Motorists in Carthage should be aware that roughly 500 bicycle riders will be passing through town on the morning of Monday, June 18, as part of Missouri Life's fourth annual Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri).

Planning on driving in Carthage on Monday, June 18?
Motorists should be aware that roughly 500 cyclists will be passing through town as part of Missouri Life’s fourth annual Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri). The 311-mile ride along Missouri’s stretch of Route 66 will begin that morning in Joplin and end June 22 in Eureka.
Carthage’s Bob Brown, who will be riding with eight others from the Joplin area, said the bulk of the cyclists should pass through Carthage between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Participants will begin leaving Joplin as early as 6:30 a.m.
Riders will travel east on 2nd Street in Joplin onto Broadway before turning north on Saint Louis. The route travels east on Macarthur Drive in Webb City for a short distance and then turns north onto Powell Drive, which eventually becomes Broadway. The route continues east on Daugherty and then east on Main Street in Carterville before turning north on Pine Street. Riders will turn onto Old 66 at the Carterville Cemetery and follow that to Carthage. In Carthage, riders will enter on Oak Street and travel to Garrison, then turn onto 4th Street before heading north on Grant. The route continues east on Central and turns on 96, where riders will pass Kellogg Lake Park and turn north on County Road 130 to Kafir.
Riders will cover 86 miles on June 18 before stopping for the night in Willard. Water and rest stations will be established every 10 to 12 miles, and people along the route are encouraged to set up refreshment stands if they want and cheer on the riders.
“We have riders coming in from all over the United States and many other countries,” said Big BAM executive director Greg Wood in a news release. “For some, this will be their first time in Missouri. We hope all the towns along the route will be joining in on the fun and welcoming Big BAM riders.”