Missouri’s Top Cycling Event The Staenberg Group Gateway Cup Offering Variety of Kids, Family Activities Labor Day Weekend

Published On August 21, 2014 | By Newsline | News, Road

Kids cycling event, 5K run/walk and family activities planned

ST. LOUIS  — The 22nd edition of The Staenberg Group (TSG Realty) Gateway Cup (www.gatewaycup.com) takes place Aug. 29 – Sept. 1 with four days of competitive cycling in the heart of four unique St. Louis neighborhoods – Lafayette Square, St. Louis Hills – Francis Park, The Italian Hill and Benton Park.  More than a race, the Gateway Cup offers fun for the whole family, including a 5k walk/run, cycling races for kids of all ages and abilities, and bike tours of historic St. Louis.

Kids Cycling Race

Children, from Big Wheel-aged to 12 years old, are invited to participate in daily cycling fun races that use the same finish line as the Pros.  For only $5, each child will receive an event T-shirt, finisher ribbon, race number and other goodies while competing for the coveted Staenberg Gateway Cup Build-A-Bear.  To compete, participants must bring their own helmets and bicycles. The Kids Races are sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. For more information, visit www.gatewaycup.com/just-for-kids/

Registration takes place on-site on race day:  

  • Tour De Lafayette:  Friday, Aug. 29; race starts at 6 p.m.
  • Tour De Francis Park:  Saturday, Aug. 30; race starts at 4:10 p.m.
  • Tour De Giro Della Montagna:  Sunday, Aug. 31; race starts at 5:10 p.m.
  • Benton Park Class:  Monday, Sept. 1; race starts at 3:35 p.m.

Benton Park 5K Run/Walk

The Benton Park 5K Run/Walk is open to participants of all ages and takes place on Monday, Sept. 1. Registration for the event begins at 7 a.m., with the 5K set to start at 8:30 a.m. and the Kids Fun Run at 9:30 a.m.  The course is two laps around the Benton Park Classic Race Course located by the Anheuser Busch Brewery and the historic Soulard and Benton Park neighborhoods. The event is stroller and dog friendly and participants are encouraged to wear their favorite 80s attire.  All finishers will receive an edible medal from Gus’ Pretzels. Registration is available online at www.gatewaycup.com/charity-rides/. Pre-race day entrance fees are $30/per person, $35 day of race. 

Trailnet Bicycle Fun Club Ride

The Trailnet Bicycle Fun Club Ride takes place on Sunday, Aug. 31. With distances for a variety of riders (22-, 30- and 43-mile options), families can take a tour of historic St. Louis. The ride will begin and end in the Italian Hill neighborhood in time to watch the afternoon races. The cost is$8 for a Trailnet member, $13 for a non-member and $3 per child. For more information, visit http://gatewaycup.com/charity-rides/trailnet-fun-ride/.

Ride to Unite

Hosted by Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments, Ride to Unite takes place on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. at Francis Park in South St. Louis. Participants of all ages and abilities will ride on the closed Francis Park racecourse, along with local celebrities and elite cyclists. This is a free event that unites cyclists with and without disabilities for a fun morning ride. The Ride to Unite will have celebrity riders paired with visually impaired children on tandems. Ride to Unite is sponsored by UnitedHealthcare and Lighthouse for the Blind. Free parking is available at Nottingham School – 4915 Donovan Ave, St Louis, MO 63109 (enter from Nottingham or Neosho). For more information, visit


  • Registration and check-in opens at 9 a.m.
  • Pancake breakfast served 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Enjoy Chris’ Pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee before, during and after the Ride to Unite cycling event. Cost – $5.
  • 5 -Mile Race Course Ride for participants of all ages and abilities begins at 10 a.m.
  • Kids Challenge (ages 7-12) begins at 10:40 a.m. Kids participate in a friendly 1/4 mile race on the closed course.

About the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC)

Created in 2013 to showcase the country’s top criterium-only events, the National Criterium Calendar (NCC) recognizes the best crit racers on American soil by employing a season-long rankings system that identifies overall men’s and women’s series leaders. For more information on the NCC, visit www.usacycling.org/ncc. Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross.

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