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Ozark cyclist prepares for 7th Big Bicycle Across Missouri 6-day tour

Ozark cyclist prepares for 7th Big Bicycle Across Missouri 6-day tour

Chris Webster began cycling before he had his own bicycle. He borrowed one of his friend’s to ride the 14 miles to and from high…

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Chris Webster began cycling before he had his own bicycle. He borrowed one of his friend’s to ride the 14 miles to and from high school each day.

Originally from Kansas, today Webster lives in Ozark and works as a flight nurse for Mercy. When he’s not working in the air, he enjoys pedaling close to the ground, participating in bicycle tours across the Midwest. One of his favorites is Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) .

Big BAM is a six-day bike ride, this year along Route 66. The ride begins in Joplin on June 12 with overnight stops in Willard (June 13), Lebanon (June 14), Waynesville (June 15), Rolla (June 16), Cuba (June 17) and Eureka (June 18). From Joplin to Eureka, the ride is a little more than 250 miles.

The bicycle tour was established in 2015 by Greg and Danita Allen Wood, publisher and editorial director of Missouri Life Magazine .

"Missouri Life Magazine works with communities all across Missouri, and we thought it would be fun to have an event that traveled and that would benefit Missouri towns and communities," Greg Wood said.

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Big BAM celebrates its seventh anniversary this year, as the 2020 ride was canceled due to COVID-19. Greg Wood said prior to the pandemic, about 300 cyclists would come out for the tour, with riders from about 30 different states. This year, he anticipates about 200 cyclists.Each year, Big BAM’s […]

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