The region’s only bicycle ride dedicated to a love of slapstick comedy and love of pedaling along stretches of country roads returns for its 19th year, with a new, 100-mile route. It’s where the rubber chicken meets the road.
On Saturday, May 7, the Tour de Stooges bicycle ride will be held at Lebanon High School. Advance registration is available at tourdestooges.com.
The ride features Stooges-themed routes matched to any bicyclist’s ability: the Joe Besser “Not so hard” 10-mile route; the Curly Howard Shuffle at 15 miles; the Larry “Just” Fine 30-miler; the Shemp Howard 46-mile Shortcut; the Moe Howard Metric Century at 63 miles; or, new this year, the Roger Kramer Memorial Century at 100 miles.
Cost is $25 for adults, $12.50 for children 5-12 and $62.50 for a family of two adults and two children. Prices increase on the day of the ride. Spiffy Three Stooges-themed T-shirts are $12.
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Registration includes a fully supported bicycle ride through beautiful countryside, tasty snacks at the rest stops, an all-you-can eat buffet and all the Three Stooges film shorts you can stand following the ride at Lebanon High School.
The Tour de Stooges is sponsored by Gateway East Trails, a non-profit group dedicated to bringing bicycle and walking trails to eastern St. Clair County. The ride is dedicated to the memory of Roger Kramer, a founder of the ride and as Knucklehead-in-Chief, the force that kept it going for 15 years.