Mar 28, 2008 Print This Article

Seminary Students, Faculty To Take Part in Fourth Tour de Sem

The fourth Tour de Sem cycling event at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will take place on May 3. Participants, including faculty, staff, students, spouses and friends from the Seminary community, will bicycle 95 miles from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Columbia, Ill., to the original site of Concordia Seminary at Trinity Lutheran Church, Altenberg, Mo. Although the event is geared primarily towards members of the Seminary community, all riders are welcome to participate.

The cyclists meet at the Seminary, then shuttle to Columbia, Ill., for a 7:30 a.m. start. The ride ends with dinner and tours of the original Seminary site and other historical sites of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, provided by the Perry County Lutheran Historical Society.

Dr. Jeffrey Kloha, associate professor of exegetical theology at the Seminary and avid cyclist, and students organize the ride. “Since we’ve started the Tour de Sem, the response among students, staff and faculty has been great. Many have taken up cycling as a regular form of exercise, and I’ll often see guys riding together in Forest Park,” Kloha commented. “You get to know each other pretty well when you ride together for three or four hours. It’s been great to see the students grow, not only as servants of the Gospel, but also as individuals and athletes.”

New this spring is the formation of an official collegiate cycling team. Four Concordia Seminary students will be participating in collegiate races in the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference.

Registration for Tour de Sem is due on April 26 and will cost $25 to $30.

For regular updates on group rides, visit For more information, or a registration form, contact Dr. Jeffrey Kloha at (314) 505-7566;, or visit the cycling page on the Seminary Web site at