We wrap up the last two Thursdays in June in style, with Singlespeed and Ladies' Night! June 26 is the final leg of three straight WorldTour races, and this one is for the folks with one gear or those who are women. SSers get double points on their finish this Thursday night, and the women have their time to shine as well. The top women gets a full 20 points, with -1 down through the whole top twenty!
July 3 is an off-day of sorts. The night before the 24th Annual Pancake Ride, we don't want to put too much pressure on folks to empty the tank. The ride is on, but won't be worth any points in the WorldTour Series.
After that, it's the first stage of the biggest month in Speed of Light. For four straight weeks, riders will battle for the maillot jaune, as well as the Mountains and Points classifications, plus the Best Old Rider's jersey.
Last year's winner, Ty Schmidt, has already claimed the Giro title for 2014, and he'll be up against the fastest men and women in Northern Michigan for the month of July. Jason Lowetz, Jason Whittaker, Eric Pollard, Craig Webb, Sean Kickbush, Keegan Myers and a load of others will be in the hunt, as the reigning World Champion Ryan Kennedy enters every stage as the top threat.
Stage One takes place on July 10, and will be the only stage with time bonuses on offer, with 5, 3, and 1 seconds bonuses for the podium.
Stage Two is July 17, and as is tradition, is one for the Sprinters. Double points on offer in the green jersey competition, making the Vasa Power Section the big target of the day. Riders looking for a high place overall will need to stay in touch with those going for points, and Keegan Myers enters as the odds-on favorites.
Stage Three (July 27) is for the climbers, with double points coming on the Vasa CC Climb right from the gun. A number of riders have topped the mark here, but Ty Schmidt has been the craftiest in recent weeks as he tries to make the selection. It'll be interesting to see if Sean Kickbush can leave his mark here as well, as he's played the role of faithful lieutenant to teammate Myers.
The Finale, Stage Four, is unlike any Speed of Light in history. For the very first time, riders will complete the 12 mile course...only to go around again! That's right, the Queen Stage for 2014's prestigious Tour Competition will include a second lap, making it the most demanding Grand Tour-and stage-of all-time! Only those still involved in the general classification will ride two laps, and only the points from the first lap will count toward the points and climber's jerseys. Other riders can choose to do a second lap at their own peril.
The Tour will also see the return of the Team Competition. Each stage, the top three riders from each team with score their times against the rest of the squads in TC.
KEEN Racing will again host a barbeque at the conclusion of the Tour, complete with beer, hot dogs, finger foods and FUN.