Tour of Kansas City Bike Race 1972

1972 Tour of Kansas City

1972 was the 9th edition of the Tour of Kansas City, still held in Penn Valley Park, and still without a winner from Kansas City, the event was attracting more and more top talent. 15 year old Judy Wood was the only female rider to enter and raced against the men. Pedal 35 Miles to Victory Kansas City Times June …

1968 Tour of Kansas City

Bike Race Tomorrow Thrilling for Riders, Spectators Kansas City Times Saturday, October 19, 1968 Local bicyclists, replete with colorful jerseys and high speed, lightweight machines, will turn out in force tomorrow to compete against riders from all parts of the Mid-West in the Fifth Annual Tour of Kansas City. Post time for the 35-mile road race is 1 o’clock, rain …

Tour of Kansas City 1967

By the 4th edition of the event in 1967, the Tour of Kansas City was attracting riders from around the Midwest. Still held at Penn Valley Park, the race was held in August in the high-heat of the Missouri summer. St. Louis riders still had a stranglehold on the top podium spots. Cycling legend John Howard, who would go on to …

1966 Tour of Kansas City

Tour of Kansas City 1965 and 1966

We haven’t found much information on the 2nd Tour of KC event in 1965. We do know that the first and second place winners were 19 year old John Potoschnik of Wichita, KS and 17 year old John Riddle of Saint Louis. In 1966 these two riders were 1st and 2nd again but that year, Riddle won the race with …

The First Tour of Kansas City 1964

The very first Tour of Kansas City was held at Penn Valley Park in 1964. It was a single-day race with 30 riders participating from around the region. The original course that was used is no longer intact, but the race that was bred in that park has carried on for 52 years. Below, a Kansas City Times article details that day’s …

Penn Valley Park

The Tour of Kansas City – A Grand History

The Tour of Kansas City has a long and rich history, 52 years to be exact. Many years’ worth of old articles and information about the Tour were passed onto us by Steve White and we are putting together a series of articles and information about the history of the event. To start, here is the text from one of …