Take a Tour of the St. Louis Region By Bike
Trailnet and the St. Louis Trek Bicycle Store will be taking more than 200 cyclists on a bi-state cycling adventure that routes participants past a geyser, a historic cemetery, St. Louis’ velodrome, and much more. Check out the latest additions to Great Rivers Greenway’s Bike St. Louis routes Sunday, August 9, during ourBike St. Louis City Tour.
While many of our rides take folks down country roads, this urban adventure is routed through some of St. Louis’ most vibrant neighborhoods and moves at a different pace—better for ogling attractions and bumping elbows with fellow riders.
The ride starts and finishes at the Morgan Street Brewery, located at 721 North 2nd Street, in St. Louis. Riders will take off from there and bounce into Illinois for a short jaunt along the Mississippi River and through Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park, where the Gateway Geyser just might pop off a couple times.
Riders are then routed into the oldest African American incorporated town in the country—Brooklyn, Illinois. The route then features a private ride through the Bellefontaine Cemetery, where we’ll have a rest stop. Cyclists will enter the cemetery through the Amaranth Gate (closed to public) where a group of volunteers will share insider information on some of the location’s highlights.
After that, we’ll cross back into Missouri on the McKinley Bridge and pedal through historic city neighborhoods and parks.
Our second rest stop will be at the Penrose Park Velodrome—aptly named Mr. Bumpy Face. This is the chance to test your mettle and see how quickly you to can whip your wheels around St. Louis’ fast-paced cycling track.
Participants will tour some of the beautiful old neighborhoods of North City, the commerce of Euclid Avenue, find a rest stop at Hartford Coffee, and take a trip around the iconic Cathedral Basilica.
Finishing this urban tour at Morgan Street Brewery, riders can buy beer and food while sitting back and rehashing the highlights of the best city ride they’ve ever been a part of.
The full route is 40 miles. Shorter routes of 34 miles (along Cherokee Street) and 19 miles (through Lafayette Park) are also available. Registration at the event is from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. To preregister, visit trailnet.org.