A throng of cyclists approaching 1,000 riders is expected to pedal through Lee’s Summit for the 16th Annual Tour de Lakes on Saturday, which will follow routes around scenic waters including Lake Jacomo and Longview Lake.
People from throughout the metropolitan area come to the bicycle ride that is supported by many volunteers and organized by Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation. They can choose from four routes, the shortest 10 miles, or go more than 60 miles.
Organizers of the rain-or-shine event will be ready for a hot day, with a predicted high around of 80 degrees.
“Every participant will get an emergency phone number to call if they have a breakdown, or have an injury or get too hot. It’s one way we offer assistance,” said Dan Cogan, marketing coordinator for the parks department. There are five SAG stops (support areas) that will provide water and other service, he said.
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The ride began in honor of Tom Logan, of Lee’s Summit, who died July 1, 2001 when he suffered a medical event called an aortic dissection, or tearing of a heart artery while on a ride. He is remembered as an enthusiastic booster of cycling. Started with small number of participants, the event continues to grow and benefits Legacy for Parks Foundation.
The ride begins at 7 a.m. at the Longview Recreation Center, 3801 S.W. Longview Park Drive in Lee’s Summit.
Riders can choose from four different routes: a 10-mile ride around Longview Lake, 32- and 46-mile rides around Longview, Raintree, and Lakewood Lakes. Avid riders can take a 63-mile ride around five lakes: Longview, Raintree, Lakewood, Blue Springs, and Lake Jacomo.
The Tour de Lakes costs $25 for those registered by today and $30 the day of the ride. Riders 13 and younger qualify for a discounted registration fee ($20 and $25 on day of the ride.)
Each rider must be 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult. Approved bicycle helmets are required for all riders as well as a signed waiver before their ride begins.
For more information or to register, visit tourdelakes.org or call Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation at 816-969-1500.