Tour de Soulard

Tour de Soulard Bastille Day Criterium – July 14, 2002 – St. Louis, MO

The Tour de Soulard is the center piece of a Bastille Day celebration in the historic Soulard neighborhood located about one and a half miles from downtown St. Louis.  Even the guillotine replica, by its proximity to the crash-prone second turn, is ominous.  In the photo at the left, a rider approaches turn two with the guillotine in the background standing watch.  Then there’s the bar race.  You just never know what the Soulard’s bar owners are going to come up with.    At the right, the Tiki bar’s entry in the bar race crosses the line.  Mai Tai anyone?

Check out the St. Louis Cycling Club Web site for more information about the race, including results from the Delhi Road Race and Tour de Soulard.  

Category 1,2,3 – The door opened for Arjuna Fleener (CBC) to win the senior men’s category 1,2,3 race when a four man break consisting of his team mate Dave Henderson, Eric Pirtle(Dogfish), Danny Schmatz (7Up/THF Realty), and Ed Micek (RCRC) were pulled back by the field on the last lap.  “With my team mate out in the break, I was able to sit in and wait until the last couple of corners for the win,”  Fleener said.  He celebrates the victory in the photo at the right.  

With three to go, Aaron Inch (Big Shark) took a prime, but couldn’t hold the gap.  With two to go, the four man break of Henderson, Pirtle, Schmatz and Micek looked good.  But Fleener would come out of the pack for the win followed by Tracy Smith (Ritchey Midwest) in second,Charles Huff (Ozark) in third, Josh Carter (world’s brightest flashlight in fourth and Alan Craddock (RCRC) in fifth.  Photos   


Women Open With a little help at the end, Carla Farrell (Museum/Big Shark) outsprinted the field to win the senior women’s category 1,2,3,4 race.  “I got a really good lead-out for the sprint,” Farrell stated.  She didn’t waste any time getting to the front.  Early on, she covered an attack by Kelly Benjamin (Blue River) and a break was formed.  Benjamin would take second followed by Heather Brice (Museum/Big Shark) in third.  In the photo at the upper left, Farrell enters turn one in the senior women’s category 1,2,3,4 race.   Photos on torch light site.

Cat III/IV Men – Craig Morris (KC Orthopedics) won a close sprint for the victory.  In second was Micah Moran (Ritchey Midwest), Steve Ballinger (Velo Force) in third, and Kris Henkhaus (St. Louis Cycling) took fourth.  The four riders escaped the pack at the twenty-nine minute mark and were never seriously challenged.

Masters 35-44 – Dave Henderson (CBC) sprinted to victory out of a three man break that formed on lap five.  “I was hoping I could get away and try to time trial in because I am a better at time trialing than sprinting,”   Henderson said.  He barely beat Gary Doering (Team Mack) to the line with John Matthews (St. Louis Cycling) in a close third.

Masters 45-54 Dave Hixon (Velo Force) cruised to the line for the win with Gary Doering (Team Mack) in second followed by Tom Gee (St. Louis Cycling) in third.  The three were part of a six man group that included Tom Zoumaras (Jelly Belly), Evan Wykes, and Ricky Meredith (CBC) which got away halfway through the race.

Junior Men – 1. Zack Garrell (CBC), 2. John Williams (St. Louis flash lite torch), 3. James Pirtle (Dogfish)

Masters Women 35 & Over –

Cat IV Women Under 30 1. Katie Arehart (Dogfish), 2. Beth Hemenway (Big Shark), 3. Jennifer Elliott (Velo Force)

Cat IV Women 30 & Over 1. Amy Berg (St. Louis Cycling), 2. Marilyn Powell (Team Mack), 3. Tracy Faber (Big Shark)

Cat V Beginners 30 & Over – 1. Tosh Yoshino (St. Louis U), 2. Todd Glass (UA), 3. Todd LaFontaine