Mike Weiss

Tour de Grove
6:17 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Life cycle of a bike race: Tour de Grove evolves into top cycling event

Riders mass for the start of the Category 2/3 race at the Tour de Grove. This was a top amateur race of the weekend.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Some of the top athletes in their sport were in St. Louis last weekend.

They weren’t wearing the birds and bats of the Cardinals, and they didn’t draw the crowds of a weekend series at Busch Stadium. But the contest known as the Tour de Grove is slowly but surely becoming a big draw in the world of professional cycling.

The atmosphere on a warm spring Saturday afternoon in the Grove has the feel of a gigantic street party. People line Manchester Avenue sipping beer, snacking on the wares of street vendors, and listening to music.

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