The Big Bicycle Across Missouri (BAM) tour is coming to Waynesville's front door this year.
The Big Bicycle Across Missouri (BAM) tour is coming to Waynesville’s front door this year. Big BAM presented by Missouri Life magazine is now holding two tour routes instead of just one, for the first time bringing participating cyclists to Route 66 in addition to the Katy Trail.
Big BAM is Missouri’s only cross-state bicycle tour. The tour has been in north Missouri since 2015 and offered only one ride a year.
Big BAM on Route 66 is scheduled for June 17-22, 2018. Hundreds of cyclists will ride 312 miles beginning in Joplin, cycling overnight to Willard, Lebanon, Waynesville, Cuba, and finishing in Eureka. The tour on the Katy Trail will be October 7-12, 2018. It will begin in Clinton, with overnights in Sedalia, Boonville, Jefferson City, Hermann, and will end in St. Charles, for a 240-mile ride.
Both Big BAM tours are unique events, offering cyclists special rest and water stops as riders cross the state. Big BAM also offers cyclists a variety of services including tents, camping services, luggage moving, shower trucks, support-and-gear (SAG) service, food vendors and live music and other entertainment at overnight host and pass-through towns. In past years, host towns have gone all out to welcome riders with special events such as art displays and special vendor booths.
Riders can choose between week-long passes and one or multiple day passes to use the BAM services. Last year, about 600 cyclists crossed Missouri, and the same number or more is anticipated for the Route 66 BAM. The Katy BAM is limited to 500 riders.
“We’re glad to add BAM onto the Katy Trail as well,” Greg Wood, publisher of Missouri Life and Big BAM director, said. “We’ve been approached by several communities on the trail to bring BAM to the trail, the longest rails-to-trails project in the country, since we first started BAM in 2015. It will be the same fun music and parties after a day of riding that the road BAM cyclists enjoy, but without any hills.”
Interested individuals can visit bigbamride.com for more information.