Win A Bike!
By C-T Photo/Butch Shaffer
Chillicothe hosted the world’s top bicyclists Saturday as the World’s Home of Sliced Bread served as the starting point for Stage 6 of the 2009 Tour of Missouri. Teams from all over the world participated in the event which began in St. Louis on Labor Day and concluded in Kansas City on Sunday. The teams covered 612 miles with stops and starts in towns throughout the state: St. Genevieve, Cape Girardeau, Farmington, Rolla, St. James, Jefferson City, Sedalia and St. Joseph. With months of planning now behind, race day arrived with everything in position. Events had started Friday night downtown with food, music, children’s games and bicycle races for young children. By Saturday, the excitement had multiplied. Volunteers were in place to help wherever needed and crowds started arriving around 10 a.m. While waiting for the professional cycling teams to arrive, the crowds strolled through the courthouse plaza area. A health and wellness expo was on the west side of the courthouse.