Some of the biggest names of bicycle racing start the week-long Tour of Missouri this afternoon with an 85-mile race from Kansas City into Platte County and back. Tomorrow they’ll race 126 miles from Clinton to Springfield.
For those who don’t quite grasp the importance of the race, the executive director of Missouri Bicycle Federation calls it the Super Bowl on wheels.
It will be a historic race because it will be the last time the Discovery Channel team will race together on American soil. The team has dominated bicycle racing since Lance Armstrong began winning the Tour de France. Team member Alberto Contador won this year’s Tour de France and will race in the Tour of Missouri.