Twenty-seven riders missed the start of Stage 6 of the Motorcycle Cannonball 2016 on Thursday, Sept. 15, because their bikes were inoperable. But they worked diligently to get the motorcycles repaired so they could get back on the road for the next stage of the race.
The cross-country race in honor of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Erwin "Cannonball" Baker's record-setting 11-day ride in 1914 had a 22-way tie for first place after arriving in Springfield, Mo.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Cris Sommer-Simmons said the day started beautifully, with lots of rolling hills through Missouri.
Cris Sommer-Simmons sets out to begin Stage 6.
"I just LOVE this state," Sommer-Simmons wrote on her Facebook page. "Effie [the name she has given her bike] ran great all day and is taking good care of me."
She said she made it to the lunch stop before a downpour.
Sommer-Simmons sat in 10th place as she departed to Wichita, Kan., Friday, a 235-mile route.
On Sept. 10, 90 riders departed Atlantic City, N.J., on their 3,304 mile route across the country in hopes of arriving at San Diego, Calif., on Sept. 25. The race is held in honor of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Erwin "Cannonball" Baker's record-setting 11-day ride in 1914.
For full results from Stage 6, visit www.motorcyclecannonball.com.
To view the detailed schedule for the ride, visit www.motorcyclecannonball.com/theroute.