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Get Ready For the Tour De Lafayette
As the cycling calendar unfolds, St. Louis is gearing up to host the much-anticipated Tour De Lafayette, which will grace the historic surroundings of Lafayette Square this Labor Day Weekend. This event has traditionally been a focal point for local and global cycling enthusiasts, and 2023 is set to uphold this tradition.
The Gateway Cup hosts the Tour de Lafayette each year, which provides events throughout St. Louis' parks every year during Labor Day weekend. The Tour opens with Lafayette Square, one of the city's most scenic and beautiful parks, on the Friday evening of Labor Day weekend.
Whether you enjoy bike races or want to bask in the charm of Lafayette Square, this event is loaded with fun, festivity, and fast-paced racing.
What is the Tour de Lafayette?
The Tour de Lafayette is a cycling event in St. Louis, Missouri, as part of the Gateway Cup, a four-day series of races in different neighborhoods. This year marks the 37th anniversary of the Cup.
As the first leg of the Gateway Cup, it will premiere on Friday, September 1st, 2023, in the historic Lafayette Square district. Junior races will begin at 1:30 pm, with adult races beginning at 2:00 pm.
The race features a nighttime criterium, a fast-paced circuit race on a 0.9 mile flat and wide course with four 90-degree turns.
The seemingly straightforward nature of the criterium becomes an exciting spectacle when the peloton forms. In cycling, the peloton is a French term for "platoon" and represents the phenomenon of many racers packed just inches away from one another as they plummet around sharp turns in tandem.
In addition to adult races, the Tour de Lafayette also includes junior races, kids races, and a festival atmosphere with food trucks, music, and vendors.
To get to the race, the official website recommends:
“From HWY 44, Exit Jefferson Avenue north, turn right on Chouteau. Turn right on Dolman Park Avenue. Race is to the right. Park on Park Avenue.”
Each year the Tour provides exciting races, delicious food, and wonderful spirits as the entire neighborhood brings out their picnic baskets and lawn chairs to socialize and enjoy the festivities.
Plan Your Stay at Lehmann House This Labor Day for the Tour de Lafayette
If you want to view the Gateway Cup firsthand, consider staying at Lehmann House Bed and Breakfast. We have front-row seats to the event and are centrally located near the best attractions in St. Louis to give you plenty to do during your Labor Day.
Written by Creative Copywriter Chris Davies