Tour of Missouri dead due to political bad blood? (updated)
Update (2:05 p.m. May 20): On Wednesday, our sister paper the Riverfront Times reported that bad blood between Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder could lead to the demise of the Tour of Missouri cycling race.
Tour of Missouri chair Mike Weiss told the RFT that the governor and the Division of Tourism had ignored his repeated requests to meet and discuss a $1 million appropriate that the race is losing and the future of the event.
A spokesman for Nixon’s office claimed he was unaware of the requests. The Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation called bullshit and released documents showing a request on May 13 to meet with the governor and tourism officials.