How to Watch a Race
The sport of cycling is more than 100-years old and is certainly one of those spectacles that the Europeans seem to appreciate more than Americans do. So enjoy this sport as the Europeans do with these helpful tips.
“When do I show up?”
Early. Cycling can be an all-day affair – and it should be. In order to “understand” a race, you need to see the beginning, middle and end. It’s both an individual and a team sport, and the more events you watch, the greater understanding you’ll have of the tactics.
Spend the day in The Grove. Come for the Expo, dining and the kids’ races, and stay to watch the pros.
“What do I bring?”
Most seasoned cycling fans know what to do – it’s a day outside with friends and family. Bring a few fold-up chairs, a cooler, lunch and comfortable clothes. Cycling fans are really professional picnickers. We suggest you pick a spot and make it home base. And don’t forget memorabilia for autographs.
“Can I move around?”
Absolutely – it’s encouraged. The Start/Finish line will be the ideal place to get autographs and take pictures. It’s also a great place to see how a race begins and the excitement of the finish. But, don’t stay there. The Tour de Grove offers some challenging terrain that shapes the race. Be sure to see the racers as they speed through The Grove or take the final turn at 40+ mph before launching towards the Finish line.
A couple hints: Bring your bike and take in the entire flowing course. Keep in mind, you’re next to an active race course – follow the directions of the Race Marshals. And don’t forget to hydrate and bring sunscreen – May in Missouri can be sunny!
“What do the Europeans do?”
They pick an exciting spot and make it theirs for the day – sometimes even enjoying a picnic. They cheer passionately and enjoy the moment. Nothing beats a day at the races.
“What if I have a question?”
Just look for a Race Marshal – they’re the guys with the “Tour de Grove” shirts- they’ll give you the inside scoop.