The Cliff Drive stage of the Tour of Kansas City was held today... racing began at 8:30 this morning and participants in 10 categories went around the 2.8 mile course with varying numbers of laps. Below are pictures from the Pro, Category 1 and 2 race which began at 2:30.Races started and ended at the Colonnade above is the start of the Pro race.
The course went west of Concourse Park and past Reservoir Hill then on to Cliff Drive going past North Terrace Lake and then up Goose Neck and back around to the Colonnade.
Above.... Gladstone Boulevard just after Goose Neck... the Kansas City Museum in the background.
I can barely get up Gooseneck once on my bike.... these guys had to do it 18 times on a 100 degree (in the sun) day.
Above, rounding the first curve on Gooseneck. Below, once you made the top of the hill a cooling hose spray awaited.
Above, passing the Thomas Hart Benton Memorial, below, riders seen through the Colonnade.
Above, Brian Jensen won the race going away... the 5th time he has won the Cliff Drive portion of the Tour. Below... he discusses the race with the announcer.
The Tour this year was a benefit for Operation Breakthrough. The final stage... the Power and Light Criterium is tomorrow.... racing starts at 8am.