Bikers For Babies ride to rumble Sunday
With a route sending rumbling riders roaming through town for a third straight year, Eudora has established itself as a March of Dimes Kansas City Bikers for Babies Ride standard.
"It's a great halfway point," March of Dimes Community Director Monica Boarson said. "They have always been very welcoming to all of our riders."
The motorcycles will start coming through town about 10 a.m. Sunday en route to the Kansas Speedway in Wyandotte County.
"They have a new route, so it will be a little bit later," Tina Lencioni, co-owner of DC Custom Crafted Cycles said.
The Bikers for Babies ride raises money for research into infant illness and mortality.
Boarson estimated as many as 6,000 bikers could cruise through town.
The event, which is the biggest Bikers for Babies ride in the nation, has a goal of raising $600,000 this year.
"We're trying to hit the $3 million mark this year," Boarson said of national fundraising efforts.
Eudora will be ready for them.
Lencioni and DC Custom Crafted cycles co-owner Matt Montgomery approached the Eudora City Council Aug. 27 about closing Main Street from 10th to Seventh streets from about 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"We just want to make sure we have plenty of time to get them out safely," Lencioni said.
Lencioni predicted citizens will have much the same experience as past years.
For the last two years, community members along the route have brought lawn chairs or made signs to welcome the riders.
The community support is not lost on the March of Dimes Foundation, Boarman said.
"They love being supported by the community waving and cheering," she said.
Because Eudora is a midpoint, bikers often flock to the two gas stations, fast-food restaurants and the downtown businesses.
For Dan Strimple, owner of Cutter's Smokehouse and Pub, 726 Main St., the annual ride is a big benefit to the community.
"It's a very good deal for downtown," he said.
opportunity to stop, eat food and enjoy live music before continuing to the speedway.
The bikers' demeanor has stood out most to Lencioni. The bikers are very patient she said.
"If we get a line of customers, not one of them complains," Lencioni said.
The bikers also tend to leave very little trash behind, she said.
"I think it's a privilege to have them go through here," Lencioni said. "It's just great that they choose Eudora to go through every year. There may be a time when they change it though and won't go through here, but we enjoy it while they're here, that's for sure."
For more information on the Kansas City Bikers for Babies Ride or to learn how to sign up, visit www.marchofdimeskc.org.