Cyclists enjoy the wild flowers along the Tour de Stooges route in 2006
(Photo by Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat)
About the Tour de Stooges
More than 700 cyclists enjoyed the scenic country roads on the Tour de Stooges in 2016.
(Photo by Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat)
We don't think we have to resort to a poke in the eye or a punch in the stomach to get you to ride in the Tour de Stooges on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at McKendree University's Melvin Price Convocation Center in Lebanon, Il.
The cost of the tour not only includes a trip on beautiful flat to gently rolling country roads in St. Clair, Madison and Clinton counties in Illinois, but it includes a lunch and all the slapstick comedy you can stand!
If you think it's far-fetched to combined cycling and
slapstick comedy, then you're in for a big surprise. For
example, a trio of stooges did their part to promote cycling
by riding a bicycle built for three in their Oscar-nominated
short "Men in Black" and in the films "Whoops, I'm an Indian"
and "Three Sappy People."
Ride Scenic Country Roads
Day-of-ride registration takes place from 6:00 to 10 a.m. at the McKendree University Melvin Price Convocation Center in Lebanon, IL. Roger Kramer Memorial Century riders can register and start the ride at dawn. You can take off as soon as you finish registration. Once on the road, you have several options available (click on the route to view the map):
- The Joe Besser "Not So Hard" Route — 9 mile
- The Curly Howard Shuffle — 15 miles
- The Larry "Just" Fine Route — 30 miles
- The Shemp Howard Shortcut — 46 miles
- The Moe Howard Metric — 63 miles
- The Roger Kramer Memorial Century
Maps will be provided, and all roads will be marked. The routes are designed as loops so riders can adjust along the route. Rest stops stocked with food and water are available. SAG service provided by Bike Surgeon and our volunteers will be available until 3 p.m.
On top of the food that will be served at the rest stops,
we'll serve you lunch at Ames Dining Hall at McKendree
University after the ride. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m. We urge long-distance riders to start before
7:00 a.m. to make sure you're back in time.The
lunch is all inclusive allowing you to take advantage of all
of the food stations at Ames including hot entree, soup, salad
bar, pizza, sandwiches made to order, pasta, stir fry, dessert
For Metric Century and Century riders here will be a food location on the route that is included with the ride. You can take advantage of the food served on the road or wait to get back to Ames Hall as long as you are there by 2:00 pm. Your wristband will be honored one time, either on the road or at Ames Dining Hall. Ames Dining Hall must close at 2:00 pm sharp to prepare for dinner for campus residents. For those of you on the longer routes, we also will point out communities on the route maps that have food available for purchase .
After the ride is done, you can enjoy some entertainment in the dining hall at McKendree!
We've heard that there's a few of you out there who don't like slapstick comedy. Don't worry, there's plenty to do in Lebanon after the ride including the Annual May Market Festival on Historic St Louis St. Lebanon is home to many historic homes, including the Mermaid House, which was a stop for 19th century author Charles Dickens.
We know rain's always a possibility in early May, but the ride will go on rain or shine. You may consider bringing rain gear.
From the west using I-64 Mckendree University is about 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis. From St. Louis, take Interstate 64 to Exit 19 toward Carlyle. Go north on IL158 for about one mile to US Route 50. Go east on Route 50 to Belleville St. (there is a left turn ane). Turn left onto Bellville St. to Alton St. Turn left on Alton St.. The Melvin Price Convocation Center is on the right just past the second stop sign (Summerfield St). Volunteers will be along the last few blocks of the route to direct you to parking, just look for the yellow safety vests.
From the north, take I-70 east or west depending upon where you are coming from to exit 21. Go south on Il-4 to the traffic light in Lebanon at St Louis St. (about 11 miles), turn right onto St Louis St.. Go straight to the first stop sign (Alton St). Turn right and the Melvin Price Convocation Cente will be on the right just past the first stop sign. Volunteers will be along the last few blocks of the route to direct you to parking, just look for the yellow safety vests.
From the south and east using I-64. Take exit 23 and go north in Il-4 about five miles to the traffic light at St Louis St. Turn left on St Louis St,. Go straight to the next stop sign (Alton St). Turn right and the Melvin Price Convocation Cente will be on the right just past the first stop sign. Volunteers will be along the last few blocks of the route to direct you to parking, just look for the yellow safety vests.
From the east using US-50. Go straight at the traffic light at IL-4 to the next stop sign (Alton St). Turn right and the Melvin Price Convocation Cente will be on the right just past the first stop sign. Volunteers will be along the last few blocks of the route to direct you to parking, just look for the yellow safety vests.