For the 16th year in a row, Race Across America will be returning to this area.
The cross-country bicycling event will use Revolution Cycles at Bedford Center in Washington once again as Time Station No. 34.
Last year, a total of 61 individuals and teams came through the Race Across America Time Station No. 34 at Revolution Cycles in Washington over a six-day period.
Unlike many other races, this one has no stages. Riders and their teams start in Oceanside, Calif., and proceed at their own pace along the route to Annapolis, Md. Riders and their teams will be coming through the area at all hours. If last year’s schedules are accurate, the first riders could arrive Sunday, June 17, or Monday, June 18. The last teams should pass through the area Friday, June 22.
Solo riders will start from Oceanside Pier, Calif.,Tuesday. Teams will begin Saturday, June 16.
The route first came through this area in 2003 with a time station in Marthasville. A time station run by Scenic Cycles remained in or around Marthasville until the route changed to go through Hermann, New Haven and Washington in 2009.
The route follows the same planned course as recent years.
Teams will enter this area via Highway 94 from Jefferson City eastbound. The race turns south on Highway 19, crossing the Missouri River at Hermann, before continuing east on Highway 100 through New Haven and Washington.
Teams will turn north on Highway 47, crossing the Missouri River again. The race turns right onto Highway 94 near Dutzow and then stays straight on Highway TT.
Teams turn left on Highway T before turning right on Highway D past Lake Sherwood. They would then turn north on Highway Z in New Melle and move north to Wentzville.
Should something come up to reroute the teams, they likely will enter the area along Highway 50 moving east to Union and Highway 47 North to Highway 100 West. The course would resume on the published route after the time station.
Motorists are advised to exercise caution during the race along race routes. Riders are supposed to have team vehicles behind them, but due to the nature of the event, it’s possible that there could be times where the team vehicles have moved ahead or behind to refuel or restock provisions.
Teams have been instructed to be mindful of local traffic while in Missouri, which seems to have picked up a reputation among the race competitors and officials.
“From here (Missouri-Kansas border) to Time Station 35 (Mississippi River), the local folks seem determined to get where they’re going without delay,” the RAAM route book directions state. “Don’t allow your racer to impede other traffic. Not only is it dangerous but it’s also against RAAM rules. Look out for yourself and your racer’s safety as if someone’s life hangs in the balance.”
For more information on Race Across America, please see the official site, www.raceacrossamerica.org.