Missouri Life magazine is gearing up for the third annual Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri). Modeled after Iowa’s RAGBRAI, an event that attracts about 15,000 riders to Iowa annually, Big BAM is Missouri’s border-to-border bicycle and music festival that incorporates live music and other entertainment in communities across the Show-Me State. Riders will travel 330 miles across Missouri for six days, June 11–16.
Big BAM Riders will gather in Weston on Saturday, June 10, for a kickoff party at historic O’Malley’s Pub. Riders will depart the morning of the 11th and will continue across the state, stopping for overnights in Kearney, Lexington, Marshall, Moberly, and Mark Twain Lake. The ride will end Friday, June 16, in Louisiana, Missouri, on the banks of the Mississippi River, where the Outdoors Fest will be in full swing.
Each overnight community will host live music, a booth exhibit area featuring local vendors, and food and beer tents. Many communities in-between the overnight stops will be hosting festivals and events to welcome the riders into their communities. Concerts are free and open to the public.
"We are excited to see Big BAM grow in its third year," says event director and Missouri Life Publisher Greg Wood. "Our overnight towns have some great surprises in store for our riders and we can’t wait for them to experience the small-town hospitality and beautiful scenery that makes Big BAM unique."
The 2017 Big BAM features more than 14 bands and musicians from Missouri and the surrounding states. The 2017 lineup includes Al Holiday and the Eastside Rhythm Band, The Nace Brothers, The Kay Brothers, The Roadkill Orchestra, The Flood Brothers, The Meanwells, Two-Bit Steve, Marcella’s Ghost, Rose Ridge, Two Cities One World, Austin Jones & the Bootheel Boys, and Johnny Fox.
Bicycle participants may choose among three ticket options. The 6-Day Pass includes access to campsites, showers, luggage transport, all shows and special events, campsites, SAG (support-and-gear) moving and help, and a gift bag full of surprises. The 3-Day Pass includes access to campsites, shower, luggage transport, and all show and special events. The 1-Day Pass includes access to that day’s shows and events.
Find information on the 2017 Big BAM route and schedule, overnight communities, bands, ticket purchase, and more at BigBamRide.com.