First solo riders in the 2014 Race Across America will be arriving in the area this weekend.
The solo riders began from Oceanside Pier, Calif., Tuesday at noon (PDT). As of Friday morning (7 a.m. CDT), the leader was Christoph Strasser and he had passed through Trinidad, Colo.
At his current pace, Strasser is scheduled to pass through Time Station 34, located at Revolution Cycles in Bedford Center, at 11:10 p.m. Saturday night. That is subject to change due to stops for rest or repairs.
Strasser had a lead of four time stations over Gerhard Gulewicz, second in the overall and solo male (under 50) category and solo male (50-59) leader Hans-Rudolf Nyfeler.
Teams start from Oceanside Pier, Calif., Saturday at noon (PDT). Those teams consist of up to eight riders in a number of different categories. The team riders include James and Pippa Middleton, siblings of England’s Dutchess of Cambridge. They are competing for the 8-person Michael Matthews Foundation, founded in the memory of the youngest Briton (22) to have summited Mount Everest. He died in 1999.
The Middleton’s are some of the celebrities who are competing this year.
The Legends of the Road (4-person) team has seven-time U.S. national champion David Zabriskie along with X Games competitor Dave Mirra and AMA motorcycle riders Micky Dymond and Ben Bostrom.
As the Race Across America moves at the speed of its individual riders, it’s likely that they’ll be coming through the area at all hours of the day, so caution along the roads is advised.
This is the 11th year that the race has come through this area.
The race route enters the area along Highway 94 from the Rhineland area, goes down Highway 19 to Hermann and then Highway 100 past Time Station 34.
Teams then turn left on Highway 47 and cross the Missouri River before turning right onto Highway 94 and then straight to Highway TT and left on Highway T. The riders will then turn east on Highway D, going to New Melle. Teams then turn north on Highway Z to Wentzville.
The race concludes in Annapolis, Md.
For more information, please see the website, www.raceacrossamerica.org.
An app, called Tractalis, has live updates on the locations of riders and teams.