Big BAM bike tour will stop in Lebanon in ‘18

Big BAM
By: 
STEVE SMITH ◆ SSMITH@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

The fourth annual Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) in 2018 will travel along Missouri’s historic Route 66 from Joplin to Eureka and will stop in Lebanon for the first time, the organizers recently announced.

Next year’s 304-mile ride will begin on June 18 in Joplin and end on June 22 in Eureka. Previous Big Bam rides were held north of Interstate 70, and this will be the first time for the ride to take place in the southern part of the state.

Big Bam Executive Director Greg Wood, who is also publisher of Missouri Life magazine, said Lebanon was an obvious choice as an overnight stop because of its connection to Route 66 and the town’s past history as a frequent subject for the Missouri Life magazine and TV program.

“Lebanon has been a longtime client and also just a place where we have found lots of great stories for the magazine,” Wood said. “We were hoping to work with towns we work with consistently, and it just fell into place that way that Lebanon would be the third overnight town on the route for 2018.”

Three additional overnight towns will host the ride—Willard, Waynesville and Cuba. Each town will open its city park to welcome hundreds of Big BAM participants and anyone who wants to attend. The public is invited and encouraged to come enjoy the music and festivities.

Big BAM works with local authorities all along the route to help create a safe and fun event. Big BAM places water and rest stations every 10 to 12 miles.

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