This was the second year of going to this race here in St. Louis, and where last year was well hyped and well attended – this year we had to contend with Hurricane Ike going through the morning of the race. Thus, attendance was much lower, part of the race course was truncated due to flooding, and it rained a bit in the first part of the day. Despite all that, my dad and I still had a nice time seeing this race.
One of the biggest side effects of seeing all this enthusiastic bike riding was that it reignited my passion for biking. Over the last few weeks since this race I have been riding locally to try to get back into good enough shape to hit the trails again. In fact this weekend I have plans to actually find some dirt! Thank you Tour of Missouri!
The race itself is a great experience for anyone interested in biking. There is a lot of excitement, booths, and of course the hip bike-friendly people who show up for these things. We will definitely be coming back next year, and doubly so if Lance Armstrong finds his way here.
Tons of pictures on my photo site.