in the pro-am event sanctioned by USA Cycling.


Amount of prize money available.


Number of turns in each trip around the mile-long Tour of Lawrence Criterium course, to be used by fast-riding and endurance-ready riders beginning at noon Sunday and ending about 8 p.m. in downtown Lawrence. Riders in each event cover the course as many times as they can in 70 minutes; whoever covers the most distance wins.


Distance, in miles, of the appropriately named Mass Street Mile Run, sponsored by Garry Gribble’s Running Sports. The event has races at 9:30 a.m., 9:50 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. Sunday before ending with the free Mass Street Kids Run — with distances ranging from 50 to 200 yards, depending on kids’ ages — beginning at 10:40 a.m. For more information, visit


Cost, in dollars, for the second annual Free Kids’ Bike Race, organized by the Lawrence Bicycle Club and sponsored by Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. Bicycles, tricycles, scooters and Big Wheels are welcome to ride down Massachusetts, from Ninth Street. The first 250 racers receive a medal, and participants coupons for a free ice cream cone and taco, plus a chance to win a Cycle Works gift certificate.


bd 7 years, 6 months ago

I am glad it is confined to just the city!

Don Whiteley 7 years, 6 months ago

A signal to all Lawrence residents to stay indoors, do not attempt to leave your home. Traveling in your car the weekend of the race can be hazardous to any schedule you may have once had, but definitely do not cross city streets on foot unless you want bicycle tread marks up your back. Not a safe weekend for man, woman, child, or beast.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 6 months ago

I bet you lock yourself in for the whole week during a football weekend.

Michelle Derusseau 7 years, 6 months ago

There will be an Independence Days celebration on the Sunday the 4th at Watson Park.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 6 months ago

I didn't make it last year, so my info is secondhand, but from what I heard, you could easily eat your fill of some great food for relatively little money.

But I agree that some of the Independence Days by the river were a blast-- there were some great national touring acts and a live orchestra to accompany the fireworks.

Michelle Derusseau 7 years, 6 months ago

The article says the Mass Street Mile is on Saturday but the website and registration says it is Sunday, July 4th.

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